Daily Office readings for Tuesday of the Last Week of Epiphany: Year 1
AM Psalms 26and 28; PM Psalms 36and 39;
Deuteronomy 6:16to25; Hebrews 2:1to10; John 1:19to28;
“It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will. Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere, ‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?” (Hebrews 2: 3to 6)
This passage from the Letter to the Hebrews has very important words for us to ponder. “God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit,” It is by gifts of the Holy Spirit that changes everything. We cannot look with mortal eyes and draw our own little conclusions about matters of all things. The Gospel of John gives us a clue about being open to receiving revelation from God. “God is Spirit. And so, those who worship [God] must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
This Great Creator of the universe who made all things and all life took a special fancy to humanity. I imagine God thinking, “Look at what a wonderful creature I caused to be, I will dwell with them and lead them.” We, as humans, are so blessed that God thinks so much of us. From our Hebrews reading today we read, “But someone has testified somewhere, ‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?” These words originated from Psalm 8, verse 5; it reads, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you visit him?” And yes, God did indeed visit us in the person of our Lord Jesus.
Jesus, (God Incarnate), walked among us teaching us to listen to one another, learn from one another, love one another, and to live in harmony with one another. Maybe sometimes we are not following His example so well. But there is no plan B. I believe God is still creating us and it’s only a matter of time and we will have heaven among us. Thank You Lord Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John