Waiting to Be Set Ablaze
You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you before he dies. (Sir 48:10-11)
These words about the prophet Elijah remind us that the story of God’s people takes place along a continuum that never ends. The Old Testament is as much a part of salvation history as is the New Testament as is my life now as is what lies ahead of me. Elijah was there for me back then and he’ll be there for me at the end of time.
Elijah was taken up to heaven in a chariot with fiery horses. He was ablaze in the glory of God. I’m called to be a prophet for my time. I’m called to lead the hearts of fathers toward their sons by upholding the sacredness and vitality of the family and to re-establish the present-day tribes of Jacob by warning others of the consequences of evil and encouraging them to open their hearts to God. Like Elijah, I have to be absolutely ablaze with the glory of God so that those around me can’t help but become caught up in the fire of Love.
Mary, you were so ablaze with the fire of Love that the Child Jesus was formed in your womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me to be so ablaze with the fire of Love that the Child Jesus will be spiritually formed within me this Christmas.