Daily Mass Readings: Esther 12, 14-16, 23-25, Matthew 7:7-12,
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
Esther 15:2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 14
2 Radiant in appearance after invoking the all-seeing God and Savior, she took her two maids with her, 5 Although her heart was frozen with fear, she looked radiant in her perfect beauty, her face depicting love and joy.
8 Then God changed the king’s anger to gentleness. Alarmed, he sprang from his throne, took Esther in his arms until she had recovered and comforted her with soothing words. 9 “What is it, Esther?” he said. “I am your brother. Take heart. 11 Come, speak to me.” 12 He raised the golden scepter, touched her neck with it, then embraced her saying, “Speak to me.”
14 For you are admirable, my Lord, and your appearance is awesome although you are full of kindness.”
5 3 The king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? Tell me what you wish. Even if it is half of my kingdom, I will give it to you.”
My Beloved Lord, it is good that I only see You hidden behind the little white Bread I receive each day in the Eucharist. It is good that I know You as the God Man of the Gospels - loving, compassionate, whose heart is moved with pity for us Your sheep, so desperately in need of the Good Shepherd. If I saw You as You really are in all Your radiance, Your awesome dignity, the glory of Your infinite majesty seated in power and might on the judgment seat at the right hand of the Father, like Esther my heart would fail me and I would tremble and fall in a dead faint. But I can approach You accompanied by the twin maids of obedience and humility and full of love, small though it is, I can come to You and You will speak to me tenderly saying, "What is it M---- mine, I am Your Brother, take heart." You will touch me gently, Your Holy Spirit will flow out from You to encompass me as I kneel before You in the Blessed Sacrament or as I approach to receive You in the Holy Eucharist, and You my awesome God and Lord, full of kindness will say to me, "What is it? Tell Me what You wish. Even if it were my Kingdom it is yours for you are co-heir with Me.
Beloved, praying is a simple as this. All I need to do is approach God as my loving Dad and make my needs both spiritual and temporal known to Him. For myself,for those I love, as well as all my relatives, friends, acquaintances, the Church and the world. My Dad knows what I need and will gladly give me all I ask according to His will. But there are some things I must always remember when I prayer. First, I must forgive as I expect to be forgiven myself, I must ask pardon of those whom I have injured and make reparation for the wrong I have done. Next, I must ask for what is pleasing to Him and what is good and not harmful for me. I must remember that He will give me all in accordance with His bountiful love and even more than I have asked for, because He can never be outdone in generosity. I must come to Him with a grateful, thankful, sincere, open, childlike disposition and my Dad will supply all my needs.
Thank You my Beloved for revealing this to me.
Verse 12 is one I must always strive to remember, "12 So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets."
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
1 I thank you, O Lord, with all my heart,
for you have heard the word of my lips.
I sing your praise in the presence of the gods.
2 I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name,
for your love and faithfulness,
for your word which exceeds everything.
3 You answered me when I called;
you restored my soul and made me strong.
7 If I walk in the midst of trouble,
you give me life.
With outstretched arm,
you save me from the wrath of my foes,
with your right hand you deliver me.
8 How the Lord cares for me!
Your kindness, O Lord, endures forever.
Forsake not the work of your hands.
I prayer the verses of this psalm with the psalmist and with the Church. Thank You.