“The people who live in darkness will see a great light. On those who live in the dark land of death the light will shine.” (Mt 4:16)
Today’s Passages: Mt 4:12-17, 23-25; 1Jn 3:22-4:6
Meditation: Today’s meditation verse gives great comfort to those who surrender themselves to God; but to others of course it may not be good news. God is certainly steadfast in his love and promises; he will shed his light upon those who are in darkness. However, is that enough for our salvation? It need not be. John says, “This is how the judgment works; the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil.” (Jn 3:19)
Therefore, we understand that the same news may become good to some, but not good to others. The good news of Jesus’ birth made King Herod restless and unhappy, whereas it made the shepherds happy and joyful. As we are in the very beginning of the new year 2015, let us review ourselves and see whether Jesus’ birth/Christmas made me happy or not. My being in the darkness and sin, and Jesus’ coming into the world do not ensure guarantee of my salvation. For my salvation, I have to surrender myself unto him completely.
We have already been given the guarantee of our salvation through the Holy Spirit. St. Paul says, “It is God himself who has set us apart, who has placed his mark of ownership upon us, and who has given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the guarantee of all that he has in store for us.” (2Cor 1:22) However, we have to respond to this gift so graciously and responsibly. How do we respond to it faithfully? Once we received the light of God, we should not walk in the darkness. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.” (Jn 8:12)
Who will guide us in the path of life and light? Surely Holy Spirit will guide each one of us. In the second reading we hear, “The Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world.” (1Jn 4:4) Again the word of the Lord says, “The Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children.” (Rom 8:15) Therefore, let us be proud of the gift of the Holy Spirit and be led by Him so that the light shone upon us be our mark of salvation.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread and especially for the Christmas season and New Year of 2015. We surrender ourselves before you, O Lord, and help us to walk always in the light and be free from sins. Give us your Spirit to be courageous enough in the time of difficulties and dangers of life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a blissful Monday!