Friday, August 14, 2015

Joshua 24:1-13, Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24, Matthew 19:3-13


Joshua 24:1-13, Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24, Matthew 19:3-13

Joshua 24:1-13

My Beloved, it is important to recount all that God has done for us it helps to strengthen our faith and it renews our courage in difficult times. There are times in life when it seems that we have never known happiness because our present circumstances are so hard we allow it to cloud our vision.

The leaders of God’s people were constantly recalling all that God had down from them beginning with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his descendants. They told their children and their grandchildren how the mighty hand of God delivered them from the yoke of slavery under the Egyptians, in the desert and the wilderness for 40 years and their entry to the Promised Land. God provided for them every step of the way with food and drink. He accompanied them and fought their battles and he gave them a land that already had everything they needed.
I too can trust You my Beloved. I do. Help me always to see Your hand at work in my life even when nothing seems to be going right. You are my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, I place all my trust in You.

Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24

My Beloved, as the psalmist reminds us God’s loving kindness is not for a day or an hour but it endures forever. This is why we must cultivate a grateful heart thanking God for providing for our spiritual and temporal needs. God fights our battles for us and so we are victorious with the victory won for us through Your merits on the Cross.

You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and yet You humbled Yourself becoming a man, clothed in mortal flesh in order to enter into our humanity and destroy the power of sin and evil that had robbed us of our inheritance as children of God. Thank You Beloved, thank You Father, thank You Holy Spirit Your kindness endures forever.

Matthew 19:3-13

My Beloved, the Pharisees bring before You the sensitive issue of divorce with the desire to test You. You take them back to the beginning to when God created man and woman and made clear His intention that they would have to forsake all others and cling to each other as one flesh. However, the law of Moses permitted them to divorce because of their hard hearts. In fact You tell them that what God has joined together man has no power to dissolve. Should a man divorce his wife and marry another he commits adultery.

The disciples respond that it would be better not to marry, makes clear that marriage to one person for life is hard and perhaps in many instances impossible without the grace that is made available to us in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and is sustained through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.

You then tell us that voluntary celibacy is a gift from God however there are instances where marriage is not possible because they are born a certain way but those who embrace celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven because God calls them to do so.

The Gospel of the day ends with the parents desiring to bring their children to You so You can lay Your hands on them and pray. This is what every parent is called to do – they must bring their little ones to You constantly. There may be some well meaning people like the disciples who might prevent it but that is not what You wish. The childlike are always welcome in Your Presence.

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