Thursday, May 7, 2015

Acts 15:7-21, Psalm 96:1-3, 10, John 15:9-11


Acts 15:7-21, Psalm 96:1-3, 10, John 15:9-11

Acts 15:7-21

My Beloved, Peter reiterates what the Apostles and earliest disciples knew quite well, that of the 12 You chose Peter to be the Rock, he was to be Your Vicar on earth and the visible head of Your Church. We hear the Good News not only through the Gospels but from Peter as well who guides the Church. The Holy Spirit is not restricted to a select few but is Your awesome Gift to all who believe with no discrimination. In Baptism we are made the children of God we are saved through the immeasurable merit that You won for us and the infinite grace poured upon all those who believe in Your Name.

To all who preach the Good News God will work through signs and wonders for the Father desires that all may come to know Him and You whom He sent. To all who believe is given the Holy Spirit who comes from You and reveals the secrets of the Kingdom of God.

The only reason for these restrictions that James put forth for non-Jews who have embraced Christianity is to avoid scandalizing the ultra conservative Jews who had become Christians. It was all still very new and the Church to this day has always been most sensitive and thoughtful of all her children.

Psalm 96:1-3, 10

My Beloved, truly we ought to rejoice always for all that the Father has done for us through You. Thank You for Your reign upon the earth. In His perfect time God will bring all things under Your rule and command; for Lordship has already been given to You. In the end all will bow down and worship You as Lord, Savior and Redeemer of all mankind.

John 15:9-11

My Beloved, there are no degrees to the love God has for You and for us. As the Father loves You He loves us it is an unfathomable love and it is a mystery that He loved us even while we were still sinners. The intensity of Your love for the Father is also the same as Your love for us who have been redeemed and sanctified by Your great Sacrifice.

Obedience in all things will keep us united to You. It is a choice we make over and over again for as long as we are alive. Only in You Beloved is our joy made complete because You alone give meaning and purpose to our life. Thank You.

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