Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 7, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 3:22 to 4:6
Psalm 2:7-8, 10-12
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You are my son. Only ask it of me and I will make your inheritance the nations.
(see Psalm 2:7-8)
Our psalm relates to Christ's ministry, His announcing that God's kingdom is at hand, now given through Jesus. Isaiah's prophecy is thereby fulfilled, for in Jesus, a "great light" has come to dwell in Israel to banish the darkness, the spiritual death overshadowing their nation. If we read the end of Matthew, Chapter 3, we’ll gain an understanding of the powers given Jesus in preparation for carrying out His saving Mission.
Although Jesus is sinless, He submits to John's water baptism to fully identify Himself with humanity and also to set an example for man's need to repent and gain God's forgiveness. Following this ritual, God the Father declares Jesus His Son to be filled with the Holy Spirit, His divine truth and loving power. We see this power at work in Christ's ability to heal every human infirmity of mind, body and spirit and so raise us to living a new and sinless life.
Every Christian is called to participate with Jesus in these two Baptisms.
First, we must repent of sin. Then, if we resolve to live in loving obedience to Christ, the Holy Spirit will come upon us to provide us the grace to reject all in our lives that is at enmity with God's goodness and instill in us the love, truth, mercy and compassion shown to us in Christ.
Slowly, over time, the Holy Spirit will transform us in the image of Christ to make Him seen and heard in this world. In this way, we can contribute to making all nations Christ's inheritance.
O Father of power and light, pour Your Holy Spirit upon us, that we will be enabled to conquer all temptations to sin and make our lives complete in Christ. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday after Epiphany
St. Raymond of Penafort, priest
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