DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Verse 3: I heard the Lord speak and I felt His power.
My Beloved, words will always be inadequate to describe our experience of God. We can only say, “I saw what looked like. I heard what sounded like.” Our human vocabulary cannot express fully our experience of You but our hearts know and our souls know although it in inexpressible.
My Beloved, Your disciples are all around You. You speak of Your arrest and of being handed over to those who will put You to death. You also tell them just plainly and clearly that You will rise to life again on the 3rd day, yet all that Your disciples can latch on to and feel sad about is that You will die. The joy of Your rising from the dead in three days is so incomprehensible that they ignore that this part of the truth completely thus they have lost the opportunity to experience hope in the midst of their profound sadness and grief. We read that Peter was asked whether You pay the temple tax. If Peter had said no then others would use this as an excuse not to pay the tax that was due as well. It is true that we are citizens of heaven and for the duration of time that we live as exiles here on earth, we have to live in obedience to just and legitimate laws.