Monday, November 17, 2014

Revelations 1:1-4, 2:1-5, Psalm 1:1-4 & 6, Luke 18:35-43


Revelations 1:1-4, 2:1-5, Psalm 1:1-4 & 6, Luke 18:35-43

Revelations 1:1-4, 2:1-5

My  Beloved, we are warned about losing the authentic and joyous fervor first experienced in our personal encounter with You.  After many long years of being faithful Christians, following the teachings of Holy Mother Church and guarding against false doctrine all of which is exemplary something is missing.  A staleness creeps in.  A taking for granted of the awesome gift of faith in You and the treasures of the Word we have received.

Help us to look closely at our lives and correct ourselves if we have strayed a little, lacked discipline and self-control. Re-ignite the fire of the Spirit within us and renew our love.

Psalm 1:1-4 & 6

My Beloved, it has become a universal and popular pastime to run Christians down and to scoff at their faith and most especially those Catholics who practice their faith and live it out in their daily life. They are an easy target because of their tolerance when persecuted, tormented and ridiculed.  Often it is fallen away Christians and Catholics who are the worst offenders.  They do all in their power to undermine Christian doctrine and the authority of the Church.

You remind us that we should keep our composure and continue to walk in the light of Your Truth. to delight in Your law and keep it in its totality.  We cannot be cafeteria Catholics cherry picking what we find palatable and discarding the more challenging aspects of our faith.

Those who are faithful have You for a Friend, Brother and Spouse and they will always bear good fruit that will last.

Luke 18:35-43

My Beloved, Luke was not present when this encounter between You and the blind beggar took place.  The incident was narrated to him so vividly in all its awesome and dramatic intensity and in writing down his account he has captured all the emotions marvelously.

You are on the way to Jericho - a blind beggar is seated by the road, possibly in his usual spot, begging for coins from passers by.  He had heard about you and hence his boisterous, reaction and insistence in crying out to You when he was told what all the commotion was about and who was passing that way.

The more vociferous and insistent his cry addressing You as the "Son of David," the more rudely and insensitively the crowd tried to get him to shut up and be quiet.  

There will always be people who profess to be Christian but are embarrassed by a loud, genuine enthusiasm about the faith.  The more they tried to get him to be quiet the louder he shouted.  No one was going to stop him from perhaps the only opportunity he would ever have of encountering You.

You heard this poor man's cry over all the other sounds.  You stopped and ordered that he be brought into Your presence.  You then say to him, "What do you want me to do  for you?" He was only too pleased to make known his desire, "Lord, that I may see!" He said.

The reward for an expectant faith is receiving all that one asks for and more.  You gave him both physical and spiritual healing by restoring his eyesight and granting him the gift of faith.  He followed You praising God and became a disciple and all who witnessed the miracle joined him in praising God as well.

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