Monthly Scripture Reflection
“Fullness of Time”
January 2021, and we are ready for a new dawn. Ready to welcome a new Spirit into our hearts.
“Raise your eyes and look about,” Isaiah says. The Israelites finally returning from exile saw light at the end of the tunnel and prospects of rebuilding. The Magi saw a star. Herod saw a threat. Mary and Joseph saw with amazement the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And the Magi saw through Herod’s duplicity and went home by a different route.
A different way is what we must be about. John the Baptist’s followers had to leave him to accept Jesus when “the heavens opened and a Spirit, like a dove, descended upon [him]. And the voice came of God said, ‘You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased.’” The early Christianized Jews had to acknowledge that the Gentiles were coheirs of Christ.
“Time is running out,” St. Paul tells the Corinthians. It’s time to listen. “Listen that you may have life,” says Isaiah. Samuel finally answered God, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Moses predicted that God would raise up a prophet for them from among them, and “to him you shall listen.” “Behold the Lamb of God,” exclaims the Baptist, and his listeners left him to follow Jesus.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found.” “We have found the Messiah,” Andrew tells his brother, Simon-Peter. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus said this also to James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus taught in the synagogues, and people were amazed that he was teaching with “authority.” “The Kingdom of God is at hand…. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
“This is the time of fulfillment.”
Terry Schulte, MASL