DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Beloved, death entered the world because man sinned. Death was never a part of Your plan, You created us to live eternally with You. When we sinned death entered bringing with it destruction and decay but because You with the Father and the Holy Spirit are a God of love, You found a way to defeat the enemy and restore to us the inheritance which the Father ordained and intended for us when He created us. In Baptism we die to death in You and we are raised to new life in You. Grafted on to Your Body we are redeemed. We now call God Father, and You Beloved are our Brother, Friend, Spouse and Redeemer. Purchased and ransomed by You, we are now all Your own.
Beloved, You entered the very gates of hell and tasted the vinegar and gall of death and emerged victorious. Thank You Father for not permitting Your anger to destroy us but rather You sought to redeem us by sending Your Son into the world to bear the punishment that was ours. Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb we now sing Your praises. Thank You for the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation where we exchange our garments of shame for a robe of pure white. Alleluia, Amen!.
Thank You my Beloved for speaking to me through the mouth of St. Paul. I know that there is nothing so pleasing to God than a life lived in generous service to others. We live in a 'me, me, me' first world, St. Paul reminds us of Your generosity in putting aside Your glory and becoming poor in order to make us rich through Your renunciation of Your place in heaven. You took on our human condition so that You could identify completely with us. You teach us how to give and You desire that we give and share generously all that You have blessed us with. In this way no one lacks anything but all are blessed because we live in imitation of You, sharing everything and trusting in Your providence.
In today's Gospel readings, You remind us that You are the God of life and that You have power over death. We read how You raised Jairus' daughter to life. He approached You and threw himself at Your feet and begged You to heal his little girl. You responded by accompanying him to his home. On the way another miracle took place and would have gone unnoticed by the crowd had You not stopped and forced the woman to identify herself. You did this in order to applaud her faith and to let everyone who was pressing around You to know that there is no sickness or shame that Your touch cannot heal. Thank You my Beloved..