Friday, April 21, 2017

Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27, John 21:1-14


This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it. Ps 118:24

Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27, John 21:1-14

Acts 4:1-12

My soul's beloved, what a transformation we see in Peter who fled when he saw You taken away like a common criminal and You did nothing to defend Yourself or to escape. If You fought back, he would probably have found the courage to fight back with You but when He saw You taken away like a lamb to the slaughter, saying not a word, but submitting meekly to the soldiers and the rabble, he ran away and hid. 

Yet, in today's reading we see a man transformed, bold, standing before the leaders of the temple, Scribes and Pharisees and the people and proclaiming with power and conviction who You are and by whose power the cripple was able to walk.

The work of the Spirit transforms us and helps us to become the people that God has created us to be if we will only be docile and allow ourselves to be guided and led by Him.  Thank You Beloved for the gift of Your Holy Spirit to me.

Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27

My soul's beloved, the prophecy that the stone rejected by the builders would become the cornerstone, has been fulfilled. You are the Cornerstone upon which Your Church is built with Peter as the Rock, and the foundation stones of the Apostles You appointed. Ours is a living Church with living members of Your Body and this Body is animated by Your Holy Spirit who gives her power and life.

Thank You Abba Father for this wonderful plan that did not reject us when we sinned and turned away from You but instead gave us Your only Son to be our Savior and Redeemer. Thank You Jesus for knowing that we could not be holy without Your help and so You sent us Your Spirit.  Thank You!!!!

John 21:1-14

My soul's beloved, You revealed Yourself to the disciples several times after Your Resurrection and so there were many witnesses to the fact that You had truly risen from the dead. Simon Peter, the man of action decided to go fishing and soon discovered that no matter how hard we toil, if You are not with us our labor is in vain. However, if we are docile and attentive and we obey You we will accomplish far more than we can ever imagine. So it was with Peter and the rest that day as they went fishing at the Sea of Tiberias.

It was the beloved disciple who recognized You. All beloved disciples will recognize You because they keep their gaze on You and their ears attuned to the sound of Your voice eager to do all You ask. You call those big, burly, older than You men except for John, children. How sweetly tender You are. With You there will always  be an abundance of good things, more than we can ever ask for or hope for. Grant me the grace to rely on Your providence always.

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