Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Hebrews 1:1-6 + Psalm 97 + Mark 1:14-20
January 14, 2013
“ ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ ” [Mark 1:17]
Back in Ordinary Time, we hear today an extraordinary description of the Son of God. In theology, the sort of lofty description in our First Reading is called a “high Christology”, focusing more on the divine nature of the Son of God. St. John of the Cross, in commenting on Hebrews 1, points out why the Covenant established by Jesus is not only the “new Covenant”, but the “new and everlasting Covenant”:
“In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), [God the Father] spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word - and he has no more to say… because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behavior but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty” (quoted in the Catechism #65).
The new and everlasting Covenant established by Jesus is irrevocable. God will not go back on His promise to love His adopted children. The only revocation can be on our part, due to our doubts and lack of faith. Ask God to give you the boldness of Andrew and Peter, James and John in dropping everything to follow Our Lord.