- Luke 9:43-45
- The Second Prediction of the Passion
In today’s gospel, it was said that all were astonished of the majesty of God. Do you know the majesty of God? When we ascribe majesty to someone, we acknowledge greatness in that person and shout our respect for it.
Just like the e-mail message I received from a friend of mine, Awesomeness of God. It says:
In Chemistry, He turned water into wine.
In Biology, He was born without the normal conception.
In Physics, He disproved the law of gravity when He ascended into heaven.
In Economics, He disproved the law of diminishing return by feeding 5000 men, not including women and children, with two fishes and five loaves of bread.
In Medicine, He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs.
In History, He is the beginning and the end.
In Government, He said that He shall be called wonderful counsellor, prince of peace.
In Religion, He said no one comes to the Father except through Him.
So who is He? He is Jesus! Join me and let’s celebrate Him, He is worthy.
God is infinite and therefore we cannot say that we know God or fully understand Him. We are like tiny fishes in the middle of the Pacific Ocean which is God and each day we swim around getting new experiences of the same sea. In this sense life is a continual path of discovery and God is constantly revealing Himself; and to rise above merely existing and begin to live, we must always be open to those new revelations of God of surprises.
But because of sin, we tried to declare our independence from God. That sin, in a thousand forms, persists even to this day. There is some sort of deep-rooted pride within us and it is dangerous and destructive.
In relation to pride, I read this story about a frog, living in a forest but wanted to fly and see the beauty of the rainforest above, persuaded his two geese friends to fly him up in the sky. He tied the ends of a long cord to each goose; he held the center of the cord in his mouth and off they went up above. The journey was going well until someone on the ground noticed the strange sight passing by overhead. “Hey, look at that!” he shouted, “That’s fantastic. Whose idea was that, I wonder?” In his anxiety to get the credit for being so clever, the proud frog opened his mouth and shouted “Mine!” And so he fell into the ground and died.
You know humility and profound gratitude are the only fitting responses to the majesty of God and His love that is offered to us. To try to run the show, to reverse the roles and have God under an obligation to us for being so good, is a pathetic distortion of his plan of salvation for us.
At the end let us listen to this advice from somebody: ‘If God is your co-pilot, change seats.”