ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH
DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Romans 3:21-30, Psalm 130:1-6, Luke 11:47-54
My Beloved, You remind me today that no one stands outside and excluded from the mercy of God. Faith in You makes all who believe righteous in Your sight irrespective of our race, country or culture All of us are sinners in need of redemption, the redemption You obtained for us from the Cross. You are the Saving Victim whose blood obtained forgiveness of sins to all who believe.
My Beloved, if I stand in God's favor it is because You obtained that favor for me. We are saved by our faith in You.
My Beloved, how beautifully the verses of this psalm expresses my need and my desire to be heard by You and my desire for forgiveness. If I must wait for Your response, grant me the grace to wait patiently and expectantly knowing that You will come through for me in Your time.
My Beloved, there are many in this world like the Pharisees who only desire to set traps for Your people. They have no intention of listening to Your Word they are there on false pretenses they appear to be sincere but underneath the flattery and the smarm and the oily smiles, they are as treacherous as snakes waiting to strike and spread their deadly poison. Too often Your people in the Church You founded are ignorant of Scripture as well as of Church teaching as handed down by the Apostles and they become easy prey.
We are each called to get better acquainted with the eternal truths of our faith so we do not fall at the the first skirmish. How can we battle with the forces of the world and Satan if we have not put on the armor of God?