|Family of Jesus|
We come to know God more completely as we relate to one another more authentically in love. Saint Paul wants those who read his letter to know that they are the cause of His joy and gratitude. Surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, such a community of brothers and sisters, he comes to know God as the Father, not only of Christ but also of the entire Body of Christ, the Church. In Christ, God the Father becomes the object of praise and thanksgiving because it is He Who blesses us with every spiritual blessing and boundless mercy. His name alone is our refuge and strength.
In the Gospel, Saint Luke mentions how, at daybreak, Jesus interrupted his ministry to seek out a place of solitude. There, at the beginning of a new day, the Son is embraced by the Father and reaffirms His desire to fulfill all that the Father wills of Him. It is our duty to seek the Lord where He can be found, in the solitude of our hearts. Because He is the giver of all good gifts, we intercede with Him on behalf of those who are afflicted in body, mind or soul. With the eyes of faith, we come to realize that a desert solitude is no threat to us since it is there that we meet the Lord, face-to-face. May we continue to be with Him until that day when He returns in glory to bring us all into everlasting life.
--Father Jerome Machar, OSCO