Psalm: 50
Old Testament: Isaiah 49:13-23
New Testament: Galatians 3:1-14

St. John Chrysostom

But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.’
Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
Your builders outdo your destroyers,*
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on. (Isaiah 49:14-18)

Ah! This passage takes me back to grade school :D. This quote from Isaiah was set to music by a Catholic priest in the 80s and became a staple in Catholic churches…….right up there with “Though the Mountains May Fall” and “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman”

Sometimes (for me anyways) it’s a little hard to take these words seriously. It’s not because I don’t have faith…..but because it seems improbable that a God who created the universe would even deign to look on insignificant humankind.

But that is the beauty of the Gospel. The good news is that God loves us as His very own children :D…and he will never give up on us or abandon us to the world. Thanks be to God! +