Scripture: 1st Reading: Col1,24-2,3; Resp. Psalm: Ps62,6-7,9; Gosp. Accl.: Jn10,27; Gospel: Lk6,6-11
Many times we take the word of God with levity. Many times we are un-serious and uncommitted, we pay lip service to the word. Many times we think we are so familiar with the word that we fail to see the treasure that God in His infinite goodness and mercy has entrusted to us. Many times too, we fail to realize how unworthy we are to hold such treasure in earthenware vessels that we all are.
What a great pity! The First Reading today is both a meditation and a challenge to all of us. It reveals to us that the word is a mystery hidden for ages and generations but made manifest to God's saints by the inscrutable wisdom and goodness of God. This mystery is Christ Himself, the hope of glory. Christ is the word and the mystery that is hidden from all ages but made manifest in time.
St. Paul encountered this great mystery on the road to Damascus. After that encounter, Paul no longer lived. He was practically dead to himself till the end of his mortal life. Christ, the mystery hidden from all ages but revealed in time, was everything to him and all that he had. Christ was "the boasting" of his life. Christ's work was the only work he did. For this reason he lived, evangelized, loved and died.
We hear St. Paul writing today that he greatly strove and laboured for the conversion and the stability in faith of the Colossians and the Laodiceans, even for those who had never seen his face, "that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
That mystery, that hidden treasure, Christ Jesus the Lord, was the One the scribes and Pharisees never understood or believed in. He came. They saw the humanity. Whenever they saw supernatural and superhuman signs He performed, they ascribed it not to His divine origin as no man could do any of those signs by himself. Rather, they ascribe it to beelzebub and to satan.
The mystery that the Sabbath was referring to, the One who gave the command to observe the Sabbath, the One to whom the Sabbath referred was with them. They saw him as man; they did not see Him as God. They saw but did not see! They accused the One to whom belongs second, day and night, month, year, eternity, of healing on one of the days that He Himself gave for man's enjoyment. They accused Him of healing on the Sabbath, of doing good, of restoring life, the main reason why He left heaven and came to earth.
They were filled with fury and discussed what they might do to Him for doing good on the Sabbath. Is it not a travesty of wisdom and utter foolishness that the day set apart for doing good and glorifying God's goodness became the day of man's slavery because of the warped and skewed interpretations of the Sabbath by the Scribes, Rabbis and Pharisees?
We are lucky therefore. We have the mystery. He dwells within us if we allow Him.He abides with us because He is the vine and by His eternal privilege and not any merit of our own, we are His branches. Let us treasure the mystery. Let us not be tired to know more about Him. Let that knowledge be the goal of our lives, the reason for our existence.
Let us pray: God our Father, you sent your Son, the hidden mystery, to make known to us your loving will and kindness. Give us your grace to strive every day of our lives to know Him more, love Him more and serve Him more. Accept the homage of our lips and grant us your peace and love. Amen.
May the Living Word of God, the hidden mystery from all ages that is revealed to us and dwelt among us, find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Have a truly blessed week ahead.