Saturday, March 29, 2014

Let us strive to know Jesus

Hosea 6:6

"For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."

Abba Father, grant us the grace to know the Heart of Jesus intimately, to love Him passionately and to follow Him everywhere.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Blessed Sacrament is the Throne of Mercy in our midst

"She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured."  (Matthew 9: 21 - 22)

"Those who dare approach my throne of mercy will receive mercy."  I felt these words in my heart one day kneeling close to the Blessed Sacrament.  Kneeling close to the Blessed Sacrament apparently was not good enough.  I must imitate what I notice women and men do.  They walk up right in front of the Monstrance, place their hands on the Monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament and pour out their hearts to Jesus.  Before I felt these words of encouragement in my heart, I too had stood in front of the Blessed Sacrament to ask for special blessings.  But I have not made it a habit.  Those words of inspiration that I felt invite me to make it a habit to approach the throne of grace to find mercy at a time of need.

The woman with the issue of blood in the scripture above (Matthew 9: 21 - 22) felt strongly the unusual and powerful inspiration to touch the cloak of Jesus.  Faith is a response to God's initiative.  God is the source of all inspiration and power.  Because of her profound needs, she succumbed to the pull of this inspiration and dared touch the cloak of Jesus.  The result was instant healing for her.

At the early morning Mass today, I thought of what the woman did.  I will not only touch Jesus in the Eucharist but will receive Him in my hand, my tongue and my heart.  Why am I not healed of my ills and the burdens of my heart?  It is said that man's extremity is God's opportunity and man's security is Satan's opportunity.  Why do we appear afraid to approach God with our desperate needs?  Lord Jesus, grant me the grace always to dare approach your throne of mercy

The Lord our God is Lord alone

"And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12: 33)

There is no God to compare with you, Abba Father!  No money, No technology, No health, No property.  You alone are God and our Father.  We shall not tolerate any idolatry.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Whatever your troubles

"I am the Savior of all people,says the Lord.  Whatever their troubles, I will answer their cry, and I will always be their Lord."  (Antiphon, Thursday 3rd week in Lent)

If today you hear His voice, harden not your heart.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Do not forget the blessings of Jesus

"However, be on your guard and be very careful not to forget the things your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart as long as you live, but make them known to your children and to your children’s children."  (Deuteronomy 4: 9)

The Holy Spirit reminds us of all the blessings of Jesus.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

God provides for all living things

"As the sparrow finds a home
and the swallow a nest to settle her young,
My home is by your altars,
LORD of hosts, my king and my God!
Blessed are those who dwell in your house!
They never cease to praise you."  (Psalm 84: 4 - 5)

Even the tiny and most insignificant birds are provided the best of homes by God - near His altars.  How much more will God take care of us, man and woman created in His image and likeness.  Jesus says to us, no need to fear, worry or doubt, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides."  (Matthew 3: 33)