Monday, December 5, 2016

Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17, Romans 15:4-9, Matthew 3:1-12


Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Lk 3:4, 6


Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17, Romans 15:4-9, Matthew 3:1-12

Isaiah 11:1-10

My soul's beloved, to the prophet Isaiah was given the most wonderful prophecies of the coming of the Messiah - all the attributes of God would be visible in Him. He would present a Face and vision of the Most High that was true. The One who was to come would be God Himself for He was of God. You would be the hope of a new dawn and upon You would be seen the Spirit of holiness, power, goodness, beauty, wisdom, strength, and You would possess the fullness of every virtue. You who are equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit would make Yourself humble, yielding to the will of Your Father in loving submission because of Your perfect love for Him. It was Your joy to obey Him whom You love with a love that we who are finite can never fully fathom. The wonder of it is that You love us with that some love.

You came into the world clothed in human flesh incarnate of the Virgin Mother and became a Man, human like us every way except sin. Therefore to You was given the power to judge and to bestow  justice on all. You came to teach us how to love God and each other and in striving to love as You do the peace which You have left in the world would become a reality. Then the wolf would lie with the lamb, the calf and the young lion together without fear. The powerful and the rich would no longer oppress the weak but would watch out for them, care for them and protect them. 

Once Your Kingdom comes among us we will all go up the Mountain of the Lord, and there together we will offer the Father the most acceptable praise, thanksgiving, and worship, as we offer Him Your Sacrifice that saved us. The earth would then be filled with the Presence of the Lord and we would all come to thee knowledge of Truth. This is the mission of every baptized Christian to strive to make the Kingdom of God present among us.

Help me my soul's beloved to live my mission faithfully every day. 

Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

My soul's beloved, the psalmist echoes all that the prophet has said. We long for that day. grant us the grace to strive to bring it about. This is the work that is given to every Christian to make You known and loved. To tell the world that peace is Your gift to us and this gift can become real only when we love each other as You love us.

Romans 15:4-9

My soul's beloved, we are reminded by St. Paul's letter to the Romans that everything in Scripture was written in order to teach us that we may have hope. In this life we need encouragement in order to endure to the end.  All that Scripture reveals to us about You and through You the Father and the Holy Spirit has the power to give us strength for the day as we face the battles of daily living.

As Christians we are called to make You visible in a world increasingly darkened by sin, by violence, by bloodshed and death. Only through the knowledge of all that Scripture teaches us will be able to put into action all that You have revealed. Help us through the power of the Holy Spirit and all the gifts that He generously bestows upon us to live each day as true witnesses so all may come to the knowledge of truth and all may believe and be saved.

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