11 April, Saturday – (4th reading) A Loving God

4th reading for Easter Vigil

Isa 54:5-14
Ps 29

But with everlasting love I have taken pity on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer

I always have a great admiration for pet owners. They patiently take care of the pets which they own and faithfully take care of them when they are ill. They are ever understanding when the pet destroys their favourite item and also when they make a mess of themselves in the house. The admiration is greater for some of my friends who are very impatient in their dealings with fellow human beings, but turn into a different person when they are with their pets. The readings of today remind us that God loves us just as how pet owners love their pets, but with an even greater love.

Prophet Isaiah reminds the people that God will make the same everlasting promise as He made with Noah, where He promised that the flood would never come upon the world again. This promise is that His covenant of love and peace will never depart from the people of Israel. The troubles and woes of the Exile will not come again to them. This is indeed a message of hope for the people living in those times. The people of Israel were in need of a message of hope as they wondered if the glorious days of King David would ever come back to them.

We are living in difficult times now as there is a great level of uncertainty and fear in light of the COVID-19 situation. Yet in all of this situation, the readings of today remind us that our faith will illuminate the darkness of our lives. God is indeed present in all the things which we are doing, and He will take good care of us. If we allow God to work in our lives, we will certainly appreciate the struggles which come to us.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the love you have shown us. Let us always remain faithful to you despite the struggles which we encounter in our lives.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all the people who care for us.

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