From our Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: ‘Thus says the Lord: “In a time of favour I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you; I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people …’

Our Lord Himself is the covenant, made real in His own Person. He has answered us, helped us, by giving up His own life as redemption for us. By our baptism we enter into this covenant, into Him.

‘We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee; for by thy holy Cross and Passion Thou hast redeemed the world’. May Christ bless you this day and be specially close to you.