January 3, 2020
Today, in Mercy, what thrilling words John uses to remind us of who we really are!
God’s children by virtue of our creation in God’s image!
But then John ups the ante for us. We are even more than this, but we do not yet perceive or understand the “more”.
… what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like God,
for we shall see God as God is.
What we shall be! Oh, how we should treasure and stretch for that promise!
Sometimes, when I hear of the death of a young person, especially by war, negligence, or other violence, I mourn the loss of their promise — to those who love them and to the world. How can we ever crush a life that God has tenderly created, the way an artist breathes over her masterpiece!
In today’s first reading, John reminds us that “sin” is this act of stunting life – in large and small ways, in ourselves and others. We fall into this sin because we do not see the God who is being revealed in the midst of our ordinary lives.
In our Gospel, we have John the Baptist finally seeing Christ for whom he had directed his entire life. Imagine what John felt as he saw Jesus cresting the nearby hillside. The One in whom John had placed all his love, faith and hope was walking toward him!
God is walking toward us too, in every moment of our lives. Occasionally, we have the courage and insight to look up and see God looking out from the eyes of our sisters and brothers – looking into us as we pass the mirror!
Let’s try to do that more often in 2020!
Music: We Shall Behold Him – LaKisha Jones