Monday, August 21, 2017

Judges 2:11-19, Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44, Matthew 19-16-22

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS


Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Mt 5:3



Judges 2:11-19, Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44, Matthew 19-16-22



Judges 2:11-19

Dear Love, my Soul's Beloved,

Despite all that God had done for the chosen people, despite all the marvels and the miracles, they still sinned grievously over and over again. The sin of Adam has wounded and weakened us to such an extent that we tend to revert to godlessness every time we place ourselves in the way of temptation. 

Looking at the world today, at the violence, the evil, the loss of all sense of sin and shame, at the way we twist wrong with words to make it sound right and thus deceive ourselves we have played right into the hands of Satan. Despite all the progress the world has made we have used that progress to take us even further away from You and from the path of holiness. 

How much longer Beloved, will we continue in  the way that leads to death? When will be regain our moral compass and return to the Way of the Lord? Grant that it may be soon before it is too late.

Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44

Dear Love, my Soul's Beloved,

It would seem that from the earliest times after the fall men and women have sinned willfully and terribly. They have deliberately turned away from You, the God of Love and chosen to wallow in evil and depravity. Despite all that You have done for us, despite sending You to us and redeem us, despite pouring out Your Holy Spirit on us and making it possible to lead holy lives, there is that terrible legacy received from our first parents that draws us, attracts us and invites us to make sinful choices.

St. Paul lamented, and we lament with him, who can free me from my sinful flesh? We echo his answer, "Thanks be to God in Christ Jesus who has won the victory for us." Stay with me Beloved, or else I too shall be lost.

Matthew 19-16-22

Dear Love, my Soul's Beloved,

The young man who approached You in today's Gospel was on the horns of a dilemma. His spirit longed to do what was good but his flesh could not give up what it craved. We are no different at least I know that I am very much like that poor rich man. I want to please God. I want to obey the commands and walk in the way that leads to life, to choose the narrow  path which is difficult and which few tread. I know the choices I ought to make that will make me happy and will lead to eternal life, and yet, and yet, how often, I given into the cravings of the flesh. I refuse to exert my will to choose what I know I ought. I lack the discipline that ought to make me turn away resolutely from temptation. 

I come to You morning after morning and like the young man I ask, "Beloved, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" And You reply and You tell me all I ought to do and instead of staying close to You, acknowledging that I cannot do it on my own, and clinging to You like a limpet so You can live, move, and act in me, I turn away from You sad, because I would rather drink from murky, stagnant pools to slake my thirst than to permit You to lead me to fresh streams of living water where I can revive, and refresh my dropping spirit.

Have mercy on me O Lord and help me for I find I cannot help myself.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7, Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8, Romans 11:13-15, 29-32, Matthew 15:21-28

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom
and cured every disease among the people. Mt 4:23


Isaiah 56:1, 6-7, Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8, Romans 11:13-15, 29-32, Matthew 15:21-28



Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

Dear Love, My soul's Beloved,

Thank You for inviting me into a relationship with You. Thank You for saving me and calling me to serve You. I belong to You and to Your Church. Thank You for calling me from darkness and granting me every grace I need to walk in the light of Your love and truth. Thank You for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where I can approach Your holy altar and unite the sacrifice of my poor sinful life with Your holy, perfect, once for all, Sacrifice for the expiation of my sins of the sins of the whole world. Thank You.

Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8

Dear Love, My soul's Beloved,

If the Father had not found a way to save us because of His immense love for us we would have been lost forever. Thank You for Your obedience to the Father and for laying down Your life for us. Grant all who believe the grace to take our vocation and our mission seriously to spread the good news of our salvation wherever we go so that all may believe and together the whole world rejoice and give praise to God for all He has done for us in You.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Dear Love, my soul's Beloved,

St. Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles understands that God can use any situation to bring about good. The Jews rejected You and the Gospel and this is why the message was carried to the Gentiles, for You came into the world to save all Jews and Gentiles alike. The great persecution of the Christians compelled the Apostles and disciples to flee and they carried with them the Gospel of Life.

Beloved, no matter what difficulties may come my way may I always remember that You have the power to draw good out of every situation. I can trust You always.

Matthew 15:21-28

Dear Love, my soul's Beloved,

The Gospel reminds us today not to be caught up in our own hurt feelings and reminds us that there God does not reject us even though it may appear to be so. We must persist beyond our natural human emotions and when we do we will find that God always intended good no matter how bitter the situation. It would have been easy for Canaanite woman to wallow in self pity and turn away in bitterness at the perceived rejection but there was too much at stake. Her daughter was possessed and she believed that none but You could heal her. She implored You loudly to take notice of her, to hear her and to grant her petition. Her faith was rewarded and she went home to find her daughter healed.

Help me beloved not to have silly pride or to be easily hurt at perceived slights but to be meek and humble of heart, confident that all I ask for in faith will surely be granted to me.