DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30, Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28,39-40,
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30
My Beloved, Your call is always personal and intimate. You call us by name because you know us and we belong to You. Our response like Jacob's must always be, "Here I am." The next step is to be still, quiet and listen to what You have to say to us. We must be attentive, our spirit humble, and our hearts yielding to Your will and Your purpose for our lives. You always assure us that we need not be afraid of anything, for You our Lord and God, will remain with us, accompanying us every step of the way. When we have no strength of our own, You will carry us as Jacob was carried and You will ensure that all who belong to us will accompany us on this journey from earth to heaven. None will be lost.
Just as Judah was sent ahead, so was St. John the Baptist sent to prepare the way for You. We too experience the same welcoming embrace that Joseph showed his family when You come to us. You forgive us and restore all we had thought we had lost through sin.
Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28,39-40
Wherever we are my Beloved and whatever the circumstances, we are called to trust you and always do what is right and good. This is Your assurance to us, if You are my delight then anything I ask for I will receive. This is true. I know it for I have experienced it. You watch over Your own and all that is granted to us as children of God will never be taken from us.
Difficulties will come but our faith will not be shaken and You will grant us all we need and we will be satisfied. One thing to keep ever before us to avoid evil even if it may cost us our life, we must do good always and You will ensure that we live happy, fruitful lives for You Beloved are always faithful.
You are our salvation in difficult moments You come to us and provide help in our need. You rescue us from the snares of the enemy. You save us and shelter us under You wings because we place all our hope and trust in You.
My Beloved, here You dispense the wisdom of God to those who belong to You. We have a mission to fulfill which we must take it seriously and not be haughty about it but gentle meek and humble as sheep among ravenous wolves. Although innocent in the ways of sin and evil like doves, however, we are not to be naive, foolish, simpleminded rather we are called to be clever, shrewd and wise.
You have promised that in this life we will experience persecution, attacks, imprisonment and may even face death because of You but You ask us not to worry or be afraid. We ought not to think up eloquent speeches or prepare an elaborate defense for when the time comes, the Holy Spirit Himself will be our Paraclete, and will inspire us to speak as God wills.
When faced with persecution, we are called to leave the place and go where it is safe continuing to preach and teach by the witness of our lives so that You will be known and glorified wherever we may be.