From our Old Testament reading: ‘“At that time”, says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.” Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from afar. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel!”’

These are reassuring words indeed, and specially at this time. May they be embedded deep in our hearts, and may we trust the Lord fully in whatever challenges face us. He will bring us through. May God bless you this day.