The meeting of God with His people in the Old Testament was such a fearful and awe-inspiring event that even nature could hardly endure it. In contrast, under the New Covenant sealed in the blood of Christ, God comes to us humbly in the form of bread and wine. But just because God humbles Himself does not mean we should be complacent and overly familiar with the greatness and awesomeness of this gift. Rather, we should revere and treasure it in our hearts and in our actions towards the Blessed Sacrament.
Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
1 In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt, on its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai. 2 After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai, they pitched camp. 9 When Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain, the LORD told to Moses, “I am coming to you in a dense cloud, so that when the people hear me speaking with you, they may always have faith in you also.” When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the response of the people, 10 the LORD added, “Go to the people and have them sanctify themselves today and tomorrow. Make them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day; for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people.” 16 On the morning of the third day there were peals of thunder and lightning, and a heavy cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 But Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stationed themselves at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was all wrapped in smoke, for the LORD came down upon it in fire. The smoke rose from it as though from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 The trumpet blast grew louder and louder, while Moses was speaking and God answering him with thunder. 20 When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai, he summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
R: Glory and praise for ever!
29 [Dan 3:52] “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; and blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.” (R) 30 [Dan 3:53] “Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.” (R) 31 [Dan 3:54] “Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” (R) 32 [Dan 3:55] “Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” (R) 33 [Dan 3:56] “Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.” (R)
Jesus spoke in parables in order to encourage those with faith to seek the truth while those with no interest would remain in the dark. It was only to His disciples that He entrusted the deeper mysteries of God and His kingdom as these were precious truths not to be treated lightly or with contempt.
“…many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Mt 13:17
After I took my YLSS, they told me that I should expect life to be more challenging because more temptations will come my way. That confused me! I thought to myself, “Why will it be harder if God is on my side? Who said I wanted more challenges anyway?”
Now I get it. Qualifying to be on God’s team means more than just staying in the light. It is BEING the light in order to SHARE the light to others. This is our ultimate challenge.
Give encouragements. Be positive. Appreciate others. Smile. Share a hug. Wave goodbye. Offer a helping hand. Lend a pen. Listen. Be proud of success. Love. Switch-off your ipod. Offer a ride home. Ask how things are going.
So many people are searching for God. Do they see even a glimpse of Him in you? -Pia Suiza. YLSS#22
Almighty Jesus, fill me up with your light and love so that I can give Your warmth to others. Use me, fill me, move me. AMEN.