Ask any priest, nun and other pastor what their
Life’s mission is, many will answer: “We need to make God visible”.

Many of us have heard today’s Gospel from John at least 3 times in this week.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Yes ,
The message of God’s presence from the beginning is known to us.
But today we concentrate on another theme:
Although God is allmighty,
he seeks and needs people and their help.
That’s the good news.

God sends John as his voice. He is the forerunner of Jesus.
Why God Almighty selects a man for it and why not an angel?

People had great reverence and fear towards God and his presence at that time. To approach God was equal to death.
Only a few people like Moses and David, were exception for it.
In addition, God was sure that a human being can communicate better with humans.

Anyway, God needs human contribution in the history of salvation.
God gives us humans a wonderful position in his history of salvation.
God and man working together for the Kingdom of God .
This is such a wonderful image.

God needs people and we humans need God .
This also explains the two readings of the day.
“Before all ages, in the beginning, he created me, and through all ages I shall not cease to be.” (Sir 24 , 9)

St. Paul also confirmed this calling in his letter. He says: “May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones…” (Eph. 1, 18 )

In a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila we read:
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands but yours,
No feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”

Many of us may say God sends his angel when we are in need and distress.
Actually, all of us are sent by God as his angels – Messengers – here on earth.
We have make God visible.

John is an example today.
We too can follow him and change our lives as God’s testimony.
Perhaps through a smile, through a comforting word, a prayer, by a touch….
Dare we to live as God’s angels/ messengers?
May God bless and send us as His messengers. Amen !

–Thomas Kalathil

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