FEAST OF ST. JEROME
DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23, Psalm 88:2-8, Luke 9:51-56
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
My Beloved, there are many people in the world, too numerous to count, for whom life seems as hopeless as it seemed to Job. He wearied of it, he wished he had died at birth, still born never seeing the light of day. Life to him during the time of his many and grave afflictions, seemed pointless for he saw himself as one, who despite being a God fearing and honorable man suffered loss of health, family, prosperity as death and destruction suddenly locked their jaws on him and would not let go.
In the world my Beloved we know that wickedness, sin, depravity and violence against the weakest and the innocent abound. There seem to be be no answers as to why some live such tortuous, sad, horrible lives while others seem to be always walking in sunshine. All we do know my Lord is that God intended all creation to live exultantly but we chose to sin and with our choices came the inevitable consequences of those sinful choices.
Thank You for the hope that sin does not have the last word for You have won for us the victory and provided us with all the grace we need to endure no matter how heavy the weight of our cross. When we walk with You we walk in faith, hope and love.
In the night when the terrors of the dark surround me I know that You my Lord and my Beloved are with me. I am not alone. You never abandon Your own.
Hate is a terrible thing and is sometimes handed down from generation to generation festering, oozing all kinds of unpleasantness, division compounding sin upon sin. One loses all reason as the black horror of hate exudes darkness, decay and death like a miasma it stifles all life.
Thank You for showing us another way, a better way, a way that leads to God. Love that is selfless and is ready to suffer for the sake of the beloved.