Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1 Peter 1:10-16, Psalm 98:1-4, Mark 10:28-31



1 Peter 1:10-16, Psalm 98:1-4, Mark 10:28-31

1 Peter 1:10-16

My soul’s beloved, all the prophets foretold with passionate longing about things they would never experience. They prophesied about You and all that God would do for all humankind. The Holy Spirit revealed to them such marvels which perhaps they themselves did not fully comprehend but they wrote about them anyway. Now when we read Sacred Scripture after God’s plan for the salvation of the world has been accomplished, we see every prophecy has been fulfilled in You. We now know the power of redemptive suffering because Your suffering redeemed a sinful world. 

All that You made known to the Apostles has been revealed to us by them as they, with the help of the Holy Spirit, have recalled, recorded, and preached all that You taught them about God and His Kingdom. We are living at a time when God is drawing all things to Himself through You as we prepare for Your second coming. We are called to be awake, aware, and alert; confident in the grace that is poured into our hearts by Your Spirit. We are a new creation in You and must strive to live holy lives by imitating You, turning our backs to our former sinful way of living, and alive and responsive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who resides in us.

Psalm 98:1-4

My soul’s beloved, we are called to be a people of thanksgiving and praise gratefully acknowledging all that God has done for us in and through You. We are ransomed, redeemed and sanctified by You and the Holy Spirit according to the will of the Father. We live a life of grace that is channeled into our hearts at every worthy reception of the Sacraments. The Holy Spirit is sent to us by You so that we are not left abandoned after Your return to the Father. Instead the same Spirit of Love that binds both Father and Son into an eternal bond of love, draws us into the family of God. We sing because of the blessed assurance we have received that one day we will receive the eternal reward that God has promised to all who believe in Your Name.

Mark 10:28-31

My soul’s beloved in a world that is obsessed with being first, grabbing the lion’s share and is caught up with self and self gratification  we are called to take a moment to step back and understand what is truly important to God. Peter, a successful fisherman who is aware that he has given up a great deal  - his livelihood, his home, his family, wife, children relatives to follow You, now asks You what’s in it for him. He like the rest of the apostles and disciples had given up everything to follow You. You assure him and us as well that anyone who has given up anything for the sake of the Gospel will be rewarded greatly not only in this life but even more in the next.   No one can outdo God in generosity. Those who have given much can be certain that they will receive far more than they can ever imagine for when God gives He gives without measure.

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