Wednesday of the 4th week of Advent
December 23, 2020
Lo, I will send you
Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes,
the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
the land with doom.
Elijah and John the Baptist were Prophets of Repentance , these Prophets proclaimed the good news to prepare a way for the Lord. Elijah stopped the sky from Raining from Two and a half years and brought a drought in the land of Israel so that the People may come to the Lord. John the Baptist proclaimed the Good news to repent and straighten the ways to receive the Messiah in their Hearts.
Church gives us these readings to prepare ourselves to reconcile with our maker and with our fellow Brothers and Sisters who have been created in God’s image. Christmas is a time of reconciliation and forgiveness. We must make a list of our offences which do not please God in our lives specially the idols of materialistic , Egoistic and intellectual idols of our life which lead us to sin against our Maker and one another. God wants us to depend upon him fully and in everything in our lives. He wants his glory and honor and can not share his glory with any material things. When Israelite’s forgot their maker and got involved in eating , drinking , buying and selling and loathed in their worldly life. God inspired Elijah to warn through Drought , Epidemic , Pandemics so that people may come in to their senses from the Worldly idols in which they depended upon which could not save them from these troubles. John the Baptist was such a Prophet who lived in complete obedience and poverty in penance so that Worldly idols can touch him , he targeted the Levitates, Scribes, Pharisees and even King Herod and exposed their Hypocrisies so that they may turn away from their double standard life and live a life of obedience to the Gospel.
We lived a year long Pandemic and saw many things in this Pandemic. Is it a Coincident as journalists and TV Channels point out that it repeats for every Hundred Years. There are no Co incidents in God’s ways because God’s ways are perfect and designed before the creation of the World. When we go against the ways of the Gospel , the nature tries to bring us back to Gods ways or remind us to be obedient to the Commandments of God , we call these ways of Natural Law as Pandemic. There is Evil in the Pandemic because this Evil we willingly accepted in our lives and clung upon it , God exposes the Evil Ways of this World and its limited power through the Nature.
Calamities , Pandemics, Sicknesses, Losses, accidents in our life are reminders to repent and make peace with God and one another. Christmas is a beautiful time to ponder on our life and see those areas which do not please God and one another. An Act of Confession through sacrament of reconciliation and more importantly forgive and ask forgiveness with our fellow Brothers and Sisters the living church in our lives. When we repent and Forgive and give and share specially to the people of our family, Neighborhood, Office, friends who are affected in this Pandemic , Christmas message of our prophetic time will be fulfilled and the Messiah, God the Emmanuel will come in our lives . Try to enter in to a culture of Repentance, Praying ,Giving, forgiving and sharing in this time of Christmas.
Prayer : Have Mercy on me God and Blot out all my transgressions. Amen.