Scripture: 1st Reading: Acts13,13-25; Resp. Psalm: Ps89,2-3,21-22,25,27; Gosp. Accl.: Rev1,5; Gospel: Jn13,16-20
The story of God's engagement with human history is that of a zealous, passionate lover for the beloved. In every step of that history, God has been present, His hands have been active, shaping, moulding, guiding, recreating, refashioning. All His interventions have been carried out in love.
This was the kernel of St. Paul's homiletic exhortation in the Synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia that we read in today's scripture. For Paul, the history of mankind and the events that had happened and the ones that were still unfolding demonstrated the powerful, unseen hands of God.
This unseen hands were at work in the choice of Abraham and the sojourn of Israel in Egypt. The mighty hands were active at the liberation of Israel from Egyptian slavery and subsequent freedom. It was visible in the unmerited gift of land given to Israel in Canaan as an everlasting inheritance. It was evident in the choice of the first kings and especially of David from whose descendants came Jesus, the Messiah.
Jesus, the promised Messiah had already come. John the Baptist bore Him witness and pointed Him out when at last He was to be made manifest to Israel. From St. Paul's account, it was clear that the important events in the history of Israel did not happen by accident. God was the One guiding the history of His people.
When He came, Our Lord showed that His coming was for service and demonstrated clearly to His disciples what service and greatness signified. He reminded them at the Last Supper that a servant was not greater than his master. He predicted that one of them would lift his heel against Him.
The entire life of our Lord therefore taught us the significance of giving up one's life in total service of the neighbour. He gave in His life the supreme example of obedience to the will of the Father and of loving service of the neighbour. We are called this Easter Season to that total service of the neighbour. The word of God invites us to put into practice that charity that our Lord had given us example of. May God's word inflame our hearts and minds to carry this out.
Let us pray: "O God, who restore human nature to yet greater dignity than at its beginnings, look upon the amazing mystery of your loving kindness, and in those you have chosen to make new through the wonder of rebirth, may you preserve the gifts of your enduring grace and blessing." Amen
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.