Monday, November 20, 2017

1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63, Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158, Luke 18:35-43


I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. Jn 8:12

1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63, 
Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158, Luke 18:35-43

1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

When we surround ourselves with sinners and when those in power forget their rich heritage that they are a people chosen by God Himself, created by Him to establish His Kingdom and not to make for themselves their own forgetting that God and God alone is their Father, then misery will be our lot.

Today, the world as so often in the past repeats the terrible sins of ages past. We have given ourselves over to hedonism. We make up our own truths as we go along and these truths change according to weather. What is true in one season becomes unfashionable in the next and so it goes until no one can recognize truth anymore. Many are only Christian in name they identify themselves as Christians but their lives are a far cry from that which is demanded by God our Father. 

However, as in every age, there is the faithful remnant who persevere just as there in the time of the Maccabees who prefer to die rather than sin. Who strive to live holy lives in the midst of wickedness and who are unafraid to live, preach, and teach the Gospel even should it cost them their lives.

Beloved, grant me this grace, that I be counted among them.

Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

The more things change the more they remain the same. Ever since sin entered the world many have sunk to the depths of depravity and wickedness. They deny that they are answerable to You their Savior to whom the Father has given authority to judge. Divine Law has been pilloried, scorned, jeered, and set aside and those who follow Your Law are persecuted even to the point of death.

Insane, perverse, inhumane laws are introduced in every way of life and children no longer belong to their parents but are subject to the law of the wicked. We have rejected You Beloved, is it any wonder then that one wicked generation is followed by another even more wicked and lawless. The greater the depravity the greater the celebration of those steeped in the wicked ways of the world. 

Watch over Your remnant Beloved, continue to fill them with righteous anger and grief and keep them faithful and unafraid to challenge the world even if it means they lose everything they possess even their life.

Luke 18:35-43

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Today's miracle of the blind beggar who pleaded for sight and received it gives us hope.  Our dark world is filled with those who are blind because they do not know You, nor do they want to know You and thus have their eyes opened to the truth. You said that the Truth has the power to set free. But people generally prefer the lie because Truth challenges us to change and we prefer the ephemeral pleasure of sin than the eternal joys of righteousness and holiness.

However, if, when we encounter You in the people around us and we cry out to You to have pity on us we know You will stop, You will dialogue with us as You did with the beggar, You will ask us as You did him, "What do you want me to do for you?" and when we reply with sincerity, "Lord, please let me see." You will immediately say to us, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." Our eyes will be opened and we will follow You glorifying God for all He done for us from everlasting to everlasting. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wisdom 6:1-11, Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7, Luke 17:11-19


In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:18

Wisdom 6:1-11, Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7, Luke 17:11-19

Wisdom 6:1-11

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Today we hear You warning those who have power, those in authority, those who have been given the work of leading, teaching, instructing, guiding, in the ways of God. These You warn, will receive a strict judgement for You have said very clearly to whom much is given much will be asked.  But You assure the the lowly, the poor, the powerless, that You will deal with them mercifully.  All authority is given to the leaders of nations by God almighty in order that they may serve Your people with wisdom, kindness, with right judgement. To have a special love for the poor, the weak, the needy, the sick, those who are cast aside as having no value, for You are the Lord of all, and God our Father, is Father of all. 

Grant O Beloved of my soul, to be faithful in the work that You have called me to do. Insignificant though it may be grant that I do it with love, honestly, and to the best of my ability. Help me to have a special love for those who are less fortunate than I am. Truly, Beloved, much as been given to me may I be faithful in using the rich treasures of Your grace knowing full well that I shall some day stand before You to give an account of my stewardship. Stay with Me Lord and help me to be faithful and vigilant always; so on the day of reckoning I may have no fear of judgement but look forward to it with joy.

Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

The world and those with influence, authority, power, wealth, better tremble O Lord for the day of judgment approaches. It will be here at a day and an hour we least expect as You warn us over and over again in Your Word.

The world uses the poor, the orphan, the widow, and those who are denied a legitimate share of the world's resources in order to increase their own wealth. Leaders of nations who pledge to serve fail to do so, using their position only to serve themselves and those who can in turn help them.

But judgement will come upon us all Beloved, it will come swiftly, or slowly, but come it will and when it does those who have abused their positions of power assigned to them by God Himself, they will then tremble before You in fear for nothing will save them from the wrath of God and the right judgement of the Lord. But the poor will finally be set free and they will see their enemies routed and put to shame.

The world forgets that death must come to us all and after death judgment and reckoning.

Luke 17:11-19

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

In the Gospel of today's Liturgy we recall the miracle of the cleansing of the ten lepers; nine were Jews and one was a foreigner. All were healed but only the foreigner returned to give thanks.

Beloved, today those who are baptized and are called Christians because we follow You are the ones represented by the Jews in this miracle. We are ones to whom the Good News has been revealed. We are the ones who have received the treasures of the Kingdom of Heaven through the Sacraments which we treat with indifference, to which we are lukewarm, of which we are so ignorant that we are quite unaware of the reservoirs of inexhaustible power available to us. But converts put us to shame. Those who are outside the the Catholic Church but who know You have faith so much greater than ours who have been given it in its fullness and perfection.

How often do you sadly say of us where are the nine who share in my Eucharistic Banquet, who approach my table to eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, who receive cleansing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and are healed of every sin no matter how great, where are they?