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OUR SAVIOUR'S LOVE FOR US

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Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Is. 26:7-9, 16-19 &n Mt. 11:28-30

A loving husband and wife who really want children look forward to the birth of their first child. The thought of bringing a child into the world fills them with joy. Imagine a wife who is convinced that she is pregnant, tells a delighted husband and then visits the doctor who, instead of confirming her pregnancy, has to inform her that she has been mistaken. It is a bitter disappointment although they hope that a child will be theirs in the future.

This is a picture that Isaiah paints of the people of his day. They had heard promises of salvation and they were convinced that the time had come for the birth of a new era. But that had not yet come. It was a bitter disappointment but Isaiah wanted to encourage the people to keep up their hope in the future.

We are in a different position. We believe that our salvation has come in the birth of a Child, the eternal Son of God, made human like us in all things but sin. God always had a tender love for His people, but how much more touching is it to experience this love in the human heart of Jesus. Living fully a human life, with all its burdens and difficulties, Jesus says, with all the warmth in His heart, “Come to Me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest."

Lord Jesus, You invite us to come to You at Mass, to be refreshed with spiritual food and drink. Your Heart is so loving that You wish to share Your own Body and Blood with us. You have proved that no-one could love us as much as You do.

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