Friday, April 19, 2013

Acts 9:1-20, Psalm 117:1bc-2, John 6:52-59



Acts 9:1-20, Psalm 117:1bc-2, John 6:52-59

Acts 9:1-20

 My Beloved, Saul's conversion to Paul is one of the most inspiring conversion stories.  We may all have our own plans and agendas but You can so easily enter and make all those plans come to naught.  In a world marked by terror and violence where death lurks in unexpected places and springs upon us without warning causing bloodshed, mayhem, carnage and destruction we would be hard-pressed into believing there is  hope yet this is a lie and we must not give into the lie spawned by the devil.

You entered dramatically into Saul's life and changed it forever - a most unexpected conversion of one whose terrible reputation as a persecutor of Christians preceeded him.  But we are not to judge people by their past.  We take them as they are in the present moment thus we give them the gift of accepting them as they are and not as some one else said they are.  Our response to Your call despite our apprehensions is, "Here I am."  And when You say, "Go." We go at once.

We can trust You to heal the spiritual blindness of those for whom we have been praying for  years.  Jesus my Beloved, I trust in You.

Psalm 117:1bc-2

May my life asleep or awake be one of praise to You.  with all the people everywhere I shall praise You my Lord and my God for Your love is great and Your faithfulness eternal.

John 6:52-59

You give us Your Flesh to eat and Your Blood to drink and You who are God tell us that if we do not eat You and drink You, we have no life in You.  You have also said that You are the vine and we are the branches, apart from You we have no life and can do nothing.  It is imperative that we believe Your Word and believeing we obey and partake of the Food You provide in order that we may live.

When we receive You in the Holy Eucharist, we become one with You and since You are one with the Father, You unite us through You to the Father as well and to the Holy Spirit.  We are drawn into the Divine embrace for a while and for a brief moment in time we are in heaven. 

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