Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sirach 15:15-20, Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34, 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Matthew 5:17-37


Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Mt. 11:25

Sirach 15:15-20, Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34, 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 
Matthew 5:17-37

Sirach 15:15-20

My soul's beloved, it is a great pity that our Christian brothers and sisters reject the Book of Sirach there is so much wisdom in it, so much guidance on living a godly life. So much to enrich. The commandments are not optional they must be kept if we are to live holy lives, avoid sin, and to be aware of what God desires us to avoid which would be detrimental to our soul. However, God cannot force us to obey, we have to willingly choose life over death, good over evil but in His infinite goodness, wisdom, and love He keeps watch over us, saves us, and desires that we live holy and blameless lives. Thank You my Beloved for making this possible for without You and Your Holy Spirit it would be impossible to please Him.

Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34

My soul's beloved, nothing delights God more than when we strive tirelessly to live holy lives. When we do, You give us all the help, the graces we need to help us. You sustain us when we are weary, You encourage us when we become discouraged, You feed us in order to strengthen us and You accompany us on our journey. No matter how narrow the road, or dark the path You keep Your hand in ours and gently lead us. We do not have to struggle on our own we have the lives of those who have gone before us to show us that it is not impossible to reach our goal which is heaven. It is not impossible to avoid sin and temptation with the help of Your Spirit. Thank You for Your Church that teaches us Your ways and assists us to stay alive in You through the graces made available to us in the Sacraments.

1 Corinthians 2:6-10

My soul's beloved, how good it is to know that those who belong to You, are grafted to You Body as its members, who are part of the Church which You established under Peter, are not left to struggle on our own. We who are baptized into Your Body have received faith and through this faith are given wisdom to understand that which the world rejects as foolish. Had the world accepted the Lord of glory, St. Paul tells us, they would not have crucified You. But for us who believe God has prepared such a wonderful destiny. We live by faith not sight and our faith in You and our hope of eternal life will be rewarded. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit dwelling in us that enables us to understand God's purpose for our lives.

Matthew 5:17-37

My soul's beloved, You summed up the 10 commandments into two - Love God above all, before all, over all, with our whole heart, mind, strength, body and spirit and love our neighbour not only as we love ourselves but as You love them. It is not always easy but nothing worth attaining has ever been easy. We struggle, we are at war, we have to attain dominion over our flesh and our will, but thanks be to God we are not left to muddle along on our own You are here right beside us helping us, strengthening us, encouraging us, healing our wounds, every step of the way. We lean on You, and when we are too weary to go on You carry us. Thank You my Beloved, for Your ever present help and Your Spirit. You will ensure that I will reach where God desires me to be.

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