Thursday, May 15, 2014

God is active in history: Daily Mass Homily--Thursday, May 15th, 2014

           We call God’s working throughout the course of time salvation history.  There are a few succinct summaries of salvation history both in the Old and New Testaments and these were features of both Peter and Paul’s proclamation of the Gospel.
            This morning we hear Paul’s version of God’s providence throughout time.  Notice that Paul uses active verbs to describe God’s action: God “chose…exalted…led…provided…”  These very words show that God is not a impersonal deity or fantasy, but a Person who enters into our own earthly timeline.
            Paul reminds his audience that all of salvation history points to and is fulfilled by Jesus Christ: “From [David’s] descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.”  Jesus himself alludes to this fact: “From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.”  (You didn’t see this, but the I AM I read was all in capital letters, signifying that Jesus used God’s own name).
            What does this all mean for us?  It means that we follow, not some pie in the sky thought or clever myth or snobbish god who cares nothing for creation.  It means we have with us a loving and merciful Father who has providentially guided all of history.  In the most powerful way, this means we worship Jesus Christ who became one of us—God truly entered into the world.
            My we grow in love of our great God.

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