Scripture: 1st Reading: Exodus19,1-2,9-11,16-20; Resp. Psalm: Daniel3,29-34; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,25; Gospel: Mt13,10-17
What can compare with the glory of the Almighty God? What can rank with His majesty, splendour and power? What human terminologies are adequate to express His indescribable grandeur? In the manifestations of His divinity, in the theophanies of old, which adequately captures a fraction of the totality of the beauty of this awesome and great God?
At the foot of Mount Sinai, the mighty God gave a glimpse of His splendour and glory. Our mighty God wanted to establish a relationship with His chosen people. He wanted them to know Him so that they could love Him. He wanted a people consecrated to Him. But He also wanted the people to know that there was a difference between the God they worshipped and the empty gods of the nations that surrounded them.
Yahweh manifested His glory and power in the form a thick cloud, thunder, lightening, smoke and earthquake. The glory of the living and true God straddled the entire mountain and the people were justifiably terrified at the sight of such an awesome manifestation of divine power and glory. The sound of the trumpet blast added to this atmosphere of terrifying splendour. Yahweh showed Himself as a God who is worthy to be praised and exulted forever.
What was displayed on Mount Sinai is incomparable to what the Son of God came to manifest about His Father when He came into this world. Out called called these the mysteries of the kingdom. These are the secrets that are revealed not to the mighty and the learned but to mere children. These mysteries are given to anyone who believes in Jesus.
That is why our Lord said it categorically: "but blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."
The majesty and glory of the infinite God have been revealed to us. The indescribable mysteries of the kingdom have been made manifest to us. We are grateful to God who auto-reveals Himself. We make ourselves available to be transformed by Him into His image. We submit ourselves under His dominion and authority. We trust in His power to save us and protect us from all dangers and all harm.
Let us pray: God our Father, we have seen a glimpse of your glory. We thank you for the manifestation of your power. Make us grateful for the salvation you brought us through your Son. May we bear witness always to your power and glory. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.