Friday, August 25, 2017

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22, Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 22:23-40


Teach me your paths, my God,
guide me in your truth. Ps 25:4, 5

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22, Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 22:23-40

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

The story of Ruth is one that warms the heart.  It is the story of a woman who was loyal and loved truly and how that loyalty and love was rewarded.

We are all called to make choices constantly and the choices we make have consequences. Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and to remain faithful the God she embraced when she married her Jewish husband. When she was widowed she chose to stay with her mother-in-law and return with her to her homeland Bethlehem. God rewarded her abundantly, in time she met and married a good, God fearing man and she would  be named as one of Your ancestors.

Guide me also Beloved to listen to You and allow Your Holy Spirit to direct me always.

Psalm 146:5-10

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

The psalmist reminds us that if we keep faith in the Lord and allow love to direct all our thoughts, words and actions God will be with us and bless us. He will care for us and never abandon us. You have set us free and if we choose to remain free rather than enslaved to our weaknesses then we will soar on the wings of the eagle and find our home in Your Sacred Heart. It is You who satisfy the hungry heart, who blesses and gives sight in order that we may see through Your eyes. Grant that I may always look gently, kindly, and with compassion on everyone I encounter that they may experience the love, mercy, and compassion that I have received from You.

Matthew 22:23-40

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

People constantly set out to test and trap You and You were always able to silence them with irrefutable words of wisdom. You have assured us that we too need only to rely on the Holy Spirit and He will give us the words we need when we are surrounded by the enemy. The Pharisees knew the answer to the question they posed to You for it was revealed in the first of the 10 commandments they received from Moses. We too have the answers to the questions we ask but we pretend not to know for whatever deceitful reason.

However, You gave us the answer once again clearly so there would be no doubt ever again the question, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" To which You replied, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

May I keep Your response every before me and allow it to rule and direct my life always.

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