I stumbled upon a very challenging and humbling thought for today that I waned to share. It is verse following the readings for the Feast of the Annunciation, which is omitted from the Lectionary:
Form a plan, and it shall be thwarted; make a resolve, and it shall not be carried out, for “With us is God!” Isaiah 8:10b
I found this only because Daily Gospel Online occasionally makes mistakes when it uploads the daily reading.
It would seem that the promise of Immanuel, “God is with us,” is two-edged. God will be there, but his presence brings all of our plans and pretenses to naught. This is hard, but in the long run for the best, since as St. Paul said, “only love endures.” A blessed Sunday in Eastertide to all!