Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Song 2:8-14, Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21, Luke 1:39-45


O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

Song 2:8-14, Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21, Luke 1:39-45

Song 2:8-14

My soul's beloved, Bridegroom of the Church, I offer You a profoundly grateful heart for the gift of being born Catholic. For placing me where my faith could be nurtured and where it could bloom. So many are no longer practicing their faith as Catholics but have tried to find fulfillment in other ways. To me though through no merit of my own has been granted the fullness of joy in the only place where You dwell just as the Father intended, in the One, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Here there is the beauty, grandeur, splendor of heaven itself for the  Spirit of God which descended in the Upper Room continues to makes His home granting her every favor and grace through the merits that You have won for her and each of her members. 

It is here that You who is our Lover comes to us at every Eucharist. You leap in our soul. We are united more closely than any human could ever be united with another. We become truly one with You and You leave us desiring more and more of You. Thank You for helping us love You better each day. 

Thank You for the place in Your heart that is reserved just for me and where You keep me safe in Your love. Thank You for desiring my love and for the Holy Spirit that enables me to love You more and more every day.

Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21

My soul's beloved, You deserve all our praise, all the glory and honor that we can give You. The more we discover the goodness of God the more we exult in His faithfulness and His love. Thank You for Your love which is everlasting. Thank You for the plans that You have for us to give us an eternal future with You in the Kingdom. Thank You for loving us to the end and for sharing Your inheritance with us even though we are so unworthy. Thank You for blessing not only us but our descendants and every generation that will follow until time shall be no more and there will be a new heaven and a new earth. We long for the day of Your coming in glory. Marantha my beloved, Maranatha!

Luke 1:39-45

My soul's beloved, You did not leave uws without any compass by which we could follow You. After Your example par excellence we have another perfect model of discipleship that of Mary Your mother. She was a human being like us and she demonstrates in every instance of her life what true discipleship means. It is being docile to the will of God, it is laying aside our plans so that God's plans become our own. It is being humble and confident that no matter how little we are God can make something beautiful of it. She teaches us that a life well lived is one that is lived in loving service to others. She teaches us that if we are schooled by the Holy Spirit we can reach the heights of holiness with the grace and help He makes available to us. And the we too will be overshadowed by Him and through the power of God You will become incarnate in our heart and in our life. And we will be a blessing to all who encounter us just as Elizabeth was blessed when she visited her. Give us faith to believe that all that You have said is true and that we can trust Your Word just as Mother Mary did.

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