Sunday, January 4, 2015

Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6, Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13, Matthew 2:1-12


Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6, 

Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13, 
Matthew 2:1-12

Isaiah 60:1-6

My Beloved, You are the Light of the World sent by God to dispel the darkness and night, the fear and the shame of sin forever.

700 years before Your coming into the world the prophet Isaiah wrote about You and all the promises of God that would find their fulfillment in You.  You are the Glory of God, this glory would rise like the sun and You will herald a new dawn. Just as the sun sheds its greatest light and covers the whole earth at noonday so will all nations  be bathed in Your radiance.  All will hear Your invitation and all will come to You just like the shepherds and the wise men did.  You will come into he world and in You the Father's infinite love will be revealed, a love that will redeem and save the world.  As we lift up our  hearts to  you we will be filled with the plenitude of God's grace as vast as the sea.  True worship to the one true God will be offered to You from one end of the world to the other as we ascend Your holy mountain to worship You bringing with us our lives as our offering, pleasing and acceptable to You my Beloved, my Lord and my God.

Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6

My Beloved, You choose the least likely, the one most unexpected so it is clear that the one chosen is truly sent by You.  Human wisdom will find such a choice unbelievable, impossible, bewildering and bordering on the absurd. 

Who would have ever believed that You would choose the fiercest enemy of the Church, who had made it his life's mission to seek out the followers of the Way in order to persecute, imprison and kill them? But then, You are the God of the impossible. Having chosen Paul and You channelled his burning if misplaced zeal into true apostolic, missionary hunger and thirst for souls. 

How wonderfully God prepared the world to receive You and those who received You in turn have received the awesome mission and challenge of revealing You to those around them until Your light and truth reach the farthest ends of the earth. All receive Your call however we may choose either to accept or reject it. You are the Promise of God and all are invited to take their place prepared by You in the Kingdom of God - this is indeed Good News.

Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13

My Beloved, the world has always had its share of the rich, the powerful, the arrogant, the disdainful, the proud, the boastful.  They crush the poor, the weak, the voiceless under their heels.  They are deaf to their whimpering cries, their pain, their suffering, their quivering fear, their tremulous voice for justice that they know they will not receive.  And yet, the Sun of Justice has risen  The Son of God and the Son of man has been endowed by God with power and might He ears every cry and collects every tear of those who have been discarded like refuse and are forgotten.  
You my Beloved are our Deliverer to You we lift up our eyes and seek justice and every sigh will find vindication in You.  Woe to those who gave cause to Your little ones to suffer.  Their punishment will be great.  In the end all will bow before You.

Verse 12-13
He delivers the needy who call on him,
the afflicted with no one to help them.
His mercy is upon the weak and the poor,
he saves the life of the poor.

Matthew 2:1-12

We do not believe in legends, myths or fairy tales.  We know that in the fullness of time, God rend the heavens, piercing the veil of time and space and entered human history.  You were born in Bethlehem in the days when Herod ruled as king.  The Kingdom of God is about to be established.  God sent His Messenger to a young Virgin, Mary to reveal her role in making God's plan of salvation possible.  She was the first to be taken into God's confidence and after her fiat, Joseph was drawn into the inner circles.  Next it was turn Elizabeth and Zechariah and after Your birth it was the shepherds who heard the Good News and finally came the wise men.  This is how it first began.

In our own journey God sends messengers to us, the star is the Church, His Word, His Holy Spirit, as long as we keep these in sight we will not lose our way.  However, if we seek Him in the ways of worldly wisdom, we will lose sight of Him as the wise men lost sight of the star. There are many who pretend to walk on the side of Truth but like Herod they deceive.

When we come back after we have strayed God will gain receive us and reveal Himself to us.  The star will become visible again and will continue to guide us and when we find You Beloved, we will find Your Mama with You.  Anyone who thinks he has found You and does not see Your Mama with You is terribly mistaken.  She who carried You first in her womb and then always in her heart and when we find her she points to You and says, "Do whatever He tells you to do."

Just as the wise men offered gifts so doe we offer ourselves to You and once we do we cannot remain the same.  We cannot haunt the old ways of sin but must be transformed there must a total metanoia that makes possible our journey to God to the end in the Way, the Truth and the Life of Christ.

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