REFLECTIONS AND PRAYERS WITH MOTHER ELAINE
January 25th, 2023
In the three readings from our mass this Sunday, we read about God’s option and preference for the poor, the humble and the weak. Throughout the history of God’s people, it has been the poor, the weak and the ordinary who have been called and chosen to proclaim the Kingdom of God. It is the humble and lowly who take refuge and shelter in the Lord that the Prophet Zephaniah speaks of and highlights. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he warns them and us not to be come over confident with our own achievements and wisdom. God has a regular habit of choosing those who are weak and insignificant according to the standards of the world to show up those who appear to know it all and have everything. God breaks into our world through the most ordinary and seemingly unimportant people.
In the gospel we read about Mary, the young girl from small village who was chosen to become the mother of Jesus. We read about ordinary fishermen who were chosen to be his closest friends. We read about Mary Magdalene who was also part of this group and who first proclaimed the resurrection. We read about the Roman soldier, the leper, the blind, the crippled and the widow who gave all she had. These are the ones through whom God spoke and was heard. These were not important or powerful in the eyes of the world. But in God eyes they were the ordinary people whose words, actions and lives illumine the power and truth of the gospel. They are the people who are named and described in The Beatitudes.
The recently deceased singer Leonard Cohen wrote, that there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light get in. The opposite it also true, there is crack in everything and that’s the light gets out! We are the people today through whom God breaks into our world. We are called to be people of the Beatitudes; we are called to be merciful, thirst for what is right, to be merciful, to be peacemakers and to be pure of heart. We are the people and these are the things that change our world!
God bless you.