December 13, 2006

Powerful Antidote

It would seem today's First Reading is an antidote to two of the most prevalent views of God today: 1) that He is distant and aloof ("We are all living in an atmosphere of deism." - Cardinal Ratzinger) or 2) that He is loving but ineffective:

Isaiah 40:25 - 31

‘To whom could you liken me
and who could be my equal?’ says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
and see who has created these things:
He leads out their army and numbers them,
calling them all by name.
By his great might and the strength of his power
not one of them is missing!
Why, O Jacob, do you say,
and declare, O Israel,
'My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God?'

Did you not know?
Had you not heard?

The Lord is an everlasting God,
he created the boundaries of the earth.
He does not grow tired or weary,
his understanding is beyond fathoming.
He gives strength to the wearied,
he strengthens the powerless.
Young men may grow tired and weary,
youths may stumble,
but those who hope in the Lord renew their strength,
they put out wings like eagles.
They run and do not grow weary,
walk and never tire.

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