Grace to you!
We continue our reflections, drawing from the first reading for today, namely, Zechariah, chapter eight, verses twenty through twenty-three. Here God speaks through the prophet, assuring His people about glory flowing from Jerusalem.
Through “Jerusalem,” peoples of the world will find salvation: “Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to implore the favor of the LORD” (Zec 8:22)
When God restores people, He restores them to glory. Divine restoration fills us with divine splendor, so much so that we are literarily raptured in the divine life through the grace of the light of faith. In fact, divine beauty, divine glory draws us to grasp and accept the goodness and truth of God.
Being gripped by the glory of the Lord is an exciting thing. Divine glory is beautiful, more beautiful than anything anyone could imagine. When we see God and witness the power of His grace and love, we are attracted by His beauty, His glory.
It was not long before the above prophecy of Zechariah came to pass on the streets of Jerusalem. Jesus appeared, being in the form of God (Phil 2:6). People could see him, hear him, touch him and witness his glory as he went about doing good (Acts 10:38). To Philip he said, ‘to have seen me is to have seen the Father’ (Jn 14:9).
Consider how many people today, from all nations, go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Isn't it that this prophecy is fulfilled? We visit Jerusalem because we want to see and touch the place where the glory of God was born in flesh, where the Lord lived, died and was resurrected; where the Church was born.
The symbol of Jerusalem is hope for humanity. Salvation is traced back to it because it refers to Christ, the hope of all nations.
Believe you me: this glory is still with us today. It is in every Church where Christ is worshipped, in every tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is adored and reverenced, and in every soul who has become configured into Christ.
Praise God if you are in glory. Praise Him for making you His own.
I’m praying that we will witness or continue to witness the glory of the Lord. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday Week 26 A: Zec 8:20-23; Lk 9:51-56]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.