Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 9:7-9 -TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Thursday, 27 September 2018
In the New Testament, especially Luke’s Gospel, we have a different atmosphere for Ecclesiastes (First Reading – Ecclesiastes 1:2-11). In the New Testament, events are loaded with meaning. God speaks through natural history, world history, Church history and our personal history. We are in an atmosphere that is decidedly non-cyclical.
In today’s Gospel reading, Herod looks for the meaning of Jesus. The Gospel writers saw meaning packed into every event and gesture of the Lord’s earthly life. Here, in Jesus, God is on the offensive. In this era, we are moving rapidly from promise to fulfillment much as did the Israelites in the exodus. In the period of the Church, we have sacraments and signs of the Lord’s inviting and driving presence. We can indeed see God in the world of nature as did Ecclesiastes. We can also see the Lord speaking to us and calling us forward as a Church, as a parish and as individuals.
The assumption of the Christian faith is that we are not on a cosmic merry-go-round. The Lord is leading us forward to the Kingdom and we will take very many people along with us.
Jakarta, 27 September 2018
A Christian Pilgrim