Posted by: livingscripture | January 21, 2009

January 21, 2009 Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from his defeat of the kings and blessed him…His name means ‘King of Justice’; he was also King of Salem, that is, ‘King of peace’. 

Without father, mother  or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.  

  (Hebrews 7, 1-3)

 

How should we live this Word 

 

The affirmation of the first reading has great import for our faith.  In fact, the author recognizes that Melchizedek prefigures Christ.  He is presented as one who has neither mother nor father.  Yet, in the Old Testament, it was necessary for a priest to belong to a priestly family and his biographical information needed to be clear:  when and where he was born and his genealogy.  There is none of this in the mysterious person of Melchizedek who is also called ‘king of peace and of justice’.  This is precisely the identity of the Risen Christ.

 

How beautiful it is to recall the exultation of the first Christians as they read the Old Testament with attention and profundity.  Little by little, they discovered the lineaments of the figure of Christ, not only in the words of the prophets, but in history itself, which is entirely the history of salvation.  St. Augustine frames it well when he says, ‘the New Testament is hidden in the Old.  By His coming, Christ has illumined the whole of the Old Testament’.

 

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will praise and thank the Lord.  I will let Jesus emerge in me with all His power, the  King of peace and of justice in my life.  I will invoke the Spirit so that my faith may be ever more motivated and become a continuous act of trust in Jesus, the eternal high priest, the only mediator between me and the Father.  I will pray:

 

Jesus, I trust in You.  You are my only good!

 

The voice of R. Schnackenburg                  

 

For the Christian, there does not exist any mystic of direct union with God outside of history, detached from the Christ event.


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