Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
October 3, 2017
Many peoples and strong nations shall come
to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
and to implore the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
In those days ten men of every nationality,
speaking different tongues, shall take hold,
yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,
“Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Today’s readings talk about God’s favour and Salvation. In the first reading we see a powerful and specific Prophesy from Prophet Zachariah in the year 520-550 B.C. Jerusalem was the Worship place for Jews but many of the Samaritans who were not following all the Commandments but believing or following Culture of Babylonian God’s and their Culture due to many reason like living in Exile by generations, intra religion Marriages so on were not permitted to Worship in the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaria was a City represented Evil and against God and Jews and Jerusalem. Samaritans hated the Jews due to their discrimination. In today’s Gospel Jesus was rejected in Samaritan Village because he was proceeding towards Jerusalem. Samaritans loved Jesus in his past miracles and teachings but hated the Jews of that time due to their hypocrisy. A true Jew is a Man of God, an intercessor. Prophet Zachariah prophesies our time, Powerful Nations and People of every nationality and language will come to the People of God to seek his favour and mercy. Jesus said to Samaritan Woman: A day will Come , People no more Worship God in Jerusalem but in Spirit and truth. Jesus himself was that Temple and Samaritans could recognise him.
This Prophesy is Coming true and Every Christian is that Jew of today to give Jesus to Everyone. The strong Nations believed in the Strength of their money and arms power but this could not help them and now is the time to seek the Lord and it will happen as per this Prophesy. Jesus the Love of God has established a Church or People of God to carry on his mission on this Earth, to represent the New Jerusalem once it reaches in fullness of Christ. The Church teaches the ways of God and these ways are God’s ways and ways of love and anyone goes against God’s ways or ways of love , goes against God. In the Gospel Jesus Disciples were angry on the Samaritan People for not Welcoming Jesus and wanted to call fire to destroy the Town but Jesus rebukes them because they think like humans but Jesus loves the Samaritans and foresees this Prophesy of Zachariah of every Samaritan believing in him.
The favour of God is the love and Concern of our God. This favour can convert powerful Kings and make them to follow his Will like he did to Kings of Persia. The Gentile Kings ordered to build the Temple of Worship. The time is Coming, the Presidents and all the Leaders of various faculties will seek the Lord and carry out the true Worship to God. In those days the People Who have experienced will witness to the truth. In fact, the time of God comes to every Christian, the time he believes in him fully and walks with him day and night. By looking at us Christians every person of great ranks and power and different languages and religion get attracted to us and they see something different which they cannot see in their own life or way of life. If we bear the name of Christ and become bad examples as most of the Christians today are, they will run away from us and reject us just like Samarian Village rejected the Jewish Community but not Jesus. We must become like Jesus in love, forgiveness, Sacrifice, truth a tolerance and be his Witnesses to the ends of the Earth.
The secret to open the door of God’s Favour is love and love alone. The Nations , organisations, families, Societies, Religions, who follow love , they live in Peace and in God’s favour and God will be their Provider, protector, Saviour, teacher, healer and deliverer . We do not require all artificial Weapons or Human intelligence to rule the Nation but love of Jesus and his teachings are sufficient. Jesus said my Grace is Sufficient for you, Come to me all you heavy burdened and I will give you rest.