DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS: Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,
My Beloved, You take the weak, the little, the humble, the nothing and You transform and perfect it with Your strength. Look at the Church You founded on he 12 Apostles - not one of them belonged to the elite, that strata of society that the world always kowtows to. They were as ordinary as most people are. You use the foolish things of the world in order to bring down the proud, the haughty and the boastful.
God took a tender twig from the lofty tree that was the chosen people of God. This Tender Twig was His Son whom He placed in the Womb of Mary. She bore Him, nurtured Him, nourished Him and gave birth to Him who is the Son of God. He chose from among the twelve one who would be His rock - St. Peter. They were the foundation on which He would build His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. All are invited to nest in her branches and find in her food, shelter and a refuge. Within her embrace we are nourished and we grow. God continues to use her as the light that shines on the mountain top. She shines His Light, She feeds and nourishes with the Food that He provides. She is granted wisdom and strength through His Holy Spirit and the gates of hell shall never prevail against her. While all fall by the wayside and are trampled underfoot she stands tall and upright for Christ is her head and He sustains her.
Those who are called by Your Name and are sanctified by You sing joyful praises to You in thanksgiving for all You are doing in their lives. They wake up with a song on their lips and when they lie down they continue to sing until their eyes close in sleep. They live fruitful lives because they are nourished by You and they make their home in You.
Alive or dead we belong to You - this is the truth. All that is important is that no matter what, we are Yours.
The nascent Church in Apostolic times was like the mustard seed, through the years she has grown tall and her branches provide shade for everyone who desires to come and find a place of refuge in her. Whether we know it or not, whether we acknowledge it or not, the Spirit is constantly at work in willing souls who assist in establishing God's Kingdom on earth.