Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hebrews 10:19-25, Psalm 24:1-4ab, 5-6, Mark 4:21-25

Psalm 98:3
My Beloved has not forgotten His love or His faithfulness to me and He never will.

Hebrews 10:19-25, Psalm 24:1-4ab, 5-6, Mark 4:21-25

Hebrews 10:19-25

The greater the relief in which we see You beloved Lord Jesus, we will know how powerfully Your Holy Spirit is at work in us through His abiding Presence in us.  The more clearly we see You the better we understand You, the more we desire and long for You, the greater the ardor of our love, in like measure we can know the power of God the Holy Spirit who is working in us to reveal to us the glory and splendor of the Son, our Lord.

Through our participation and through our entering into the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with our whole being with an ever growing faith in what God has done for us through You Lord who won the victory and redeemed us, we will be in awe of the glorious mystery of the Sacrifice  that the celebrant at the altar re-presents with us to the Father.  You are the the High Priest that descends from heaven and together we offer the same sacrifice in an unbloody manner to the Father.  You invite us to unite our own lives  - our joys, sorrows, hopes, prayers, worship – the good and the bad with Your perfect offering and thus You make our sacrifice too acceptable to God our Father.

The Day of the Lord is coming and we need to be ready and awake or else that day will come upon us like a thief in the night and we will be unprepared like the wedding guest who did not possess a wedding garment and like him we will have no plea to offer in our defense.

 Psalm 24:1-4ab, 5-6

My Beloved, it is imperative that we approach You with clean hands and a pure heart.  All our desires must be holy or else our presence at the Holy Mass and our offerings will be like that of Cain’s which was neither pleasing nor acceptable to God.

We must be truly sorry, we must repent, we must have a humble contrite heart and a contrite spirit , we must go and confess our sins to the Priest if we are aware of any serious sins only then can we bring our Gifts to the Altar.
Mark 4:21-25

In Baptism we receive Your Light.  In Confirmation we are strengthened by Your Holy Spirit so that we have the courage and the desire to allow the Light in us to become visible through all we are and do.

In the Light of Your Truth and Your Word, everything becomes visible.  Your Light sheds its brightness and reveals all that is hidden which is either to Your glory or to our shame.

Verse 24  advises us, “Pay attention to what you hear.”  We are called to listen and understand Your will for us only then can we know Your will and do it.  The paradoxical principle of the Kingdom of God is that the more we give the more we will receive.  If what we give is pleasing and in accordance with Your will, we will produce fruit that is pleasing to You, if not, all the priceless gifts given to us since our baptism will be lost.  Help us Lord, we place our hope in You.

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