Friday, September 7, 2012

1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40, Luke 5:33-39

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, 
                                                                  Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40,

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Let everyone then see us as the servants of Christ and stewards of the secret works of God. Be­ing stewards, faithful­ness shall be demanded of us;

My Beloved, this morning at Holy Mass the catechists will pledge to carry out their mission faithfully and remain true to Your teachings and the teachings of Holy Mother Church.  These two verses written by St. Paul seem to be written just for us today.  May I always remember that it is You alone I serve, it is Your Word alone I proclaim, it s You alone that I make known and loved.  Grant me the grace to serve You joyfully, willingly, obediently, promptly, lovingly and faithfully always.  Amen.

Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and live on it.
Make the Lord your delight, and he will grant your heart’s desire.
Commit your way to the Lord; put your trust in him and let him act.

My Love, You are my life, my hope, my joy, my refuge and my shelter.  The psalmist reminds me that if I trust You and do what is good, I will live peacefully in the place to which You have brought me.  I delight in You and because I do, I receive from You all that is good and my heart is satisfied.  My life I have surrendered to You totally.  I trust You to lead me, guide me, inspire me in all I think say and do.  If I am faithful, You will be even more faithful.  You have been my refuge in the times of my distress.  You have helped to calm my fears and dry my tears, You have rescued me from the clutches of sin and set me free.  You have saved me and have permitted me to make my home in Your heart.  Thank You.

My Beloved, the disciples of John the Baptist were aware that he was preparing the way for You, the Bridegroom.  Hearts were to be made ready for Your coming by fasting, prayer, self-denial and austerity.  There was a watchful waiting in anticipation of what was to come.  And then You came, our God of love, gentleness, compassion, goodness, kindness, mercy and awesome power.  You came to heal, to fill, to give us a foretaste of heaven itself.  Why would Your disciples fast – they were with the Bridegroom and they were feasting at Your banquet of joy and delight however, You did warn them that You would be returning to Your Father’s house after fulfilling His will and then Your disciples too would fast and yearn for the day when they too would be united with You forever in heaven in the place prepared from them eternally.

You my Beloved are the heady new wine.  You provide us with the festal garments of justice, righteousness, mercy and peace.  Who would want the old that has become tired and stale if they had the choice of being filled and robed with the freshness, joy and beauty of the new?

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