Sometimes we forget who we are as Christians. When we forget who we are, we may end up doing and saying things which offend God and hurt others. That is why we need to be reminded as often as possible, especially through the reading of the scriptures, who we are and how we are supposed to live. When we read the scriptures, or when we hear it being read, are we moved with what we hear? Or have we become unreceptive towards the scriptures?
In today's reading, Ezra gathered the men, and women, and children, and read
to them from the Torah. He stood, on a
raised platform in the rebuilt Temple, and from morning until midday read the
Torah, from beginning to end. The men, women, and children listened to their story,
their family history, the laws which God had given them; and they discovered who
they were. They raised their hands in the air, and proclaimed, “Amen, Amen” and they wept for joy. Why were they so
moved? Finally, they understood who they
were, who God had called them to be, and they began to understand the commandments which were to guide their lives.
What about us? Do we finally get it? Do we realise who we are? We often think of ourselves as brothers and sisters in Christ, but have we read the scriptures and finally understood what it means to be brothers and sisters in Christ? May we come to a realisation of who we are, who we are called to be, and let the Lord be our help, providence and guide.