Meditation for Saturday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
The prophet Zacharia gave his message after the Babylonian exile during the rebuilding of the temple. This new temple would stand for the new blessings to come. His prophetic visions encouraged the Jews to gather around the temple. In our opening reading today, Zacharia saw a vision of a man going forward to measure Jerusalem, but another Angel said to the young man, “Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of men and cattle in it.” The Lord declared that He would encircle Jerusalem like a wall of fire and fill her with glory. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion; for behold, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the Lord.” Then, many nations will gather up to be God’s peoples, and the Lord shall dwell in the midst of them.
This ‘Jerusalem’ that is filled by the glory of God and to which all nations gather to, can it be measured? To measure means to determine its limits and extent of its outreach. But the ‘vastness’ of God cannot be measured, and so also is the ‘City’ walled by God and filled with His glory. This is how we are built up in Christ Jesus through His Cross and Resurrection with unmeasured graces and blessings. Such ‘vastness of the glory of God’ in Christ Jesus is not ‘simplistic’, easy or by mere wish.
So, when people began to acclaim the greatness everything Jesus did, He said to them, “For the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” From this opposing effort to ‘limit’ His power and kill Him that the unmeasured graces of the resurrection rise. Let us continue to gather up to Jesus, for in Him is the fullness of divinity, and we shall enjoy boundless glory and unmeasured favours. Amen.
St Ceolfrid, pray for us. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Saturday September 25th, 2021.