DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Isaiah 49:8-15, Psalm 145:8-9,13-14,17-18, John 5:17-30
My Beloved, my Lord and my God, although it may have seemed that God had forsaken His people and had abandoned them, all the while He was forming a people from whom He would bring forth Salvation to all who were crying out to Him for help. At a time that God deemed favorable He sent You into the world not to condemn it but to reveal the Face of His Mercy to us. He had not forgotten the Covenant He swore and ratified in Your Blood. You have thrown the gates of heaven wide open and all who enter because of Your Name, the Name through which we are saved for there is no other, we will know neither hunger nor thirst, the noon day sun will not scorch us for You our Lord and our God will lead us to the springs of life giving water that flows from Your Sacred Heart. We will drink of the goodness of God and be strengthened. We will be refreshed and receive new life. You will never forget the price that You paid in order that we be saved. Even if a mother forgets the babe at her breast and has no compassion for the child she carries is her womb as is the case in our age where abortion is rampant and the slaughter of innocents is unabated, You O Lord will never forgot that we are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.
My Beloved, You can be trusted to be true to every promise You have made and we can count on Your faithfulness even when we are faithless. You, O Lord, as the psalmist reminds us are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. You are good to all and Your mercy embraces us all despite the fact that we fall constantly and fail miserably. You are attentive to every tremulous sigh for help and You hasten to lift us up, carry us, bandage our wounds and care for us. The weaker we are the more we can rely on Your help and Your strength. You hear every sincere cry and will deliver on every one of Your promises. Salvation belongs to all who cry out to God for You desire always to save us.
My Beloved, in these verses You emphasize You make abundantly clear Your relationship with God – He is Your Father He and You are One everything that is His is Yours. The Jews thought it blasphemy but if they had truly desired to understand they would know that You could not do what You did were it not through the power of God and they would have believed. But they were more interested in protecting their own selfish interests; blindly holding on to empty rituals at the expense of compassion and mercy this is why their hearts and minds were closed and they could not see that God had indeed come to walk in the Flesh among His people.
The world does not seem have to changed much Beloved. People do not want to accept the Truth of God’s Word who was made Flesh and came among us to show us the power of God, the Wisdom of God and the Love of God – just as the enemies of truth crucified Truth on the Cross so too does the world continue to choose to be blind to Truth so it can pander to the flesh. We have become insensate, gross, hard, and ugly as we deliberately choose to lower our dignity as children of God and wallow with the swine, mingle with swineherd and feed on the food of swine.
Yet my Beloved, Truth will prevail for Truth has triumphed despite the best efforts of Satan. The victory is won – a painful victory that required that God become Man, experiencing all that we are subject too, in order to understand and judge us not as we deserve but according to the merits of the One who died in order that we may live.