Posted by: fvbcdm | July 18, 2014

Feast of Saint Camillus de Lellis (18 July 2014)

In the Book of Exodus, we have the story of Moses. Since the Egyptian pharaoh had decreed the deaths of all the Jewish baby boys, his family hid him in the reeds near the Nile. By a divine irony, he is found by the very daughter of the pharaoh who wanted all the Jewish boys killed; she adopts him and raises him as her own son.

Moses grows up to become leader of his people out of the slavery of Egypt, and the great lawgiver who communed with God on the crest of Sinai and received from God the commandments of the law. And by this fact, he also became the living symbol of the law itself, which was so important to Jewish theology. Later, the prophet Elijah became the greatest of the prophets, and the symbol of prophecy in Jewish religion. Thus it was customary for the Jewish people to speak of the Law and the Prophets, meaning the entirety of God=s revelation to his people.

We come down to the life of Our Divine Lord who, shortly before his passion and death, took three of his apostles up to a high mountain. There he was transfigured before them, and appeared in dazzling brilliance, flanked by Moses and Elijah. The significance of this apparition is clear: Jesus is the Christ, the promised one, whom Moses and Elijah foretold and prefigured.

He is the greatest lawgiver and prophet of the new law. One day, when someone asked him which was the greatest of the commandments, he answered, AYou shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and your whole strength.@ And the second is like the first, AYou shall love your neighbor as yourself.@ Then he added, AUpon these depend the whole law and the prophets.@ The two laws of love contain the entire revelation of God in a nutshell.

So let us adore Christ our Redeemer, the lawgiver of the new law, whom Moses prefigured.  And let us try earnestly to grow in the love of God and neighbor so as to achieve ever-greater holiness in this life and forever. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.


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