Here is today’s Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: ‘For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit’.

In a time of pandemic, such as we have right now, these are stirring words. We need to hold on to that promise, that God is indeed creating a new heaven and a new earth. May we prepare, in our hearts and in our world, for that new creation, by turning to God, the fount of all love and mercy. May God bless you this day.