Friday, April 21, 2017

Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27, John 21:1-14


This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it. Ps 118:24

Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27, John 21:1-14

Acts 4:1-12

My soul's beloved, what a transformation we see in Peter who fled when he saw You taken away like a common criminal and You did nothing to defend Yourself or to escape. If You fought back, he would probably have found the courage to fight back with You but when He saw You taken away like a lamb to the slaughter, saying not a word, but submitting meekly to the soldiers and the rabble, he ran away and hid. 

Yet, in today's reading we see a man transformed, bold, standing before the leaders of the temple, Scribes and Pharisees and the people and proclaiming with power and conviction who You are and by whose power the cripple was able to walk.

The work of the Spirit transforms us and helps us to become the people that God has created us to be if we will only be docile and allow ourselves to be guided and led by Him.  Thank You Beloved for the gift of Your Holy Spirit to me.

Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27

My soul's beloved, the prophecy that the stone rejected by the builders would become the cornerstone, has been fulfilled. You are the Cornerstone upon which Your Church is built with Peter as the Rock, and the foundation stones of the Apostles You appointed. Ours is a living Church with living members of Your Body and this Body is animated by Your Holy Spirit who gives her power and life.

Thank You Abba Father for this wonderful plan that did not reject us when we sinned and turned away from You but instead gave us Your only Son to be our Savior and Redeemer. Thank You Jesus for knowing that we could not be holy without Your help and so You sent us Your Spirit.  Thank You!!!!

John 21:1-14

My soul's beloved, You revealed Yourself to the disciples several times after Your Resurrection and so there were many witnesses to the fact that You had truly risen from the dead. Simon Peter, the man of action decided to go fishing and soon discovered that no matter how hard we toil, if You are not with us our labor is in vain. However, if we are docile and attentive and we obey You we will accomplish far more than we can ever imagine. So it was with Peter and the rest that day as they went fishing at the Sea of Tiberias.

It was the beloved disciple who recognized You. All beloved disciples will recognize You because they keep their gaze on You and their ears attuned to the sound of Your voice eager to do all You ask. You call those big, burly, older than You men except for John, children. How sweetly tender You are. With You there will always  be an abundance of good things, more than we can ever ask for or hope for. Grant me the grace to rely on Your providence always.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Acts 3:1-10, Psalm 105:1-9, Luke 24:13-35


This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it. Ps 118:24

Acts 3:1-10, Psalm 105:1-9, Luke 24:13-35

Acts 3:1-10

My soul's beloved the entire episode about Peter, John and the lame beggar reminds us of our relationship and conversion experience with You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit and with those whom You have appointed to minister to a sinful, hurting, world.

Your ministers must be found at their posts, in prayer they will be empowered to do all You have commanded them. The Church it is said, is a hospital for sinners. The man crippled from birth was carried to the temple each day to beg. It was not by chance that he was there. Every one is given an opportunity to encounter You at some point in their lives. The beggar looked at Peter and John as all the members of the Church look to Your anointed to feed our hunger, to quench our thirst, and to heal us in every area of our life. The returned his look, with the same look of compassion, and tender mercy that You always direct at the sinner. They had nothing of material value to offer him but they had something of far greater importance to share with him, the treasure, the pearl of great price, the Good News of the Kingdom of God that we receive in Your Name.

Speaking that Name which above every other and which is more powerful than any in heaven and on earth, they commanded the lame beggar to rise up and walk. Not only did he rise up but he leaped, and danced and praised God. This is the remarkable story of every sinner who is redeemed and saved by Your Name. All who witness are are filled with amazement and marvel at what God continues to do for us to this day and will do so until You return in glory.

Psalm 105:1-9

My soul's beloved, St. John Paul II, Your servant and Your anointed reminded us that we are a Resurrection people and our song is Alleluia!!!

We are called by the Name by which all men and women are save and so we give thanks to You always and everywhere as we witness to the whole world the marvels that God has done for us in You. We rejoice, we exult, we dance for joy, for God, our God, His only Son, reigns among us, abides in us and has given us His own Holy Spirit who makes us fruitful. It is You we are called to serve as we serve our neighbor recognizing You in all those around us.

God our Father who created us has made a covenant of love which is a fulfillment of every covenant He has ever made with us. It is Covenant sealed with Your Blood, and in it we too a sealed a belonging to God irrevocable through a solemn oath sworn by the Lord God Himself. We are the Father's because we are Yours in time and in eternity.

Luke 24:13-35

My soul's beloved, we see here as the two disciples were journeying away from Jerusalem to Emmaus they were conversing about You and You said, If two or three are gathered in My Name, I am there in their midst." True to Your word, true to Your promises You came among them even though they did not recognize It was You. They were sad and downcast for they had not really believed what You had said so often that You would rise from the dead in three days. You drew them both into sharing their sorrow with You You gave them an opportunity to unburden themselves to You and You listened to them patiently until they were silent and ready to listen to You.

You always show patience, and compassion pity and understanding mercy and love. You took the time to walk them through the Scriptures through the Law and the prophets pointing gout to them the various passages in Scripture that spoke about You, prophesied all the things that the Messiah had to suffer in order to accomplish the work of redemption. Exactly three days had passes since You were buried and here You were among them just as You promised. The women were the first witnesses to the empty tomb and bringing back the message they received from the angels that You were alive. Then the disciples, not believing the testimony of the women went to see for themselves and what they saw bore testimony to what the women had said they'd seen although they did not see you yet. Patiently, You walked them through the Scriptures pointing out how everything prophesied concerning the Messiah was fulfilled in the Man that was only three days ago crucified. You chided them for being slow in putting together the evidence that would enable them to believe that You had truly risen from the dead just as You had said.

When the disciples reached their destination they invited You to stay with them. They were loath to let You go. You agreed and when You sat at table with them and prayed the blessing and broke the bread the recognized You but You were no longer with them. At every Eucharist we recognize You in the breaking of bread and believe that we receive Your flesh to eat and your blood to drink and we are saved,  nourished and fortified. Once we receive the Eucharist worthily, we recognize You, our mission becomes clear. The disciples went back to Jerusalem to witness to what they had just experienced and discovered that You had visited the other disciples as well and they rejoiced as they all shared their experiences of their encounter with You.