Scripture:Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)
Reflection:According to the anonymous author of Hebrews, God has been speaking even before there was anyone to hear his words! The author proceeds to outline a history of God’s words when, finally, there were people to hear them. Beginning with the prophets, he explains that they were vehicles for God to speak to the ancestors in various ways, such as oral delivery, written delivery, and enacted delivery. In “these least days” of the intended audience, the author declares that God has spoken through a Son, a human being like all other human beings.
However, this Son possesses certain characteristics that distinguish him from all others. First, God appointed him heir of all things; that means that he will inherit all that is. Second, through him God created the worlds; that means that he is the instrument for everything that exists. Third, he is the reflection of God’s glory; that means that if the Son looks into a mirror, he does not see himself, but God. Fourth, he is the exact imprint of God’s very being; that means that he is an image of what God is in himself, namely, pure being, pure essence, pure existence. Fifth, the Son sustains all things by his powerful word; that means that God’s words are his words. Nothing exists that has not been spoken by God through his Son. Sixth, the Son wiped away everything that keeps humans from a relationship with God. And seventh, he sits at God’s right hand in the world above.
When one person calls another out of a spirituality of mission, those words come from God through the Son. A person must realize who it is who speaks to him or her, and who it is who calls him or her. In the past God spoke through the prophets to the ancestors in Aramaic and Hebrew. In the days of Jesus, he spoke through Greek, then Latin, then many different languages. In these final days, he speaks in every language on every continent. A person who has developed a spirituality of mission knows that it is not he or she who calls others; it is God calling others through him or her.
Journal/Meditation: What has God spoken to others through your words?
Prayer:Long ago, O God, you spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets. Two thousand years ago you spoke to us by a Son, Jesus Christ, whom you appointed heir of all things, through whom you also created the worlds. As the reflection of your glory and the exact imprint of your very being, he sustains all things by his powerful word. Grant that I may be a worthy instrument of your words today and come to worship your Majesty on high, where you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.