Friday, June 30, 2017

Genesis 17: 1, 19-10, 15-22, Psalm 128:1-5, Matthew 8:1-4


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

Genesis 17: 1, 19-10, 15-22, Psalm 128:1-5, Matthew 8:1-4

Genesis 17: 1, 19-10, 15-22

Dear Love, 

All that God said to Abraham is true for everyone who is baptized. We are called to walk in Your presence and be blameless. We are called to honor and keep the Covenant God made with us through Your eternal Sacrifice and not only we but our descendants as well must keep it. Abraham's descendants were called to be circumcised, we are to be baptized and grafted into You.

God's promises to us might seem impossible, but we must believe for You are the God of the impossible and You can do anything. You can cause to be where nothing was. Only You can create something out of nothing just as Isaac was conceived from what was barren.

Sometimes we instruct God the best way that He should act according to our human wisdom, but God always has the most perfect plan and we can trust that God always knows best and that God always keeps His promises even to the thousandth generation. 

Psalm 128:1-5

Dear Love,

We are told that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we are wise we will fear You, stand in wonder and awe before You, tremble in terror lest we offend You who are all good, all loving, all merciful and full of tenderness and compassion and all worthy of our love. 

When we have a holy fear of the all-powerful and all-gracious God then we will have understood to some degree why a holy fear is in keeping with who God is and who we are and we will be blessed. We will receive an abundance of the fruits from the merits that You won for us and Your favor shall rest on us.

You will bless us and our homes, and our children, our children's children until the last generation. You Yourself along with the Father and the Holy Spirit will ensure that we live always under Your mighty protection. Safe always for You are our refuge.

Matthew 8:1-4

Dear Love,

We can be part of the crowd who are awed for a while and then move on or we can be part of the inner circle that walks with You daily and is fed and nourished by You. Wonder and awe will be our constant companions for we will always be aware that You are God, all powerful, all knowing, all loving. You will encompass us and our whole focus will be to love You and please You but striving to do Your will always.

Here we see the leper, he had no hope until he encountered You. He recognized that You are God and he bowed before You. He then made his plea, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." We have Your prompt, loving and merciful response as You stretched out Your hand, unafraid to touch him because he was was unclean but in touching the leper You had the power to make him clean. "I will do it," You said, "Be made clean."

The Gospel writer says that the leprosy was cleansed immediately. This is what the Sacrament of Reconciliation does for us. As soon as we are repentant and beg for forgiveness and healing You grant it. However, it is necessary to approach the priest, and by this outward act of  obedience to Your command, and the inward attitude of contrition, repentance, and purpose of amendment to sin no more, we are restored back into communion with God,with the people of God His Church, and with ourselves.

Thank You Beloved, for the awesome gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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