Sunday, February 27, 2011

Isaiah 49:14-15, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34, Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9

Daily Mass Readings:  Isaiah 49:14-15, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34, Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9
Isaiah 49:14-15
14 But Zion said: “Yahweh has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”

15 Can a woman forget the baby at her breast

and have no compassion on the child of her womb?

Yet though she forget, I will never forget you.

From ancient times there was the practice of contraception and abortion although not on the monstrous scale in which it is practiced today.  It is hard to imagine that the mother or father of the child in its mother's womb cannot be counted on to keep it safe there for the duration of its term..  If the arrival of the baby is inconvenient then the baby has no rights at all.  However, if it is wanted by its parents, they will go to any lengths, make any sacrifice to ensure the child is safe and healthy.  So what's the difference - in both cases it is a child created in the image and likeness of God for a purpose.

1 Corinthians 4:1-4
1 Let everyone then see us as the servants of Christ and stewards of the secret works of God. 2 Be­ing
stewards, faithful­ness shall be demanded of us; but I do not mind if you or any human court judges me. I do not even judge myself; my conscience indeed does not accuse me of anything, but that is not enough for me to be set right with God: the Lord is the one who judges me.

Beloved, if I call myself Your servant, then I have stewardship of everything that You have left behind for me and for future generations.  I have no right to water down the faith or dilute the truth but I have to preserve it  and hand it over in its entirety.  That is why Your Church, the one You founded on Peter, the Rock, has the awesome responsibility of being the guardian of the faith.  To keep it intact and to hand over the fullness of truth, practiced by the Apostles and the Church fathers,and down through the centuries, in its pristine beauty and clarity.  

Matthew 6:24-34
 24 No one can serve two masters; for he will either hate one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the first and look down on the second. You cannot at the same time serve God and money.
33 Set your heart first on the kingdom and justice of God and all these things will also be given to you. 34 Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Beloved, Your Church cannot serve You and the world that clamors for it to follow the fashion mantra of the day with regard to its servitude to the body and the senses.  In matters of faith and morals, the Church cannot change an iota of the Truth as handed down by You to the Apostles in an unbroken line to the present Bishop of Rome and those who will follow. Fashions, trends, schools of thoughts come and go but Your Word remains forever.  We need not worry about anything but can trust You to supply Your Church and its faithful followers with everything we need.

Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9
My soul finds rest in God alone;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and salvation;
with him as my stronghold,
I shall not be overcome.

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