Children of God are "children of the
day" (1 Thes. 5:5): Children of "the third day" (Mt. 20:19) coheirs
with, and in union with, the resurrected Lamb—"the one true Lamb whose Blood
anoints the "doorposts" of believing hearts" (see "The Exsultet". Roman
Missal, p. 208). "The life of the believer assumes a meaning in relation to
Easter day" (Dictionary of BiblicalTheology, p. 391), the
day of the Resurrection: "This is the day the LORDhas made; let us rejoice in it and be glad"
(Psalm 118:24). We are "believing children" (Titus 1:6) who, with lit "torches
of faith" go to meet the Bridegroom who dwells within the depths of our
hearts--for he is the "luminous mystery" dwelling within each of us, "the one
Morning Star who never sets" (Exsultet, R.M., p.209).
A child of the day has a heart that
has been awakened by a sincere conversion; hence, he has put on the "armor of
light" (Rom. 13:12):
"Since we are of the day, let
us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that
is hope for salvation" (1 Thes. 5:8).
A child of
the day is one who is rooted truly in one's baptismal identity. The child of
the day has begun a sacred pilgrimage--an inward journey--led by the "column of
cloud by day" and the "column of fire by night" which is the flaming Heart of
God. He walks an "incandescent path" everyday. He is forever associated with
the Lamb who was slain, the Lamb who is the lamp of the city of God; forever
associated with a Heart that has been pierced out of love for the Father and
Children of the day are children in
love with God. Love is meant to shine: To give "light to all in the house" (Mt.
5:15). Everyday we are to renew our contact with God in prayer in order to
remember who He is and who we are; "Prayer is a contact of love between God and
man" (Poustinia. Catherine Doherty, p. 10). Only then can "this day"
shine forth in the depth of our hearts. Children of the day have been
enlightened in Baptism, have tasted the heavenly gift, have shared in the holy
Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God (see Heb. 6:4-5). Now, because our
faces are turned toward the "luminous God", "His face can be seen in our faces"
(Poustinia, p. 9).
aspects of 'darkness and night' (sin) do I still need to confront in my life?
recent good 'fruit' am I aware of from my daily contact with God?
Any scripture from the text; Is. 25:9; Zec. 14: 6-9; Rev.
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