FEAST OF ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
2 Kings 24:8-17, Psalm 79:1-5, 8-9, Matthew 7:21-29
2 Kings 24:8-17
My Beloved, here we read that the 18 year old king treated the Lord badly. He dishonored God and the accumulated sins of of both king and people was so great that the hand of God was raised against the nations in anger.
My Beloved, it is far, far better to repent while we still have time instead of sinning with impunity as if God does not exist and what is worse is knowing He exists but living as if He does not. The most productive people were taken into exile and the wealth of the nation was stolen all who remained were the poor. But You have said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs." You can do great things with those who are poor, humble, little, for their hope faith and trust lie in You.
Psalm 79:1-5, 8-9
My Beloved, these verses make it clear that the wages of sin is death. The people sinned, they worshiped false gods and gave themselves up to all sorts of evil and pagan practices and were punished severely. Only when they repented did God relent and restore what was lost.
When the appointed time had come, the Father sent You into the world. We continue to sin gravely and to worship before idols, we continue the evil and ungodly practices of extolling death in one form or the other and suffocating and smothering life. But now the Father looks at the price You paid to cancel our debt by taking upon Yourself our punishments and our guilt. It was His plan to give us a Savior such as You and when we cry out for mercy He forgives for Your sake and restores to us all that we lost.
My Beloved, You warn us that we have to do far more than pay lip service in living out our faith in the world. It is not in the number of Rosaries or novenas we pray or the Holy Masses attended that will open the gates of heaven to us. Rather, we are called to listen to Your word, we are to be filled with Your Spirit. We have to accept and obey fully all that the Church teaches. We are called to carry Your light within us and transmit it to the world. We are called to be salt that adds flavor to the lives of those around us. If we do this then we would be building our House on Rock - we would be grafted into Your Body, the Church which You founded on Peter who is its Rock and You its Cornerstone. No power on earth or under the earth can come against it. It stands forever for it has Truth as its foundation and bulwark.