The LORD Has Revealed to the Nations His Saving Power
Catechesis At Home – The LORD Has Revealed to the Nations His Saving Power
6th Sunday of Easter – Year B
Do we ever stop to think about our brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith, and how their ancestors may have felt 2000 years ago when God decided to give the promises of Abraham to everyone?
Disbelief was a big feeling. They killed Jesus because they did not believe Him. Some were in awe that God was among them, and changed their ways. And there are devout Jews today still waiting for the Messiah, though we know He has already come. But perhaps they observe the old laws out of ignorance, not pride or rejection.
Now there are Christians and Jews who continue the wayward, sinful ways of the Israelites that regularly got them into slavery. We wonder how Israel could start worshipping a golden calf so soon after God led them out of Egypt, and yet here we are, worshipping false gods and idols of money, pleasure, power when God physically stood among us and is constantly physically among us in the Eucharist. The Judeo-Christian world has fallen for and pursued an immoral culture, embracing moral relativism instead of objective Truth.
The Psalmist said many centuries before Jesus walked the earth that, “The LORD has revealed to the nations his saving power,” which at that time was showing the world how much He favored Israel. But Israel let Him down, so He showed them and the world His saving power by dying for everyone; opening heaven for those who “fear him and acts uprightly,” as Peter says in the first reading.
It would seem that a Jew hearing Peter say that would say, “Hey, that’s my God and my relationship and it is special. He’s not sharing!” The thought of God giving up on a Jew would be harsh and either incite change or refusal to consider. But in fact, God does welcome non-Israelite children, while also telling the Israelites to shape up or they don’t get to keep that special relationship He is now offering to everybody.
We can understand how they would feel, because God is telling us the same thing. If we continue our moral decline, there will be consequences that we will not like, but that He has warned us about, just like He warned the Jews through the Prophets. The decision is ours.
Will we heed the warnings and straighten up, or will we hear The Lord say, “I do not know you”?
This week, start and continue the discussion about how we would feel if Jesus came back and told us we aren’t living by the Great Commandment (Mt 22:37-39) and He’s going to open heaven to worms. Israelites knew they were special to God, and everyone else was insignificant. What if God still wanted us in heaven but told us we would have to share it with worms? How would we feel? Not about the worms…about ourselves?