Monday, November 24, 2014

Revelation 14:1-5, Psalm 24:1-6, Luke 21:1-4


Revelation 14:1-5, Psalm 24:1-6, Luke 21:1-4

Revelation 14:1-5

My Beloved, You are with Your Church from the moment it was formed on the Cross, born at Pentecost and You will remain with her until Your Second Coming in glory when You will claim her and take her to Yourself.

There are those who have given You love for love as Verse 5 says, "No deceit has been found in them; they are faultless." They live out their faith and their mission and to them belongs the crown of everlasting glory.

Every Christian is given grace upon grace so they can strive with Your help to reach the goal for which we were all created - eternal joy in the Presence of God.

Psalm 24:1-6

My Beloved, the world and all in it was created to give glory to God.  When He created us, He desired us to have a share in His love and  gave us a perfect world to live in.  He founded it on the ocean of His mercy and after our fall from grace You redeemed it according to His plan of salvation - Your Passion, Death and glorious Resurrection. We are saved through the waters of Baptism.

You made it possible for us to receive the inheritance lost by our sin and now through the grace of the Sacraments, we can ascend Mount Zion, the place where You dwell.  Here we receive every blessing.  Those who strive to live in grace and love will receive their reward from You.  The inheritance prepared for us awaits us when You take us home to Yourself.

Luke 21:1-4
My Beloved, in the narration of this incident about the poor widow who gave her mite to God, You reveal to us that the measure of our giving is in direct proportion to our faith and our love.

It is easy to give out of our surplus. Only after careful calculation, ensuring we have enough put aside for ourselves, are we prepared to give and our giving does not hurt.

It take greater faith, greater trust and a greatness of heart and generosity of spirit to give all we have.  Moved by love we do not stop to count the cost but empty ourselves without a thought about tomorrow safe in the perfect peace and sure knowledge that we need not be anxious.  The one who clothes the lilies of the field, feeds the birds in the air and has counted every hair on our head, who is aware when a sparrow falls to the ground, can most assuredly be trusted to take care of all our tomorrows.
Beloved, grant me such a faith!

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