Saturday, July 16, 2011

God Defend New Zealand

He will not break the crushed reed, nor put out the smouldering wick till he has led the truth to victory: in his name the nations will put their hope.

Matthew's Gospel has just described how Jesus withdrew from the plotting Pharisees.  He continued to heal but had the people not tell of their miraculous recoveries.  His time had not yet come to be openly glorified.  Matthew then quotes the prophet Isaiah that describes the meekness of the Messiah; meek and yet so victorious that it is in Him the nations put their hope.

I am reminded of our beautiful national anthem, God Defend New Zealand. Before a nation can place its hope in God its people must place their hope in God.  It's a person by person thing.  My role is to place my hope in God and encourage those around me to do likewise, starting today...

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Saint Peter Chanel and Saint Mary of the Cross, pray for us.

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