Sunday, July 3, 2016

Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20, Galatians 6:14-18, Luke 10:1-12, 17-20


Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20, Galatians 6:14-18, Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Isaiah 66:10-14

My soul's beloved, thank You Lord for Your wonderful assurance that the Church You built on a sure foundation and who shines her light will draw all those who exiled themselves from her. They will come to understand that true goodness, wisdom and holiness flows from her as from a river. In her they will find food and drink at her abundant fountain of life. From the moment You formed her at the foot of the Cross and birthed her at Pentecost she has received the fullness of Your Holy Spirit. In her memory she keeps alive all that You said and taught in a living Tradition which together with Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium she will instruct Your disciples, Your anointed servants, Your ministers, prophets, preachers and rulers. The healthy and the sick will find a home in her and to all she will be as a mother. She is Your bride and she is made perfect through the merits You won for her when You lay down You life in order that her children may live. 

Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20

My soul's beloved, we are called to be a people filled with joy and gladness. Such is the joy we ought to feel that our voices sing out loud Your praises as we tell everyone of Your goodness to those whom You have saved. You have crushed under foot the power of evil,  You smashed the snares that enslaved us and set us free, You have made of us a new creation. You made a Way for us and You lead us from death to Life. You have revealed to us the Truth of the Father's love for us. There is no obstacle that we cannot overcome with You beside us. Thank You for the future and the hope that Your anointed have in You. It is a hope that never disappoints. Thank You for the promise of eternal life with You after our days on earth come to an end.

Galatians 6:14-18

My soul's beloved, St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians that if we must boast let us boast in Your Cross that saved us from eternal damnation. The world, the flesh and the devil draw us away from the Way of Truth that leads to Life but in You we have hope of eternal life. In You are found the wisdom and knowledge that is poured into us through a life in the Holy Spirit and the graces He channels into our souls through the holy Sacraments. As brothers and sisters may we love, encourage and strengthen each other and may all who come to us find You abiding in us.

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

My souls' beloved, this is what You told the seventy two disciples when they returned to You after a successful mission of preparing the way for You, 

"I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

The same instructions that You gave Your disciples then are applicable to every disciple we are not to burden ourselves with the things of the world or we will find it difficult to move freely and go where You send us. We will be worried and anxious about our possessions and we will be less focused on the mission of doing Your work in the world. As we go about spreading the Good News we are not to worry about what we will eat or wear You will give us all that we need for strengthen us spiritually and physically. Give us the grace of true contentment. Help us not to get too comfortable anywhere for if we do we will be reluctant to leave at Your command and go where we are needed. Let us not look for praise or reward but like a good servant serve wherever required humbly, obediently and diligently always doing and giving our best. Help us not to complain, whine or nit pick but treat everyone with love and respect. Help us to love the sinner as You did and not be judgemental or self-righteous. There is a time for everyone to experience Your salvation and to come home.

Keep us aware that the Kingdom of God on earth an only be established if we take our mission  seriously. Give us an understanding of the seriousness of the work we are called to do and the urgency with which we must do it. Every servant is given only a limited amount of time before he or she is called home and will have to render a strict account of our stewardship.

You have given us all we need - help us not to fail You. 


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