Jesus is the Light of our lives! How?
Isaiah in the First reading speaks of hope. He is referring to, and calling out to Sodom and Gomorrah, but we all know that they were destroyed and their destruction was because of their wickedness. So in referring to them and calling out to them to acknowledge their sinfulness and change their ways…
There is a process of life that is applicable to all humanity. What decisions we make, big or small, not so important, or less important, they all become binding on us, and on our family. This is so because God has given every human being freedom, the ability to understand the nature of things and also to make binding decisions, for self and family.
On Mount Moriah, Abraham was tested. On Mount Tabor, the Transfiguration occurred. On Mount Calvary, Jesus was crucified. In the Bible, mountains are special places.
Interestingly, there are two sets of Laws that are to be found in the Pentateuch. The First being the simple and more direct words of God as commandments to the Israelites, namely the Ten Commandments. After that in a way God disassociated with the Israelites, and the working rules and regulations sometimes given by God through Moses, like the instructions for the building of the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle, but mostly the other rules and regulations were given by Moses, among others the concession of divorce.
Spiritually we can be likened to a ship, and this ship needs to flow in the River of Life (Holy Spirit), who continuously is transforming us and renewing us. But we also need to have Jesus in our Ship as the anchor (security) of our life. In sinning we are dropping anchors every time we indulge is sin.
In the company of the Chief Shepherd, how do we live… the Psalm 23 way.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
Who is God? We can call Him Creator, the Originator of everything, the supreme being who controls everything, the terrifying Lord of the cosmos, etc. But those are titles and actions, who is He really? Is He unapproachable? Is He indifferent? The closest that I can get to express who He really is, is that He is Good, he is Love and He is Father.
“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” The understanding of today’s readings, are in this line. God is saying, understand your identity. Understand who you are. When you do, you will know me as Father, and yourselves as my children.