DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Genesis 21:5, 8-20, Psalm 34:7-8, 10-13,
Genesis 21:5, 8-20
My Beloved, things do not go well for us if we do not trust God's promises to us completely and unequivocally as we see so clearly in the case of Sarah. It was she who insisted that Abraham bear a child through her slave, Abraham should have not only refused her request, but he should have renewed her own conviction that God would be true to His vow to give them descendants through her, even though it seemed humanly impossible. She acted on human impulse and led Abraham to do the same just like Eve. Too late did she regret the consequences of her action as it only brought her misery and regret. Hagar and Ishmael were the victims who bore the brunt of her jealousy and wrath.
God is always being just, merciful and kind. He hears the cries of the needy and hastens to help them. He heard the cries of Hagar and Ismael and knowing that she was unjustly treated He consoled her and promised to bless her and her son.
Psalm 34:7-8, 10-13
My Beloved, the psalmist reminds us again that the Lord hears the cries of those who call on Him. His heart is moved to pity and compassion and He sends His angels to care for and protect those who trust in Him.
We are called to strive to be holy and perfect even though we are prone to sin. If we do, God will ensure that we will want for nothing spiritually or temporarily. Those who are meek will gain the Lord's favor always.
My Beloved, here we see that You have authority and power over demons. Evil is terrifying to us but not to You for You are the Son of God. The demons recognized You and we pray that the world will too.
You are the Son of God who sets us free from all the snares that the devil sets for us. We live in an age where large sections of the world seek to banish You, they want You out of their lives. They wish to deny the laws of God which is written on the hearts of all His children. May we do our part Beloved to spread the Good News through the daily witness of our lives.