REWARD OF THE PIOUS . . . A prayer for the “mountain” to come

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine- the best of meats and the finest of wines.”

Lord, there is so much hunger in the world today. People far away and people close at hand struggle and scramble each day for enough food, and resources to get the food they need. Be with those who hunger and thirst for physical needs. Bless those who supplies those needs as individuals and groups. Prick the conscience of those who have enough and more to share what they have.

On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.”

Lord, where there is hunger there is also suffering. Hunger and suffering seem to go hand in hand. War, violence and death speed along hunger and suffering until it overwhelms humanity and creation. Thank you Lord that there will come a day when suffering is done away. When there is no war, where violence is a faded memory, and where death come to no one.

The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.”

We are embarrassed Lord that we who profess to be Christians have allowed things to happen, or have been helpless to stop it. First one person, then another, and then a whole group of people have allowed others to suffer; and we have watched helplessly while suffering has taken country after country. We remember that there were poor and afflicted during your life. You commanded your disciples to care for the poor and needy, the helpless and oppressed. We thank you that some have been helped, and bless those who have reached out to help. We look forward to the day that every tear will be wiped away from each face, and each person’s heart will be filled with joy.

The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.”

Save us Lord! We will rejoice in the day You speak the Holy Word that will end all suffering! On that day we will say . . .

This is the LORD , we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” (Reference: Isaiah 25:6-9 )