Sunday, October 26, 2014

Exodus 22:20-26, Psalm 18:2-4, 47 & 51, 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10, Matthew 22:34-40


Exodus 22:20-26, Psalm 18:2-4, 47 & 51, 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10, 
Matthew 22:34-40

Exodus 22:20-26

My Beloved, how often we forget the times when injustice was done to us and we mete out the same injustice to others. Instead of showing empathy and understanding we become oppressors ourselves. 

Time and time again You warn us that Your mighty protection is over the widow and the orphan because they are more vulnerable and at risk at the hands of those who would exploit their weakness and their helplessness.  Those who dare to abuse them believing that no one will hear their cry or even if they are heard will do nothing to help them will soon learn that You will punish most severely those who took advantage of these, little helpless ones.  People get rich and powerful through the pain, blood, sweat, tears and despair of children.

Widows are often abandoned by their relatives and are at the mercy of evil men who cloak themselves in the guise of righteousness.  The poor are given loans at exorbitant rates of interest and when they cannot pay, their children are taken as bonded labor.

The rich take away even the little the poor have without the slightest twinge of guilt.  Do we wonder then why our world is in the state it is in?  Let us wake up for You will avenge every cry and sigh of the widow and the orphan for You are full of loving kindness and mercy for the poor.

Psalm 18:2-4, 47 & 51

My Beloved, there is nothing more delightful than to praise You, bless You and offer You worship and thanksgiving.  You are everything and You generously give us all of Yourself without hesitation.  No plan against us will succeed because we are Your anointed.  Built upon the Rock of Peter, the Church is our fortress and You are its Cornerstone.  From You we receive grace and power through Your Holy Spirit.  You have vanquished the foe and we are saved by Your atoning Sacrifice.  You who died for us entering into our death, rose again and we were raised to new life in You.

Matthew 22:34-40

My Beloved, in order to receive the inheritance of the Kingdom of God as co-heirs with You we must live these two commandments which sum up the whole law of love.

Verses 37-39
Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and the most important of the commandments.  But after this there is another one very similar to it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

It would not be possible to obey them Lord on our own strength and so You make available to us perennial grace through the Sacraments, especially Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.  

Thank You my Lord and my God!


_____ my own, do not concern yourself with what others do to you, that is irrelevant, rather be concerned about what you do or do not do for others. You are not alone.  I have given You a full measure of my Holy Spirit let Him take control of your life and direct it  Give Him the freedom to act with power in and through you.

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