Saturday, September 10, 2016

1 Corinthian 10:14-22, Psalm 116:12-13, 17, 19, Luke 6:43-49


Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, 
and we will come to him. Jn 14:23

1 Corinthian 10:14-22, Psalm 116:12-13, 17, 19, Luke 6:43-49

1 Corinthian 10:14-22

My soul's beloved, St. Paul reminds us that we cannot drink from the Cup of Life and eat the Bread of Life while at the same time dining with evil. It is true that he was addressing the pagans who once worshipped false gods and offered sacrifices to them. Today our worship of false gods takes other forms. We worship the flesh, we worship the material things that the world offers - they distract us and take away our focus from You. When we misuse the good things of the world and use them for sinful purposes we cease to glorify You by using all the great things that the human mind as fashioned with the intellect that is Your gift to us.

Grant us wisdom Lord and holiness of heart that we may always choose the right, the true, the good, and the beautiful. Keep us safe in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 116:12-13, 17, 19

My soul's beloved, there is no worship more pleasing and acceptable to God than the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving, the Holy Eucharist. When we come together as the Body of Christ to offer worship to the Father, as we offer the Sacrifice of Calvary, we open the floodgates of mercy and the treasuries of grace and the Father is pleased to pour upon us every grace and blessing, filled to the brim, shaken together, and running over.  When we raise the Cup of Blessing God fills it with His merciful love that washes us, strengthens us and renews us in heart, mind, soul, body and spirit - He makes us a new creation in You as we eat Your Flesh and drink Your Blood. Thank You my Lord and my God for this awesome Sacrifice of Love.

Luke 6:43-49

My soul's beloved, what kind of tree am I? What type of fruit do I produce? Am I the kind of tree that bears insipid fruit, not very good but not very bad either?  You said, "By their fruit you will know them." You have also said, "A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks." There can only be a store of goodness in my heart when I am grafted to You when I am one of the branches that is attached to the Tree of Life. 

You cannot stand hypocrites in fact You condemn them. I cannot say, Lord, Lord, to You in prayer and then indulge in sin. My prayer life and my actions must be in sync. They must play a harmonious melody. It is not possible to have a fruitful prayerful while my actions are displeasing to You. I desire to build my house on a strong foundation - the foundation of the Church, the Church founded by You and has Peter as its rock and You as its Cornerstone so when the flood comes I will stand firm and will not be destroyed by the storm and the flood.

Friday, September 9, 2016

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27, Psalm 84:3-6, 12, Luke 6:39-42


Your Word, O Lord, is truth;
Consecrate us in the Truth. Jn 17:17

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27, Psalm 84:3-6, 12, Luke 6:39-42

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27

 My soul's beloved, St. Paul drives some very important truths home today.  I have been given a vocation to teach and I am called to do my utmost in doing it to the very best of my ability. You have given me all I need to carry out this mission and it is now my responsibility, in all humility, to ensure that I do everything, make use of all the tools available to me, develop and hone my skills and use them well. Above all I need to pray. I need to spend time with You and Your Word. I ought to grow and develop in my own faith only then will I be able to share it with the ones I am called to teach. I can only give what I have. I must expect nothing, no reward. I give freely for I have received freely. Help me Lord. Stay with me. Lead and guide me and above all never ever let me take my vocation for granted or believe that I do not need to prepare everyday. Help me never to get stale for the message of the Good News is alive if I am not able to present it with boldness and conviction then I will be held accountable. Stay with me Lord.

Psalm 84:3-6, 12

My soul's beloved, Your Sacred Heart is my dwelling place. In it I find refuge and strength. Your mighty protection keeps me safe from the fowler's snare.  I hunger and thirst for You and You satisfy every longing of my soul. You satisfy. In You I am complete, I am whole, I need nothing for You possess me completely and I am encompassed by You. I thank You my Lord for this confidence that I have in Your eternal love for me your poor, little speck who is almost nothing. The sparrows know You and desire to stay close to You as they build their nests and place their little ones near Your altar. So too my soul's beloved I place my own little ones close to You. Keep them safe from all evil and bring them at last to the place that You have prepared for them from eternity. And don't forget me too my Lord and my God.

Luke 6:39-42

My soul's beloved, I cannot lead or teach if I am handicapped  and ill equipped if I attempt to do so while I am unprepared then I risk the grave danger of teaching error thus I will jeopardize not only myself but those that are entrusted to me.  Help me not to spend time looking at others with a critical, judgmental and self-righteous spirit rather let me turn the light of truth on myself and correct what is wrong with me. I must follow Your footsteps. I must tread where You have gone. I must train myself to imitate You - this is the work of a lifetime and even then there will be innumerable occasions when I will fall far short of the mark. I need Your grace and Your help. Thank You for all the grace You shower on me through the Sacraments especially that of the Holy Eucharist. Thank You for deigning to become one with me so I can for a while be truly lost in You.