The re-assurance and the promises of salvation in today’s readings give us a sense of relief in knowing that God, our Father, will never abandon us and His compassion & love overflow to helps us, guide us and deliver us until the day of our salvation. In the comforting words of the first reading:
Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,[a]
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”
to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
Each and every one of us may in our own definition of “darkness”; whether it’s sickness, failed relationship or financial difficulty but the promise of deliverance and being free from whatever it is that casts the darkness -- gives us hope that in the end, God will be true to his promise.
In Psalms 145: 13b-15, it says:
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.[a]
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
Not only is there a promise of salvation but a re-assurance of His proper time. God is in control and everything that we ask for will be done and given to us, according to His will, in His proper time. There is comfort in knowing that God will fulfill His promises but there should also be an equal amount of effort to show gratitude for all that God has done and is about to do.
In the Gospel, Jesus says “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing” There is more to this than the promise of salvation. God is calling us to be like Him, to do things as He does. Love as he loves. Give as He gives. Forgive as He forgives. For it is only in following God can we truly transform ourselves to be worthy of His promise of salvation.
Thank you for your words of re-assurance.
Thank you for the comfort that Your promises bring.
Allow me oh Lords to fulfill my part of the promise of Salvation.
Use me to love as you love, to give as you give and to do all things in Your glory.