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Jesus’ hidden face

One of the ways of understanding this statement is to see how the face of Jesus is hidden in the OT personalities like Adam, Abel, Moses, David and Jeremiah.

Jesus’ hidden face

By Fr. Robert D’Souza
‘The New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is explained in the New Testament’ says St. Augustine.

One of the ways of understanding this statement is to see how the face of Jesus is hidden in the OT personalities like Adam, Abel, Moses, David and Jeremiah.

Today’s readings are presenting to us two personalities: Jeremiah and Jesus. No one in the history of Israel was more like Jesus than Jeremiah. Jeremiah was rejected by his own people as Jesus was. Jeremiah wept over the destruction of Jerusalem.

He went through scourging, imprisonment and trial. Finally, he was killed by his own people. No wonder people in the time of Jesus thought of him as the prophet Jeremiah (Mt 16:14).

Suffering is a part of the life of a prophet. Jesus was not only a prophet but a son of God and God himself who had come to save his people from the bondage of sin and from the clutches of Satan.

At times we sacrifice truth in order to avoid suffering. To what extent am I ready to suffer for some noble cause and especially for my faith and my God?

(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)

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