Tuesday, December 30, 2014

1 John 2:12-17, Psalm 96:7-10, Luke 2:36-40


1 John 2:12-17, Psalm 96:7-10, Luke 2:36-40

1 John 2:12-17

My Beloved, this is indeed good news -  all my sins are forgiven in You.  I rejoice that I know You and that You, the Father and the Spirit have known me eternally.  Your Word O Holy One abides in me and I have conquered and I am victorious because the Eternal Word has make a home in me.  The world with all its allurements can certainly beguile the fruit of all that it has to offer is emptiness and bitterness for nothing holy or sacred is of the world.

Preserve me Beloved from the lust of the flesh,  the enticements of the eyes which leads to unholy desires and vain pride for all I have that is worthy is given to me by You.

The world is decaying each day and those of the world will perish with it but we have Your promise that those who seek Your will ad do it will remain with You forever.

Psalm 96:7-10

My Beloved, anyone who calls You Brother, calls God Father and who is given  the Holy Spirit must strive to live for the glory of God alone.  The gifts granted to us come from God and are to be used in order to bear fruit for His glory and His Kingdom.

How blessed and privileged we are to come to Your Banquet each day and to feast on Your bounty as we celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. God comes down to us, heaven stoops low over the altar as You come to us and become one with us.

You have won the victory over the world and no power can ever take away what belongs to You.  Your reign is already established over all creation and we rejoice.

Luke 2:36-40

My Beloved, Anna is a good example  of what we are called to be.  She lost her husband after only 7 years of married life and was a young widow instead of living a frivolous life in the world she dedicated her life to the Lord.  She was now 84 years old and spent all her years fasting and praying.  

No matter how many years are granted to us, it will do us well to remember that they will pass and death will come us all no matter how vigorously we try to postpone the hour.  Anna's reward was to have gazed on the Face of God as her eyes gazed on You as a little Baby.  her joy in recognizing the promised Messiah filled her heart with praise and she spoke of You to everyone she met.

As for Your parents Mary and Joseph they were obedient in everything that heir faith demanded and having fulfilled all that was required by the religious customs, they returned home.  There they raised You in Galilee and they watched the Son of God and the Son of Man growing in wisdom and grace.

If we are obedient to all that God asks of us and if we carry You everywhere, we too will receive the joy of knowing and loving You and sharing in Your wisdom and grace through the Word, the Church and the Sacraments.

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