Friday, March 24, 2017

Hosea 14:2-10, Psalm 81:6-11, 14 & 17, Mark 12:28-34


Repent, says the Lord;
the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt 4:17

Hosea 14:2-10, Psalm 81:6-11, 14 & 17, Mark 12:28-34

Hosea 14:2-10

My soul's beloved, I return to You with all my heart. I know that in the past I have strayed from the path of life but now O Lord by sinful wandering has come to an end. I am Yours. I belong to You. Planted in You cause me to bear abundant fruit, good fruit that will last so I may be a blessing to all who come to me. Grant my desire for the gift of prudence, self control,  fortitude,discipline, kindness, goodness, generosity of spirit and a loving disposition. Teach me patience in the midst of chaos. Forgive all my past sins and give me all the grace I need to begin anew.

You have healed me, You have restored to me all I had lost, You welcome me back into the family of good and freely You pour upon me every good and perfect gift to help me stay on the path of life. You have turned You anger away from me for You know that I am nothing, too weak to help myself, You know that You need to carry me, to life me up, to place me in Your Sacred Heart which is my refuge and my home. You will nurture me, You will cause me to grow,to send roots deep into You and to cause me to bear an abundance of good fruit.  

Grant me wisdom of heart that I am always choose to do  You will in all things.

Psalm 81:6-11, 14 & 17

My soul's beloved, You have created me for Yourself. I know I have been stubborn of heart, wayward in spirit, and a sinner. But You O Lord called from darkness in Your marvelous light, You called me by name and I heard You. You took away the burden of all y sins and You washed me and restored my soul. You are my constant companion. You have put Your own Holy Spirit in my heart. He is my Paraclete,my Guide, My Helper

You washed me and restored my soul. Grant that I may always hear His prompting and obey all He commands. You have invited me to walk in the way that leads to eternal joy.You feed me on the Eucharist and I am invited to the eternal banquet in the Kingdom of God where the wedding feast is eternal and the Bridegroom will be united with His Bride forever..

Mark 12:28-34

My soul's beloved, the Scribe approached You and asked You this question, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" You answered that we are all called to love God passionately, above and before all else, with a love that is prepared to meet all the demands that love asks of us. To have a single minded love for God  and counting nothing too much to give up for the sake of the Kingdom. The next follows on the heels of the first, We are called to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. These two commandments sum up all that the law demands and all that You came to teach us about the Kingdom of God.

The scribe heartily agreed with what You said and he added that fulfilling these two commandments of God is better than any sacrifice we can make and You applauded him for his insight assuring him that he was not far from the Kingdom of God because he understood the things of God.  Grant me too my Beloved the grace to understand the values of the Kingdom.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jeremiah 7:23-28, Psalm 95:1-2,6-9, Luke 11:14-23


Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
for I am gracious and merciful. Jl 2:12-13

Jeremiah 7:23-28, Psalm 95:1-2,6-9, Luke 11:14-23

Jeremiah 7:23-28

My soul's beloved, despite the unwavering voice of Truth that we hear faithfully echoed by the Church sin abounds, for the world refuses to hear preferring the cacophony made by the worldly wise.  Today the Holy Spirit through the voice of the prophet urges us to listen to Your voice that we may walk in wisdom and receive God's bountiful blessings. However, we continue to follow the siren call of the world that lures us further and further away from You and from the Truth. We are prepared to go to any lengths no matter how dangerous to drink from the wells poisoned by evil but we refuse to listen to the voice of the Church that is unerring in its teaching and preaching on matters concerning our faith and our morals. We are hard of heart and hard of heart. We are are a stiff necked people who have deliberately closed our ears to Your Voice which cajoles us tenderly to return to You with all our hearts and be saved.

Have mercy on us O Lord, have mercy on me and help me to heart your voice, to feels the presence of Your Spirit within me and grant that I may obey You, give my life over to You, and allow You to be Lord over every area of my life.

Psalm 95:1-2,6-9

My soul's beloved, if You abandoned us, we would deserve nothing less but You are full of love and compassion slow to anger and quick to forgive all our transgressions. My whole life should be one of joyful songs of praise and thanksgiving of worship and adoration for all that You my Lord and my God have done for me. You are my good Shepherd, You are the Rock in whom I take refuge. Yours are the wings that over me and keep me safe from the terrors that stalk me in the night and the arrows that Satan lets fly to wound and destroy me. 

Grant my soul's beloved that I may always hear Your Vice and obey. Grant that I may never let go the hand that holds mine securely, grant O Lord that I may approach the Eucharistic table frequently and be strengthened and nourished with Your Body and Blood. When I sin grant that I may approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation so I may be forgiven, purified and strengthened against temptation. Thank You for being so gracious to me even though I do not deserve your love.

Luke 11:14-23

My soul's beloved, we see that which is good and instead of attributing good motives to it we attribute evil. What is it about us that is drawn to that which is negative and divisive instead of that which unites in love and affirms what is good rather than focusing on the bad. You drove out the demon from the man that was mute, something impossible to do without the power of God and while some were amazed others said that it was through the power of the devil that You drove out devils. What sense does this make? The argument is so obviously flawed and yet they would rather prefer the lie than the truth.

You have given us the greatest Sign that You are of God, from God and are God and yet the world continues to clamor for miracles. The greatest of miracles continues daily on our altars at every Eucharistic Sacrifice and yet we are blind an deaf to this glorious Presence of God who becomes our food and drink.

You say to us today, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." Help me to remember this warning and to keep ever before me the mission entrusted to me. Grant me the grace and courage I need each day to put out into the deep trusting that You are always beside me.