What is Your Strength?

24 Jan 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on What is Your Strength?

DSC_6777Nehemiah, in today’s first reading recounts for us how God’s people renewed their fervor by re-acquainting themselves with the Holy Scriptures. They were filled with many emotions, but advised that: “rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength.” i.e. ultimately what they heard was ‘good news’ (evangelium in Latin). The second reading is an uninterrupted continuation from last week’s second reading, spelling out the characteristics of the mystical body of Christ, the Church, with Jesus,  as our head.

The Gospel selection from St. Luke is most unusual in that we have a few verses from the very beginning of Luke’s Gospel stating his purpose: “…that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received”, but then passes over all of the infancy narratives to the 4th chapter where we find Jesus as an adult teaching the meaning of the Scriptures in the Synagogue.

It should be obvious that if “…rejoicing in the Lord must be (our) strength”, then we must give more than lip service to being people of the Bible.  Rather we must actually become familiar with, and meditate upon God’s words to us as found in Holy Scripture!

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