Sunday January 22
The light that shines in the darkness
  • Isaiah 8:23--9:3
  • Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17
  • Matthew 4:12-23

Today’s readings reveal that the promise of God given to Prophet Isaiah was fulfilled in Jesus. Yet, still are there people living in the land of the shadow of death and darkness?

Some would say that one of the greatest tragedies of humanity is when one looks back at their own life and sees their own sinfulness and the suffering it caused to others and then feeling that we cannot do anything about it. The world tells us that the consequences of what we have done and the brokenness of the past has to be borne by our self alone. This is a lie that people believe. Because we have removed God from the equation. It is he who can make it possible to reconcile with those whom we have hurt. If we care to speak to the people around us, we are sure to find out many who carry the burden of their sins in their hearts .

Jesus took our sin and brokenness upon himself and paid the ransom for our sins with his precious blood. It is the answer for our past. The great good news is that we can enter into the original plan that God intended for our lives. This is the light that shines in our darkness.

Jesus says “Repent”. We need to repent for our sins. Sometimes the cares of this world become so real in our minds that it overwhelms us. We may forget that the gift of redemption has already been given to us. We need to accept it in faith. The Lord Jesus invites us to repent of our sinful ways of thinking, speaking and behaving.

Let us examine our hearts, does the past weigh us down? Are we living in bondage and in sinfulness due to the brokenness of the past? Jesus can heal our past. Let us give it to him. Let us repent and confess our sins. Let us confidently approach the sacrament of reconciliation.

The psalmist says: “the Lord is my light and my salvation” and he seeks to dwell in God’s presence. Praising God brings us to the presence of God. Let us strive to praise God always. In his presence we will be healed and transformed from our past .

St.Paul talks of a division. He says that there is only one truth and we should be perfectly united not divided in mind and thought on this. He emphasizes that he peached the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that this message of salvation, the message of the cross of Christ, will be delivered to the people.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to reveal our hidden sins and lead us to repentance. Let us share this message of salvation with others who may not have a clear understanding of the Gospel of Christ.

Prayer: Abba Father, reveal deep into our hearts, the truth of redemption. Amen.

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