It is 4th July 2020. We celebrate the memorial of St. Elizabeth of Portugal. The readings are from Amos 9:11-15; and the Gospel from Matthew 9:14-17.
As we conclude the book of prophet Amos, God promises through him that God wants to offer our initial glory, happiness and peace. God is interested to restore, rebuild, revive and repair whatever is broken and fallen in our life. “I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel; they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities.” (Amos 9:14). This is a very special day for the people Israel. It is the day of judgement of the Lord to save God’s people. The unconditional restoration happens through the Messiah, the Savior of the world. “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob” (Romans 11:26). God is not satisfied with temporary patch works rather permanent and lasting restoration. Jesus is the fulfilment of the prophecy of Amos. “He is the one who will build a house for my name” (2 Sa 7:13). A time of supernatural abundance in days to come is possible only by God through God’s only Begotten son. The restoration looks alike “a land flowing with milk and honey” (Ex 3:17) to “the mountains will drip new wine.” God shifts from wrath to mercy in dealing with his chosen people. Just like people of Israel, we too are privileged to enjoy the permanent blessings of the Lord when we return to the Lord. “The former things will not be remembered” (Isa 65:17). God will not remember our past sins and failures but rewards our faith in Jesus. God wanted to replace with something completely new in the life of Isreal.
The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord speaks of peace to his people.” (Ps.85:9)
What part of my life need restoration and revival? Jesus clarifies in the Gospel that He did not come for a patch-up and partly work rather He desires to heal us completely and fill us with freshness and newness. Jesus did not give us an updated version of Judaism and of the old covenant. Jesus gave us a new commandment of love.
Peace comes by putting pieces together which our selfishness and sins have fragmented it.
It is not just looking at our brokenness we become happy rather looking up to Jesus we become whole, saved and blessed.
Decerning and Doing God’s will be the fresh approach to the offer of God’s vision of grace, love, mercy and forgiveness.
Let us not in a hurry to throw the past without providing the appropriate present that is not patchy and mismatch.
In building and bringing out the new paradigm let us not destroy the progressive vision of the trajectories of the past.
In the quest of finding the lost, we must not forget the past.
Whether we are old or young, we need to be open to embrace a new way of life, vision to taste and participate in the new wine, the Most Holy Eucharist.
May the Lord help us to accept the restoration and rebuilding of our life. May you have a good day.