Posts Tagged ‘God’s mercy and love’


Too often have I gone my own way thinking I knew better than You Lord. After all I am charge of my own life and want to live it as I see fit! I will be no one’s puppet! When things got busy or hard I looked for distractions that which were ‘good’ and pleasing to my eye.  I clothed myself in darkness and hid myself from You in guilt and shame.  I shut my ears and eyes to You, my mouth was sealed with my own pride and I would sing of my own praises from the depths of my insecurity.

Still You looked for and called out to me! You spoke deep into my wounded heart.  Your gentle voice coaxed me and I gave the truth of my heart to You. “O my Jesus, I am so sorry for having sinned against You. Look not on my sins Lord but in Your mercy and love grant me Your grace to be fully united once again with Holy mother Church, Your One Body.” You then covered me with Your light and embraced me with the glowing warmth of Your Love. You commanded my ears, eyes and tongue to be opened so that I can once again glorify You with my body, mind and spirit. By Your grace I live free and I will sing Your praises this and everyday! Oh who am I Lord that You would love be so?

Sweet Jesus my Saviour, shield me from all evil, guard my heart against all temptations. Let me be faithful to Your word and will for me now and forever. Amen

First reading

Genesis 3:1-8 ·

The fall of man

The serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that the Lord God had made. It asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’ The woman answered the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, “You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death.”’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘No! You will not die! God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.’ The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.

    The man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Gospel

Mark 7:31-37

‘He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak’

Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’


Well some of us might have inkling of how it feels having lost some one dear to us momentarily or at a length of time. The panic, the anxiety, all the numerous played out scenarios that goes on in our mind. Where do we go? What should we do? How can we find aand lead them home? Whom do we turn to for help? Then when they are found and come back to us safe and sound, joy fills our heart! What euphoria!
Perhaps through this, we can understand a little better as we glimpse into just how much God our Father truly loves us individually and uniquely? While we cannot fully fathom at this time, the joy and rejoicing that goes on in heaven for one who was lost but now is found again; we can relate through our own experience of such elation!

That is why we must rid ourselves of empty pride or any disillusionment that we are self made men and women and turn to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ with grateful hearts; for in His great love and mercy for us, He has reconciled us to God our Heavenly Father. Through Him alone we have life to the full!

Who am I Lord that You are mindful of me? Thank You for loving me so. Amen

First reading
Philippians 3:3-8 ·
I was faultless according to the Law; but without knowing Christ I was nothing

We are the real people of the circumcision, we who worship in accordance with the Spirit of God; we have our own glory from Christ Jesus without having to rely on a physical operation. If it came to relying on physical evidence, I should be fully qualified myself. Take any man who thinks he can rely on what is physical: I am even better qualified. I was born of the race of Israel and of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents, and I was circumcised when I was eight days old. As for the Law, I was a Pharisee; as for working for religion, I was a persecutor of the Church; as far as the Law can make you perfect, I was faultless. But because of Christ, I have come to consider all these advantages that I had as disadvantages. Not only that, but I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.


Gospel
Luke 15:1-10
There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:
    ‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.
    ‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’


We tend to see more clearly the sins and wrongdoings of others and are rather quick to judge, even condemn. But are we ourselves right before the Lord our God? Have we cast the first stone without first doing a proper examination of conscience? Many have given in to lustful desires be it from watching movies, television, social media, even from reading books of a certain persuasion. Their hearts are tainted and they are blinded by insatiable desires. Others lust for honour and power and will sometimes do anything to have it. Let us NOT cast reason aside, making every effort to turn our eyes to heaven, and Never forgetting its demands of virtue.

Before we spiral out of control let us make every effort to return to Jesus who is not waiting to condemn us but to save us from our sins. Make every effort to contact a priest to make an appointment for the Sacrament of reconciliation if you able to. And if the current situation does not allow you to, then turn your heart to Jesus and pray fervently to Him. And He will grant you, your hearts desire for full reconciliation with Him. Thereafter go and sin no more. Live and love fully in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

First reading

Daniel 13:41-62
Susannah and the elders

Susanna was condemned to death. She cried out as loud as she could, ‘Eternal God, you know all secrets and everything before it happens; you know that they have given false evidence against me. And now have I to die, innocent as I am of everything their malice has invented against me?’
The Lord heard her cry and, as she was being led away to die, he roused the holy spirit residing in a young boy named Daniel who began to shout, ‘I am innocent of this woman’s death!’ At which all the people turned to him and asked, ‘What do you mean by these words?’ Standing in the middle of the crowd he replied, ‘Are you so stupid, sons of Israel, as to condemn a daughter of Israel unheard, and without troubling to find out the truth? Go back to the scene of the trial: these men have given false evidence against her.’
All the people hurried back, and the elders said to Daniel, ‘Come and sit with us and tell us what you mean, since God has given you the gifts that elders have.’ Daniel said, ‘Keep the men well apart from each other for I want to question them.’ When the men had been separated, Daniel had one of them brought to him. ‘You have grown old in wickedness,’ he said ‘and now the sins of your earlier days have overtaken you, you with your unjust judgements, your condemnation of the innocent, your acquittal of guilty men, when the Lord has said, “You must not put the innocent and the just to death.” Now then, since you saw her so clearly, tell me what tree you saw them lying under?’ He replied, ‘Under a mastic tree.’ Daniel said, ‘True enough! Your lie recoils on your own head: the angel of God has already received your sentence from him and will slash you in half.’ He dismissed the man, ordered the other to be brought and said to him, ‘Spawn of Canaan, not of Judah, beauty has seduced you, lust has led your heart astray! This is how you have been behaving with the daughters of Israel and they were too frightened to resist; but here is a daughter of Judah who could not stomach your wickedness! Now then, tell me what tree you surprised them under?’ He replied, ‘Under a holm oak.’ Daniel said, ‘True enough! Your lie recoils on your own head: the angel of God is waiting, with a sword to drive home and split you, and destroy the pair of you.’
Then the whole assembly shouted, blessing God, the saviour of those who trust in him. And they turned on the two elders whom Daniel had convicted of false evidence out of their own mouths. As prescribed in the Law of Moses, they sentenced them to the same punishment as they had intended to inflict on their neighbour. They put them to death; the life of an innocent woman was spared that day.

Gospel

John 8:1-11
‘Let the one among you who has not sinned be the first to throw a stone’

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses has ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What have you to say?’ They asked him this as a test, looking for something to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. As they persisted with their question, he looked up and said, ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Then he bent down and wrote on the ground again. When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained standing there. He looked up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir’ she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ said Jesus ‘go away, and do not sin any more.’