Monday, December 1, 2014

Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122:1-9, Matthew 8:5-11


Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122:1-9, Matthew 8:5-11
Isaiah 2:1-5

My Beloved, You are the great I AM.  First, Last and Forever.  The Alpha and the Omega, the Yes and Amen of God.  His Word -   Eternal, Living, Powerful containing in Itself all that God is and the Word is expressed in Love through the Holy Spirit.

Where can this Word be found - everywhere but dwells in it's fullness in the Church You founded.  It is set high up on the mountains so all people from every nation can see it and come if they so desire.  There You teach us the Way to the Father which is the path of holiness and righteousness.  To You is given authority, power and dominion to rule over all that is.  It is a rule of love and peace..  Justice and faithfulness, Mercy and tender compassion.

When we choose to walk in the Light of Your Love, we choose what God created us to have - You indwelling in us through Your Holy Spirit.

Psalm 122:1-9

Those who love the Church prosper.  Those who make their home in her enjoy peace.  Those who live in her are safe and secure for she is built on Rock with You my Beloved as her Cornerstone.  Her pillars and foundation are Truth and she is invincible.

If we strive to love as You love my Beloved, then we will take our mission to evangelize seriously because we will want everyone know You as we do and have what we possess - every good and perfect gift of the Holy Spirit given freely and in abundance through the Sacraments administered by Your Church.

Each time we go the House of the Lord it must be a celebration, a festival of joy for it is here that God feeds us with Himself and it is here we are truly one Body with God as our Head.

Matthew 8:5-11

Every human person from the first to the last is invited to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb all it takes is faith in the One whom God sent into the world to redeem it.  Faith is God's gift freely given to His children through the Sacrament of Baptism.

 The army captain knew quite that he was not worthy,  he was also aware that only God could do what he was asking Jesus to do - heal his paralyzed servant who was suffering terribly.  The captain was a compassionate man who cared for his servant.

 The faith of the captain was astounding, taking it a step further he asked Jesus to just give a command and his servant would be healed.  Jesus was visibly moved and commented to His followers, “I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel.  I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven."

 We are the followers of Christ yet our faith is often so weak so easily tested and found wanting when it is tried.

Little did the army captain know that through the Church's 2000 plus years history her members repeat those same beautiful words that so astounded Jesus before we receive Him in the Holy Eucharist, "Lord I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, say but the word and I will be healed."

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