The First Reading promises the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines… he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples. This is a figurative way of saying God’s plan for us is to give us a life of abundance, not necessarily material abundance, but it will be one that we will never lack. He will destroy the darkness among us. This promise was fulfilled in the Gospel passage today where people brought the sick to Jesus who cured them. The shroud of sickness was destroyed by the power of Jesus Christ.
With regards to the feast God will prepare, Jesus showed this also in the Gospel today where he fed four thousand men with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises of God. His ministry proves God’s faithfulness to his Word. God provides for our needs through Jesus. God destroys sin and sickness and death through Jesus. God comforts us and wipes away every tear through Jesus. Whatever our situation today, at this moment, we trust that God will come and save us. This is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This thought is repeated in the next verse: this is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
The waiting for the coming of Jesus shows that our situation will end. Our sorrow, our difficulties, the uncertainties will end, because we wait for God to save us. Salvation comes from the Lord and not from any one or anything. We wait for the Lord who satisfies our needs, who heals us and who saves us.
God is our Shepherd and we will not lack. He feeds us, he leads us for the sake of his name and even when the path is dark, we will not be afraid, because the Lord is with us.
We wait and not in vain, because God will surely come. He comes with power and he will surely save us.
Lord, thank you for your presence. Help me to trust you and wait for you. Whatever my situation, you will come. So right now, I welcome you into my life, and whatever is the situation in my life, take it Lord and do as you will. I just want you to save me, for even though I walk through the dark valley, I will fear no evil, because you are with me. You guide and and protect me, all the days of my life.