Thursday, October 19, 2017

Romans 3:21-30, Psalm 130:1-6, Luke 11:47-54


I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me. Jn 14:6

Romans 3:21-30, Psalm 130:1-6, Luke 11:47-54 

Romans 3:21-30

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

It is faith in You and not in the law or anything or anyone else that saves us. All of us have sinned -  no one who can stand before God and claim that they are sinless, only God is without holy, righteous, and pure. But God desires to forgive all who believe that we are saved by the power of the redemption You won for us on the Cross. It is Your Blood, the Blood of the innocent Victim who took our place and lay down His life for us and paid the penalty that was our in death, that we who have faith, are made righteous because of what we believe. No one can claim that they are saved because of being born Jew or Gentile, but we are saved because we have faith in You, the only Son of God. If You were God only of the Jews You would not be God, You are the God of all and there is only One God and in Him, through faith, we are saved.

Psalm 130:1-6

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

With You and in You is loving kindness and forgiveness of all sin. Those who walk with You, those whom You hear as we cry out to You to save us find in You perfect peace. You are a God of mercy and compassion. Slow to anger and ready to forgive us our transgressions when we approach You with contrite hearts and resolve with Your help to sin no more.

You came for me, for sinners, this is why we know that we need never be ashamed no matter how far we have fallen from grace. You will never turn away the one who comes with confidence that in You they will find forgiveness of all sins. Those who trust in You and in Your Word will  never be disappointed. The soul that clings to You will be consoled.

Luke 11:47-54 

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

You do not mince words when You speak the truth to those whose hearts are hard and filled with pride and self-righteousness. The Scribes and the Pharisees hated You because You were not afraid of them, they were not used to being treated with such little regard. The poor who were ignorant were harassed and bullied by them but You stood before them and made known to the people their many hypocrisies and for this they would not forgive You. 

You condemned them in public and You made them aware that they were no better than their ancestors who killed the prophets and to whom they built memorials thus testifying that their ancestors were murderers. You called them whited sepulchers for they appeared good on the outside but inside were full of evil.

 You warned them that the day of reckoning had arrived when they would have to take a stance for the truth embodied in You or if they would continue to hem and haw and find ways to dodge it. You warned them about laying to great a burden on the poor without lifting a finger to show them mercy. It is no wonder then, that they would not tolerate You for undermining their authority and their position of prominence, and would find a way to put You to death in the worst way imaginable. Yet, You did not shy away from making the truth known to them.   

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2 Timothy 4:10-17, Psalm 145:10-13, 17-19, Luke 10:1-9


I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. Jn 15:16


2 Timothy 4:10-17, Psalm 145:10-13, 17-19, 
Luke 10:1-9

2 Timothy 4:10-17

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

We have Luke, a Greek physician converted by the preaching of St. Paul as an evangelists who faithfully recorded the events concerning the Gospel that gives the world life. He also wrote the Acts of the Apostles which gives us a glimpse of the life of the Apostles after Your Ascension. He was a faithful companion to Paul and accompanied him sharing the joys and the difficulties that are part of being a missionary.

We thank You and the Holy Spirit for the grace that made it possible for the Church to give us such an wonderful example of how a true disciple ought to live. How to give all in order that we may receive all. 

St. Luke, pray for us. May many more be saved through the Word that you so faithfully recorded so that many may believe and receive life.

Psalm 145:10-13, 17-19

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Your friends are all who make You known and loved in the world. Who make for You faithful followers and disciples by taking Your command seriously to live the Gospel in season and out of season. Their lives are a living testament of all that they believe and hold to be true. They praise You and give You honor, worship, and thanksgiving in all the circumstances of their lives. To them everything is good for everything they receive is given to them from Your hand.

They make for You disciples and followers from every race, every tribe, every language, every nation so that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess to the glory of the Father that You are truly our Lord and our God.

Luke 10:1-9

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Today I offer grateful thanks to all who heard You, believed in You, followed You, obeyed Your command to go out into the world and preach the Good News of our salvation. They paid heed to Your invitation and because they did we have heard and we are saved.

We in turn receive the same invitation, the same call when we are baptized and grafted into Your Body. Grant O Lord that someone may say that they have been saved because I like so many countless disciples before me, beginning with Your Apostles, and the many through the ages who were persecuted, tortured, ill treated, violently abused in every way, imprisoned, suffered untold hardship and even lay down their lives in order that many may come to believe the Truth that You are the Son of God, the Savior of the world who came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, became Man, suffered, died, was buried and rose again so that we may rise again from the eternal death of sin and take our place in the Kingdom that the Father has prepared for us.

Grant us O Lord the grace to become true witnesses of Your love just as St. Luke was. Amen.