Thursday, February 21, 2019

Genesis 9:1-13, Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23, Mark 8:27-33


Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life. Jn 6:63C, 68C

Genesis 9:1-13, Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23, 
Mark 8:27-33

Genesis 9:1-13

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

While it is true that God gave man authority over all the birds, animals, and fishes of the sea, as well as all green plants that grow on the earth, He also desires that we use that power with wisdom. God declared all flesh, as well as plants, was to be used as food for us. How did we get from there to where we are today when we use food to bludgeon and alienate each other. We declare some foods taboo and ostracise whole sections of people because culturally their food habits are different from ours? 

We find so many reasons to divide us instead of looking for all the ways in which we are united. 

The sins of men and women during the time of Noah were so grave that You wiped them out from the face of the earth with a flood, but You vowed never destroy the earth again by water. You made a Covenant with Noah and his descendants and You set the rainbow in the sky as a sign of Your Covenant. 

In our age, as in so many in the past, evil thrives, however, the Father has given us a Sign above all other signs, the Sign of the Cross. The Blood and Water that flowed from Your Body takes away the sins of the world. You are the New Covenant of Love, and Father will forgive all our iniquities if we come to Confession, acknowledge our sins, beg forgiveness, and resolve to sin no more. 

The sign of the rainbow is transient, the Sign of the Cross is eternal.

Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

All the nations shall revere Your Name, O Lord. This is what the psalmist prophesied as so it is today. You commanded Your apostles to go to the ends of the earth and make disciples from all nations, and so it is. 

From the rising of the sun to its setting praise, worship, adoration, and thanksgiving are offered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our Sacrifice of Praise rises up as fragrant incense before the Throne of the Holy of Holies. If God is merciful despite our wickedness, it is because we come together all over the world, unceasingly, to offer to the Father the One, Holy, most pleasing Sacrifice of the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

As long as the sun and moon last, and until You come again in glory, the people of God will gather to offer this Holy Sacrifice, the Sign of God's Covenant of Love that is eternal.

Mark 8:27-33

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

At some point in our spiritual journey this question is addressed to us as well, "But who do you say that I am?" After all that we have been taught, all we have heard or read, we have to make a declaration of what we believe to be true about You. Like Peter, we have to make a personal discovery of who You are and what You mean to us and make a declaration to anyone who asks or wants to know

Whenever we let God guide our lives we will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit to make the right choices. When we choose to live in the flesh we make room for Satan to enter our lives and dictate our thoughts and actions and we will be rebuked just as You rebuked Peter. Yet, we ought not to be discouraged for although we are children of Adam we are also children of God and in You, we have triumphed over Satan and evil. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22, Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19, Mark 8:22-26


May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to his call. Eph 1:17-18

Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22, Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19, 
Mark 8:22-26

Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

God's timing is always perfect and whatever He does, He does well. Obedience to God's word saved Noah and his family. He did not mind appearing ridiculous to the world for he had put his trust in God and his faith saved him.

So it must be with us. No matter how difficult life gets, no matter what it is that God is asking of us, no matter how lonely it may be because no one understands, we are still required to be obedient and to trust that in the end, all will be well. Faith is its own reward. 

Noah offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. It's fragrance pleased Him greatly and He vowed never to destroy the earth or man again even though men and women are prone to sin and to evil. His sacrifice is but a foreshadowing of the Sacrifice that ends all sacrifices ever offered in the past. The Sacrifice of the Spotless Lamb, the Lamb without stain or blemish. The sinless Lamb.

You took upon Yourself the sins of the world from the first to the last and You paid the price that was ours. This is why God will not wipe us miserable creatures from the face of the earth. When He looks at us He sees the price that was paid for our redemption.

Thank You, Beloved.  

Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

There is no act of Thanksgiving and Worship more pleasing to God than the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Nothing compares with it. This is why the Church constantly encourages us to receive You in the Holy Eucharist as often as possible. 

The highest Sacrifice of Praise is the Sacrifice offered on Calvary; this once-for-all has the power to take away the sins of the whole world and every time the Mass is celebrated around the world, re-presenting to the Father the one, holy, and perfect Sacrifice, the Father's pours out love, grace, mercy, and compassion through the Holy Spirit upon the Church and the world.

This is why every Catholic is obliged to go to Holy Mass at least once a week on Sunday. This is the vow we are pledged to keep. It is a celebration when all God's people come together to give and to receive - it is a poor exchange but God asks it of us and we receive far, far, more than we give or deserve. 

Mark 8:22-26

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

So often we read in the Gospels that people brought those who were sick to You. They had empathy and compassion for the one who was blind, or paralyzed, or had an evil spirit in them. They cared and did something about it. 

Today we see how the people not only brought the blind man to You but they begged You to touch Him. In this particular healing You did not perform the miracle before the crowd, instead, You led him outside the village and there You put spittle on his eyes and laid Your hands on him. You then asked him if he could see anything. But he could only see dimly. You touched him again and his sight was completely restored. 

When we first receive the gift of faith we only have a slight knowledge of all that it involves, it is only when we go deeper that we understand and see clearly what it means to believe. Conversion is a process. 

Thank You, Beloved, for each of the Sacraments which are doorways to enter into a deeper relationship with You. Once we encounter You we are invited to change direction and begin a whole new way of living. A life in the Spirit. A life in Truth.