Slihe Mar Philippose and Yakob



Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): 2 Samuel 22:1-7  
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Sirach 45:1-5  
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 2 Corinthians 4:5-14  
Evangalion (Gospel): Matthew 10:23-28  

This is the part of the song of thanksgiving of David, since the Lord had rescued him from the grasp of all his enemies. We may call it also the song of thanksgiving of the new David, whom God had delivered from the clutches of death, by raising him from death and decay. Let us also make it our own song, since the loving Father has made us the children of resurrection, Christ being the first-born of the new creation. Indeed Lord is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our shield, the horn of our salvation and our saviour. Let us exclaim: “Praised be the Lord, since we are safe from Satan sin and eternal death. Whenever we suffer let us call upon the Lord, and cry out to our God. Then he will hear our voice, and our cry will reach his ears. Christ has given us assurance of this truth.

 

This is the praise of Moses. This is also the praise of Christ, the new Moses, who has won the favour of all, and was dear to God as well as humans. As in the case of Moses, God’s honour devolved upon the Son of Man. The Lord strengthened him with fearful powers. God wrought swift miracles at his words and sustained him in the presence of the powerful men of this world. Through Christ God gave us the commandment of love and revealed his glory to us. The heavenly Father declared: “You are my beloved Son; on you my favour rests” (Mk 1:11). Finally at ascension God led him into the cloud. Let us take pride in the glory of the Risen Lord.     

 

Filled with the spirit of the Risen Lord, Paul, his apostle exclaims: We are persecuted, but never abandoned; we are struck down, but never destroyed, since he knew that he is carrying continually about in his body the dying of Jesus, so that in his body the life of Jesus may also be revealed. Let us make the thoughts and acclamations of Paul our own. Let us we convinced of the truth that during our earthly life, we are constantly being delivered to death or Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh. Let us, the children of resurrection, make known the glory of God shining on the face of Risen Christ.

 

Jesus foretells us, his disciples, about the persecutions that his followers have to endure on account of his name. The Master has trodden the path of sufferings during his lifetime, which brought him glory and eternal bliss. We are his pupils and have to be glad to become like Him. Thus we should, like Paul the apostle, declare: “I wish to know Christ and the power flowing from his resurrection; likewise to know how to share in his sufferings by being formed into the pattern of his death. Thus do I hope that I may arrive at resurrection from the dead” (Phil 3:10-11). We need not be intimidated by the enemies of Christ. They could only deprive the body of life, but cannot destroy the soul. Let us treasure the words of our Master in our hearts, meditate on them assiduously and be transformed by them.

 

 

Father Paul Kalluveettil, CMI <paulkalluveettil ' at' gmail.com>

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