Give strength to hands that are tired
and to knees that tremble with weakness.
Tell everyone who is discouraged,
“Be strong and don’t be afraid!” […].
The blind will be able to see,
and the deaf will hear.
The lame will leap and dance,
and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.
Streams of water will flow through the desert;
the burning sand will become a lake,
and dry land will be filled with springs.
– Isaiah 35:3-7 (GNT)
The Messiah is very close to us,
and during these days of Advent we should get ready to receive Him
in a new way when Christmas comes.
During these days, Jesus is encouraging me by imploring:
“Be strong and don’t be afraid!”
Have I have lost my sense of what is most essential to my very existence?
Am I feeling unable or unworthy to go towards the Lord?
Am I walking along the paths of life as though paralysed because I have lost hope?
These days, the Holy Spirit points me towards the humble cave in Bethlehem.
There I will find the meaning of my life.
There I can gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and be filled with unshakeable hope in His mercy and grace.
These days also, the Holy Spirit points me towards the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
If I accept His prompting and go with a humble, contrite and expectant heart,
my experience will be very much like that of
the blind being able to see,
the deaf starting to hear,
the lame leaping and dancing,
those who cannot speak suddenly shouting for joy;
like streams of water flowing through the desert,like burning sand turning into a lake,
and dry land becoming filled with springs.
Oh what incredible joy it is to receive the Sacrament of divine mercy!
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord Jesus, on bended knees I come
for You to fill my heart with the joy of Your divine mercy!
[*] Today’s reflection is sourced from the seven-volume work “In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.