Thursday, February 9, 2017

Genesis 2:18-25, Psalm 128:1-5, Mark 7:24-30


Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls. Jas 1:21

Genesis 2:18-25, Psalm 128:1-5, Mark 7:24-30

Genesis 2:18-25

My soul's beloved, it is God's plan that we ought not to be alone. God is not solitary but a communion of Person and God knows how good it is to be in a close, loving, relationship and He wants us to know it too. Truly speaking one is never really alone if one is always in tune with the Holy Spirit that lives in us. To some is given the gift to enter into the Triune relationship more fully than those who are legitimately concerned with raising a family. Not one suitable partner was found for Adam among the birds and the animals and so the Lord put the man into a deep sleep and taking a rib from his side fashioned a woman, a mate, a partner, a compatible  partner for him. God Himself, desires us to be fulfilled, to be happy, and to collaborate with Him in bringing forth new life.

How well the writer put it:

"This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called 'woman,'
for out of 'her man' this one has been taken."

That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.

The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.

If only we understood what an awesome Sacrament marriage is, how closely we resemble the relationship of God in Trinity when we love with the kind of love that God loves where He pours Himself out completely in total giving to the other and receives in turn completely what is given in an eternal flow of His all consuming love. 

Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed before the fall because the loved as God desired them to love. Shame entered when sin entered and stained forever love that was meant to be sublime.

Psalm 128:1-5

My soul's beloved, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because we recognize who God is and we tremble in awe at His majesty, power, and His astounding love for us His creatures. When we know who God is and live in faith, humility, and obedience our lives begin to bear fruit in abundance and there is no lack of blessings and favors that the Lord heaps upon those who love Him. The whole family is blessed if the wife is as God desires her to be in relationship with her husband, her children and the world. Her children will be blessed and admired for they will reflect the values of the parents who raised them. How far from the ideal are our relationships in our time. However, God continues to teach us, help us, and enable us to correct our sinful ways and begin to walk anew in the light of all He has revealed to us and the life He desires us to lead. Those who live by the Word will be blessed.

Mark 7:24-30

My soul's beloved, to believe in the power of God and His Word is most pleasing to Him. This woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit was certain You could help her. She had greater faith than all the Jews who flocked around You and who had already witnessed the power of Your preaching and teaching but had seen the miracles You had performed as well. Most of them came as spectators to see wonders and signs and were not too concerned about true conversion. This gentile though did not only have great faith, but her love for her child made her bold, gave her courage. She stood her ground and was not intimated when You said that You came for the people of Israel and not for her. She said even dogs were not restricted from eating the crumbs that fell from the table. She was there for the crumbs. You were so pleased at the boldness, directness, and the fervor of her faith You granted her what she  had come to beg of You, 

 "For saying this, you may go.
The demon has gone out of your daughter."

She received what she had come for, when she went back to her home she found her daughter was healed.  All things are possible to those who believe. Lord, increase my faith!

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