Saturday, December 7, 2013

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26, Psalm 147:1-6, Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8


Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26, Psalm 147:1-6, Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

My Beloved, these wonderful prophecies made by Isaiah have come to pass with Your coming into this world.

We who once lived in the darkness of sin and trembled with fear at the thought of death have now been liberated.  Like the prophet Simeon we say that our eyes have beheld our salvation and we can die in peace.  We weep no more because we have glorious hope.  When we seek we find, we knock and You open, we ask and You give generously.  As St. John the beloved disciple said we have seen, we have heard and we have touched divinity in the Flesh and Him we have revealed to you.  We to have heard, seen, touched with out hands and tasted with our mouth, Your goodness, sweetness and love. You have given us Your own Holy Spirit as our Paraclete, Comforter and Guide.  We hear Him speak, "This is the way walk in it."

Your Word is the seed sown in our hearts which will yield a plentiful, abundant harvest.  Your Light dispels the darkness of sin and imbues us with the radiance of its light so we too share Your light and become beacons of hope in the world. It is a light that night cannot dispel or put out.  We were wounded by our sins but You have bandaged our wounds with the sweetness of Your love and You have healed us.

Thank You my Lord and my God!

Psalm 147:1-6

My Beloved, the wonder of singing Your praises is that it lifts our won soul to heaven and we are filled with joy and delight in contemplating Your goodness.  Thank You for the wonderful Gift of the sacrament of reconciliation where You heal our broken heart, bandage our wounds and strengthen and comfort us. You who know the place of every star in the universe because You created them and have given each one its name, how much greater and more intimate is Your knowledge of us who are the work of Your hands.  We are made in Your image and likeness.  Help us to see ourselves as we truly are - ashes and dust, it is You who raise us up,and give us dignity.  Without You we are nothing.

Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

My Beloved, we Your followers are called to imitate You closely in all that we do. You had pity and were moved to tender compassion when You saw the crowds, grant us this same gift of empathy for our brothers and sisters.  Let our sympathy move us to act as You did reaching out, touching, comforting, healing, bandaging wounds, speaking words of encouragement and hope, blessing in word and deed. 

I pray that all whom You call to serve in Your vineyard will heed to Your call.  May all we say and do be in perfect with Your will as we minister unselfishly with no thought of reward.  We have received all freely as a gift, let us give freely what we have received.

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