Thursday, August 31, 2017

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13, Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17, Matthew 24:42-51


Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come. Mt. 34:42, 44

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13, Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17, 
Matthew 24:42-51

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

What a great joy it is to Paul and his companions when they hear reports that the Thessalonians who have accepted You as Lord are growing strong and vibrant in their faith. We are all called to evangelize and if we work sincerely and our work bears fruit we too will have this experience. We who believe are called each in their own way to be witnesses to  the Truth and by our example we ought to touch the lives of those around us. We must be constantly aware that people are looking at us and expecting us to reflect You because we are Your followers. Like Paul, we must have concern for one another and do all we can to ensure that those who are entrusted to us grow strong in the faith. We must keep a watchful, prayers interest and be alert to correct any errors that may seep in through ignorance. We must strengthen the weak, and accompany them, even if they are far away from us, with our prayers just as Paul did. As members of Your Body we are called to be responsible for one another and we will be held accountable if they fail to grow in faith and holiness because we have turned our back on them.

Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Time is short because we are mortal and no matter how many years are granted to us in the end we will die and we will come to You the only righteous judge. Keep me mindful O Lord that my destiny and my eternity will be decided by the way I live my life in the time granted to me.

You have saved me it is now my responsibility to give back to You that which You have redeemed at the cost of Your life. May I be aware from moment to moment that I no longer belong to myself but to You and to allow You to use me in any way You wish. Keep me faithful. Continue to grant me grace that I may strive to love You as I ought and to love my neighbor as I love myself.  Keep save and prosper those You have entrusted to me and together we will praise You all the days of our life.

Matthew 24:42-51

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

Today You are speaking not to the crowds but to Your disciples. Those who desire to have a deep and committed relationship with You. It is easy to become lazy and indifferent, to give in to the flesh and forget our higher calling to be holy and perfect as our Father is holy and perfect. This is why You instruct us to stay awake for death comes like a thief in the night and we must be prepared at all time for we do not know when You will call us home. We who believe are accountable for we will be judged according to our knowledge of the truth and the gravity of our transgressions. I am called to be faithful, I am called to be alert, no excuse is acceptable if after I have been warned I become lax. 

You reveal the qualities of a wise and faithful servant. If I am to be counted among these then I must bear fruit in season and out of season for as long as I live. I must choose my companions wisely, and I must give witness to the truth always not matter how inconvenient or dangerous it may be.

Keep me safe O Lord in Your love all the days of my life.

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