Dec 15 (Mt 17:10-13)

A legendary description of a Cathedral goes thus…

This Cathedral, having triple doorways have inscriptions on the magnificent arches.

>> Above the first one is carved a wreath of roses, with the words: “All that pleases is but for a moment.”

>> Over the second is a cross, with the words, “All that troubles is but for a moment.”

>> But, under the main entrance are written the words: “That only is important, which is eternal.”

Do we realize this great aspect…

… that the most important things in life are those that lead us to eternal life!

Is our mind focussed towards preparing our hearts for eternal life…

… or do we have our minds scattered by other concerns, and thus lose track of our eternal priorities?

Very often in our life…

We fail to give attention to the most important things of life

>> Instead, we get carried away by some other less priorities of life!

This is so true, especially with respect to the Word of God!

>> The Lord promises so many wonderful things in His Holy Word..

… but often, we fail to realize “That only is important, which is eternal”

Something similar had happened to the people of Israel as well:

>> They had their minds scattered…

… and thus had lost track of their eternal priorities.

They failed to recognize the Important Personalities, God had sent…

… to prepare them for eternal life!

>> God had promised them of the coming of the Messiah…

… but they failed to recognize the Saviour, when He came!

God had promised that Prophet Elijah of old would return…

… but they failed to recognize the Prophet when he came!

This is what Jesus points out to His disciples in today’s Gospel, when He says:

“I tell you, Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him; but did to him, whatever they pleased” (Mt 17: 12)

John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, had come, preaching the message of repentance and conversion of heart (Mt 3:1)

The Gospel says that John the Baptist…

… wore a clothing made of camel’s hair

… had a leather belt around his waist

… had food of locusts and wild honey (Mt 4: 4)

This appearance was very similar to that of Elijah, the Prophet (2 Kings 1:8)

But in their encounter with John the Baptist, the people failed to recognise him as the “Elijah who was to come”

And thus John the Baptist came to be …

… rejected

… derided

… finally killed!

Many times in our life, we too fail to realize “That only is important, which is eternal”, in our encounter with the Lord…

>> He gives His Beautiful Word to us…

… but we fail to be encouraged by It and live by It

>> He makes many wonderful promises of assurance and guidance…

… but we fail to live a life of trust and confidence

>> He offers Himself wonderfully in the Sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Eucharist…

… but we fail to derive the necessary fruits from Them

Today, the Gospel invites us, to look at God’s Promises, God’s Word’s and God’s Will…

… and discover the true purpose of it in our lives.

May we prepare our hearts to receive His Word as He wishes, in our life…

… and seek to live, in total accord with Him!

Yes, let us realize and remind ourselves…

>> When our life is decorated the “wreath of roses” of worldly joy and happiness: “All that pleases is but for a moment.”

>> When our life is burdened with the “cross” of hardships: “All that troubles is but for a moment.”

>> When we pass through the “main entrance of God’s Will”: “That only is important, which is eternal.”

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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