Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sirach 48:1-14, Psalm 97:1-7, Matthew 6:7-15


Sirach 48:1-14, Psalm 97:1-7, Matthew 6:7-15 

Sirach 48:1-14

My soul's beloved, while the writer is recalling the awe inspiring power granted to the prophet Elijah we see in the light of the New Testament that his life and his work were but a foreshadow of what was to come. The Son of God made incarnate would walk among men as a Man and He would do even greater deeds the the great prophet Elijah. You performed miracles that demonstrated Your power over the spirit, over the body and over nature. You only had to say the word and what You desired was accomplished in an instant.

You walked on water, You commanded the storm to hush and You calmed the seas, You brought the dead to life, healed every disease and cast out evil spirits. You calmed God's righteous anger and turned away His wrath from us by taking upon Yourself our sins and our death. You took upon Yourself our mortality and the infinite God made Himself small in order that we may share in Your glory.  You rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and some day we too shall walk through death and enter into life with You in the world to come. In Your life and in Your death You revealed the love of God and the power of God and You invited us to share in love and power..

Psalm 97:1-7

 My soul's beloved, You reign in the hearts of all who know You. You reign on earth and in heaven.  All things have been put under Your feet having reconciled all that is seen and unseen to the Father through Your life, passion, death and glorious resurrection. Your justice rules the world. The head of Satan has been crushed and You have won a glorious victory for all of God's children. Thank You.

Matthew 6:7-15 

 My soul's beloved, thank You for revealing to us that the Father knows what we desire even before we make our needs known to Him. Thank You for showing us how to pray effectively so our will is aligned to God's will. Our Father cares for us and desires to give us bread for our body and for our soul. He desires that we approach Him in childlike humility addressing Him as Dad, Abba and asking Him to grant us the grace to forgive as we have been forgiven for only in the measure that we release our brothers and sisters from the bonds of our hate and anger and forgive from the heart will be forgiven for our own sins. 

Thank You for bringing us into a relationship with Your Father and for making us His children and co-heirs to the Kingdom of heaven that has been given to You and to all whom You choose to share it with.

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