Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The greatest source of hope and consolation for the Jews in exile was the promise of return to the land that God had given their ancestors. There is something about having a place that we can call home that gives us a sense of security and peace. When in exile, there is no such peace and security. It is virtually non-existent! In a sense we are all in exile in our journey of faith here on earth. As Augustine puts it so well, ?Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord.? As we continue our journey towards our heavenly homeland, let us try to avoid getting too attached to the things of this world as they may hinder us in our travel and make it more difficult for us to go home.
1 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; ndeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out in the desert: Prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! 4 Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. 5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. 6 A voice says, ?Cry out!? I answer, ?What shall I cry out?? ?All mankind is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it. [So then, the people is the grass.] 8 Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever.? 9 Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! 10 Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. 11 Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.
P S A L M
Psalm 96:1-2, 3, 10, 11-12, 13
R: The Lord our God comes with power.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. 2 Sing to the LORD; bless his name; announce his salvation, day after day. (R) 3 Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. 10 say among the nations the LORD is king. He has made the world firm, not to be moved; he governs the peoples with equity. (R) 11 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; 12 let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice. (R) 13 They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes; for he comes to rule the earth. He shall rule the world with justice and the peoples with his constancy. (R)
G O S P E L
The sheep who are not lost do not need attention at that moment so the shepherd is happy to leave them and go in search of the stray. When he finds the lost sheep, he rejoices in his find. He is not less joyful towards the other sheep; it is just that he has a particular joy at this time because one who was lost has been returned to the flock. In the same way, the Lord searches for us when we stray from Him through sin. He comes looking for us. Let us pray that we will be willing to return to Him and through Him to the rest of the community of believers. Let us try to care for one another and help each other to avoid becoming lost in the first place.
12 What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? 13 And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. 14 In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.
think: Let us try to care for one another and help each other to avoid becoming lost in the first place.
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