Thursday, August 24, 2017

Revelations 21:9-14, Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18, John 1:45-51



Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel. Jn 1:49

Revelations 21:9-14, Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18, John 1:45-51

Revelations 21:9-14

Dear Love, my soul's beloved,

The twelve Apostles were chosen, called and empowered to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Their mission was to preach and teach the Good News of our salvation to the whole world and thus increase the numbers of those who were to be baptized into Your Body, the Church, who is Your bride. 

The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, is built upon the sure foundation of the Anointed one of God, and the twelve who were given the honor of being the means through which all those who accepted You as their Lord and Savior would enter into the New City of Jerusalem. Where God is there is the fullness of joy and all who believe will enter into that joy forever. 

Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18

Dear Love, my soul's beloved,

You have completed the work of salvation and have become the means by which the whole world is redeemed. However, You have called first the Twelve and next all who are baptized to continue the mission that the Father entrusted to You. We are called to tell the whole world how God became one of us, entered into our frailty and became as all humans are in all things save sin, in order to restore to us that which our first parents had so wantonly destroyed.

We who have tasted the goodness of the Lord and who believe are called to live out our faith and so shine Your light in the world. Your Kingdom will never end and we are all invited to receive a share of Your glorious inheritance and splendor. However, we must always bear in mind that You are holy, perfect, and sinless and nothing unclean can ever enter Your Presence this is why we must strive to be like You always. Thank You for showing us the Way to the Father's House, for revealing the Truth that saves us, and for the new Life You have given us by laying down Your own life to redeem the life we had lost forever.

John 1:45-51

Dear Love, my soul's beloved,

Like Nathanael or Bartholomew as he was called, we too can be skeptics or have preconceived ideas which are wrong and cloud our judgement. We could scoff at the truth because it does not fit into our own mistaken notions of what the truth should be. What could can come from Nazareth? he asked but when he encountered You he was prepared to accept Philip's testimony of You and more. "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." He came to believe so completely that he was prepared to give up his life in order to carry out his apostolic mission with zeal. 

May all I know of You and all my experience of You enable me to be just as generous as Bartholomew was in giving up all for Your sake and the sake of the Gospel. 

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