In today’s first reading from Hosea the prophet, Hosea is denouncing idolatry… Israel was not remaining faithful to God.
Israel was deluged by the Kingdom of Darkness.
In the Gospel Jesus confronts the Kingdom of Darkness
with the healing power of love… the Kingdom of God.
Jesus brings the Kingdom of God’s light and life into our world
which is still seduced by the Kingdom of Darkness:
I Darkness and Light
How do we experience this Kingdom of Darkness in our world?
Jesus brings light into this darkness,
Jesus brings compassion and forgiveness, healing and liberation.
This Kingdom of Darkness and sin and evil
will ultimately nail Jesus to the Cross
and seemingly overwhelm him…
will bind Jesus and plunge him into the darkness.
Death will appear victorious.
But… three days later Jesus will burst the bonds of darkness
and death and bring new life to our world.
God does not abandon us, but brings us hope and new life.
II What About Us?
Jesus has overcome the Kingdom of Darkness,
but his victory is still working its way thru our world today.
What is our role in this ongoing struggle between God’s Kingdom and the Kingdom of Darkness?
The Prayer of St. Francis says it so beautifully:
As we reflect on today’s Mass we ask loving God and Good Shepherd Jesus to heal us and to strengthen us so that we might remain faithful and loyal to God and be God’s instruments in our world… so that we might walk in the footsteps of Jesus and continue to bring his victory over the Kingdom of Darkness into our personal lives and into our world.
Father Donald Ware, C.P.