Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 102:2-3,16-21, John 8:21-30


Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 102:2-3,16-21, John 8:21-30

Numbers 21:4-9

My Beloved, it is easy to get discouraged when the journey becomes difficult. We are easily bored, the tedium of daily routine can sometimes becomes burdensome and we begin to find fault with everything. We murmur, we find fault and we make ourselves so miserable by our constant whining that we fail to see the wonderful things that God is doing for us and in us. We focus on the problem and become fixated with it  failing to lift up our eyes and call out to You from whom we receive everything good and perfect. It is easy to narrow our vision until we can only see what is wrong and fail to see the larger picture.

The remedy for sin  is to look at the One who became the Victim for sin, the One we stretched and nailed to the Cross, whose arms were flung wide open as if to embrace the whole world .It was love that held You prisoner and has You hung there dying, gasping painfully for each breath You invite us to look at You and be healed. In You is our remedy, divine Healer and Savior of our souls who now makes unceasing intercession for us before the  throne of God as we offer to Him the only pleasing Sacrifice of Calvary in expiation for our sins and he sins of he whole world..

Psalm 102:2-3,16-21

My Beloved, I thank You for always being  present to us. You make Your dwelling place among the children of God so You always hear our cries and our prayers. Every time we call to You for help You hasten to our side and minister to us providing food and drink to nourish our souls. You have already gained victory over the world and have vanquished evil yet  the world denies Your Kingship and rule over all people and all nations. But even if many choose to be blind to the Truth nevertheless Your Kingdom is already among us. Thank You for hearing our prayers and for the consolation that You are forming a people who will praise You. Thank You for keeping Your gaze on us and for the consolation that You are always with us. Thank You for forgiveness of sins. Thank You for healing and strength and providing us with all we need as we keep our gaze on You and walk with You beside us all our days.

John 8:21-30

My Beloved, while You were with the chosen people of God they did not recognize You, the Father sent You to His own but they rejected You and were unable to see beyond the constraints of their narrow interpretation of the Law. They were so bogged down with their own vision of the Messiah that they missed Your coming completely. So hidebound were they with their own wisdom that they were unable to fathom the wisdom of God let alone grasp it. You knew that only when they had lifted You up then they would realize that You are indeed the great I AM sent by the Father to reveal His identity to the world through You and thus draw all of us to Yourself. 

My Beloved, we can understand only if we are ready to leave aside  our own human reasoning and rely wholly on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to the Truth which is embodied in You. 

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