15 November 2006: Wednesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Titus 3, 1-8: Rebirth and Renewal
The first reading teaches us that God’s love and grace is felt through the mediation of people within the Church, but behind its power is the Holy Spirit. For example,
Mediation of the Church in God’s grace and love is witness in the baptism. The priest may do the pouring of water on the heads of the children/adults to be baptized, but it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that they become Christians. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest may hear the penitent’s sins, but it is the Holy Spirit who cleanses and forgives them. When you have hurt someone and has reconciled with him, you feel a certain peace and lightness of heart. The person may have said the words, “I forgive you,” but it is the Holy Spirit who lifted up the burden and guilt. Rebirth and renewal in God is made possible through the instruments of human beings.
In our lives, the same thing happens. We first experience the love of God through our parent’s care and concern. And then, we find ourselves being taken cared of by God after we leave our homes to study and to work through the friends that we find. When we celebrate our birthdays, we thank the Lord for the grace of friendship and the years of blessings and challenges. God’s grace is indeed mediated through people.
Therefore, we can reflect on our lives. How do we mediate God’s love to others? What aspects of our lives need renewal? We pray that as
*I took this at Mirador Villa, Bagiuo City.