Friday, September 25, 2015

Haggai 2:1-9, Psalm 43 1-4, Luke 9 18-22


Haggai 2:1-9, Psalm 43 1-4, Luke 9 18-22

Haggai 2:1-9

My Beloved, I claim these promises that the Lord has made to the people of Israel through the prophet Haggai for myself, “Do not be discouraged. Begin to work, for I am with you, says the Lord. Do not be afraid for my spirit is in your midst.” And again, “In this place I will give peace.”

I am grateful to You my Beloved for new beginnings. Once again I surrender my whole life into Your hands and I ask that You direct me through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Use me in whatever capacity You will no matter how small or inconsequential it may be in the eyes of the world. Just use me but remain with me as I pledge to remain in You. 

Psalm 43 1-4

You my Beloved are my God, You are my stronghold. With You beside me I will rejoice. No more mourning I shall not fear the enemy. I will not permit the enemy to oppress me because You my Lord are with me. Your light and Your truth are in my heart to guide me and lead me to the place where You dwell.  You are reason for my joy. You put a song of praise and gladness in my heart. My soul shall exult in You all the days of my life.

Luke 9 18-22

My Beloved, prayer is the lifeline that connects us to You and to heaven. Even in the midst of a crowd we can still be alone with You linked to You, talking to You. The world knows You in one way and those who are members of Your Body know You in a radically different way. It is for each one of us to live in such a way that people will recognize who You really are just as Peter testified, “The Messiah of God.”

However, we must always remember that the servant is not greater than the Master and all that You endured in the world is to be our lot as well. Our hope though lies in Your Resurrection. If You shared in our death You promises that we will have a share in Your Resurrection. In this world we may suffer persecution, rejection and some of us may have to lay down our lives should You ask it for the sake of the Gospel but the glorious truth is that we will be raised to life in You. Death does not have the last word – You do – the Eternal Word.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ezra 9:5-9, Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8, Luke 9:1-6


Ezra 9:5-9,  Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8, Luke 9:1-6

Ezra 9:5-9

Verse 6 

I said, “My God! I am ashamed and confused, my God, I do not dare raise my eyes to you for our sins have increased over our heads and our crimes reach up to the heavens.

My Beloved, the lament of Ezra is our own today. The sins of the world rise up and call Your judgment upon us. We deserve to Your punishment. We deserve to be annihilated for our wickedness has fouled up Your beautiful creation. Yet, You do not punish us according to our guilt even though we deserve it from the greatest to the least You continue to show us mercy and compassion. We praise and thank You for those who although in the world have remained incorruptible. Thank You for the remnant that continues to be faithful and offer and exemplary witness of how to live godly lives in a fallen world. Count me too my Beloved among the faithful and grant me the grace to also shine my poor, feeble light which is only a reflection of Your Light.

Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8
My Beloved, we exult because You are a faithful God. Despite our iniquity, despite the fact that You chastise us for our sins yet You are merciful, loving and tender. You do not condemn us but lead us as a loving Father. Thank You for not treating us as we deserve but for constantly granting us Your saving help. May my life be one of constant praise and thanksgiving for all You have done for me. Give me a grateful heart so I may always speak of all the ways in which You have blessed me. 

Thank You my Beloved.

Luke 9:1-6

My Beloved, here is a blueprint for all missionaries – all who are baptized. It will do us well to always remember that it is You who call, You who empower, You who send with a specific task. You who instruct us on how to prepare, what to carry and how to conduct ourselves. Our response is to surrender completely to Your will and allow Your Holy Spirit free rein as we go about doing what You call us to do everyday faithfully. We cannot do it on our own and so You heap grace upon grace in the Sacraments which is the source of all grace. Thank You.

Friday, September 11, 2015

1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-14, Psalm 16:1B-2A, 5, 7-8, 11, Luke 6 39-42


1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-14, Psalm 16:1B-2A, 5, 7-8, 11, Luke 6 39-42

1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-14

My Beloved, grace, mercy and peace are the Father’s gift to me through You. I am a true daughter in the faith because it is the good pleasure of the Father to grant me this privilege since I am grafted to Your Body and You are His First Born Son.

You are my strength. You took pity on this poor miserable sinner who deserved eternal death and gave me new life by entering into my death. Thank You for the abundance of grace You make available to me from the rising of the sun until its setting because You love me. I believe, I hope and I trust in You my Lord and my God.

Psalm 16:1B-2A, 5, 7-8, 11

My Beloved, You are my refuge, my hiding place. I come to You for deliverance and You save me. You feed me on the finest wheat and fill my mouth with the sweetest honey. You hold me secure in Your hand. You Holy Spirit makes my body His temple and instructs me night and day so I will not put one foot astray. You lead me and guide me, You live in me, You make Your home in me. No harm shall come to me for the Lord my God is above me, below me, around me, and within me. In You I will know joy and peace all my days. Thank You.

Luke 6 39-42

My Beloved, You are not afraid to call out our sins and our offences like You do in these verses. Unless I know myself as I am I will never be able to weed out all that is unworthy of a child of God. Help me to hold the mirror of truth before my soul and to see there all the wickedness that lies within me. Only through brutal honesty and my own myriad weaknesses, faults and failings can I hope  to bring them before Your infinite mercy and beg for help to rid myself of them.

Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. Help me to overcome my faults and my concupiscence to sin and instead of nit picking the faults of others help me to correct my own. Thank You.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Colossians 3:12-17, Psalm 150: 1-6, Luke 6:27-38


Colossians 3:12-17, Psalm 150: 1-6, Luke 6:27-38

Colossians 3:12-17

My Beloved, this beautiful letter of St. Paul to the Colossians shows us how to live and reflect Your life and light in the world. If I take my call as Your disciple and follower seriously then I must be like You. I must always show the same compassion, kindness, humility, patience and meekness that You show to all friend, stranger, and foe alike. I am called to forgive as often as I have to without keeping count, without resentment, without being judgmental.  None of this is possible without love. Your love in me is what unites me to all the members of Your Body in perfect unity. Peace flows from You who are the Head to each of its members. I am called to be thankful in all circumstances – a grateful heart is pleasing to God.

You are the Eternal Word of God and if You dwell in me in fullness then I will be able to do all that God requires of me every moment of every day. Help me Beloved with the graces You so readily make available to me every day.

Psalm 150: 1-6

My Beloved, the psalmist says  , “Let everything that breathes sing praise to the Lord.” May every breath I breathe give You glory. Let every heartbeat, every pulse  beat, every thought, every deed, and every word give You praise my Lord for as long as I live. Amen.

Luke 6:27-38

My Beloved, truly we live in a sinful world and we are sinners. All that You ask us to do in these verses is difficult and some more difficult than others. Yet, this is what You ask of us. It is a slow, uphill, struggle my Lord and it cannot be accomplished overnight. It is a battle against ourselves, the world, and the devil. We may succeed sometimes in some and fail miserably over others. This is a battle that is fought over a lifetime and is possible only with grace received through prayer, self discipline and frequent reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.

I cannot do it on my own my Lord. Help me. Send Your Holy Spirit with power so I can receive the grace I need. My own sinful self and its evil desires fight against my good intentions. Teach me not to keep a catalogue of offenses but to forgive quickly and completely. I want You to be merciful to me my Lord but I must first show mercy so mercy be shown to me.

Jesus meek and humble of heart make my heart like unto Thine. Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Colossians 3:1-11, Psalm 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13, Luke 6:20-26


Colossians 3:1-11, Psalm 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13, Luke 6:20-26

Colossians 3:1-11

My Beloved, St. Paul does not mince his words in these verses. A true follower strives to live from moment to in imitation of You putting to death all that is sinful in us all earthly desires. We are called to be in the world but not of it. Our witness in our daily lives must be so powerful that all who see us see You in us. I am hidden with You in God. This is awesome and I must be aware of this truth. No evil can touch me, no harm can come to me. Your glory will be my glory when I am called from this life to eternity with You.

Help me Lord to strive faithfully to put to death all the sinful ways in me I implore You. I am a new creation in You my Beloved, help me never to forget it.

Psalm 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13

My Beloved, all my experience of You from the moment I first drew breath has taught me that I can trust You for You are faithful. Your love is everlasting. I will praise You with every breath I breathe. I will extol Your Name for You are great and worth of worship, adoration, thanksgiving and love.  All that You have created glorifies You and I do too my Lord and my God.

You are true to every promise You have made. Thank You my Beloved for Your kindness and faithfulness to me and mine.

Luke 6:20-26

My Beloved, I am Your disciple. I am a member of Your Body, the Church You founded on Peter the Rock.  So these verses are addressed to me. Help me not to complain when life does not go as I would like it to rather help me to remember that all things work for God for those who belong to You and that I can do all things in You who give me strength.

I am not called to be liked by everyone rather I am called to do the will of God every moment of my life.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart make my heart like Your Own. Amen.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Micah 5:1-4A, Psalm 13:6, Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

 The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Micah 5:1-4A, Psalm 13:6, Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

Micah 5:1-4A

My Beloved, You are Peace and You are Emmanuel God with us. God Himself ordained that You would come into the earth through the Virgin Mary and become the means by which all mankind who was separated from Him through original sin would become reconciled to Him in and through You. Our exile has ended and the gates of heaven are thrown open to us again and we are all invited to enter through You.

Mary’s whole life was a yielding, a submission, an obedience in perfect humility to the will of God. Today  as the Church celebrates the dawn of salvation through her birth grant that we may strive to imitate her, beg her intercession to help us to navigate this valley of tears with confidence in the merits that You, her beloved Son won for us on the Cross. O Good Shepherd and my Redeemer despise not my prayers but answer me. Amen.

Psalm 13:6

My Beloved, “I will put my trust in Your unfailing love, my heart will rejoice on seeing Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.”

Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

In these few verses my Beloved, the whole plan of God is revealed beginning with Abraham and ending with Your birth. You pierced time and space at the will of the Father in order to redeem us and to regain what we had lost through sin.

Mary , Your Mother was born immaculate without the taint of original sin through the merits of her First Born Son and Savior. You gave her to us as our Mother as well as You hung dying on the Cross. She has never failed me and she never will for Your sake.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Colossians 1:24—2:3, Psalm 62:6-7, 9, Luke 6:6-11


Colossians 1:24—2:3, Psalm 62:6-7, 9, Luke 6:6-11

Colossians 1:24—2:3

My Beloved, St. Paul tells us many important things that we must bear in mind as we journey to You and the Kingdom.  Suffering is part of our Christian calling in imitation of You who suffered for our sake. If we share in Your Resurrection then we must also share in the Cross through which You obtained for us redemption and pardon for all our sins. Suffering has value. Suffering has power to purify us, prune and trim us and helps us to become more like You. The mission entrusted to Paul is in some measure entrusted to all who believe in You – to make the Word of God fully known from one generation to the next. That Word that was hidden for so long and was made manifest in You.

Every day I am called to do my part in making known the Word of God. I am called to strengthen the weak, the teach the ignorant so we may all grow in Your perfection. I am weak Lord. I am a sinner. I cannot do it alone. Help me. Establish me in Your love and obtain for me all that I need from Your vast treasury of wisdom and knowledge. Amen.

Psalm 62:6-7, 9

My Beloved, the psalmist reminds me today not to put my hope in any created thing but in You alone for in You is perfect rest. You are my Rock, my Fortress, my Stronghold, and my Deliverer I take refuge in You and no evil shall ever prevail against me for I am wholly Your own.

I will trust You. I will run to You. I will hide in Your Sacred Heart. I will pour out my troubles to You and from I will receive all the help and comfort I need. Sacred Heart of Jesus in You alone I place my hope and my trust.

Luke 6:6-11

My Beloved, what is my own attitude when I come to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Am I like the Pharisees? Critical, fault finding, judgmental, narrow minded, knowing the letter of the law but missing its spirit completely.  Or am I paralyzed with sin like the man with the withered hand? In either case my Lord I need Your pardon, Your healing, Your forgiveness and restoration to good health in mind, heart, soul, body and spirit.

Everyone knows my Beloved that doing good and helping another takes precedence over any law no matter how noble.  We so readily and willingly accuse each other yet withhold judgment on ourselves. Teach me to be merciful so that mercy be shown to me. Heal me Lord and having been made whole help me in turn to become a source of healing and blessing to others.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 146:7-10, James 2:1-5, Mark 7:31-37


Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 146:7-10, James 2:1-5, Mark 7:31-37

Isaiah 35:4-7a

My Beloved, thank You for these timely words of hope and comfort to all who are afraid which give me peace. “Have courage, do not fear.” You are Jesus, the God who saves, the God who rewards, the God who is the Son of Justice. You give sight to the blind, You open the ears of the deaf, You make the lame leap, walk and dance for joy. From You flows streams of life giving water and what once seems dead now teems with life. Thank You for every grace and blessing that You make available to me each day through the worthy reception of Your most precious Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist.

Psalm 146:7-10

My Beloved, I rejoice because You are a faithful God in whom I can take refuge. The psalmist repeats all that  the prophet has said. You give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, You set free those who are enslaved. You open our eyes and ears to the Truth and You are close to those who have no one to care for them the widow and the orphan. I know that I can count on Your protection because You love me.

James 2:1-5

My Beloved, it has always been Your way as St. James reminds us to offer Your special protection to the poor, the outcast, the sinner and the marginalized. Help me not to have double standards Lord. Give me a heart like Your for those who are suffering. Help to share what You have so generously given me. The Kingdom belongs to all who desire it and strive to do Your will in all things. Jesus, meek and humble of heart make my heart like unto Thine.

Mark 7:31-37

My Beloved, You come looking for those who are in need of Your saving grace and help. You come looking for the sinner. Come to Me Beloved. Put Your fingers in my ears that I may always hear Your voice clearly and obey. Touch my tongue with spittle and release it so it may ever sing Your praise. Open my whole being to receive all that You have to give me and may Your grace flow out from me to touch everyone I encounter this day. May I never stop telling of Your goodness to me and let all who hear me give Your praise as well. You my Beloved truly do all things well.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Colossians 1:21-23, Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8, Luke 6:1-5


Colossians 1:21-23, Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8, Luke 6:1-5

Colossians 1:21-23

My Beloved, St. Paul reminds me that before my personal encounter with You I was a separated from You because of my many sins but now  that You have reconciled me and incorporated me into Your Body I am now one with You. Now this truth must enable me to stand before You without fault or blemish, holy and blameless through the merits that Your death won for me on the Cross. Faith is Your gift to me grant that I may never waver in it may I remain firm in my hope in You no matter what perils I may have to face in this life. Enable me to find comfort and strength in Your  Word which is unchanging and which gives me life. Thank You.

Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8

My Beloved, Your Name Jesus means one who saves. Save me Beloved from my own wickedness and weakness from the snares that the devil sets for me. Hear my prayers as I cry out to You night and day. Make haste and save me lest I lose my soul. You are my Helper, my Strength do not abandon Your servant who is helpless without You. I in turn will praise You with every breath I breathe and offer to the Father the only Sacrifice pleasing to Him the Sacrifice of Your life on the Altar of the Cross in order that I may receive Your life. Amen.

Luke 6:1-5

My Beloved, You are Lord. God has ordained that You are above and before all created things both visible and invisible. You are His First Born. You are the Savior of the world Lord of Lords and King of Kings Your rule is over all. You showed us that love, mercy and compassion comes before customs, rules and traditions. Love and mercy must precede all else.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Colossians 1:15-20, Psalm 100:1-5, Luke 5:33-39


Colossians 1:15-20,  Psalm 100:1-5, Luke 5:33-39

Colossians 1:15-20

My Beloved, to St. Paul was given the most astounding spiritual insights which he shares in his letters and we too are able to grasp, if dimly, all that the Father has made possible through You His Beloved Son. No one has seen God but having seen You we have seen Him for You are the Image of the Unseen God. Born of God and conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mother You are rightly the First Born of all that is created visible and invisible. All that is, was and shall be is subject to You and to Your good pleasure. All things are held in perfect unity in You. The Church is Your Body of which each of the baptized in You are its members and You its Head.

You came into the world at the will of the Father to reconcile sinful, fallen man to God. You died a death that was ours in order that through Your glorious Resurrection we too will receive new life in You. You are the first of all; in You dwells the fullness of God and through You all is made pleasing to the Father since we are all held in You. Through the shedding of Your most precious Blood on the Cross You established peace between God and man – the same peace that is in heaven is ours. Thank You.

Psalm 100:1-5

My Beloved, we were created to offer God unending praise, thanksgiving and worship for all that He has done for us through You.  We are Your people, the sheep of Your flock; redeemed by Your Blood You have won for God people from every land and nation – people who once lived in darkness now walk in the light of Your Truth and Your love.

Thank You for Your faithfulness every morning and for Your love and goodness at the close of each day. I love You.

Luke 5:33-39

My Beloved, we cling to old ways, old customs, old meaningless traditions, and we refuse to give way to what is new although it is good and of far greater value. Here You warn us against doing things simply because that is the way it was done in the past even if they serve no purpose. You came to show us a new way, a way that leads to freedom, joy, and peace. We are asked to keep in mind just two commandments love of God above and before all else, and next, love of neighbor as ourselves. This is all we need to remember and to practice in order to be pleasing to God.

You came into the world to show us the way to the Father’s house and You gave us Your Holy Spirit to make it possible to get there. You gave us the Sacraments especially Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist to enable us to begin anew no matter how many times we fall and no matter how grievously and then to eat Your Flesh and drink Your Blood so we may have everlasting life.

Thank You my Beloved.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Colossians 1:9-14, Psalm 98:2-6, Luke 5:1-11


Colossians 1:9-14, Psalm 98:2-6, Luke 5:1-11

Colossians 1:9-14

My  Beloved, every prayer that St. Paul is praying for the Colossians is a prayer which is for me as well. I claim it for myself and I ask that You may grant it in order that I may be pleasing to you in all things. Grant my Beloved that I, slowly but surely, attain the full knowledge of Your will through all the gifts that the Holy Spirit generously pours out on all who ask in Your Name, especially the gifts of divine wisdom and spiritual understanding. May my lifestyle be a witness to what I confess I believe and worthy of a child of God. Grant that I bear good fruit through every action, fruit that will last.

I am weak Lord. I am buffeted on every side by my own feelings which tend to bear me down and I am easily discouraged. Grant me Your strength. Grant me the wisdom to draw on the infinite graces and merits that You grant me during the daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist where I feed on Your Flesh and drink Your Blood which gives me life. Grant me endurance and perseverance in joy as I live out every moment under the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 98:2-6

My Beloved, our lives are so much more than the small boundaries within which we hem ourselves in. You have set us free from the slavery of sin and from our self absorption. You give us a wide and glorious vision of our destiny. We are saved and man, woman and child from the first to the last in every age and in every generation.  God has revealed His love for us in You, He did not spare His only and most Beloved Son but sent You into the world to become the Victim for our sins and the means by which we could return to the Father’s house.

We ought to exult all our days and every moment at the marvelous things that You have obtained for us. Grant me this grace to make melody to you all my waking hours and asleep may my spirit and my soul take up the melody and songs of praise.

Luke 5:1-11

My Beloved, the people who are listening to the Word of God are unaware that the Person who is speaking to them is in truth the Eternal Word of the Father in whom and through whom all things came to be. We are told that there are two boats and that You chose to enter the boat belonging to Simon Peter which is significant for this is the boat which represents the Church and the fullness of Truth. All that is taught from here is what has issued forth from the Word of God who will remain with the Church until the end of time and preserve her from teaching error.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Colossians 1:1-8, Psalm 52:10-11, Luke 4:38:44


Colossians 1:1-8, Psalm 52:10-11, Luke 4:38:44

Colossians 1:1-8

My Beloved, Your grace and peace are the gifts of the Father to me. The Word of God abides in me and bears fruit ever since I first received and accepted it. You have sent many ministers of Your Word to teach and instruct me especially through the Sacraments that You instituted. Your peace is eternal and abides in all who know You, love You, serve You and are obedient to Your will.

Continue my Beloved to dwell in me and may Your Word grant me the courage I need to live every moment in perfect submission to Your holy will. 

Psalm 52:10-11

I am as a green  olive tree that thrives in the house of God: I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.
Thank You my Beloved for these beautiful words that give me peace and encourage me. I will trust in You for Your love is everlasting and You are worthy of trust. May my lips speak of Your goodness always.

Luke 4:38:44

My Beloved, You were constantly fulfilling the mission on which the Father sent You. Simon’s mother in law is sick with a high fever and they asked You to do something for her. Rebuking the fever which left instantly she got up and served You and those with You. I too have been healed and now I am called to serve. You spent Yourself until sunset doing the Father’s work and at dawn You needed to spend time alone with Him, One with Him in order to glory and bask in Your love for each other. It is love that enabled You to go from one town to another resting briefly and moving on. You did not wait for appreciation nor would You let anyone slow and bog You down. You had to touch, teach and preach to as many as possible during Your brief mission before laying down Your life for us.

Grant me the grace to be rooted in You always so I can draw from You all the grace, courage and strength is need from moment to moment.  Amen.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11, Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14, Luke 4:31-37


 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11, Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14, Luke 4:31-37

1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11

My Beloved, once again St. Paul speaks of the Parousia. We know You will come again this is certain only the day and the hour is not known to us. It will come like a thief in the night and we are warned to be alert and ready when You come in glory, power, might and majesty to judge the living and the dead. As long as we live in Your light Beloved that day will not take us by surprise for we are always ready. 

Keep me from grave sin My Beloved. Set the Holy Spirit as a guard over my thoughts, my tongue and my actions. I have a specific work to do, a mission to accomplish now although it is not very clear what exactly it is You require of me. Strengthen my faith, deepen my love, rekindle hope so I may enter into life with You. Help me to encourage and help others without condemnation just as You encourage and help me without condemnation.

Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14

The Lord is my light and my salvation
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the rampart of my life;
I will not be afraid.

My Beloved, I adore You. I thank You for all the encouragement I received today may I encourage others as well. I thank You for the hope I have of eternity in Your Presence with the Father and the Holy Spirit, with Mother Mary and all the angels and saints.  Thank You for giving me a foretaste of heaven in the Eucharistic and in Your Eucharistic Presence.

Luke 4:31-37

My Beloved, once again You reveal that You are God and have power and authority over all things visible and invisible. The people had never heard Scripture preached and taught like You – it was familiar yet different.  Then You demonstrated that power and authority my driving out an evil spirit. Even the demons recognized You as the Holy One of God. The miracle performed was in order that the people might come to recognize You as the Son of God, the long awaited Messiah.

News of You spread everywhere. Am I spreading news of You wherever I go Beloved? Help me!