Things happen during prayer and meditation. But I’ve also noticed some strange preconceived notions about what happens in prayer and meditation. Most often, such ideas are spread by people who have no real experience in either prayer or meditation.
How to get things to really happen? The answer is right out there in front of you. In fact, a popular Beatles song summed up most of it. Some people devote their lives to this pursuit, but here is an introduction to get yours working.
Of all that we do, there is one element which makes our efforts precious or worthless! The epistle forces a challenge on us. Do we want to make a bunch of noise, or do we want to actually accomplish something? One factor is the difference. And that difference is a word some folks today don’t really understand.
This can be a challenge for some people, especially when we see what that one factor is like, and particularly when we see what it is particularly not like. But knowing this, we can build!
The reading in place of the Epistle is from the prophecy of Isaiah. In it, Isaiah speaks of the coming of the Christ. And with it, Isaiah teaches one of the main points which some people seem to miss: fulfillment.
Mercy and redemption are also important points, but first it must be established that promises will be fulfilled at the appointed time. And with that, we can begin to build our faith!
The reading in place of the Epistle is explicit in its prophecy. And the Gospel reading goes well with it, and goes further with the point we found in last week’s readings. In stupidly simple terms, nobody is going to stand in God’s way.
Since Joseph had no more trust in Herod’s son Archelaus than in Herod, he made use of the same gap in jurisdictions that would figure much later in Jesus’ trial. Joseph went to Galilee and to Nazareth, fulfilling yet another prophecy.
Look again at the story of the Holy Innocents and you will find another story and lesson which many people should try applying today! The slaughter of the Holy Innocents came about because King Herod asked the Wise Men how long they had been pursuing the star.
And with that, we can see the supreme folly of King Herod thinking that he was going to be able to stand in God’s way and prevent the coming of the Savior! The prophecy was well-known and abundantly documented in scripture! Did Herod think that he was so mighty that he could stand in God’s way?
If we look, we might find people committing similar follies in our time, such as thinking they know more than God, or ignoring Christ’s teachings in favor of some text which his teachings superseded.
While the Epistle speaks some of what was as opposed to what is now, the Gospel gives us a prophecy by Jesus of what to expect and what to do. And he also promises that that generation of people alive at that time would not pass away before it came to be! So, what gives?
In some other places in the gospels and elsewhere, there are clues to solve that riddle. Those who wish to sit and wait for something that is “coming”, nobody will stop them. But what about the rest of us?