09 Going beyond Relief to Healing - Christopher Mendonca

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:48 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:49 PM ]
The Book of Consolation in the prophet Isaiah

is no doubt the harbinger of good news.

The prospect of a return to Jerusalem

certainly brings relief to those in Exile.

Couched in the message of relief, however,

the prophet seeks to convey to Israel

that it will be a healing as well.

Paul, writing to the Corinthians centuries later,

will talk of the blessings of the consolation we receive from God.

He is quick to add, however, that it is given to us

so that we too may console others

with the Consolation we have received from God.

As Christ's cup of suffering overflows, so does his consolation.