Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Job 9:1-12, 14-16, Psalm 88:10-15, Luke 9:57-62

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him. Phil 3:8-9

Job 9:1-12, 14-16, Psalm 88:10-15, Luke 9:57:62


Job 9:1-12, 14-16

My soul's beloved, Job understood that God was the Creator of all that was seen and unseen. He recognized His power and that all things were because He ordained it and He could sustain it or wipe it all away if He so desired. He realized that God had authority over all His creation and everything in nature acted in accordance with the authority of the Most High. He saw his own insignificance and that God could do what He desired with him as well and who could dare question Him. It is God who set the stars, who calls out the sun each morning commands it to set and calls out the moon. He is aware of every wave that breaks upon the shore just as He is aware of every hair on our head. He has created us all and can do just as He wishes with us yet He is gracious but we cannot complaint against Him when things don't go the way we would like for all things exist, live and move according to His plan and His purpose. He is God and we must trust Him in all things even when we do not understand His ways. Job understood that God is above all and before all and as His creatures we must submit to His in all things trusting in His Wisdom.

Psalm 88:10-15

My soul's beloved, often in life we can feel like Job. Our prayers seem to be flung back in our face for no one hears and the silence of God is deafening. Yet, we are called to be faithful even when it seems that God is distant and our prayers bounce back to us seemingly unanswered.  As long as we are alive, as long as we have this day, we are called to praise You, bless You, adore You and seek to do Your will in all things for once our life here comes to an end we have to stand before You and then we can do nothing to change the the final outcome of all our actions. Now is the time to do good. Now is the time of our salvation - each day and every moment is the time to stand for God but when our 'now' runs out then there is nothing that we can do to change the final outcome of all our actions.

Luke 9:57-62

My soul's beloved, God has a purpose and a plan for every life and we are called to spend our entire lives discerning His will and doing exactly what He asks us. He supplies the grace, the gifts, and the opportunities to make You known and loved for in this alone lies the true happiness of every man, woman, and child. It is easy to procrastinate, to be lured by the world, to be selfish, to pretend that we do not understand what He desires of us because it is not what we would like for ourselves. We prefer the broad and easy road rather than the narrow and rough path - but if we wish to be saved that we have to choose the path that God has mapped out for us nothing us will every satisfy. 

Once I know what God is asking of me I am called to obey Him with a singleness of purpose trusting Him in everything for He who calls will also equip. Once we say yes to Him we can be sure that even though we are afraid we will soon discover that God will work all things to our good. We can make many plausible excuses to postpone the acceptance of His will but in the end our true happiness lies in saying yes to God always as You my soul's beloved, Mama Mary, and all the Saints did.

Help me Lord. Take me by the hand and lead me each day ever closer to Yourself and to Your Kingdom.