Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32,Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19, Matthew 19:13-15


Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32,Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19, Matthew 19:13-15

Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32

My Beloved, each of us is punished or rewarded according to our response to Your commandment of love.  God desires that all be saved which is why He sent You into the world so we may know the depth of His love for us.  He knows that we cannot save ourselves we need a Savior, a Redeemer, a Man who understood our human frailties and would be ready to lay down His life in order that we may live.

My Beloved, You make it possible for us to have a new heart and a new spirit. Through sincere repentance, contrition and resolve to sin o more, You forgive our iniquities and cleans us from our sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  You make it possible for us to become a new creation.

Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19

Thank You my Beloved for the healing we receive in the Sacrament of Confession where sins although they be as scarlet are forgiven and the soul is restored to its baptismal purity.  Thank You for grace, help and strength granted to us through the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit.  Thank You for reconciling us to the Father and for the ongoing work of salvation in every celebration of the Eucharist.  Thank You for love that embraces the sinner who returns to You with a contrite and sorrowful heart.

I love You my Beloved!

Matthew 19:13-15

My Beloved, the world we live in stealthily, willfully, openly and deceitfully robs children of their innocence.  No child is safe no matter how small. Everything around them most conspires to steal their childhood from them, the flagrant immodesty in speech, dress and entertainment contribute to the general decadence of the culture of our age. All of us stand condemned; the home, the schools, the society have all failed these littlest ones in ways that make the angels weep.

We hinder the children's approach to You and instead hold up for them role models who rob them of the Kingdom of God which You have said rightly belongs to them.  You have also said that it would be better to put a millstone around our necks than to cause of Your little ones to stumble.  Is it any wonder then that the world we live in a world filled with violence so horrific and brutality so deadly it causes us to shudder in disbelief?

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