Saturday, June 24, 2017

Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1:57-66, 80

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS


SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way. Lk 1:76


Isaiah 49:1-6,  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1:57-66, 80


Isaiah 49:1-6

Dear Love,

To the prophet Isaiah many wonderful revelations were given concerning You, Your coming, Your herald John the Baptist. These prophecies at regular intervals increased the anticipation and the longing for the wonderful things that God our Father was preparing the world for, Your coming into the world.

Here he speaks of St. John the Baptist, Your cousin, chosen by God to prepare the way for You. However, all these awesome things about John can also be applied to us, to me, in a way for each one of us is a thought of God, is part of the plan of God, and to each is given a mission to make You known and loved to the ends of the earth.  Called from the moment I was conceived, You gave me my name, You gave me Your Word which is sharper than a double-edged sword. I am Your servant, I am the handmaid of  God's handmaid and to all who belong to You, You have revealed Your power and Your glory.

Your light is given to me at baptism and I have a mission to shed that light no matter how tiny, weak, or flickering, to help  another find the way to You and to Your heart.

St. John the Baptist was faithful to the end. Grant that I too may be faithful until I breathe forth my spirit.

Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15

Dear Love,

When St. John the Baptist was in Elizabeth's womb he encountered You when Mary when to visit her cousin. He leaped for joy for he recognized that he was in the presence of the Most High. From that instant he was filled with the Holy Spirit and with zeal to do all that God had planned for him.

Of him You said,there never was another born of woman who was greater than John and You added yet he who is the least in the Kingdom of God is greater. I am Your little nothing, truly the least of the least, and in my own minuscule way I desire to strive in all things to obey  You and do Your will. Thank You for creating me. Thank You for Your intimate knowledge of me. Thank You for my glorious destiny in You and with You forever.

Acts 13:22-26

Dear Love,

Paul recognized that St. John the Baptist was the herald of the Good News, a descendant of king David of whom God said, "I  have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish." So did St. John, he too carried out the Father's every wish even to the laying down of his life for the sake of the Truth. He testified that he was not the one that the people of God were waiting for, he was not the Messiah. In all humility he said he was too unworthy to even unfasten Your sandals.

Grant Beloved, that I too may understand the little place I have in the grand scheme of God's plan and that I may humbly but faithfully do all that You command.

Luke 1:57-66, 80

Dear Lord,

St. John the Baptist was a child of prophecy. Zechariah did not believe and was struck dumb. When Elizabeth gave birth she was asked to what his name would be, the name already chosen by God was John but they would not believe for there was no one of that name among their relatives. But God always does a new thing, the old ways must give way to the new and when Zechariah confirmed his name, his tongue was released for at last he was conforming to God's will.

Of each new child that comes into the world it ought to be said,

"What, then, will this child be?"
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him."


Stay with us Lord, stay with our children and may the awesome plans of God for each of be be realized for His glory and His glory alone. Amen.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Deuteronomy 7:6-11, Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7, 8, 10, 1 John 4:7-16, Matthew 11:25-30

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS


SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. Mt 11:29


Deuteronomy 7:6-11, Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7, 8, 10, 1 John 4:7-16, Matthew 11:25-30


Deuteronomy 7:6-11

Dear Love, beloved Bridegroom of my soul,

Today the words of God that Moses spoke to the people of God You speak to me today even as You speak to every baptized Christian and especially every Catholic, as we celebrate the feast of Your Most Sacred Heart. 

I am sacred to God, I have been chosen from all all the nations on the face of the earth to be singularly Your Own. Not for any merit I possess but precisely because I have none. I am truly the least in every respect I know it and You too most certainly do. No. You chose me simply because You love me. There is no other reason than this. You are kind, tenderhearted, merciful, full of compassion and infinite love. Your loving hand of benediction is sworn not only to me but to my descendants to the thousandth generation.

Bless all who bless me Beloved, and bless in double measure all those who curse me or work against me and mine. Amen.


Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7, 8, 10

Dear Love, beloved Bridegroom of my soul,

Today, once again I recall Your many kindnesses to me and Mine and I pledge to bless you and Your Holy Name all the days of my life. I will continually give You praise, glory, and honor each time an opportunity to do so presents itself either privately or in public. Thank You for not looking at my sins, my weaknesses, my errors in judgement but for loving me precisely because I am so helpless. Thank You for healing me in heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. Thank You for redeeming me and for the place You have preserved for me alone in that Sacred Space in Your Heart. Thank You for new beginnings that are possible with You for You never tire of making of me a new creation and giving me new life no matter how many times I fall and no matter how low I have sunk. Thank You!

1 John 4:7-16

Dear Love, beloved Bridegroom of my soul,

Today the disciple of love sheds light about the God of Love whose nature is love. We are begotten by the love of God and so I nature too must be that of love. God sent You into the world because He loves us and the love of the Father would not permit His children to be destroyed forever. You came to give us Your life in the Holy Spirit. We now have Your life coursing in us. This is love, the disciple reminds us, not that we love You but that You have loved us first and You lay down Your life for us to make atonement to the Father for our sins, our transgressions, taking upon Yourself our punishment. The only way to repay such love is that we love each other because it is only in loving one another that Your love is made perfect in us.

Do  I need proof of God's love? It is already been given to me because You have given me Your Spirit. I testify that You are indeed the Son of the Living God  and I believe that God remains in me and I remain in Him because I know and believe in the love that the Father has for me.

Matthew 11:25-30

Dear Love, beloved Bridegroom of my soul,

Thank You for including me among Your little ones, thank You for revealing eternal truths to me - truths that are impossible for those who are haughty to understand.

Thank You for Your invitation to me this day, an invitation that has been made to me over and over again. I accept it Lord and I come to You. I lay my burdens upon You and I will find rest in You now and always.

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves. 
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."