DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Exodus 1:8-14, 22, Psalm 124:1-8, Matthew 10: 34 -11:1
Exodus 1:8-14, 22
My Beloved, the people of God can always expect persecution in fact it is a given. The Israelites were put under slave rule because they were deemed a threat to Pharaoh and the Egyptian authority. So afraid were they of their large numbers which continued to increase despite terrible oppression Pharaoh ordered that all infant boys be killed. Centuries later when Israel was under Roman occupation Herod perceiving a threat when he heard the news of the birth of a new king, also sent out an edict to kill all male infants two years and below. Yet, man can never thwart the plans of God. Through all the horrific suffering that the people of God endure God will continue to draw good from every evil and hopeless situation for with Him nothing is impossible.
My Beloved, God is always in control, no matter how perilous circumstances may seem, He exercises power to say, so far and no further. He will not try us beyond our ability to endure. He knows our weaknesses, He knows all our frailties and He is always tender, compassionate, loving and kind. Our help is in the Name of the Lord, our God who saves - Jesus, the Beloved; in You the Father holds all things together with the power of His Spirit.
Matthew 10: 34 -11:1
My Beloved, we are called to stand for God and in doing so we will make enemies even among members of our own family.
Division is the work of the devil and he uses it to great effect to set us against each other. The way to the Kingdom is marked clearly and we will get there if we obey the two commandments - the first to love God above and before all else and next to love each other.
We are called to have a special care and concern for those whom God has called in a special way to serve Him in spreading the Good News - His anointed and consecrated men and women. We too have a mission to live out the Good News each day from moment to moment evangelizing with our words and actions.