Thought of the day
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

“But he slipped through the midst of them and walked away”

Christ desired to win over the whole world and bring its inhabitants to God the Father… They are those among the Gentiles who, enriched by faith in Christ, have gained the divine, the heavenly treasure, which is the saving proclamation of the gospel. Through this they have become sharers in the kingdom of heaven and companions of the saints (Eph 2:19; 3:6)... To the brokenhearted Christ promises healing and release, and to the blind he gives sight. For those who worship created things, thus failing to recognize him who is really and truly God, are they not blind? Are not their hearts devoid of the spiritual and divine light? To these the Father sends the light of true knowledge of God. Having been called by faith, they know God, or rather, they are known by him. They were children of night and of darkness, but they have become children of light (Eph 5:8). The Day has shone upon them the Sun of Righteousness has risen (Mal 3:20), the Morning Star has appeared in all its brilliance (Rv 22:16). 

All that has been said, however, could also be applied to the Israelites, for they too were poor, brokenhearted, captives in a certain sense, and in darkness. But Christ came, and it was to the Israelites first that he made known the purpose of his coming: he came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Lk 4:19), and the day of retribution. 

That was the acceptable year, when Christ was crucified for us, for then we became acceptable to God the Father. Through Christ we bear fruit as he himself taught us when he said: “I tell you truly that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains as it is, a single grain; but if it dies, it bears a rich harvest” (Jn 12:24); and again: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw the whole world to myself” (Jn 12:32). Moreover, on the third day he came to life again, after trampling death's power underfoot. He then addressed these words to his holy disciples: “All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18-19). 

Saint Cyril of Alexandria