Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1 Timothy 3:1-13, Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6, Luke 7:11-17

Daily Holy Mass Readings

A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people. Lk 7:16

1 Timothy 3:1-13, Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6, Luke 7:11-17

1 Timothy 3:1-13

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

All who are baptized are called to be witnesses to Your love and to the Good News. The faithful are members of Your Body and although St. Paul says that those who wish to serve You as bishops or priests must have an irreproachable character the same holds true for all of us who acknowledge You as Lord and Savior. 

I must not be lewd, licentious, given to sinful habits, loud, boastful, unable to control those who are entrusted to my care. I must show character and dignity in every situation aware always that I am called to bear witness to You always and in all circumstances. And above all I must be gentle, kind, merciful, forgiving, understanding, patient, and above reproach. Those who see me must see You always reflected in me.

Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

The psalmist also reminds me of the kind of person I am called to be as a Christian, called by Your Name. I must strive always to walk the way that leads to Life. You have given me an example of how to live in the world - to be in the world yet not of it. Your eyes are upon me always. You provide the grace I need to choose to walk in Your Light. You have withheld nothing good from me but have poured upon me grace upon grace in the Sacraments. 

Grant me Beloved, the will I need, the discipline I need, to choose always what is right, good, and fitting for a daughter of the Most High God.

Luke 7:11-17

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

You are the Lord of life, You are the Giver of Life, You are God, You are the Son of God, You are our Savior, our Redeemer, the Messiah. You are the hope of the world. You came into the world in accord with the Father's will. You came to reveal the nature of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob - Love. 

Love became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, Love became flesh and dwelt among us. Love wept, Love understood our pain, Love understood the widow's grief, bereft of her only son taken in death. Love saw His own Mother's grief when she stood at the foot of the Cross. She would be inconsolable. She would have to wait for the Resurrection. But the widow's grief Love could alleviate and Love did.  

Love said tenderly to the weeping widow, "Do not cry." And then Love gave life back to the young man and restored him to his mother.

Thank You Beloved, for understanding. Thank You for becoming Love incarnate. Thank You for telling me in Your Word today, "I love you." 

Monday, September 18, 2017

1 Timothy 2:1-8, Psalm 28:2, 7-9, Luke 7:1-10


God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. Jn 3:16

1 Timothy 2:1-8, Psalm 28:2, 7-9, Luke 7:1-10

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Your word is clear - we are called to be people of prayer all the time. We are called to pray for the world, for those who are in authority, those who govern us, so that they will be led, guided, and inspired by the Spirit of Love and Truth. If we all offered supplication everyday we would live in a much happier and peaceful world. If each of the baptized lived in such a way that all who looked at us would desire what we have and so come to the knowledge of the One True God.

You stand at the right hand of the Father and make intercession for us unceasingly for You gave Yourself up for us in order that we may enter into Your life and live. We thank You for choosing St. Paul once an enemy of the Church, to preach, teach, and witness to the Gospel and its power and glory to Gentiles so that all may hear the Good News that saves us.

Grant O Beloved, that we who are baptized might live in peace and harmony with one another so all who see us may say as they once did, "See how they love one another."

Psalm 28:2, 7-9

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

You have always heard every prayer I prayed, every sigh I sighed, You have wiped away all my tears, and turned my sorrow to gladness, and my tears to laughter. Each time I raised my hands and heart to You I have never been disappointed. This is why I trust in You for I am confident that I will always be heard. You are my rock, my strength, my shield, my deliverer, my protector, my Lord and my God. In you alone I place all my faith, hope, confidence and trust. My heart exults and glories in Your love for me, for Your tender compassion, mercy, and pity. You know how impossible it is for me to help myself because I am so terribly weak. I throw myself upon You and You raise me up. Thank You!

Luke 7:1-10

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

The centurion belonged to a nation and to a people hated by the Jews yet this particular man was respected and held in great affection by the elders for he had shown sympathy for the Jewish people and had even built a synagogue for them. They held him in high esteem. Having heard of You Beloved, and knowing that his slave was ill and dying, he asked his Jewish friends to intercede for him. He dared not come himself for he believed he was unworthy to approach You.

How many of us Beloved, treat You casually, take You for granted, approach the Sacraments unworthily, are indifferent to the commandments? Yet, here we have a foreigner who understands who You are and will not dare to take You for granted. Rather he approaches his Jewish friends to plead on his behalf.

The faithful recall his words and repeats them at every Holy Mass before we receive You in Holy Communion, and will do so until You come again in glory, "Lord I'm not worthy for You to enter under my roof, say but the word and I shall be healed."