Friday, August 7, 2020

FRIDAY OF WEEK EIGHTEEN IN ORDINARY TIME - 2020

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS


Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. MT 5:10

NAHUM 2:1, 3, 3:1-3, -7

My Beloved, Soul of my soul,

After the terror comes peace and calm. When we separate ourselves from You there is only death and destruction but when we make You our refuge You are our safe harbor in the storm. Have pity on us Lord, just as You had pity on Your people. Every time they sinned they suffered grievously but when they repented You forgave their iniquity, cleansed them of all their sins, and restored Your favor.

We are living in difficult times, Beloved, we sinned. We abandoned the path of wisdom and righteousness and we find ourselves separated from You. But You love us too much to cut us off completely from You. In these times of the pandemic grace continues to work powerfully through Your Church. While we are unable to worship as a community and receive the Sacraments, we are still united in spirit. 

It is our prayer and our earnest desire, Beloved, that we will all come to appreciate the riches of Your grace that we took for granted for too long. In the end, You will rout the Enemy, and we will come together once again to praise and worship You as one Body. 

DEUTERONOMY 32:35-36, 39, 41

My Beloved, Soul of my soul,

Too long have we lived as if our actions had no consequences. We have strayed so far from the path of wisdom, decency, and common sense that we now find ourselves in a world that is depraved, violent, and filled with hate. It seems that we are deliberately and willfully hurling ourselves into the very pit of hell. 

Disaster seems to stalk on every side and death seems close at hand. For the sake of Your remnant, Beloved, have pity, come to our help and save us. You alone have power over life and death. Give us life that we may live. Bring us back to our senses, Beloved, that we may return to You with humble and contrite hearts and be saved. 


MATTHEW 16:24-28

My Beloved, Soul of my soul,

You are the remedy for the ills of the whole world but those who are of the world reject You because they believe the cost of discipleship is too great. 

Your invitation to follow You and all that it entails is clear but few have faith strong enough, as well as wisdom and courage to accept it. But those that do, discover that there is nothing more rewarding than forgetting self completely for Your sake and for the sake of the Gospel.

Just as You, Beloved, are a Sign of Contradiction to the world, so are those who come after You, deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow You. The history of the Church is strewn with witnesses testifying to the glory of picking up their cross daily and following You. 

You remind us today that when You return with Your angels in Your Father's glory, we will each be repaid according to our conduct. While it is true that without faith it is impossible to please You, let us not forget that we will be repaid according to what we have done. Faith alone, sola fides, without good works is dead.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD - 2020

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS


This is my Son, the Beloved:
he enjoys my favour.
Listen to him. MT 17:5


  DANIEL 7:9-10, 13-14

In the vision granted to the prophet Daniel, he saw You, the One before all ages, the One who is above all, all glorious, all-powerful, almighty, ever-living Lord and the Son of God to whom is given all dominion in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. 

It is the will of God, Your Father, and ours that we are formed into a people for You. We are called by Your Name and we are Your inheritance chosen by God in You and for You from every nation, race, language, and color. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and to You is given the Throne in the highest heavens at the right hand of the Father. You are the sovereign ruler of all who is, was, and ever shall be, and Your sovereign rule and reign are eternal.

I thank and praise God, our Father, that He chose me to belong to You in time and in eternity.

PSALM 97:2-3, 5-6, 9

My Beloved, Soul of my soul,

It is the will and the good pleasure of God, our Father, Creator of heaven and earth, to appoint You and enthrone You as sovereign ruler. 

You are the Eternal Word of God and all that is came to be through You. Thank You, for the incarnation, for becoming like us in all things save sin, and for paying the ransom for our salvation with Your life. Thank You for the hope we have in You of eternal life in the Kingdom of God and for everlasting joy in God's presence together with all the angels and the saints.  

MATTHEW 17:1-9

My Beloved, Soul of my soul,

Peter, James, and John were part of Your inner circle. They were privileged to witness many things the rest of the Apostles didn't and Your transfiguration, a mountain top experience, was one of these. 

To us, it is a reminder, that if we desire to draw close to You we must be prepared to leave the world and all its distractions behind raising our whole heart, mind, and spirit in silence and solitude to You. 

High on the mountain, alone with You, and in their presence, the veil was lifted briefly and they saw  Your divinity and glory as You were transfigured. Your face shone like the sun, Your clothes became radiantly white and Moses and Elijah appeared. One representing the law and the other the prophets whose fulfillment is in You. 

They spoke to You about the events that would soon occur,  and Peter was so overwhelmed with the glory of the scene he wanted to hold on to it, build tents, and remain there with You and Your heavenly companions.  While he was still making plans a cloud covered them and they heard a voice that said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him." Overcome with fear they fell on their faces and then they found themselves alone with You. You touched them, asked them to stand up, and told them not to be afraid. As they came down the mountain You urged them to speak to no one about what they had seen until You rose from the dead.   

Thank You, Beloved, for leaving Your glory behind in order to suffer, die, and save us. Grant that we remain faithful always.