Friday, January 8, 2016

1 John 5:5-13, Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20, Luke 5:12-16


1 John 5:5-13, Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20, Luke 5:12-16

1 John 5:5-13

My Beloved, this truth which is revealed by God to us is this, that we receive eternal life through faith when we believe in our hearts and acknowledge with our lips that You are the Son of God, sent by God to become the means by which we are saved. God sent You into the world to reveal to us that although we are sinners, we are weak and we are unworthy, deserving of death yet, God loves us so completely that He sent You, His only Son into the world to take upon Yourself the our burden of sin and its consequences which is death so we can become a new creation and have new life in You. Through the Sacraments of Baptism (water), Holy Eucharist (Blood) and Confirmation (Spirit) we testify that God indeed sent His Son into the world to bridge the chasm that sin had created between God and mankind.

Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20

My Beloved, all of us who believe in You and nestle in the bosom of Holy Mother Church should live each day exulting in all that God has accomplished for us in and through You. He grants us sonship through the Sacrament of Baptism, He feeds us on the finest wheat in the Holy Eucharist which is Your Body and we are sanctified through Your Holy Spirit whom You sent into the world once You ascended to Your Father. We have Your Holy Word in Scripture which is the Word of Life and Truth and reveals God’s plan for us from the moment He created the world and until it comes to an end with Your second coming when You will reconcile all things in You and present us Your Bride, the Church, without wrinkle and stain for the glory of the Father and receive a place in the Kingdom that He has prepared us so that we too may remain with Him for all eternity.

Luke 5:12-16

My Beloved, the most effective way to always live a life pleasing to God is to ensure that we strive to imitate You always. Everything we require to achieve this purpose You have given us. In the Sacraments of Baptism,  Holy Eucharist and Confirmation we are made children of God, we are strengthened by Your Body and Blood and we are empowered to carry out our mission by the outpouring and infilling of Your Holy Spirit.  But as today’s Gospel passage points out we are sinners and we are constantly battling against the world, the flesh and the devil. Because of our own sinful inclinations we choose to sin and we become untouchable with the sin of leprosy. We are ostracized from the community of God’s people and we would despair had You not given us the most wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Every time our weaker inclinations draw us into sin You invite us to repent and confess our sins in a spirit of humility and sorrow and You wipe our sins which although they may be like scarlet are removed and cast into the depths of the oceans of Your merciful, forgiving love. Having experience such wondrous love we must spend our entire lives telling everyone about You so they too can come to know, love and believe in You as we have.

Finally, we are reminded of the important of spending time alone with You in pray. Withdrawing from the world and its many distractions we are called to listen to You, talk to You and spend time in intimate silence with You and return to our daily life with renewed spiritual vigor.

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