Franciscan Footprints

A Reflection on Isaiah 49:8-15, the first reading for the Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

In this passage from Isaiah, we are reminded of God’s immense love and mercy toward us, which is likened to a mother’s love and tenderness for her child. What a beautiful analogy! Just as a mother's love for her child is unconditional, so is God’s love for us. There is nothing we can do (sin) that is outside of God’s mercy toward us.  Isaiah even states later in the passage that, “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” Here we see just one example of God’s great love and mercy toward His people.

Another example is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 219, which states “God’s love for Israel is compared to a father’s love for his son. His love for his people is stronger than a mother’s for her children. God loves his people more than a bridegroom his beloved; his love will be victorious over even the worst infidelities and will extend to his most precious gift: 'God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.'"

Wishing you God’s abundant blessings on you during the remainder of this Lent.

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