Good Monday Morning to this week 11 of 2020
We start here with Daniel:
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12.3
Daniel still in exile:
The fundamental theme of the Book of Daniel is God’s control over history. Chapters 10, 11 and 12 in the Book of Daniel make up Daniel’s final vision, describing a series of conflicts between the unnamed “King of the North” and “King of the South” leading to the “time of the end”, when Israel will be vindicated and the dead raised to shame or glory.
Trouble and triumph:
Daniel received the words in the form of a vision. Daniel was about 85 years old at the time and had recently spent a night in the lions’ den for refusing to stop praying to the one true God. Even though many of his fellows Jews had returned to Israel to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, Daniel was still in Babylon. Daniel knew from the vision
there’s trouble, but also triumph ahead.
The Meta-narrative; a story about a story:
There is so much going on in this last chapter. Trouble and triumph are in the midst of these are prophetic visions. A rather simple emotional tool installed in our soul, before we can let the big things gain momentum in our lives they are feed by a little four letter word called HOPE. Is hope fed by prophetic vision, the meta-narrative of that which is to come? Some of Daniel does sound like this … a story about a story, encompassing and explaining other “little stories” that assemble the “little stories” into a whole! Do these litte stories of hope lead to other little stories of hope forming the bigger stories, leading to a form of perpetual hope?
Hope the refusal to accept reality:
Hope, on one hand, is an absurdity too embarrassing to speak about, for it flies in the face of all those claims we have been told are facts. Hope is the refusal to accept the reading of reality which is the majority opinion; and one does that only at great political and existential risk. On the other hand, hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question.
The Prophetic Imagination
Again, they that be wise:
And they that be wise – Those who are instructed in the works of Christ and live out of that grace, sharing that mystery of grace, are wise and shall shine – shall be distinguished by the purity of their creed.
The climax of the narrative of Daniel:
The climax comes with the prophecy of the resurrection followed by the coming “kingdom of heaven”. Daniel 10-12 does not say that history will end with the coming of the Jewish kingdom; rather, the “wise” will be brought back to life to lead Israel in the new kingdom of God.
And now to grace:
And they that turn many to righteousness – They who, living out of the grace become bright luminaries of the Kingdom of Jesus.
And now to the wise:
So to be wise is to live out of grace!
Again to Grace:
For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them. Saint Augustine Of Hippo
That is the mystery of grace: it never comes too late.
Be wise, live out grace, so the many little stories of the narrative of your life
lead you to the Kingdom of Heaven!
May the Grace of our Lord be with you!
Have a great start to this new week!