Jesus reminds us that He is the “one Loaf” that unites the different factions that exist in the community. To celebrate the Eucharist is a truly genuine way to commit ourselves to that unity.
“Besides the times of the year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thirty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated, but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honored in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time.” (Universal Norms, 43) Ordinary Time begins.
“It is one thing to see the land of peace… and another thing to tread the road that leads to it.” St. Augustine, Confessions 7:21
As we come to the end of 2018, and the start of a new year, 2019, we must remember that God has anointed us giving us the strength to stand against all evil and all darkness.
Deacon Stephen gave his life for the sake of the babe in the manager. We need to ask ourselves: what sort of gift are we willing to give to the Christ Child?
God is redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, and now, Isaiah says He is also teacher. God teaches us through the commandments. OT thought equates obedience to God’s commandments with Israel’s prosperity. God always leads us on a path that will result in redemption and salvation.
The words from the Second Isaiah are meant to be words of reassurance to a people in exile. God has not abandoned them. He will be their redeemer. God makes promises of divine care that he intends to keep. He makes those same kind of assurances to us no matter how bad things might seem.