Epiphany - Solidarity with God's creation
Vs 8,9 - Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.
Psalms 2 talks about the rebellion of the rulers of the world against God and their desire to break free from clutches of God’s command. It is a clear depiction of what the world has seen from time to time and what we see across the nations today. How many officials who have been entrusted the responsibility to rule or manage a nation are undertaking their duties for the best interests of everyone? What we see are rulers who are acting to satisfy their own selfish needs by not giving heed to others or people of other nations. Those in power do not see the whole world as a big family where we are required to support each other for our survival. They are only thinking of safeguarding in interests of their own people even if it requires killing others. So, what we see is the wrong use of power by people in authority. It is power and pride that causes nations and leaders to rebel against God and be freed to do as they please rather than do the will of God.
As a response to this action, we see God revealing himself as the Father of Jesus and of all humankind through Epiphany. Hence, the world is being controlled by God and only His Will shall reign. God has the power over the nations to correct all wrong doings through his acts of wrath. The responsibility that was entrusted to man was to take care of earth and all the creations. But not doing so, we are ourselves inviting the adversities of nature and social intolerance. Unless we abide by the will of God, there is never going to be peace on earth. While Jesus went down in the waters of Jordan, he did so in solidarity with the sinners and those who are struggling to experience God in transformative ways. We need to surrender to God’s will and accept Jesus as the Savior of all mankind who has been given the possession of the ends of the earth.
Dear Lord, help me to do Thy will in all the roles and responsibilities that you have entrusted me on this earth. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
All earthly power is in vain if we do not do the will of God.
Elizabeth Jacob, W/o Rev. Johnson P. Abraham, The MTC Staten Island, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church