Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25, Psalm 85:9-14, Luke 7:18-23

DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS

Raise your voice and tell the Good News:Behold, the Lord GOD comes with power. Is 40:9-10

FEAST OF ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS




Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25, Psalm 85:9-14, Luke 7:18-23

Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25

My soul's beloved, You are the Light of the world, You are Love, You were sent to banish darkness and set us free from all the things that enslaved us and kept us from desiring You before all created things. You descended from Heaven into the Womb of a creature, who was peerless of all creatures. Like dew from above You rained gently on the earth, her womb opened to receive You and of her came forth the Fruit of our salvation. The power of God and the Justice of God now became accessible to every human being who was crushed under the heel of oppression, of sin, of power and influence. Who would have thought the that a baby born in poverty, could created such fear in those who held an earthly scepter they sought to murder You. 

The prophets of old foretold Your coming and yet when You arrived no one knew - for You came in silence, wrapped in night.  Only an angel, shepherds and later on a few wise men led by a star came to pay homage to the King of Kings. 

To those who believe You grant grace upon grace and You preserve them from the snares and traps set by the Enemy. To those who believe is given the awesome privilege to announce the Good News so that by their witness, their proclamation, the whole world will believe and every knee shall bend and every tongue will proclaim You are God.

Psalm 85:9-14

My soul's beloved, it is one of the lies of the devil to create a perception that evil has taken over the world, that good is overtaken by wickedness, that divine law no longer has power to dictate and govern our actions and I have been tempted often to believe this lie. 

God is still God. The power of the Holy Spirit prevails, You have redeemed the world and conquered death and sin and we are alive in the new life that You have given all who believe. Peace has come upon the earth. Justice is available to all and fear no longer has us in its grip. The evil one has lost the battle, he struck at the heel but You crushed his head. 

Continue O Lord to heap upon us rich and infinite grace as we live a life sustained by the Sacraments and help us to live and witness to the truth as we proclaim the Good News by our humility and our obedience to the two great commandments of love. You have won the victory and we are victorious in You our Savior, our Redeemer and our Lord.

Luke 7:18-23

My soul's beloved, faith can grow dim in difficult circumstances and we begin to question the things that we know in our hearts to be true. John the Baptist was no different. Great as he was, he was still a man who wanted reassurance, who was wondering whether he was mistaken in pointing You out as the Lamb of God. So when his disciple came to You from John asking for clarity on whether You were actually the One or was he to look for another You pointed them to Your works of healing, miracles, and alleviating people from suffering of mind, body, and spirit. That You said was the answer to John's question. The prophecies concerning the Messiah were being fulfilled in You - no he was not to look for another for the Lord had truly come into the world.

It is a pity that in every age there will be those who take offence at You and Your followers but You have promised nothing less than persecution and perhaps even death for those who believe in You. Those who hate You and hate Your follower do so because they silently shed the spotlight on their own wicked lives which they refuse to change, thus they condemn themselves. But those who are convicted of sin will be saved.