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Called From Darkness into Light (1 Peter 2:2-12)

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  • Reading I: 1 Peter 2:2-12
  • Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 100
  • Gospel: Mark 10:46-52

1 Peter assumes an image of the Christian life that one can also find in the Gospels. It is an image of the disciples walking behind the Lord. We know that the Lord’s journey does not end with the Cross of Good Friday, but with His being seated at the right hand of the Father. The same trajectory is contemplated for all disciples, although they must first pass through the Cross at Calvary. In the day’s gospel, Bartimaeus walked behind the Lord to his immediate destination — the cross — but only after he received his sight.

Peter addresses his letter to those who are temporarily staying exiled in the world (1:1). They are aliens and sojourners (2:11) who are exhorted to live in a way that redounds to the glory of God during their "time of sojourning" (2:11).

This assumed image of the "people of God" journeying behind the Lord is the first image evoked by the word ekklhsia, ekklesia, "Church."  Another connotation of this Greek word comes to us from the political assemblies of Greece and Asia Minor that were gathered for an ad hoc matter through a call.  This is also evoked by 1 Peter when he reminds the Christians that they have been “called from darkness into His wonderful light” (2:9).

“Life is a journey.”  But it can be a journey that resembles the one portrayed in “Into The Wild” where the protagonist dies in an abandoned school bus in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness alone. Or it can be a journey like that in "Land Before Time", which actually ends with the protagonists finding the land they only believed in at first while at the same time, finding themselves.

"Life is a journey." There is a starting point and a point of arrival, a beginning and an end. The Christian’s journey begins with an election and a call. It ends in the house of the Father. During the journey itself the traveller will have his/her share of joy and inconveniences. But it would be foolish for the traveller if he/she would not finish the trip because of some inconvenience or because of a pleasure that causes him/her to abandon the journey.

1 Peter is about the Christian journey. We temporarily live in this world like travellers and so the author’s message is about a traveller’s conduct while on the trip.  In sum …

  1. Behave in a way that will not detract from your being a child of God, the Father of holiness. Live in a way that those who will meet you may praise your Father and perhaps even join you in your journey.
  2. Love sincerely and from the heart those who are travelling with you. The Lord has given them to you as your companions.
  3. If the journey becomes difficult, be patient and endure as the Lord did when He bought your ticket for you.
  4. Avoid those things that will draw you away from the journey. There is only one bus, one way and a ticket that was purchased with the precious blood of the Lord. Only sin will draw you away from the journey.
  5. Do not forget to eat and drink. All travellers to the Father’s house are provided with a Viaticum — the Body and Blood of the Lord — the spiritual food that allows you to taste how good the Lord is. Desire it; eat of it; grow strong with it.
1 Peter 2:2-12
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2As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation:
3If so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
4Unto whom coming, as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and made honourable by God:
5Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.
7To you therefore that believe, he is honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set.
9But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy; but now have obtained mercy.
11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul,
12Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works, which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Mark 10:46-52
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46And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho, with his disciples, and a very great multitude, Bartimeus the blind man, the son of Timeus, sat by the way side begging.
47Who when he had heard, that it was Jesus of Nazareth, began to cry out, and to say: Jesus son of David, have mercy on me.
48And many rebuked him, that he might hold his peace; but he cried a great deal the more: Son of David, have mercy on me.
49And Jesus, standing still, commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying to him: Be of better comfort: arise, he calleth thee.
50Who casting off his garment leaped up, and came to him.
51And Jesus answering, said to him: What wilt thou that I should do to thee? And the blind man said to him: Rabboni, that I may see.
52And Jesus saith to him: Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw, and followed him in the way.

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