Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 71(72):1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Luke 10:21-24
Our Gospel today starts with Jesus being filled with the Joy of the Holy Spirit - but what causes him to be so? It is the Love of His Father. So in this brief sentence we can see what is to be found in the Trinity of God the Father, Son and Spirit: it is their love for each other. That is what holds them together and that is where God wishes us to be.
Therefore we can pray (as in the preface for Mass Today)
He assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh,
and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago,
and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,
that, when he comes again in glory and majesty
and all is at last made manifest,
we who watch for that day
may inherit the great promise
in which now we dare to hope.
Filled with that Love, Jesus blesses all those who have not seen but yet believe in the power of that Love. And more than this - we are invited into that relationship, to share in that Love.