“Do not hide your face from me because in you have I placed my trust.” Psalms 143:7
Every meeting in life is always a significant one. In life, we always learn a lot from the people whom we associate with and perhaps, something of us rubs off onto them as well.
A very overwhelming song of the yesteryear comes to mind; “Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.” A lover waiting to meet his beloved after three years sends her a letter that if she still loves him to tie a yellow ribbon round the oak tree as a proof of her love and acceptance of him on his return home. To his utter surprise and delight, when he reaches home he sees a hundred yellow ribbons tied around the tree. Imagine the joy when two people who love each other so much come face to face at last, after having been literally connected in hearts from the rising of the sun to its setting and even in their deep rooted thoughts.
Love always triumphs in the end. I know a true incident of a woman here in my region who was brought in from her home country by her two brothers eager to marry her off to a scrupulous business man only for their selfish interests to expand their own business with little care for the sister’s feelings who incidentally happened to be deeply in love with a man back in her home town. Luckily for her, this man followed her to her brothers’ place, freed her from their clutches and the two escaped to an unknown place to live a life of bliss. Love thus saved her from a life of misery.
The book of Exodus and Numbers narrates about the deep love between the Lord and Moses and how when he led the Israelites into the desert, he was instructed by God to erect the Tent of Meeting where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Only Moses was allowed to go into the tent and when he came out after speaking to God, his face would be so radiant, that he had to put a veil on his face which he would remove only in the presence of God. In those days, God spoke to Moses directly and the presence of God would settle on the tent in the form of a cloud. Later, Moses took seventy of the elders of Israel with him to this tent of meeting in obedience to the Lord, they were all filled with the spirit of God and began to prophesy. However, two men, Eldad and Medad who had stayed behind in the camp, also received the gift of prophesy. When Joshua complained about this to Moses and asked him to stop these two men, Moses rebuked him for being jealous and remarked if only all God’s people were prophets and the Lord would put His spirit upon them.
Dissensions are a part of life. We see this in almost every group. Particularly in the present times, people tend to forget that they belong to the Parish as a whole community and not as individual communities who have to compete with other groups. We make up the body of Christ in the form of the Church.
Today, we do not have to wear a veil when we stand in the presence of the one whom we love and who loves us immensely in return because we can see God face to face in the Eucharist. The veil has been lifted and Christ has manifested His glory to us. He is not a God whom we are comfortable at loving from afar only and hesitant to approach Him. He is a God to whom we can run lovingly to, with no fear of reproach.
He will tie more than a hundred ribbons to welcome us home.