DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Come and save us, LORD our God;
let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Ps 80:4
Isaiah 4:2-6, Psalm 122:1-9, Matthew 8:5-11
My soul's beloved, every human person is redeemed by Your Blood. We are all saved by You and sanctified by Your Holy Spirit. We all have a glorious destination, the Kingdom of the Father where with You we will reign for we are all baptized into Your Body and on us is conferred the dignity of priest, prophet, and king.
While there will be those who prefer a life of sin to a life of grace, it will be their choice to walk away from the freedom that You offer to those who desire to live as sons and daughters of God. To those who desire to live in the shadow of Your wings and in the shelter of the Most High God, You will ensure that our lives are fruitful as we live our days in submission to the will of God for there is no way we can live happy and fulfilled lives if we live in contradiction to the divine will.
To those who accept You as Lord and Savior is granted the grace to live always in the light of Your love, to receive Your protection and help, and to be guided safely as our Good Shepherd from here to the hereafter.
My soul's beloved, each one of us in on a journey. We can choose to walk with the saints or to walk with the wicked. We can choose to keep company with God or with evil. We can choose to banquet on the finest wheat and the sweetest honey or eat from the trough of pigs. The choices we make our ours alone for we have been given the gift of free will. It is a gift that we can use to yield lovingly to the will of the Father who knows what is best for the children that He created in love and for love. Peace if Your gift to us not as the world gives it for the peace in the world is a transient thing but Your peace is everlasting and can be experienced even in the midst of suffering, trials and tribulations. It is a peace that the world cannot give but You alone who are the Prince of Peace.
My soul's beloved, in this beautiful incident of the Centurion who desired that his servant be healed of his pain and suffering we also have a beautiful image of You and the sinner. Like the Centurion You are full of compassion and pity, mercy and tender love for the sinner represented here by the servant who is paralyzed and is suffering tremendous pain. You desire to heal the sinner. You are the only mediator who can approach the Father and obtain from Him all that we need. You plead for us before the Father night and day so we will be relieved of our suffering and healed in heart, mind, soul, and spirit. As Your servants Lord grant us to be obedient to all that You command, going where You send us, doing all that You desire us to do, serve willingly, joyfully, and promptly and we can be sure that You will ensure that we have a place at the banquet in the Kingdom of Heaven.