Friday, December 23, 2016

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24, Psalm 24;4-5, 8-9, 10 & 14, Luke 1:57-66


O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24, Psalm 24;4-5, 8-9, 10 & 14, Luke 1:57-66

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24

My soul's beloved, it is the will of our Father that we all be saved. He created us for love, for happiness, and for union with Him for all eternity. But we have been disobedient and we have taken His love for granted and turned away from Him. All have sinned ever since that first terrible fall and the Father has wooed us back in every generation and all the time. He sent messengers whom the world spurned, rejected, and often put to death because they did not want to hear the truth about themselves. So God sent You into the world - no love can transcend this - the love of the Father for us that He sent You knowing that You would suffer the fate of all whom He had sent earlier and yet, He did for only You had the power to save us. 

I thank You for faith, for hope, for the certainty that despite the fact that the world seems doomed, it is the work of the devil to create this illusion though  partly true. We are created for God and half the world's madness is because they are hungry for Him. You have won the victory. You have triumphed. Your Sacrifice has reconciled us to God and we are saved.

This Christmas as we remember how You came into the world, let us also take comfort in Your enduring Presence among us most especially in the Holy Eucharist, and continue to fill us with longing for Your coming again in glory and majesty to establish the reign of God among us forever.

Psalm 24;4-5, 8-9, 10 & 14

My soul's beloved, those who droop their heads are those who have no hope. You remind us today that we are redeemed and we need to lift up our heads and see what You have done for us. You came to show us the way that leads to the Father, You revealed truths that were hidden and You give us Your Holy Spirit who helps us to walk in the path of righteousness.

You came for sinners not for the righteous. You came to take us by the hand and to gently lead us to Yourself. You teach us humility by example and show us that the easiest way to get to heaven is through humility and obedience. Kindness and constancy - if only we could be like You and be kind to all and constant in our love towards all whom we encounter each day then peace would truly prevail. Thank You for the assurance of Your enduring friendship with those who desire to be Your disciples.

Luke 1:57-66

My soul's beloved, there is that perfect time ordained by God that arrives in all our lives how ready are we, when it does arrive, to accept it with an open heart. Do we wait in joyful and in a prayerful attitude of anticipation for it or are we indifferent so that the time passes us by without any awareness on our part or acknowledgement? Both Zechariah and Elizabeth waited in prayer and in joyful anticipation for the time when this child given to them by God in their old age, this child of blessing and miracle would arrive. He did and the whole neighborhood rejoiced praising God for all He had done for Elizabeth who had quietly endured the sorrow of being barren.

Now God's promises were being fulfilled. The boy  was born and as instructed he was given the name John. His father confirmed it and his tongue was made loose again and he broke out in a song of praise, prophecy and blessing.

Lord God keep me always in a prayerful attitude as I wait for the times of Your visitation. May I be aware when You come and do all that You ask of me always.

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