Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A good image

     I still find myself delighting in a phrase or an image provided by the "new" translations of the Roman Missal, even after these years.  This morning the Church celebrated Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Collect prayer seeks the intercession of the Blessed Virgin so that "...fortified by her protection, we may reach the mountain which is Christ."   I like the image of Christ being described as the mountain.

     We find in the scriptures, especially in the Hebrew Scriptures, the image of the mountain.  This is the place where God resides and where he can be found.  God's People are called to go to the mountain and be provided for, to come to the mountain and be taught, to see the awesomeness of God in the mystery of the mountaintop experience.  To describe Jesus as the mountain is altogether fitting, for in and through him we come to know, to experience and to celebrate the Creator God.  In Matthew 11:27 Jesus says that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.  It is the mission of Christ Jesus to make the Father known to us, to introduce us to him and embrace us with his love.  Thus he is our mountaintop experience.

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