Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hebrews 12:1-4, Psalm 22: 26-28, 30-32, Matthew 5:21-43


Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases. Mt 8:17

Hebrews 12:1-4, Psalm 22: 26-28, 30-32, Matthew 5:21-43

Hebrews 12:1-4

My soul's beloved, St. Paul reminds us that apart from those who have gone before us and left for us a shining example of faith we also have the best of examples in You who although You were God endured the cross, and all that such a death entailed, in humility for the sake of the glorious outcome promised by God not only for You but for those whom You redeemed and ransomed for heaven. We need to keep our gaze and our focus on You for the minute we lose our sight of You because we are distracted by sin there is every possibility of getting lost.  You have given us an example of how to endure this life's hardships. You have shown us how to wage the battle and to keep our eyes on the goal. You have made available to us the Sacraments that are channels of grace and strength. No, Beloved, I have not yet been tried to the point where I am called to shed my blood. You have. Keep me close to You and never let anything part me from You. Help me to persevere until the end. 

Psalm 22: 26-28, 30-32

This is my mission my soul's beloved. I have been created to know You, to love You, to serve You and to be happy with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit for all eternity. I belong to the household of God. I have been baptized into Your Body. I am a member of the family of the Most High. I eat of the finest wheat and I drink the sweetest honey. I was born for heaven and for joy. I have an awesome destiny that is eternal in the Presence of the Almighty. I am called to make this truth known to everyone I encounter each day - how God loves me and how He saved me and the destiny He has obtained for me one with a future and with hope.

My testimony must result in many more coming to know You and love You as well so that the whole world may rejoice and be glad at all that is accomplished by You for sinners. Even though we die we will live and together all will praise You for all eternity. My Lord, my God, my King.

Matthew 5:21-43

My soul's beloved, these two miracles occur on the same day. One is a woman who has had an issue of blood for twelve years and we have a young girl of twelve who  is very sick and on the point of death. In both cases a physician could do nothing. The woman was not only considered unclean because of her ailment, she had spent all her money paying for doctors who could do nothing to heal her but only made her worse. As always there is a crowd around You and Jairus, a synagogue official approaches You and begs for a miracle. You readily agree to accompany him and the crowd goes with You pressing on every side. Then we have this little dramatic moment. This woman suffering with the issue of blood has heard of You. She believes all she has heard and expects a miracle herself. However, she is too timid to come to You boldly unlike Jairus. She stealthily draws closer to You pressed around by the crowd desiring only to touch the hem of Your cloak certain that just that was enough to grant her a miracle, so great was her faith. She touched You and just as she had expected, she was healed.

You were not about to let her go unnoticed - she was to be a witness to quiet faith in a hopeless situation until the end of time. You stopped, turned around, and demanded to know who had touched You with such great faith You felt power go out from You. The poor woman, trembling with fear acknowledged that it was indeed her who had touched You and why she had done so. Her faith was rewarded. You addressed her as daughter - she who until then was unclean was now embraced and made welcome as a member of the family of God. Her faith had saved her and peace of Your gift to her. From that moment on her life had changed dramatically no more would doctors abuse her, belittle her, and steal what little she had to live on without providing any relief to her ailment. She was given new life. She was a new creation.

As you made Your way to Jairus' house word reached that his little girl had died and that he need not trouble You any further. Poor Jairus his heart must have been crushed with sorrow and all his hope died within him. She was dead and death is final. But not when the Lord of Life is among us. "Do not be afraid; just have faith," You said to him. So often we allow our circumstances to crush us instead of clinging ever more steadfastly to our faith and to Your promises instead of giving in to anxiety, sorrow and despair. Taking Peter, James, and John with You into the house, You sought to silence the mourners assuring them that the child was not dead but asleep. But instead of believing You their tears and sorrow changed to ridicule. You asked them all to leave except the child's parents and the three Apostles. You then took the little twelve year old girls hand and spoke gently to her, "Talitha koum," the God of Life had spoken and the little girl woke up. Here we recall the words said earlier in Hebrews, God came to take by the hand not angels but human beings. It says here that everyone was astounded and You ordered them not to speak of this however, You did not leave without telling them to feed the child. You care for the whole person not just for the welfare of our souls but for all our needs both spiritual and temporal.

We can always come to You with every need and concern nothing is too trivial for You because You love us. Thank You for such tender, merciful love.

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