Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:20
To gather in the name of the Lord means to gather in honour of His person. Although He may not be physically present in our midst but we believe that He is with us. Of course it is possible for gatherings to be held in honour of people. This is a common place today when even in the Christendom people choose to attend Christian gatherings chiefly because of the personality of the man of God.
When we gather in His name, Christ honours His name and comes into our midst in His fullness. Where His name is, there He Himself is present in person. He comes alive in our midst and it is His presence that distinguishes and sets apart every gathering in His name. And when He is present, miracles happen. Some find life, some find hope, some find peace, some find health, some find love, some are disturbed, some people even find joy, some see their lives as never before and some people find that they can now begin to live, trust and dance. When we gather in His name and His glory and presence is made manifest, mountains are dismantled and ours fears are transformed into courage; we are better emboldened. When we gather together as a brotherhood called by His name, the light of His presence shines on us and dispels all forms darkness in our lives even those that have found habitations in the hidden recesses of our hearts. When we gather, what the author in his letter to the Hebrews comes to true realization, “What you’ve come to is nothing known to the senses. You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the supreme judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus Christ, the mediator of the new covenant, and the sprinkled blood”. (Hebrews 12:18-22a) Dear friends, over time I have come to realize the peculiar character of every gathering in the name of the Lord. Little wonder St. Paul would admonish that we despise not the gathering together of believers.
However, this is an aspect of our Christian life where the devil
takes advantage of many believers. One of the importance and relevance of gathering together is that it aids us in our weakness. The Bible puts it thus, in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 renders this differently when the author says, “Two are better than one: they get a good wage for their toil. If the one falls, the other will help the fallen one. But woe to the solitary person! If that one should fall, there is no other to help. Where one may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken.” Dear friend, if the devil wants to get you, he cuts you off from wherever you can find help. He places in your heart a lack of interest in gathering with believers. He gives a thousand and one excuses why you can’t make it for Mass, Bible studies, prayer meetings, etc. He so convinces you that you even begin to believe in your own lies. The devil has been and will continue to remain a liar and the father of lies. Never allow him fan you into sleeping because when you sleep by cutting from the believers then he will strike. Indeed when you feel spiritually weak, where do you turn to? Child of God, we must learn to cherish our gathering together as believers in His name. Priority must be given to gatherings that energizes our spiritual man and equips it for facing life challenges.
Rev. 5: 1-10; Ps 149: 1b-2. 3-4. 5-6ab and 9bc; (R. Rev 5:10); Accl Ps 95:7d.8a; Lk 19: 41-44
- ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, MW, R M
- Take the song, “When I come into Your presence I’m so happy………”
- Father, draw me by the power of Your Spirit to gather with Your children.
- Lord, just as the deer thirsts for running water, put an inner hunger for Your court within my heart.
- Father, let zeal for Your house consume me in Jesus name.
- Lord, honour Your name and word in my parish, church, prayer group gatherings and whenever we gather in Your name.
Exercise: Attend a spiritual gathering today especially the Mass.
Memory Verse: Hebrews 10:25