Christ, the New Elijah

WEDNESDAY: Tenth Week in Ordinary Time


Christ, the New Elijah

Does humankind need another dramatic event like the theophany of Mount Carmel, to remind them there is one God (1Kgs.18:20-39)? There is a bold and reckless form of idol worship taking place in our time. Its support systems are the theology of prosperity, and the competing ideologies and philosophies vying to overthrow the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus and to capture the soul of this generation.

Unnoticing, the tragedy of the prophets of Baal is already unfolding before our eyes. The cash cows supporting this notion of modern-day religion and worship is crumbling at an accelerated rate; their cadavers, gashed by the inventions of their gods are destroying the world. God did not forget or neglect us amidst COVID 19; we did it to ourselves. Our sin and our stubborn refusal to heed the exhortation to repentance is the cause of our downfall (Ho.14:2-9). In the aftermath of this global pandemic to whom shall we turn to rediscover our identity, purpose, vision, mission and the necessity of faith and authentic worship and to heal the world (2Chr.7:14)?

The bull offered by Elijah and acceptable to God prefigured Christ. He is the new Elijah, priest, altar and sacrifice who came into this world to turn the hearts of the children of God back to the Father through the completion of the Law through his death. It was on his dying cross disbelievers acknowledged "Indeed he is the Son of God (Matt.27:54)." My brothers and sisters let us turn away from our present pursuit of the gods of this age. Put our trust God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God sent his Son into this world that we might enjoy the fullness of life (Jn.10:10). Remember, Christ Jesus is the fullness of God's revelation to the world.

My Lord and my God. I believe, and I place all hope in you.

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