Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Isaiah 7:1-9, Psalm 48:2-8, Matthew 11:20-24


If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts. Ps 95:8

Isaiah 7:1-9, Psalm 48:2-8, Matthew 11:20-24

Isaiah 7:1-9

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

We have Your word through the mouth of Your prophet Isaiah that no harm will come to God's people if they keep the faith. No matter how frightening and powerful the enemy may seem he is as nothing before God who crushes the devourer under His heel. Those who have placed all their hope and trust in You as a child trusts his father has nothing to fear. God stands by His people and they are invincible.

Beloved, the measure, and quality of our faith will determine how strong we will be in the face of the enemy's threats. All authority comes from God and will stand or fall at God's command. Those who trust in You will remain firm and unbowed no matter of fierce the enemy seems or how frightening his threats may be. With God we are victorious.

Let us remember Your word through the lips of the prophet: 

Unless your faith is firm
you shall not be firm!

Psalm 48:2-8

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

In the responsorial psalm, You repeat Your promise that You will uphold those who belong to You not just today but forever.

Our lips and our hearts must always be filled with praise for God for He is great and deserves our praise always and everywhere.

One place where our God dwells in His fullness is in the Church He founded and over whom You placed Peter as its visible head.

On this Holy Mountain You dwell. It is here that Your people climb from every nation, every race, speaking every language. It is here that God meets His people, here God accepts every prayer, and it is here that God comes to us as food for our soul giving us strength for the journey from this life to the next.

Every one of her enemies, everyone who has ever sought to destroy her or has even planned her destruction have themselves been long forgotten - she alone remains, the unblemished spouse of the Son of God. On her, You shed Your radiance. She reflects Your glory. Kings, queens, princes, and heads of nations come to her, bow before her, and pay her homage for they know that she belongs to You irrevocably.

All those institutions established be men no matter how strong they seem will perish; only those who come into her arms and claim her as their Mother will be saved. This is the will of God.
Matthew 11:20-24

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

The world and its people must tremble for almost all have heard of You but they refuse to believe because of the cost. They would rather pretend that You are not who You say You are because if they did then they would have to give up their sinful ways and change their lives. They believe that such a thing is too hard. They mistakenly believe that it is impossible to turn away from evil and embrace good. They believe that they do not have the strength of will to do it. They also believe it to be impossible. So they would rather drown in their misery and in the blackness of their soul rather than take a leap of faith in You.

Many have and have found that You are always there with Your arms wide open to receive the repentant sinner. They have found joy they have never thought possible once they have turned away from their sinful lifestyle. Yet, the majority of the people in the world would rather stop their ears with raucous sounds of earthly pleasure, blind their eyes to the pure, and deaden their senses to the things of heaven because they are afraid of their own terrible propensity to drag themselves down into the miry depths of iniquity. They believe it is impossible for them to be saved and so they are defiant. Yet, Beloved, if they only looked at You they would discover that You are a God of mercy and tender compassion, slow to anger and ready to forgive.

Grant me the grace my Lord to do my part in helping the sinner find You and be saved. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Zechariah 2:15-17, Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55, Matthew 12:46-50


Blessed are they who hear the word of God
and observe it. Lk 11:28

Zechariah 2:15-17, 
Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55, 
Matthew 12:46-50

Zechariah 2:14-17

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

Through Mary, Your Mother and our because You gave her to us as ours as well, God sent You into the world. We rejoice with heaven as we praise her for yielding to the will and work of God. Your first dwelling was in the womb of Mary and after Your birth, her heart was Your dwelling place.

She is the disciple par excellence and we learn from her how to be pleasing to God always.

Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray to Jesus for us that we too may rejoice with You someday in heaven when our earthly sojourn comes to an end. Amen.

Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55
The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever

Matthew 12:46-50

My Love, Beloved of my soul,

In today's Gospel passage, as we honor Mary, our Mother under her title, Mother of Carmel, we see how highly You compliment her as our Model. Who better than Your Mother fulfilled to perfection the will of the Father? From the moment of her conception, she was guarded by the Holy Spirit, she was hidden in a garden enclosed by God Himself, Satan had no power over her, in fact, she petrified him for he knew that her Son would crush his head under His heel.

Where You are Beloved, Mary is present. Who better to present our needs to You than the Mother You so graciously gave us as at Calvary. A mother's heart is wrapped around her weakest children and we are her weak, sinful, children, for whom she makes intercession incessantly before You. 

You will always hear her prayers on our behalf for Your response to her is always a resounding yes.