Read Isaiah 25:6-10, Ps. 23, Matthew 15:29-37

“And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.” (Matthew 15:30-31)

As in Isaiah's time, the people who listened to him could only imagine what he was talking about. Nonetheless, as we see in the Gospel passage, Isaiah's prophecy became a reality in the feeding of the multitude. Dear friends, the message for us today is very simple: Everything God has revealed in the Bible must surely come to pass. God never fails.

Even our Responsorial Psalm today sings of God as a shepherd who never lets his sheep down. A shepherd who gives his sheep repose along fresh and green pastures, a shepherd who guides the sheep along the right path. A shepherd who never abandons his sheep even when they walk through the shadow of death, who prepares a table for the sheep even in the presence of the enemies.

I perfectly understand if things appear very tough for you right now. Despite all your difficulties, God has not changed a bit. God has not failed you yet. God is always answering our prayers.

When I feel down, I am tempted to ask God, “Why this or why that?” I always remind myself of this verse: “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.” (Romans 8:28).

Let us pray: Almighty, ever-living God, deepen my faith and conviction in your word. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Be happy, live positively, and have faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (This is Wednesday of the first week of Advent. Bible Study: Isaiah 25:6-10, Psalm 23, and Matthew 15:29-37.)

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu