We have made it to the end of another liturgical year. We have once again heard, through the Scriptures read in the Masses this year, the plan of salvation God has for us. Did we (I) listen and take it to heart?
Daniel, in the first reading today, saw visions. He was writing to a people who were “lost” in exile. They needed to have someone tell them the plan of salvation God had in mind for them.
Like the Jews of the Old Testament we need to be reminded of our covenant with our God. Our promise to take care of all God has given us. The Daniels (lectors and preachers) tell us that plan by reading God’s Word to us. Hopefully, we listen and understand it.
When I realize that I did not create the world. That I cannot control all that happens in this world. Then I realize that I have been given my life as a gift from my God. I am only a steward (Genesis 2) of what God created and gave to all of us to use to show our love and gratitude to God. When I realize that all that exists is a creation of God then I realize God is in charge, is King of all.
We (I) do not like to think that I (we) are not in charge and cannot do whatever I want. Like an employee, I follow the direction I have been given by “the boss,” so I follow the directions given to me by The King. If I do not follow those directions and everyone else did not follow them, the “job” would not get done. We all need directions, and plans to follow. Without them, Heaven (the Kingdom of God) would not be realized for us.
In the gospel today, Pilate asks Jesus if He is a king. Jesus responds, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. For this reason I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Do I/we recognize the need of Christ the King in our life? Do I/we listen to God’s Word and follow God’s directions?
Next week, we start over so if I/we did not listen too well or did not understand our part in the plan of Salvation we have another chance to listen and respond as good and faithful stewards.
Happy New Year,
Fr Lou Jaeger