Grace to you!
Watching a favorite team rebound from almost losing the finals to hitting a buzzer beater in the final second of the game triggers a spontaneous response. Hardly could anyone control one’s excitement at that moment. Yeses echo through the roof. Yes, they carried the day. Yes, expectations are met. Yes, a promise is fulfilled. We’ve won.
Yes affirms expectations. Yes is agreement, as well as fulfillment. In Christ, Saint Paul tells us, "All the promises of God find their yes" (2 Cor 1: 20). The promise of grace, saving grace, is fulfilled in Christ so also the promise of everlasting peace and everything in between, leading to salvation.
To welcome Christ into our hearts and allow him to inspire out thoughts and actions, is to carry the yes of divinity within us. Such a state of life is unimaginable peace and joy.
I'm not surprised why the best moment for any holy heart is after receiving Holy Communion. Christ dwelling within us in the species of bread and wine calms the mind and melts the soul with the inward aroma of divine embrace. In such a heart, grace and virtues flowing from it flourish.
A woman once described the joy she felt receiving the Lord Jesus Christ like a holy ecstasy beyond words. Don’t you feel that joy too from time to time when you receive the Lord in Holy Communion in the state of grace? For those who haven’t or aren’t exposed to this special moment of divine yes, you may want to investigate it. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Saint Paul says, we simply respond "Amen." Meaning “may it be so with us,” since to say amen to God is to accept who Christ is and what he brings. Mary's yes and amen is a perfect model.
The yes to God and all it brings in and through Christ makes us authentic witnesses of what we have received. We become other Christs for the world in need of divine yes. It's only then can we be the salt of the earth to add taste to a tasteless world, and the light of the darkness, to shed light on hopelessness, unbelief and dark life experiences that deprive many of inner peace and joy?
Would we, like Paul, say "Amen" to the promises and heritage we have in Christ? It's a blessing for us and for many if we say yes to all the promises of God in Christ. Those promises are for us.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday Week 10 A: 2 Cor 1: 18-22; Mtt 5: 13-16]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural 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.