Abraham offers the ultimate sacrifice of thanksgiving, the gift of his very son. This sacrifice prefigures the sacrifice of Jesus who died for us all. In His transfiguration, Jesus discloses a suffering messiahship.
Mindfule of His covenant, the Lord promises never to destroy creation again by flood waters. The waters of baptism bring salvation and forgiveness through the death of Christ. After fasting forty days and being put to the test, Jesus begins His public ministry.
Job's cry of hopelessness stands in marked contrast to the hope of those who put their trust in Jesus, who "heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds". Such are the blessings of the good news.
January 24, 2021
third sunday in ordinary time
The Ninevites heard the preaching of Jonah and repented of their evil ways, thus experiencing the Lord's compassion. Do we repent when we hear the preaching of Jesus? Do we invest our lives in the world rather than in God's kingdom?
John witnesses to one who is to come, one far mightier than he, one who will proclaim freedom and deliverance from sin and death. As we await his coming again in glory, let us join with Mary in singing the praises of God.
The Lord Jesus is our shepherd. At the end, at His coming, He will hand over the kingdom to His Father. He will "judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.", between those who have lived their lives for others, and those who have lived for themselves.
They are happy who fear the Lord, who use their gifts and talents in the service of one another, especially the poor and the needy. They shall be known as children of the light, and will be ready for the Lord's return.
Let us rejoice in all the men and women, blest in the eyes of the Lord, who celebrate the heavently liturgy. They stand in God's holy place and sing of the love the Father has bestowed upon them through the blood of the Lamb.