Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom3,21-30; Resp. Psalm: Ps130,1-6; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,6; Gospel: Lk11,47-54
By His coming, our Lord Jesus Christ inaugurated a new era of God's encounter and engagement with humanity. This is a new manifestation of God's goodness and uprightness that superseded the righteousness expressed in the old law. The Old Testament therefore prepared the ground for this manifestation of God's uprightness.
As a preparation, the Old Testament only looked forward to the reality, the uprightness of God as revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ. When we come to faith in Christ, we take possession of this uprightness of God in Christ.
It is therefore clear that God's righteousness was manifested apart from the law. This is made known through faith in Christ Jesus. Justification is a gift from God because man sinned and fell short of the glory of God. So the reality of sin and its effects are universal. This sinfulness deprive man of the glory of God, that is, of God's divine presence.
This gift of God is actualized in the redemption that our Lord brought to us by the expiration he achieved for us through His blood. This redemption is to be received by faith. God's righteousness and forbearance are thus expressed in the fact that He passed over our former sins.
This is why no one can boast of attaining the mercy of God on his own merits. We are alive as a result of the benevolence and mercy of God. We are redeemed, bought and paid for as a consequence of this same mercy and benevolence of God. This was achieved when God put forth His Son as a means of expiation, as a pardon for our sins to show forth His righteousness.
Our Lord in today's gospel was at pains and obviously disappointed at those who rejected the word that He preached. These people held on to the works of the law. They were blind to the offer of grace that our Lord made to them, just as they were dead to the prophets and holy men and women sent to them before Him.
Our Lord in His condemnation was categorical that the blood of the prophets and holy men and women that was shed would be required of their generation. All these would happen because they rejected the opportunities for salvation that God offered severally to them.
We should be wiser. Our Lord won for us our salvation. He redeemed us and paid the highest price, His blood, for our salvation. He calls us daily to reflect on the implications of the sacrifice and do everything possible so as not to lose its merits by lives of relapse into sin.
Let us pray: God our merciful Father, we cannot thank you enough for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who by His blood, offered the one single sacrifice of expiation for the sins of the world. Be with us as we struggle against sin and its harmful effects on our lives. Strengthen our faith in you to withstand the onslaught of the evil one. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.