The Responsorial Psalm gives us an answer to discouragement: “O bless the Lord, my soul!” (Psalm 103).
Discouragement is the greatest obstacle we have to overcome in seeking fulfillment in life. After all, to be totally fulfilled, to live life “to the full,” is to be like God. And Isaiah 40: 25-31 quotes God asking: “To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal?”
The Responsorial Psalm tells us what to rely on in seeking to change the world: “The Lord our God comes in
strength” (Isaiah 40).
When Isaiah 40: 1-11 tells us “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed….” he uses the language of power. God “rules by his strong arm.” But God doesn’t use “strongarm” tactics. Rather, “like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs… leading the ewes...
The Responsorial Psalm is our song of support as we work for change: “Our God will come to save us!”
To take on a task as daunting as the renovation of human society all over the world, we need something to encourage us! And we find it in Isaiah 35: 1-10: “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened: ‘Be strong, fear n...