“I TELL YOU ELIJAH HAS ALREADY COME, AND THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIM BUT DID TO HIM WHATEVER THEY PLEASED.” MT 17:9-13
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
As they were coming down from the mountain,the disciples asked Jesus,“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. MT 17:9-13
Like the scribes, we often miss the presence of God right in front of us. We are called to be missionaries in our homes not some far away land. We are called to live our baptismal promises (fight Satan/sin, grow in holiness) starting with our families. What a difficult task!
Our hearts deepest longing is to turn our life over to a higher power. We want to experience peace, joy, love, faithfulness in our relationships, truth, to be loved and belong to something. These are all filled in a way that no human can, but God can. Peter Kreeft says, “It is harder to give up one’s life (deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me), then to physically die”. Our ego and pride get in the way of humility.
God is humble. In 8 days, we will remember when God becomes Flesh/Man. His birth doesn’t take place in a palace, but a cave with animal dung all around Him and two poor people who have consecrated themselves to God. His bed is hay stuffed in an animal trough. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton says, “The gate of heaven is very low, only the humble can enter it.”
How do we grow in holiness, humility? Give up your life, so a higher power can work through you. This is the message of John the Baptist, the new Elijah, “Repent, and be baptized, the kingdom of God is at hand.” At baptism, we die to our old life and get a new life since Jesus died on the Cross. He claims our life and our life is no longer ours.
Submit, let God love you and work through you. Make Him the center of your life, not a part of it. Be humble and enter heaven, your heart’s greatest desire!
Be a servant, be a saint today!