Saturday, September 16, 2017

1 Timothy 1:15-17, Psalm 113:1-7, Luke 6:43-49


Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him. Jn 14:23

1 Timothy 1:15-17, Psalm 113:1-7, Luke 6:43-49

1 Timothy 1:15-17

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

This is my consolation, because I am a sinner I can count on Your unconditional, constant, merciful, and tender love for You came for sinners not the righteous. This is what St. Paul reminds me of today. He is positively boasting about the fact that he was once the chief of sinners but You did not abandon him to his sins instead You showed immense patience in order to give the rest of us sinners hope. 

The repentant sinner, no matter how imperfect his contrition, will like the prodigal son, always find a welcome in the Father's house. All glory, praise, honor, and thanksgiving to You our God of such incomprensible, awesome mercy.

Psalm 113:1-7

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

It is always right and fitting that we Your servant praise and bless Your most holy and awesome Name with every breath for as long as we live in this world and eternally in heaven.

We thank You that from the rising of the sun to its setting praise rises up to Your throne unceasingly. Thank You Beloved for raising up the lowly, the poor, the weak, the sick, the weary, the forgotten, the outcast, the sinner, the prisoner, those suffering from every infirmity both physical and spiritual and ministering to each according to our need. Amen.

Luke 6:43-49

Dear Love, Beloved of my soul,

You said by our fruit we will be known whether we are for God or not. You point out that if the fruit of our work is corrupt and spoiled, fit only to be thrown out it is because our lives are rotten and devoid of grace. If however, with the grace that is made available to us in such abundance, in the Sacraments, we toil and labor in Your Vineyard, even if the work is hidden from the world, the fruit we produce will be pleasing to You. 

You remind us that it is not enough to pay lip service to You but that our lives must be deeply rooted in You and must have its firm foundation on You only then will we be able to withstand and overcome the snares, the wiles and the traps that the world and the devil constantly set out for us.

Thank You for grace, thank You for my Guardian Angel, thank You for Your constant intercession for us sinners and for the intercession of Mary, our Mother.

Jesus said to his disciples:
"A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed."

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