Scripture: 1st Reading: Gen27,1-5,15-29; Resp. Psalm: Ps135,1-6; Gosp. Accl.: Jn10,27; Gospel: Mt9,14-17
Isaac was blessed with two wonderful sons of different temperaments and characters. Both were gifts of God to him. Both were twins. Isaac doted on Esau because he was the first of the two to be born and also because he was an outdoor person, a hunter and an apparently "dominant" figure in the house. It is also clear that Isaac could not make the two of them his heir apparent at the same time. He had to choose one. His choice was Esau.
Jacob on the other hand was a home person, and thus very close to his mother, Rebekah. He was a herdsman and probably of a more gentle disposition. His mother doted on him. As Isaac knew his days were coming to a close, he called Esau to go out and hunt for game so that he could prepare him a delicious meal and receive his blessing. Rebekah heard, called Jacob, prepared the meal, disguised Jacob as Esau who took the meal to his father and received the blessings that was meant for his brother.
The story of these two brothers reveal one thing about God: God can write on the crooked lines of our human weaknesses. God has the capacity, proven time and again, to change the course of people's lives for the better. God has the power to bless and transform people's future in a way no human person can destroy or truncate. The story also warns us about the dangers inherent in primitive sibling rivalries. It puts us on guard, lest such rivalries end up consuming our families and lives.
Our Lord, the new lawgiver, made us realize today that the old had passed away. He alone represents newness, freshness, fullness, fulfilment. He is the new wine that must not be put into old wineskin. He is the bridegroom whose presence gives so much joy to the wedding guests that they do not need to fast. He is the newness, the new reality, the freshness that has come to transform our entire reality.
As we begin this new day, let us be on guard against all forms of rivalry. Let us treat all God's children on equal basis. Let us avoid all forms of discrimination. May God grant us the grace to do His will in all things.
Let us pray: Lord our God, we thank you for the gift of our lives. Give us the grace to be thankful for who we are, while at the same time hopeful for who you want us to be. Give us contentment. Grant us the grace to treat other creatures with dignity and grace. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.