Tuesday, June 7, 2022

TUESDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - 2022

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

Your light must shine in the sight of men,
so that, seeing your good works,
they may give the praise to your Father in heaven. 
MT 5:16

1 KINGS 17:7-16 ©

My Soul's Beloved,

Sometimes You permit the stream of life-giving water to dry up in our lives because You are about to do something new. When that time comes we are to get up as You bid and go where You send us as Elisha did. It was a time of drought. You told the prophet to go to Zarephath and instructed him what to do when they met the poor widow gathering sticks in order to prepare the last meal for herself and her son after which she said they would die.  

Elijah first asked her for a drink of water. Even when we imagine we have nothing there is still something we can give. A little water to refresh another, to revive another, to give new hope and life even if we consider it as too little or nothing. When she went to do as he bid her, he added that she also get him some bread. This is when she made known to him her dire situation. What little she had of meal and oil was just sufficient to prepare their last meal after which they would lay down and die.

When we think that we have reached the end and there is no hope in sight, we are wrong. God is our Jehovah Jirah, our Provider. Elisha insisted that the first give him a small portion of the food she had left and God would reward her. He said that her act of sharing the little she had would result in God heaping blessings on her. And so it was. The miracle of God's unending supply of blessings until needed is granted to us when we open ourselves and give of ourselves and what we have to those in need.

“Jar of meal shall not be spent,
jug of oil shall not be emptied,
before the day when the Lord sends
rain on the face of the earth.”

Too often, Beloved, we hold back from giving of our poverty afraid that there would be nothing for ourselves and those we love, but the truth that You reveal to us is that when we trust You, You will not fail us, ever. 

Jesus, I trust in You.

PSALM 4:2-5,7-8 ©

Beloved, You tell us what we must to in order to be happy:

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

You have put into my heart a greater joy
than they have from abundance of corn and new wine. vs 7-8

MATTHEW 5:13-16 ©

My Soul's Beloved,

As the Church takes up once again, the season of Ordinary
Time, she reminds us in the Gospel chosen for our reflection today at Holy Mass, that we are the salt and the light of the earth.

We are Your signs in a world that has lost its savor for all that is true, good, holy, and beautiful. All that is right and fitting for us to live lives that are filled with peace, joy, and the love of God. 

When we lose sight of who we are as sons and daughters of God, as Your sisters and Your brothers, we become as lackluster and nondescript as the rest of the world. All who are baptized are children of God and as God's children, we are meant to be alter Christus in the world. Too often, Beloved, we desire to imitate the children of the world we are like salt that becomes tasteless and has to be discarded. 

God grant that starting from today, from this moment, I embrace the identity that You give me. Today You say to me: 

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’

Grant O Lord that all who see me see only You in me and give praise to You and to our Father in heaven. Amen.

Monday, June 6, 2022

MEMORIAL OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS


GENESIS 3:9-15,20 ©

My Soul's Beloved,


The very moment that we permit our will to take precedence over Yours we cause an immediate rupture in our relationship with You. 

Your eyes are always gazing on us the moment Eve ate of the tree and tempted Adam as well God knew. Adam and Eve hid because they knew they had sinned but no one can hide their guilt from God. 

Calling out to Adam, God said, 'Where are you?' And this is how You seek out every sinner too. You do not abandon us no matter how gravely we have sinned. You come looking for us, and because our broken relationship cannot be healed unless we recognize and admit our sin, and even though we desire to hide our sins, healing cannot begin unless we confess the wrong we have done.

There is no excuse for disobeying Your command - we cannot lay the guilt on anyone other than ourselves. Sin is a choice we make just as obedience is a choice. And there are consequences, serious consequences depending on the nature of our sin. 

Our first parents lost paradise for themselves and their progeny. Eve, our mother, allowed herself to be lured, beguiled, and prompted by Evil to disobey You and what is worse she became the beguiler and tempter to Adam luring him to disobey You as well. He was the head, he could have held firm and not given in, sadly he did and he completed the rupture between God and man forever.

But God, who loves us so much would not let go of the crown of His creation without putting in place a new plan involving You, His Son. He planned a do-over, with a New Eve and a New Adam that would yield so wholly to God a new era would begin that would reconcile us to God through You and through Mary's fiat.

Then the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,
‘Be accursed beyond all cattle,
all wild beasts.
You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust
every day of your life.
I will make you enemies of each other:
you and the woman,
your offspring and her offspring.
It will crush your head
and you will strike its heel.’
The man named his wife ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all those who live.

JOHN 19:25-34 ©

My Soul's Beloved,

You poured out Yourself as a libation for the salvation of the whole world. You emptied Yourself completely and looking down from the Cross in the last moments of Your life before giving up Your Spirit to the Father, You saw Your Mother, You saw me, the beloved disciple, and in a world where sin had found a home, You saw our need of a perfect Mother, Your Mother, who like You, spent her whole life in one sustained breath that yielded in perfect submission to the will of the God.

There we were at the foot of the Cross, and seeing my great need of a perfect Mom, who would take me under her mantle and intercede incessantly on my behalf to You, You said to her,

‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple, (representing me and all who are called by Your Name), You said, ‘This is your mother.’ Beloved, I have taken Your Mama to be Mine. I have made a place for her in my home. Thank You, Lord, for giving me a Mother who never fails me. When I hurt I run to her and she pleads with You on my behalf and You turn the water in my life to sweet wine.

Thank You, Lord, for making perfect restitution for my sins and for the sins of the whole world and for giving me such a perfect Mom.