Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Acts 17:15-22----18:1, Psalm 148:11-14, John 16:12-15

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always. Jn 14:16


Acts 17:15-22----18:1, Psalm 148:11-14, John 16:12-15


Acts 17:15-22----18:1

Dear Love,

When we take our mission of evangelization seriously, the Holy Spirit will enable us to become articulate as we preach and teach, taking what people already know and building up from there. Paul does this masterfully. He saw the altar that had the inscription, "To an Unknown God' and he was able to reveal to them who God is and His purpose in creating us. They had multiple gods and goddesses made of all kind of material which they worshipped and Paul explained to them that God was above His creation, needing nothing, complete in Himself yet He put a longing in every human heart to know Him and in knowing Him to find joy that is not of this world. 

Dear Love, in You we live, we move and we have our being. You are Vine and we are the branches, with You we live apart from You we wither and die. Paul told his listeners about You, how God sent You died to save us all and in the end You will come again to judge the living and the dead. Many believed and those who believed in turn began to preach the Good News. With the help of Your Spirit grant that I may seize every opportunity to speak of You.

Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14

Dear Love,

Not only do You dwell in the praises of Your people, praise is fitting to all who are called by Your Name. All in heaven praise You, all in Purgatory praise You and we who have an eternal destiny with You praise You for You deserve all the glory. No one is exempt from loving God, worshiping Him, and praising Him always and everywhere priest, beggar and king for in the eyes of God we His children are all equal in His sight. 

We each have a responsibility to hand down the faith so this praise continues from generation to generation and when our life's work is complete on earth we shall continue to praise You more perfectly in heaven for then we will behold You in all Your glory, share in it and offer You praise, adoration and worship eternally,

John 16:12-15

Dear Love,

Without the help of the Holy Spirit we are unable to properly grasp what God has accomplished for us in You. We are unable to wrap our minds around the fact that God the Lord of the heavens and the earth desires us to have an intimate relationship with Himself. So through His Spirit He grants us wisdom and knowledge so we may come to know Him better.The Apostles had to wait until Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would descend on them in fullness, but until that time they were weak, confused, and unable to fully understand what You said to them about all that You were sent to do and the final outcome of the great Sacrifice. But You assured them not to worry, in time You would give them the Helper, the Advocate, a Paraclete who would open their minds to know the unknowable, to understand that every prophecy in the Old Testament found its fulfillment in You and that You are the Messiah whom God sent to save us.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Acts 16:22-34, Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8, John 16:5-11

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth. Jn 16:7, 13



Acts 16:22-34, Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8, John 16:5-11

Acts 16:22-34

Dear Love,

We see in today's reading the power of praise. Only You can grant us courage in the midst of persecution and suffering. The Cross is the source of our power and our strength. When we lift our eyes on the Cross and see what You endured for our sake, we receive courage to endure any suffering that we may receive because we believe in You.

Paul and Silas were beaten with rods and thrown in prison but instead of wallowing in their pain and self pity they chose to focus on You, on the Father and they received grace to praise God even though they were shackled. Their spirits were free and they testified to their faith by singing hymns and praying. Not only the jailers but the other prisoners were edified and when You sent a powerful earthquake to free them, they reassured the terrified jailer not to kill himself, none of them had escaped even though the prison doors had burst open.

Miracles always follows prayers made in faith. No harm can come to those who are covered by Your protection. The relieved jailer took the prisoners into his own home, washed their wound, and asked to know more about You. After hearing all that Paul and Silas said they believed and asked to be baptized and the entire family was saved.

Dear Love, grant me to have faith, hope, and courage in the midst of adversity and to stand strong and true to my faith. Should I ever be called to face persecution help me be a powerful witness to You and  Your love.

Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8

Dear Love,

At every Eucharistic celebration we give You praise and thanks with our whole being. We are in the company of God and His angels and together we join in giving God all the glory and the honor. We gather as a community of believers to share God's love at the Eucharistic table and we eat the Bread of Angels which nourishes us and enable us live out our faith with confidence. 

You are God who saves. You are true to all Your promises. Every time I call You answer me. Your strengthen me. You lift me up.  You keep my hand firmly in Your own and I shall not fall as long as You are with Me. Thank You for Your loving kindness that endures forever and is unconditional.

John 16:5-11

Dear Love,

You ascended to the Father and true to Your promise You sent us the Advocate, the Helper, who came upon the Apostles and disciples in tongues of fire, not a consuming fire but a purifying fire. A holy fire sets the world ablaze with Truth and gives us courage to face the world.  Your Spirit unites us intimately with You and the Father and we can be sure that although the world hates You because it does not believe You, we who believe will be granted the grace to stay strong and endure to the end.