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He will renew you

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  • Reading I: Isaiah 40:25-31
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 103:1-2.3-4.8, 10
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

 

He gives strength to the fainting;
for the weak he makes vigor abound.
Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.  (Isaiah 40:29-31)

“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength…”

Deutero-Isaiah motivates the exiles to hope in the Lord.  The prophet’s mission is to convince them that returning to the land of Israel is better than remaining in the land of Babylon.  To the objections raised – that God has rejected them, that there is nothing to return to, that staying and continuing in the life that they have started in Babylon is better than returning and being uprooted once more – Deutero-Isaiah tells them throughout Isaiah 40-55 that God has not forgotten them, that their return will be something better than what occured when the Israelites left Egypt, and that God Himself will give them something that they have not imagined before.

To the tired, the frustrated, the down-hearted, Jesus, in the Gospel tells his listeners to find rest in Him.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  (Mt. 11:28-30)

These words are addressed to the anawim – those who have been disappointed by human events for a long time.  The Lord wants them to put their hope in Him that they may find peace and rest.  The burden that the Lord gives is light and easy because it is a burden made easy by love. 

Isaiah 40:25-31
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25And to whom have ye likened me, or made me equal, saith the Holy One?
26Lift up your eyes on high, and see who hath created these things: who bringeth out their host by number, and calleth them all by their names: by the greatness of his might, and strength, and power, not one of them was missing.
27Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel: My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28Knowest thou not, or hast thou not heard? the Lord is the everlasting God, who hath created the ends of the earth: he shall not faint, nor labour, neither is there any searching out of his wisdom.
29It is he that giveth strength to the weary, and increaseth force and might to them that are not.
30Youths shall faint, and labour, and young men shall fall by infirmity.
31But they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall take wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 103:1-2
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1For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name.
2Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all he hath done for thee.
Matthew 11:28-30
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28Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.
29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
30For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.
Isaiah 40:29-31
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29It is he that giveth strength to the weary, and increaseth force and might to them that are not.
30Youths shall faint, and labour, and young men shall fall by infirmity.
31But they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall take wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

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