A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Elijah has already come

Today’s readings (Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11; Matthew 17:9a, 10-13) speak of Elijah entering human history at more than one point in time: obviously in the ministry of the ancient prophet himself, but also in the person of John the Baptist and in “time to come” when he will “restore all things”.

None of this is to say that Elijah is being reincarnated multiple times.

Rather, what is entering human history at more than one point in time is the special action and power of God associated with the prophet Elijah.

In the uncertain days in which we now live, it is important for us to remember that, in different ways and at different times, you and I and all of humankind are blessed by the power of God associated with his angels, saints, and holy men and women.