Isaiah 49:8-15 Reflection:
In the first reading today, God gives great promises of what the world will be like after we are saved. “I will restore the land” he says to a desert dwelling nomadic people, who constantly live on the edge of life.
He promises that on every roadway and ridge there shall be grass and plenty of food for both the people and the animals. He promises love to his people saying that he will never forget them as a woman can never forget the child at her breast.
We need to hear these words often. When we read the book of Exodus and think of the way the people were always complaining at God when things went wrong we forget that we are often the same—we complain at the slightest wee thing.
But when we hear that God always is there for us and the promise that this road we are on leads to somewhere, that it is not just a hickildy-pickildy road going nowhere, then we are helped on the way.
As humans we are constantly in need of reassurance and God understands our needs. That is why the church regularly puts before us these readings that assure us of God’s love, for as today’s first reading says, “the Lord consoles his people and takes pity on those who are afflicted.”