Friday, March 24, 2017

Hosea 14:2-10, Psalm 81:6-11, 14 & 17, Mark 12:28-34


Repent, says the Lord;
the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt 4:17

Hosea 14:2-10, Psalm 81:6-11, 14 & 17, Mark 12:28-34

Hosea 14:2-10

My soul's beloved, I return to You with all my heart. I know that in the past I have strayed from the path of life but now O Lord by sinful wandering has come to an end. I am Yours. I belong to You. Planted in You cause me to bear abundant fruit, good fruit that will last so I may be a blessing to all who come to me. Grant my desire for the gift of prudence, self control,  fortitude,discipline, kindness, goodness, generosity of spirit and a loving disposition. Teach me patience in the midst of chaos. Forgive all my past sins and give me all the grace I need to begin anew.

You have healed me, You have restored to me all I had lost, You welcome me back into the family of good and freely You pour upon me every good and perfect gift to help me stay on the path of life. You have turned You anger away from me for You know that I am nothing, too weak to help myself, You know that You need to carry me, to life me up, to place me in Your Sacred Heart which is my refuge and my home. You will nurture me, You will cause me to grow,to send roots deep into You and to cause me to bear an abundance of good fruit.  

Grant me wisdom of heart that I am always choose to do  You will in all things.

Psalm 81:6-11, 14 & 17

My soul's beloved, You have created me for Yourself. I know I have been stubborn of heart, wayward in spirit, and a sinner. But You O Lord called from darkness in Your marvelous light, You called me by name and I heard You. You took away the burden of all y sins and You washed me and restored my soul. You are my constant companion. You have put Your own Holy Spirit in my heart. He is my Paraclete,my Guide, My Helper

You washed me and restored my soul. Grant that I may always hear His prompting and obey all He commands. You have invited me to walk in the way that leads to eternal joy.You feed me on the Eucharist and I am invited to the eternal banquet in the Kingdom of God where the wedding feast is eternal and the Bridegroom will be united with His Bride forever..

Mark 12:28-34

My soul's beloved, the Scribe approached You and asked You this question, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" You answered that we are all called to love God passionately, above and before all else, with a love that is prepared to meet all the demands that love asks of us. To have a single minded love for God  and counting nothing too much to give up for the sake of the Kingdom. The next follows on the heels of the first, We are called to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. These two commandments sum up all that the law demands and all that You came to teach us about the Kingdom of God.

The scribe heartily agreed with what You said and he added that fulfilling these two commandments of God is better than any sacrifice we can make and You applauded him for his insight assuring him that he was not far from the Kingdom of God because he understood the things of God.  Grant me too my Beloved the grace to understand the values of the Kingdom.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jeremiah 7:23-28, Psalm 95:1-2,6-9, Luke 11:14-23


Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
for I am gracious and merciful. Jl 2:12-13

Jeremiah 7:23-28, Psalm 95:1-2,6-9, Luke 11:14-23

Jeremiah 7:23-28

My soul's beloved, despite the unwavering voice of Truth that we hear faithfully echoed by the Church sin abounds, for the world refuses to hear preferring the cacophony made by the worldly wise.  Today the Holy Spirit through the voice of the prophet urges us to listen to Your voice that we may walk in wisdom and receive God's bountiful blessings. However, we continue to follow the siren call of the world that lures us further and further away from You and from the Truth. We are prepared to go to any lengths no matter how dangerous to drink from the wells poisoned by evil but we refuse to listen to the voice of the Church that is unerring in its teaching and preaching on matters concerning our faith and our morals. We are hard of heart and hard of heart. We are are a stiff necked people who have deliberately closed our ears to Your Voice which cajoles us tenderly to return to You with all our hearts and be saved.

Have mercy on us O Lord, have mercy on me and help me to heart your voice, to feels the presence of Your Spirit within me and grant that I may obey You, give my life over to You, and allow You to be Lord over every area of my life.

Psalm 95:1-2,6-9

My soul's beloved, if You abandoned us, we would deserve nothing less but You are full of love and compassion slow to anger and quick to forgive all our transgressions. My whole life should be one of joyful songs of praise and thanksgiving of worship and adoration for all that You my Lord and my God have done for me. You are my good Shepherd, You are the Rock in whom I take refuge. Yours are the wings that over me and keep me safe from the terrors that stalk me in the night and the arrows that Satan lets fly to wound and destroy me. 

Grant my soul's beloved that I may always hear Your Vice and obey. Grant that I may never let go the hand that holds mine securely, grant O Lord that I may approach the Eucharistic table frequently and be strengthened and nourished with Your Body and Blood. When I sin grant that I may approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation so I may be forgiven, purified and strengthened against temptation. Thank You for being so gracious to me even though I do not deserve your love.

Luke 11:14-23

My soul's beloved, we see that which is good and instead of attributing good motives to it we attribute evil. What is it about us that is drawn to that which is negative and divisive instead of that which unites in love and affirms what is good rather than focusing on the bad. You drove out the demon from the man that was mute, something impossible to do without the power of God and while some were amazed others said that it was through the power of the devil that You drove out devils. What sense does this make? The argument is so obviously flawed and yet they would rather prefer the lie than the truth.

You have given us the greatest Sign that You are of God, from God and are God and yet the world continues to clamor for miracles. The greatest of miracles continues daily on our altars at every Eucharistic Sacrifice and yet we are blind an deaf to this glorious Presence of God who becomes our food and drink.

You say to us today, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." Help me to remember this warning and to keep ever before me the mission entrusted to me. Grant me the grace and courage I need each day to put out into the deep trusting that You are always beside me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daniel 3:25, 34-43, Psalm 25:4-9, Matthew 18:21-35


Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful. Jl 2:12-13

Daniel 3:25, 34-43, Psalm 25:4-9, Matthew 18:21-35

Daniel 3:25, 34-43

My soul's beloved, You are the Covenant of Love, the Eternal Covenant that our Father in heaven makes with us. Because of You His mercy will always be available to us for through You we have been delivered from the power of the Enemy and set free from slavery to sin. Azariah pleaded for God's mercy for the sake of the Patriarchs of old, but we are confident of His mercy for Your Namesake. While it is true that as many as the stars in the sky and the sand on the shore of the sea are called by Your Name yet we are more more sinful, more corrupt, more evil than at any time in the past. This is why although You brought peace to the world there has never been a time where there has been greater conflict between human beings. We are weak because of our sins, our churches are empty, and those who call themselves Christians believe in a god that is made in their own image and likeness. It is an idol that they worship and this is why we are threatened by the enemy who has vowed to wipe us from the face of the earth.

But this will never happen for Your remnant continue to offer the Father the one, holy, and most pleasing sacrifice of the Holy Mass on our Altars throughout the world. It is offered with humble, contrite, and hungry hearts who come into Your Presence and receive the Bread of Angels. We are nourished and fed by the Son of the Living God and we follow You with unreservedly. We put all our faith, hope, and trust in You and we will not be vanquished for You have won the battle. You have crushed the head of Satan, and You have opened the door to heaven. You have delivered us through the Cross and You have saved and redeemed the world.

Psalm 25:4-9

My soul's beloved, at every Holy Mass we recall the work of salvation that has redeemed the world. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. Thank You for Your Sacrifice that will forever grant us access to God's mercy and compassion. 

God of Love, thank You for sending Your Son into the world and leading us back through Him who came to take by the hand not angels but sinners like me.

My soul's beloved, meek and humble of heart make my heart like Your own. Amen.

Matthew 18:21-35

My soul's beloved, I can understand the anger of the King who forgave a debt that was impossible for the servant to pay. The King, a righteous judge could have demanded that payment be made by the sale of the debtor along with his wife, children and his property. The man was doomed to be a slave along with his household. No wonder he begged for clemency. The heart of the King, who was tender and compassionate was moved to pity and the man was forgiven the entire debt. Wow! He ought to have left the King's presence with an all encompassing joy filled with gratitude and reverence for the One who pardoned his debt and let him go free. When he met his fellow servant who owed him a trifling amount one would imagine that he would deal with him just as generously as he had been dealt with. Unfortunately, it was not so. He was mean, cruel, vicious, wicked, and unjust and when the King was made aware of his treachery it was no wonder that he was enraged and meted out a punishment fitting to his crime.

In this parable Beloved, You reveal a sobering truth. In measure that we are forgiven we ought to forgive all who have wronged us. You tell Peter that we are to forgive not seven times but seventy time seven. We are to forgive always. 

The parable of the wicked servant is directed to me. I have been forgiven a debt I can never repay and bearing this in mind I must always forgive the little transgressions against me. If I desire to live with You eternally then I must forgiven just as I have been forgiven. I must keep no account of wrongs but forgive always only then can I experience the full measure of the Father's mercy. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Exodus 17:3-7, Psalm 95:1-2,6-9, Romans 5:1-2, 5-8, John 4:5:42


Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world;
give me living water, that I may never thirst again. Jn  4:42, 15

Exodus 17:3-7, Psalm 95:1-2,6-9, Romans 5:1-2, 5-8, John 4:5:42

Exodus 17:3-7

My soul's beloved, You are the Rock that we struck and from You flows living water. You are the source of eternal life. You satisfy our hunger, You slake our thirst. You offer Yourself up as a willing sacrifice. You are the Lamb without,  a willing victim for the sins of all men and women. From You we receive forgiveness for all our sin.

Psalm 95:1-2,6-9

My soul's beloved, at every celebration of the Holy Eucharist we come before You singing songs of joyful praise, acclaiming all You have done for us and how You redeemed us. We are filled with thanksgiving, and awe as we worship You our Lord and God. We bow before You and we acknowledge all You have done to save us. We recall the ultimate price paid in order that all we had lost forever could be forever restored. Thank You for standing in the breech and for becoming sin and entering death in order that we may be set free from slavery to the desires of the flesh, the world and the devil and be filled with new life and grace that freely flows from You to all who believe.

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

My soul's beloved, we are justified by our belief in You and Your saving sacrifice. We are justified by our belief that we receive the peace of the Father through You who are the Prince of Peace. Saved by You, washed in Your Blood, fed by Your Body, and drinking from the fount of Living Water that has its source in Your Heart and flows out through Your side we quench our thirst for the good, the beautiful, the holy and the pure. We stand in the grace that You have obtained for us through Your obedience to the Father. You restored our hope in life everlasting in the Kingdom of God. You have poured Your life into us and have given us a full measure of Your Holy Spirit. No longer are we orphans and slaves but we are now the sons and daughter of God for in dying  for us You restored our inheritance.

John 4:5:42

My soul's beloved, it is always You who comes to us, who seeks us and finds us. You do not look at our unworthiness but desire to give us all we lack so we might love You as we ought. You are a Teacher, a Shepherd, a Guide, a Lover, a Friend, a Brother. We believe that You are truly the Son of God who became one like us in all things. You experienced all that our human condition experiences. Hunger, cold, thirst, disappointment, anger, impatience but You did not succumb to temptation nor did You commit sin. In this passage we are told that You were tired from the journey and You sat at the well in the heat of the noonday sun. This is where the encounter takes place between God and the sinner. She was aware of her sins but she preferred her sinful way of life and so to avoid the scorn of the other women she chose a time to fill her jar when she was sure no one would see her. Their looks stirred her conscience but not enough to make her resolve to give up her sinful life.

You are not only waiting for her, You initiate the conversation and we see how step by step You lead her from awareness of her sins, to confession, to repentance, to contrition, to reconciliation, and finally to mission and evangelisation. You filled her empty heart with true joy. You took away the burden of her sins and her life took on a new purpose and meaning. You made her a new creation and she did not keep the good news to herself but joyfully proclaimed it to the people where she live so all came to see You and they believed.

Help me Lord never to be discouraged no matter how gravely I may fall into sin for You wait for me in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and You will forgive, cleanse, heal, and restore. Help me to take my mission seriously and to bring others to know and love You as I know and love You Beloved.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20, Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32


I will get up and go to my father and shall say to him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. Lk 15:18

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20, Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20

My soul's beloved, You are our Good Shepherd, You lead Your sheep to pasture. We are Your inheritance given to You by Your Father. We are not much my Lord for we are weak, wicked, sinful, prone to wickedness. Yet, You love us so much that You lay down Your life for us and have restored to us what we had lost forever. You continue to work great signs and wonders for us in the ordinary struggles of our daily life.

Thank You my Beloved for forgiveness of sin the the sweet Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here our sins are confessed, forgiven, and forgotten by You. You restore the sinner once more as a member of the family of God. Thank You for Your compassion and mercy in dealing with us not as we deserve but according to the rich and tender mercy of Your divine heart.

Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12

My soul's beloved, how assuring it is to know that You are kind and merciful. You love me not in the measure as I deserve for then You would not love me at all, but in the measure of Your immensely generous, and compassionate heart. Thank You for not withholding 
Your mercy from me but for readily forgiving me every time I ask for forgiveness. No sin is too great that You will not forgive it when I ask it in sorrow and repentance with a heart truly contrite. You do not grumble because I am weak, You do not scold me because I lack discipline and self-control but fall over and over again. All You desire is to love me and provide all the grace necessary to help me overcome my weaknesses which are legion. Continue to help me Lord. Carry me when I have no strength of my own. Prevent me from getting ensnared in the traps set out for me and keep me safe in Your everlasting love.

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

My soul's beloved, only God could conceive such a parable as that of the Prodigal Son. Such a story is beyond the imagination for we lack the generosity, the largeness of heart, the capacity to love as our Father in heaven loves us. He loves us best when we are at our weakest and are aware that we are helpless without His. It is only when I acknowledge how sinful I am, how far I have strayed from the father's house after wallowing in sin and finding that the fruit of sin is death, darkness, and destruction only then will I realize the extent of what my defiance in the face of love has cost me.

Thank You that the gates are always open to the sinner who resolves to sin no more and return home. Thank You for You assurance that the Father will restore all that we had renounced by deliberately walking away from the Father's house. Forgive me also if I have ever been self-righteous and pompous like the older brother - enumerating my virtues before God and demanding that He bless me because I am entitled to His blessings. For lacking in love when my sinful brothers and sister return home and God blesses them with an abundance of blessings because He rejoices at their return. Forgive my selfishness and my narrow mindedness. Help me to rejoice as much as heaven does at the return of the sinner and to weep when the sinner strays from God.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28, Psalm 105:16-21, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46


God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son;
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. Jn. 3:16

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28, Psalm 105:16-21, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28

My soul's beloved, everything we read in the passage chosen for today's Liturgy is pregnant with allegory of You. All that Joseph experienced is a foreshadowing of Your own life. The passage opens with the verse, "Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons." Scripture records the Father's voice being heard, "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him." To You the Father gives all rule and authority. He sent You into the world as Joseph was sent to his brothers who were tending their flock. The chosen people of God had their priests, their rabbis, their Pharisees and Scribes to keep alive the promise given to them of the Messiah. Yet when You came into the world they rejected You. They hated You with a visceral hatred and they began to plot against You almost from the beginning of Your public ministry. They hated You for many reasons one of them being that You claimed that You were the Son of God sent into the world as the Messiah they were waiting for. You did not fit their preconceived idea of the Messiah and they were enraged at all the signs and wonders that could not be done except through the power of God. Many believed in You and they saw this as a threat to their carefully established status quo. 

As soon as the opportunity presented itself the brothers plotted to put Joseph to death just as the Jewish authorities plotted to destroy You. There were some in the Sanhedrin who wanted to prevent this atrocity that they were planning, like Reuben tried to save his brother and as Pilate's wife warned him not to have anything to do with their plan to murder You. But they were already too far gone in their sin. Evil had found a home in their heart and they were dead to reason. They orchestrated all that happened skillfully from the moment of Your arrest in the Garden and until they saw Your side pierced and they were certain their plan had succeed. The had committed Deicide. They had killed the Man, the Son of God. Joseph was one of them and rejected it and Scripture says of You, "He came unto His own and His own rejected Him."  Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites and Judas sold You for 30 pieces and they gave You up to the Roman authority so Roman soldiers could do the dastardly deed that the law prevented them from doing.

Joseph's brothers agreed to the sale of their brother just as Judas, one of the 12 conspired with the Jewish authorities to sell You.

How often do I sell out on You my Beloved? Forgive me and help me try to do better every moment of every day.
Psalm 105:16-21

My soul's beloved the psalmist recalls the fate of Joseph who was sold as a slave and we recall that You to became a slave in order to set us free from the captivity of sin. It was God who ordained that the evil done to Joseph by his brothers rebound to their good and the good of all the people of Israel, just as God ordained to send You into the world to redeem us all. Joseph was weighed down with fetters, bound with chains, thrown into  prison until the time of God's choosing. You too were bound, shackled, imprisoned but to a far far greater  purpose - the salvation of the whole human race.  All that the law and the prophets had said was fulfilled in You, just as all Joseph's predictions came to pass. And when You were nailed to the Cross, after the barbarous, scandalous, torture You were subjected to, as You gasped painfully to breathe forth Your Spirit in Your dying breath the world was given new life. Death was dealt a final blow. Sin no longer had power to shackle and hold captive and just as Pharoah made Joseph lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions so did God exalt You above all and over all making You the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. At Your Name heaven and earth bows and worships and all who believe in the Name above every other name is saved.

Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: 
"Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them,
thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
'This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.'
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?"
They answered him,
"He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times."
Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Therefore, I say to you,
the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1:1-4 & 6, Luke 16:19-31


Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance. Lk. 8:15

Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1:1-4 & 6, Luke 16:19-31

Jeremiah 17:5-10

My soul's beloved, the word of the prophet is clear - anyone who lives a life dictated by the world and the flesh is barren. It bears no fruit and nothing can take root in it. The grace of God continues to flow but cannot effect any change because the soul is dead. But if we place our hope and our trust in You, if we plant ourselves in You, if we allow the seed of Your Word to find a home in our heart, then living water will spring up in us through the Holy Spirit who is enthroned in our soul. No matter how we are tested we will endure because of the grace that is made available to us in abundance. We shall bear good fruit always. Thank You Father for appointing Jesus as the sole Judge for He who was tempted like us in all things but did not succumb; understands and will temper justice with mercy. 

Psalm 1:1-4 & 6

My soul's beloved, You have shown us the way in which we should go. You have given us Your Word that sustains us and directs us. You have sent Your Holy Spirit to abide in us as our Paraclete, Helper, and Guide. You have given us the Sacrament through which immense graces are granted to us so we choose good over evil. If we abide in You and Your Word abides in us we shall always be pleasing to God. Our lives will be like a fragrant incense before the Throne of Grace. Those who choose to live in the love of God will live in friendship with those who have chosen to live a life of holiness.

You assure us that if we live in the light of Truth and Love we shall have Your life coursing through us and we shall always be fruitful, alive in the life of Your Spirit. Grant O Lord that I choose to walk on the side of Truth always.

Luke 16:19-31

My soul's beloved, today's parable reminds us that the worst sin of all is that of indifference to those around us who are in need of our help. The rich man went in and out of his mansion several times a day but he was quite unaware of miserable beggar lying outside his gate. Before I point a finger of judgement at the rich man it would be better if I direct it to myself and examine my own indifference to those I encounter each day. Am I so caught up with my own selfish needs and desires that I fail to minister to those around me especially those who are closest? Have I failed to hear the suffering in the voices of those who speak to me or have I tuned them out? Have I failed to give even though I have been given so much, not because I don't want to but because I am blind to the need of others. 

For as long as today lasts, as long as life is mine this day I have an opportunity to become more alive to the needs of others and less absorbed in serving my own passions. I have been given everything that is necessary for my salvation for You have been exceedingly generous to me. When the day of reckoning comes my Lord may I not be condemned by my own coldness, and hardness of heart, by my own indifference.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jeremiah 18:18-20, Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16, Matthew 20:17-28


I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. Jn 8:12

Jeremiah 18:18-20, Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16, Matthew 20:17-28

Jeremiah 18:18-20

My soul's beloved, despite all You have done for us it seems the world is further away from God than it ever was. You have stood in the beach and bridged the yawning chasm between God and man taking upon Yourself our iniquity and becoming sin, tasting death in order to make recompense for the sins of humanity from the first Adam until the last. The world has mistakenly beloved that if they endeavour to remove You from our world then we would have lost nothing for there would still be priests and wise men to give instruction. You enemies continue to pay careful attention to all You said in order to destroy You with Your own words. Over and over again history mistakenly believes that the wicked have succeeded and over and over again history has been proved wrong. Although we have paid You evil for good You have brought about the greatest good of all using our won wickedness. Thank You for overcoming sin an death by Your ultimate Sacrifice for us.

Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16

My soul's beloved, Your loving kindness has saved the world. Even though evil plotted against You, bound You as a criminal and crucified You giving You a punishment that was only reserved for the most wicked yet, You did not flinch from the scourge that was to flay Your body, the nails driven through Your flesh, the spear that pierced Your side and the crowns that pressed cruelly against Your head. You endured all for me and after laying down Your life Your Spirit returned to Your Father. The price was paid forever. Ever cry that was ever raised to God to be rescued from the terrible clutches of sin was answered when You became one like us and offered Yourself up to the Father as a willing Victim for our sins. Thank You my Beloved.

Matthew 20:17-28

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,
and said to them on the way,
"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day."

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, "What do you wish?"
She answered him,
"Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom."
Jesus said in reply,
"You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?"
They said to him, "We can."
He replied,
"My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21 & 23, Matthew 23:1-12


Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Ez.18:31

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21 & 23, Matthew 23:1-12

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20

My soul's beloved, You invite me today to make a new beginning - however I cannot do it on my own. I need Your help. I need grace. Help me Lord! Be my strength. You alone can give me a desire to do good always. This is the time when we are invited to make things right with You by going for Confession and receiving forgiveness of all my sins. Here Lord, You wipe the slate clean and I become a new creation. Help to make a thorough examination of my conscience so that I may confess all my transgressions against You and my neighbor and be healed and restored in soul, mind, body and spirit.

Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21 & 23

My soul's beloved, during this season of Lent I am encouraged to exercise the virtue of discipline which is no necessary if I am to train myself to choose the good, the holy, the perfec. A life of self indulgence leads to sin  for I lack the grace to choose to do Your will rather than my own. This is the time given to me to reflect on the many times I have chosen the easier path rather than the right one. If I choose to walk in the Way of truth You will always be with me. Grant me the grace to praise you always, to seek Your will and conform to it always.

Matthew 23:1-12

My soul's beloved, today You remind us to obey all legitimate authority especially in the Church. We are called to obey her teachings for she has been appointed as the sole authority in all matter concerning faith and morals. However, the bad example of some of her ministers is no excuse for us to commit sin. Those who have been given leadership no matter how great or small are required to be humble, compassionate, and merciful. We are called to serve not to be served for we are the servants of the Servant of God who came not to lord it over us but to give Your life as a ransom. Humility and obedience - grant me these two virtues Lord and I will always be satisfied.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Daniel 9:4-10, Psalm 79:8-9, 11 & 13, Luke 6:36-38


Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life. Jn 6:63, 68

Daniel 9:4-10, Psalm 79:8-9, 11 & 13, Luke 6:36-38

Daniel 9:4-10

My soul's beloved, most merciful God, You show love, mercy, tenderness, and compassion to those who though weak strive to do You will. Count me in this number Lord for I long to please You. I desire to do all You ask of me but I am a miserable sinner. I am self-indulgent, vain, self-righteous, judgmental, critical of the faults of others while all the while all the specks I pick off my neighbor are manifold ten times in me. 

Grant me the grace I need. Keep me faithful. Through the power of Your Spirit whom You have graciously granted me and who lives in me, help me with His help to strive to be all that You desire of me. Help me to do better. Help me to strive to please You who are so wonderfully gracious to me even though I do not deserve such goodness Stay with me Lord for without Your hand of protection over me I will be lost forever.

Psalm 79:8-9, 11 & 13

My soul's beloved, You have called me by my name and You have claimed me for Yourself even though I am a miserable sinner. Thank You for treating me not as I deserve but with compassion. I hate the sins I commit, I hate my weakness and my lack of self-discipline. Make a way for me Lord to use the first opportunity to reconcile myself to You in the Sacrament of Penance and with the grace that You so readily make available to me grant that I may strive to do better. Thank You for never forgetting that I belong to Your fold and for keeping such careful and tender watch over me.

Luke 6:36-38

My Lord and my God! My soul's beloved thank You for Your reassurance once more of the Father's mercy towards me. Thank You for reminding me to stop pointing my fingers at others and to examine myself first for I am more sinful and more weak than those whom I presume to judge and condemn. You warn me most solemnly today that the measure that I use to forgive will be the same measure used for me so help me to forgive completely, promptly, and generously so You in turn will give and forgive me proportionately. 

Thank You for being infinitely gracious and benevolent in granting me Your favor even though I am unworthy.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Genesis 12:1-4, Psalm 33:4-5,18-19, 20, 22, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Matthew 17:1-9


From the shining cloud the Father's voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him. Mt. 17:5

Genesis 12:1-4, Psalm 33:4-5,18-19, 20, 22, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Matthew 17:1-9

Genesis 12:1-4

My soul's beloved, how often have You invited me to leave everything behind and to go where You direct me and how often have I refused preferring my hidebound, familiar existence to being challenged out of my comfort zone. Abraham, our father in faith, is a wonderful example of obedience, humility, and faith in God. You invited him, You made wonderful promises which he himself was never to see fulfilled for it was a promise to his descendants, but he believed. And his name is now a blessing as so many claim to be be is descendants.

May I vow from this day forth to go where You direct me my Lord and my God.

Psalm 33:4-5,18-19, 20, 22

My soul's beloved, the experience of men and women of faith in Sacred Scripture and throughout history reveals that we can confidently place all our hope and trust in You. You are a God of love and of mercy. You are a God of kindness and compassion. You are our Father and no child who belongs to You will lack for anything. You open Your Heart to us and invite us to rest in it. You bid us open our mouth and You fill it with bread made of the finest wheat and honey sweeter than that in the honeycomb. You preserve us from death through a life of grace poured into our soul through the Sacraments. Thank You for Your assurance that our hope in You is never in vain.

2 Timothy 1:8-10

My soul's Beloved, St. Paul reminds us that we are beloved of God and that our strength comes from You alone if we gladly bear our share of the difficulties we may have to face through living the gospel. We are called to be holy and perfect because God our Father is holy and perfect and if we wish to be His children we can do nothing less than strive to imitate Him in all things through the example You have given us. We are not called to struggle on our own but we have grace always available to us. Thank You for destroying death and for restoring to us our lost inheritance through the disobedience of our first parents. Thank You for the Light of the Gospel that has the power to enable us live holy lives. 

Matthew 17:1-9

My soul's beloved, there are those whom You invite to belong to Your inner circle just as Peter, James and John were. You choose from among those whom You know desire a closer, deeper, more intimate relationship with You. Who are prepared to pay the price for this privilege for it will come at a cost. Not all are prepared to suffer willingly and gladly for this awesome gift of Your friendship.

The hour was quickly approaching when they would have to witness the ignominious death awaiting You. They would see You bound like a common criminal although You were sinless. They would abandon You and hide. You knew all this and You also knew that if they were given a glimpse of Your transcendent glory as the Son of God then after they got over their fear they would recall this moment when You revealed to them who You were and they would also recall the Father affirming You as His beloved Son and urging them as well as us to listen to You. 

You were the fulfillment of the law represented by Moses and the prophets represented as Elijah. You were the God Man. Fully human and fully divine. When they beheld Your transfiguration they were transfixed and filled with awe and fear. As always, Your tender heart assured them not to be afraid. 

There is a time and a place for everything. It is prudent for us to remember this. It was prudent for the disciples not to disclose what they had seen for it would not be understood then. When the time was right it was seen and understood in the right context. It is always wise to obey You. It is always wise to show a mature restraint rather than exhibit childish enthusiasm and be roundly rejected for a fool simply because we were not prepared to wait on God's time. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Deuteronomy 26:16-19, Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8, Matthew 5:43-48


Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation. 2Cor. 6:2

Deuteronomy 26:16-19, Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8, Matthew 5:43-48

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

My soul's beloved, it is You who extend the hand of friendship and You who makes a covenant with us. You created us and You desire that we belong to You totally, completely, utterly. You desire that we walk in the way that You have revealed and You assure us of joy beyond all expectation if we walk in the way of Love and of Truth. You speak to us constantly keep us attuned to the sound of Your Voice telling us which way we should go.You direct us in Your Word, through the Church, in prayer, and through the promptings of Your Holy Spirit. It is You who chose us and You who grant us the privilege of being priest, prophet, and king. We are the children of the Most High God for You deign to call us sisters and brothers. You are our God and we my soul's beloved are Yours alone.

Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

My soul's beloved, You have revealed to me the way in which I must walk, You grant the grace to do so through the Sacraments. It is Your love that prompts me to obeying Your Word for in this lies my happiness. You are the fulfillment of all my desires. You alone can satisfy. Thank You my Beloved for You assurance that You will keep us close to You always as we seek to live a live  pleasing to You always.

Matthew 5:43-48

My soul's beloved, You restored my relationship with the Father. I am no longer an enemy but a member of the household of God. If then, I call God Father, and I acknowledge You as My Brother then I must obey the Law of Love in all things. It must prompt all my actions. I am called to shine Your Light in a world that keeps getting darker because of sin. Yet, I am called to love everyone because You love everyone without qualification. You love us all with an infinite love and You desire us to love as well. We are invited to a higher calling - that of striving always after holiness and perfection because our Father is holy and  perfect and to leave all judgment to You alone. All I am commanded to do is love.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ezekiel 18:21-28, Psalm 130:1-8, Matthew 5:20-26


Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Ez. 18:31

Ezekiel 18:21-28, Psalm 130:1-8, Matthew 5:20-26

Ezekiel 18:21-28

My soul's beloved, today I am reminded that a life of iniquity is no small matter and a life of virtue is most pleasing to God. It is also a most sobering thought that despite living a whole lifetime of goodness if in the end I shall wind up living in grave sin then the justice of God will demand that my soul taste eternal death. However, You remind me that You are tender, merciful, compassionate, quick to forgive and to forget my sins forever if I should repent, turn away from sin and embrace a life of virtue. Thank You for Your wonderful assurance that it is never too late to return to You and to receive a welcome into the fold.

Psalm 130:1-8

My soul's beloved, how good it is to know that one as miserably weak as I am, as self-indulgent as I am need not ever be afraid that I will be rejected when I come back to You with a truly repentant and contrite heart. Your ear is always attuned to my voice and when I cry out to You to hasten and forgive me for I have sinned You will do as I ask and more for You are generous and kind, slow to anger and abounding in love. You are gracious and merciful and I can always be assured of a place with You each time I repent and resolve with Your help to sin no more. You do not keep an account of my transgressions, if You did Beloved, there would be no hope for one such as I. In You is mercy and kindness, forgiveness and redemption. Thank You.

Matthew 5:20-26

My soul's beloved, to be righteous is to always seek and do the will of God. The Pharisees followed the letter the law not its spirit and this is why You remind those who follow You that it is not enough to keep the law it is more important to discern God's will and act accordingly. We are called to love in all circumstances no matter how great the provocation to hate and anger.  You say that no gift will be accepted, all all offerings rejected if when we approach You in prayer and find that someone has something against us, not if we have something against another. This is sobering. We must approach the ones we have offended, reconcile with them and then turn our face to You in prayer. Nothing is more important to You than that we love each other as God loves us and our love for You has to consume us for You are God. Purgatory is real. Hell is real. May I never take eternity lightly or my final destiny for granted.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Esther C 12, 14-16, 23-25, Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8, Matthew 7:7-12


A clean heart create for me, O God;
give me back the joy of your salvation. Ps. 51:12, 14

Esther C 12, 14-16, 23-25, Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8, Matthew 7:7-12

Esther C 12, 14-16, 23-25

My soul's beloved, here Queen Esther shows us how we ought to pray for deliverance. We are to acknowledge who You are, we are to recognize that You alone have power to save us. We are to see ourselves as we are and fall prostrate before You and not only us but all who pray with us, You are God - all powerful, almighty and You can do all things. You hold all things together with the power of Your Word and can accomplish all things in the Word You utter. You alone have power to save us from evil. You can give us joy in the midst of sorrow, life in the midst of death, and eternal life with You forever. 

Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8

My soul's beloved, there never was time when I call and You did not answer me. I have not been as grateful as I ought, I have been weak, I have been disobedient and wayward. I have been proud, haughty and forgetful of all the blessings You have always bestowed on me. But You O Lord, have always been loving, kind, faithful, forgiving and compassionate. You have not treated me as I deserve. Thank You for keeping every one of Your promises to me. Thank You for consoling me, for encouraging me, for blessing me and mine always. Thank You for the strength You grant me day after day. Thank You for the many graces without which I could do nothing to please You. Continue to keep Your hand over me and keep me safe in Your love now and always.

Matthew 7:7-12

My soul's beloved, thank You for assuring me today that the Father will always give me the things that are good for me all I need to do is ask. When I seek You I will find You. When I knock You will open the door and permit me to enter. Thank You also for reminding me that I must treat everyone as I myself want to be treated.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Jonah 3:1-10, Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19, Luke 11:29-32


Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart
for I am gracious and merciful. Jl 2:12-13

Jonah 3:1-10, Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19, Luke 11:29-32 

Jonah 3:1-10

My soul's beloved, we are all invited to recognize who we are before God and in humility to strike our breast and admit that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and mercy. During this season of Lent the Church invites us to examine our lives and to desire with Your help to root out all those weaknesses that slow us down. My greatest weakness is self indulgence Lord. I need Your grace, Your help, Your strength and Your Spirit if I am to overcome and be victorious.

Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19

My soul's beloved, I acknowledge that without Your help I can do nothing that is even remotely pleasing to You. I acknowledge my sins, I acknowledge I am weak, I acknowledge that I need Your forgiveness, mercy, and pardon. I am sorry help me to overcome those areas in my life that notoriously bring me down and I am unable to help myself. Hasten to help me. Hear the sound of my pleading. My time on earth is but a blink of an eye but it seems so long, and tedious, and difficult to exercise discipline and self-control. Yet I know that if I am not vigilant I can so easily sink into the miry depths of sin and be lost forever. Help me Lord! Take me by the hand and do not let go for if You do I shall die.

Luke 11:29-32

My soul's beloved, You give me opportunity after opportunity, sign after sign, because You are loving and gracious but I am hard of heart. I live on the surface of my emotions and I find it difficult to give up, to sacrifice, to discipline my flesh. It is so much easier to give in and I do often without even putting up the semblance of a fight. I have no excuse Lord for  You are so overwhelmingly generous in Your favor toward me. Help me Lord if You don't I will surely perish for I am unable to help myself.