Today is Wednesday, the 2nd of April, in the Fourth Week of Lent.

The Nuns of St Cecilia’s Abbey sing ‘The eyes of all turn to you in hope, O Lord: and you give them food in due season.  You open your hand and fill every creature with blessing.’  As I listen, I too turn my attention, my eyes, my heart, to God.  Amid all the noise and activity around me, I hold myself in stillness, ready to accept what God has to give me.

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah calls on the earth to ‘sing for joy [and] to exult…For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on the suffering…”  How does this message make you feel? Does it make you happy, exultant or is it a challenge? Does it make you want to put the bold words into action?

God’s Will is that all people should know his saving love; that they should know what it is to be loved unquestioningly. In that love people will know true liberation. What do you do to show others that love? Do you have a tendency to be judgmental or, worse, hypocritical?

Isaiah promises that God will guide His people through problems and seemingly impossible challenges. Are you facing a challenge in your life at the moment? Or perhaps someone you know is in difficulty? Reflect on these words and see God promising everyone that He will lead them to where they should go.

Listen again to reading, and notice how joyful it is. How Isaiah calls the world to rejoice.

Rejoicing might seem a bit odd in Lent. But Isaiah’s call on us to rejoice is significant even at this time of year, because we are preparing to celebrate the most holy and joyous mysteries of the faith. In the Resurrection of Jesus God brings to fruition his ultimate plan of liberation; from death; from sadness and from despair. Spend the last moments of this prayer time asking God to be part of that plan of liberation.