Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2 Kings 2:1, 6-14, Psalm 31;20-21, 24, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

2 Kings 2:1, 6-14, Psalm 31;20-21, 24, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

2 Kings 2:1, 6-14

My soul's beloved, when You were taken up to heaven the apostles witnessed it. They saw  You as You ascended to the Father but before You left You instructed them to wait and prayer together and You would send them Your Spirit. They did as You commanded. They remained together and spent nine days i prayer and the Holy Spirit came upon them in power and filled them with gifts - gifts they would required in order to carry out the mission You ave given them  to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. Elisha was chosen to carry out the mission of Elijah and before he was taken God granted that the same Spirit that enabled Elijah to be a powerful prophet was given to Elisha to help him continue doing the work of God as His prophet. 

Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that is Your Gift to us and who helps us in our journey to You and to the Father.

Psalm 31;20-21, 24

My soul's beloved, just as the mantle of Elijah was given to Elisha so too do we shelter under Your mantle of love, the mantle of the Holy Spirit who covers us with power, fills us with grace and shields us from the Enemy. The children of God walk in freedom for the shackles that held us in bondage and made us slaves to sin have been broken and we are anointed with God's own Spirit who remains with us.He keeps us safe for You, He helps us in our weakness, and He is our Guide who leads us safely from this life to the next.

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

My soul's beloved, any good work that we are privileged to do is only possible because You are with us. We have been created for a purpose. A life of good works has already been planned for us to accomplish for Your glory and Your glory alone. For those who look at us must be moved to give glory to God. Once we direct the focus to ourselves and claim the honor that is Yours alone we have received our reward. When we trumpet our good deeds. When we make a great outward show of our piety and our works of charity in order to be seen and praised by people and to receive the applause and honor of the world we have received our reward and can expect nothing in heaven. However our prayers, good works, fasting and charity must be done so unobtrusively that only the Father sees and knows and He will reward according to His infinite riches and generosity. You tell us that it is far better to be recognized and rewarded by God and ignored by men than vice versa.