Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Isaiah 40, 25-31

'To whom can you compare me, or who is my equal?' says the Holy One.

Lift your eyes and look: he who created these things leads out their army in order, summoning each of them by name. So mighty is his power, so great his strength, that not one fails to answer.

How can you say, Jacob, how can you repeat, Israel, 'My way is hidden from Yahweh, my rights are ignored by my God'?

Did you not know? Had you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, he created the remotest parts of the earth. He does not grow tired or weary, his understanding is beyond fathoming.

He gives strength to the weary, he strengthens the powerless.

Youths grow tired and weary, the young stumble and fall,

but those who hope in Yahweh will regain their strength, they will sprout wings like eagles, though they run they will not grow weary, though they walk they will never tire.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Often in life we lose sight of the truth about ourselves: pride blinds us and keeps us from seeing the condition of weakness in which we all live. And yet, as individuals and as nations, we never stop letting ourselves be guided by pride. The prophet writes, “Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales.” If that is true about nations, how much more is it true for us? The words of the prophet invite us to meditate on the greatness and strength of the Lord, to lift our eyes from ourselves in order to see God's works of love that are manifested in the lives of each one of us and in the entire world. Looking away from ourselves frees us from chasing the idols we think can give us security and comfort. And we must not forget that the first “idol” we are all tempted to worship is our ego. And today there is such a drive to put ourselves at the centre that we have almost developed a cult of self. Some speak of an “ego-latry”: the cult of the ego and self-affirmation, on whose altar we sacrifice everything. With a biting series of questions, the prophet instead awakens our sense of God and his grandeur. The Lord alone is great and he alone governs the world: “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth... who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing...scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.” But those who rely on the Lord receive help and comfort, support and strength. Young and old, we are all urged to trust only in the Lord: ”But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” God, the creator, is our support and our help. Let us not despair amidst the toil of life, but let us trust in the Lord, and we will regain the strength to walk quickly in his presence.