Our Old Testament reading follows on from the third Servant Song of Isaiah: ‘They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall smite them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them. … Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his afflicted’. That great act of ‘pity’ is our redemption.


The Hebrew word here translated as ‘pity’ means compassion, the womb, tender love. It means love that goes to the very end and beyond, as we shall see in the coming weeks as we go through, once again, the ‘mighty acts’ by which we were redeemed.


May God bless you, and pour His own love out upon you.