Theophany

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for September 27, 2015

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for September 27, 2015, 26thSunOrdB
Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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A theophany is a temporary manifestation of God perceptible to the human senses.

God is infinitely beyond our human understanding and perception. To manifest Himself at key times in history, God has used a cloud, from which he has allowed his voice to be heard.

For example, Numbers 11:25 records that, "The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses." And, at Jesus' Transfiguration, "a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him'" (Mt 17:5).

The ultimate manifestation of God to the human race is Christ Jesus – Who is God. He is the Eternal Word, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, God Himself come to earth, and He assumed a human nature so we might literally see the face of God and hear his voice.

God's will from the beginning has been to form a people for himself; and, when mankind abandoned God, God did not abandon mankind. Over many centuries, he patiently developed a chosen people, sharing with them the divine wisdom of his precepts (e.g., Ps 19:8-14).

When the time was right, God the Father sent God the Son, to complete his work of redemption and the formation of a people peculiarly his own. Baptized into the Body of Christ, we are now co-heirs with Christ to the Kingdom of God.

During our earthly sojourn, we are meant to be about our Master's work. For this reason, he sent the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity. The Spirit helps us follow Christ, speak His message to others, and to live holy lives like the Lord Himself.

To be like Christ and to live for Him means choosing to live by the Spirit, and not by the flesh:

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God (Rm 8:13-14).

As Jesus says, better to harm our body now when it heads toward sin, than to allow sin to kill our souls and harm others (see Mk 9:42-48).

May we always be led by the Holy Spirit, treat others justly, and advance the Kingdom of God.

Father Runnion

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