Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, October 22

May Our Lord’s Presence in Our Daily Pilgrimage through Life Help Us to Persevere in Our Faithfulness, Never Surrendering to the Shadows Which Surround Us, Never Giving-In to the Fears and the Dismays to Which So Many of God’s Children Have Succumbed.

In the Gospel Reading for last Saturday, we heard our Lord warning His disciples, “…whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.”

And in Matthew’s Gospel, we read, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.”

Many people are so overwhelmed by the conditions in which we find ourselves in today’s world – a struggling economy which seems, at times, to be on the brink of collapse, an unemployment rate on a world-wide level which places untold numbers of families in poverty, a culture which embraces same-sex marriage and denies the sanctity of life for the unborn and the aged, and the moral teachings of our faith being disparaged and placed under attack by those who have freely chosen to embrace godless ways!

It is no wonder our Lord once said, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” It is as though a dark cloud hangs over the mind and the conscience of many of God’s children, so much so that the incidence of depression related illnesses are on an ever constant increase.

When I was reflecting on today’s Readings, I began to think about all those whom I know who are filled with despair and sadness, due to circumstances in their lives which have greatly affected them in a negative way. Yet, the theme, which seems to thread itself throughout today’s Readings, is meant to give us hope in the midst of all of today’s difficulties.

And it is Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, who first gives us this hope which each one of us needs, for we find him affirming to the Christian community to which he was writing, “Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more…”

Paul was writing that God’s grace far outweighs any sin. His Mercy prevails over the worst possible transgression we could commit. And God’s Love knows no bounds; it has no limits, if we only allow ourselves to be opened to all that He wishes to share with us.

But for those who sadly close the eyes, the ears and the hearts of their souls to all that God’s Spirit has revealed to us, their action becomes tantamount to being caught up in and being overwhelmed by the darkness which seems to prevail in this world – for we allow ourselves to be seduced by the lies which come from the prince of this world, Satan himself.

However, when you and I take the time in our daily lives to remain focused on what truly matters – our life of faith and our personal relationship with Jesus Christ – then, no matter how dark the skies may become, no matter how overwhelming the shadows of darkness may appear, we know that the Love, Mercy and Grace of Almighty God can overcome any darkness and illumine every shadow!

Our psalmist in today’s Responsorial gives us words of praise and hope when he says, “To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart! …May all who seek you exult and be glad in you…”

It is when we actively seek out God in our lives, it is when we truly place our trust in His Infinite Goodness – that we begin to realize that the shadows of darkness have no place in the life of faith in Jesus Christ which we profess and truly live in our daily lives.

Jesus is always knocking on the door of our hearts. He is always reaching out to us, asking us to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to truly need Him at every moment in our lives.

And for those of His children who have answered His call, for those of us who have opened the door of our hearts and have invited Him in, so that He may become an integral and fundamental part of our lives – we have no reason to fear the shadows, we have no reason to be apprehensive of the darkness which seems to be all around us.

For it is the Presence of Jesus in our lives which becomes the Eternal Light which illumines our way through this vale of tears! And our Lord tells each of us today, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.”

Whether our Lord is knocking on our hearts at the moment of our final hour, or whether He is knocking at each and every moment during our day-to-day activities, when we invite Him in and embrace His Loving Presence, God is the One who will ALWAYS wait on us!

Out of His Infinite and unfathomable Love which He has for you and me, He is the One who will guide us, walk with us on our daily journeys, watching over and protecting us from all harm – because we were vigilant enough to hear His knocking. And because of our belief in His Love, we invited Him into our hearts and souls – welcoming Him and asking Him to become a vital and most important part of our everyday life.

May our Lord’s Presence, in our daily pilgrimage through all that we experience on this side of Heaven, help us to persevere in our faithfulness, never surrendering to the shadows which surround us, never giving-in to the fears and the dismays to which so many of God’s children have succumbed.

And may God’s Presence give each of us the strength to always remain vigilant, not only now, but especially at that final moment when we hear His invitation to attend that greatest of all Wedding Feasts in His honor – the Heavenly Banquet!

For it is in our faithfulness that our place at His table is most assuredly guaranteed!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “…whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:9)
  • “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37-38)
  • “For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8)
  • “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8b)
  • “…where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20b-21)
  • “I delight to do your will, my God; your law is in my inner being! …those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.” (Psalm 40:9, 17a)
  • “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.” (Luke 12:37)
  • “I was sleeping, but my heart kept vigil; I heard my lover knocking…” (Song of Songs 5:2ab)
  • “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

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Prayer for the Day

“Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart,

which no unworthy affection may drag downwards;

Give us an unconquered heart,

which no tribulation can wear out;

Give us an upright heart,

which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.

“Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God,

understanding to know You, diligence to seek You,

wisdom to find You,

and a faithfulness that may finally embrace You.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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