Monday, April 10, 2017

Isaiah 42;1-7, Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14, John 12:1-11


Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our faults.

Isaiah 42;1-7, Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14, John 12:1-11

Isaiah 42;1-7

My soul's beloved, You were always aware that it was Your Father who sent You and together with the Holy Spirit You accomplished His will to perfection. This is why He sent You into the world to redeem it, to sanctify it, to restore to the Father once more that which without Your ultimate Sacrifice would forever have been lost to Him, human beings, the crown of His creation.We have a natural concupiscence to sin and evil, a legacy received from our first parents, You came to triumph over sin and death and the slavery to sin by which we are all shackled. You did not come to mow us down but to heal us, save us, free us not by haranguing us but cajoling us gently like a mother her recalcitrant child. You reveal to us the will of the Father and the awesome destiny He has in store for us if we obey Him and heed Your call to a life of holiness, purity, and goodness. The God who created us for Himself has created us for infinite joy in His Presence for ever and You made this possible. You were sent into the world as its light. You came to take away our blindness and to break the shackles that kept us enslaved. Thank You Lord.

Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14

My soul's beloved, You are our light, our salvation, our refuge and strength and with You we are invincible. We need not fear the terrors of the night and of darkness as long as we walk in Your Light that the darkness cannot put out. We are victorious in You. We are triumphant in the triumph won for us on the Cross. Death no longer holds a threat over us for in You we have life everlasting and in abundance. Although we stumble, we shall not fall, and should we fall we need not fear for You wait for us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and You restore to us all we had lost and more for we receive grace and strength to overcome temptation and the wiles of the Devil.

John 12:1-11

My soul's beloved, when in imitation of You we spend ourselves for Your glory our lives take on a pleasing fragrance to the Lord just like the fragrance that filled the room when Mary anointed Your feet with genuine aromatic nard. All our actions bust be authentic and must be inspired by love and love alone. Love spurs us on to heights of greater acts of self donation. When we fix our eyes on You we are inspired to be like You and grace transforms us slowly but surely into the person that the Father created us to be. The Holy Spirit makes this transformation possible when we allow Him full control over us. 

There will always be people like Judas Iscariot who will look at the actions of those who greatly love and are not concerned with being stingy with either the giving of themselves or what the possess with a self righteous, condescending and critical spirit. Mary's selfless act of generosity as she anointed Your feet, pointed out to something greater - Your identity, Your impending passion and death, leading up to Your triumphant Resurrection through which You would restore to the Father all that was lost to us forever.  John the evangelist points us Judas' hypocrisy in scathing terms, indicting him of being a thief who stole from the common purse. You rebuked Judas reminding him that they will always have the poor but not You.

You raised Lazarus from the dead proving definitively that You were truly the Son of God - this the chief priests would not tolerate. You had to die. They were so evil they even plotted the death of Lazarus for he who was dead for four days, was a living testimony of Your power. The status quo was being threatened as many Jews began to believe, and so the stage was set for the final show down between good and evil.

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