Come, Lord and Save Us by Fr Aloy Udo
The readings today talk about hope and expectancy. The Psalm says Come, Lord and save us. This carries a lot of meaning. If you think about this in light of the Chibok girls, you begin to feel what such people feel. Unemployed people too fall in this category of people waiting for the Lord to come. Same with widows, widowers, orphans, etc. If you find yourself in such circumstances, such psalm is meaningful. The truth is that everyone has one difficulty or the other. The psalm captures the mood of such people as we all wait in expectation.
God created everything and knows everything. Prophet Isaiah says, ‘the desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendour of our God.’ Isaiah uses personification in those words to give a sense of hope and encouragement. We are to always remain strong because no other person will come to save us. It is only the Lord that will save us.
In the gospel, it is written – ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.’ There are those who have spiritual, moral, and ethical blindness, etc. There are those who pretend to hear the word of God but are not listening. Especially when they are living above average and are comfortable.
St Paul advises us to be patient and wait for what the future will reveal for us. This is necessary because even for us to have a good harvest, we have to wait until the time of harvest. We pray that may God Almighty grant us the patience to wait for him and persevere through Christ our Lord. Amen.