Sunday, July 16, 2017

Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 65:10-14, Romans 8:18-23, Matthew 13:1-9

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
All who come to him will have life forever.


Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 65:10-14, Romans 8:18-23, Matthew 13:1-9


Isaiah 55:10-11

Dear Love,

You are the Eternal Word of the Living God. You came down from heaven to reveal to us the love of the Father and to empower us with Your Holy Spirit. Unless God provides the means by which we can bear fruit all our efforts to please Him will be futile. You are the Sower and the Seed is Your Word, if Your Word finds a home in a receptive heart then it will certainly bear lasting fruit. However, we are sinners and I more often than out give in to self indulgence. I am too lazy to make the effort to work and serve. I choose the way that is easy and find excuses not to do the things I ought. 

Help me Beloved, that having received the Word of God it may find a willing and receptive heart so it can put down roots and bear fruit a hundred fold.

Psalm 65:10-14

Dear Love,

I have no excuses for not living a life that is pleasing to You and to the Father. You have made every provision for me. You have laid down Your life for me. You have shown me the way to the Father's house. You have given me Your own Holy Spirit. I have the Sacraments through which I receive rich graces to overcome my natural concupiscence to sin and to choose the narrow way which is the way of salvation.

Yet, Beloved, I am too weak to do choose what is necessary to grow in faith and life. I would rather give in to sloth and laziness than make the effort that is necessary and will myself to do what I know I must. Help me Lord I beg You.

Romans 8:18-23

Dear Love,

How well St. Paul understands by sinful condition. I desire to be all that You wish me to be but this poor creature is weighed down by my own flesh and its natural tendency to a life of ease.

I desire to receive all that You so gladly are ready to give me but I am not prepared to make the necessary sacrifices required. You have set me free but I still have to throw away the shackles that hamper and limit me from soaring with the Holy Spirit.

Help me Beloved for without You literally picking me up and doing it all for me I am not sure I can do more than just desire all that You have won for me on the Cross.

Matthew 13:1-9


On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. 
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore. 
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
"A sower went out to sow. 
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up. 
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. 
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots. 
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. 
But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. 
Whoever has ears ought to hear."



Friday, July 14, 2017

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30, Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40, Matthew 10:16-23

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

When the Spirit of truth comes,
he will guide you to all truth
and remind you of all I told you. Jn 16:34, 14:26


Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30, Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40, Matthew 10:16-23 


Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30

Dear Love,

Scripture reveals that God is always faithful to His promises. We sin often and greviously but You are always, always able to draw good no matter how terrible our mistakes. All we need to do is trust You and to keep faith. The response to Your call of all the great stalwarts in faith through sacred history and to the present age has always been, "Here I am." May it be mine as well my Soul's Beloved.

You always say, "Do not be afraid." Fear cripples and renders us unable to move and can destroy us. This is why You always tell us not to fear anything or anyone for You my Lord are with us. You are called Emmanuel - God with us. Help me to remember this always especially when I get anxious. You have made a promise just as You did to Abraham and to his descendants that You will be with me and with those that come after me. I believe. 

We can live and die in peace for we know that You have triumphed over death. You are the gate through which we enter from this vale of tears to the the Kingdom of Heaven. I shall not die but live forever.

Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40

Dear Love,

We have our mandate from You. We have been called from darkness to walk in the Way of Life, Light, and Truth. We must spend our days doing the things that are pleasing to You and we will find a place of refuge in You and we will be fed on food that strengthens us in our journey.

You know our secret desires and You will grant them for nothing delights You more than to give us all we ask especially when we ask for that which will help us to always choose the way of peace and goodness. You have pitched Your tent among us because You desire to make Your home with us. The Father has entrusted us to You for You have redeemed us. Because we belong to You we need never be afraid even when danger is all around us. Thank You Beloved for accepting me as Your own.

Matthew 10:16-23 

Dear Love,

The Apostles were given their mission directly from You and they have handed it down faithfully to the present day, and so it shall be until You come again in glory to claim Your inheritance.

The words You spoke to them are meant for all Your disciples. We live in a world that is getting increasingly hostile to those who are called by Your Name. We are to be prepared for battle. We ought not to be deceived but alert and aware of the cunning and wiliness of the enemy. We must be prepared to suffer even to lose our lives for Your Sake and for the sake of the Gospel. It is better to lose one's life than to lose one's soul.

We can trust You and Your Holy Spirit to come to our aid when the enemy condemns and accuses us. We need not prepare our defense for the Paraclete will enlighten us and give us the words we need. Even when our own abandon us we must not be surprised for You have already revealed what we can expect. The harvest is indeed vast and we are called to labor faithfully in it until You return. Thank You for calling us and for the privilege of serving You. Keep us faithful always.