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The Light of the Nations
In this weekend’s First Reading, the Lord challenges the prophet Isaiah: “It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
The Journey to Christ,
Very often days, weeks and years seem to go by in a flash. Various activities blow us around, and life passes, filling each instant with something we need to do, say, see or plan. So many of us run the risk of being too busy. Too busy to pause and reflect on what gives us direction in our lives.
Pondering the Mystery
As this weekend’s First Reading reminds us, standing face-to-face with God is the ultimate blessing. But it’s also fraught with peril. Jewish tradition teaches that no sinful human being can see God and survive. Even spiritual giants like Abraham and Moses were only granted what could be called ‘close encounters’. How amazing is it then that, as Mary gazed with wonder upon her new-born child, she was also contemplating the face of God?
Before Jesus was born, lots of Jews were expecting a Messiah. But no one was expecting that God himself would become a human being and offer forgiveness and redemption to the whole of mankind. Jesus was a gift to the world that exceeded anything mere men and women had ever dared to imagine! It’s worth remembering however that God was not the only one who gave us this amazing gift.