DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
God loved us, and sent his Son
as expiation for our sins. 1Jn 4:10
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22, Psalm 15:2-5, Luke 19:1-10
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
My soul's beloved, as the liturgical year comes to an end the Church reminds us that our whole life here on earth is a preparation for eternity with You in heaven. You were sent into the world by the Father who desires that all of us be saved in and through You. He has planned for each of us to live a life of good works which He makes possible for us to perform through grace lavishly poured upon us as we frequent the Sacraments of Life. We are victorious in You. The more we yield to Your Spirit, the more will we be able to live lives pleasing to God. You assure us that those who persevere to the end will be clothed in garments of white and will be given a place on Your throne, just as You are seated with the Father on His throne and are given a Name above all others. You teach us how to be truly humble. You desire that we invite You to take Your rightful place in our hearts and when we do, You assure us that You will abide in us as we abide in You.
My soul's beloved, we are all called to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. You have shown us the way that leads to the Kingdom. You have taught us by word and by example and if we imitate You and obey Your Word we will walk in the way of light and truth. We are called to be holy. We are invited to love one another without counting the cost. We are called to lay down our lives just as You lay down Your life for us and saved us.We are not left orphans but have been given Your own Holy Spirit who lives in us and teaches and guides us in the way of life and truth. Keep us attentive to His prompting so we may always live a life of grace.
My soul's beloved, Zacchaeus reminds us that God sees us as sinners who can be saints if we are willing to respond to His invitation and open our hearts to make room for Him. Zacchaeus did not allow either his physical or spiritual shortcomings to deter him from his hunger to encounter You. He was prepared to do everything in his power to have a glimpse of You, he did not think it unseemly or ridiculous to climb a tree and perch on it in order to be able to see You who were passing that way. The hunger in his heart made him forgetful of self. We too are called to be like him and when we stop focusing on our sins and our imperfections and instead focus on You we too will experience the joy of having You call us by name and You will invite Yourself into our lives and there You will give us the joy of feasting with You. You did not need to prompt Zacchaeus to make restitution for the sins of his past just being in Your Presence provided the grace needed to do so.
Salvation has indeed come into the world. Thank You for assuring us that You came for sinners and not for the righteous.