Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35, Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10-26-33


The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord;
and you also will testify. Jn 15:26-27

Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35, 
Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10-26-33

Jeremiah 20:10-13

Dear Love,

You called the prophet Jeremiah to make known to the ruler and the people the evil ways were displeasing to God and if they did not repent they would be punished. Because he called them out on their sins they hated him, hounded him, persecuted him and plotted tirelessly to put him to death. Jeremiah was constantly in hiding to escape from the  hands of his ruthless enemies. 

Sometimes, Beloved,we too are called to suffer, we who once were held in respect are now the target of whispers as people speculate and spread lies and rumors. There is even a sly wish that evil will prevail, not because these people are evil but because they are weak. However, we know that it is those You love who are tried as gold and silver in the furnace of suffering in order that we may be strengthened, tempered, purified. Let our vengeance be a calm and unshaken faith in You which does not flinch in the face of the adversary but remains calm because we are centered in You. Thank You once again from rescuing us from the very jaws of the enemy. We will praise and worship You and give You and You alone the glory all the days of our life.

Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 

Dear Love,

The Psalmist is crying out to God for help, just as You did in the Garden of Gethsemane and just as we did recently. And like the psalmist I cry out in triumph that in Your great love You did answer and You saved. At a time favorable to You we received liberation and our hearts were filled with thanksgiving and rejoicing. Thank You for never  turning Your Face away from those who humble themselves before You and acknowledge that they can do nothing without You. Those who trust You to work in their favor just as You have promised will never be sent away empty handed. Thank You Beloved. We will give You all the glory, the honor and the praise that is due to You alone, our awesome God.

Romans 5:12-15

Dear Love,

St. Paul with the wisdom granted him by the Holy Spirit understood the consequences of the sin committed by Adam and how it tainted every human being from then on. Death entered into the world through their sin for the wages of sin is death and all had to taste it for the life of God was lost to us who once walked with God in the Garden of Eden and conversed with Him as one converses with  a friend. Death was our lot for every miserable one of us until God willed that we be saved by the Sinless One, who had to become sin, share our miserable human nature, die to it in order to raise it up in glory once again and restoring to us everything and more that was lost to us forever.

Through the sin of Adam the whole world suffered eternal death and through the willing obedience of One Man, the Eternal Son of the Living God, grace and life overflowed from the Cross to all and through You all who desire to be saved are saved.

Matthew 10-26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve:
"Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father."

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