Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, October 23

May the God of Limitless Mercy and Infinite Love Fill Our Hearts with a Deep Desire to Fulfill His Divine Will in Whatever He May Ask of Each One of Us in Our Unique and Individual Journeys Through Life.

We read in today’s Responsorial Psalm our own need for God’s saving grace in our lives, “Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

I am sure that each one of us reading this today can remember those times in our lives when we had sadly chosen to turn away from our Savior’s Love, times in which our relationship with our God was fractured because of decisions we had made which were contrary to His will for us.

In reflecting upon our First Reading today, we can see ourselves in the words Saint Paul wrote, “But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.”

Through every instance of our lives, whether the circumstances had been good or bad, and whether we realized it or not, as our psalmist reminds us today, “our help” has always been “in the name of the Lord”. God has always been at our side – guiding us, protecting us, truly loving us as only God can. “We were rescued like a bird from the fowlers’ snare; Broken was the snare, and we were freed.”

But even though God has always been our most intimate Companion through life, He never interferes with our free-will; we are still able to say “yes” or “no” – to remain faithful or turn away in unfaithfulness. And our Lord reminds us in today’s Gospel that those who say “no” through their willful unfaithfulness shall be punished “severely”.

When we reflect upon today’s Readings, we begin to realize that our journey through life has not only been a learning experience concerning the ways of this world in which we live, but it has also been a learning awareness of who God is and what it is He is asking from each one of us.

And our awareness is unique for each individual, for each one of us is on a faith journey specifically designed by God Himself, custom made for each person – for God recognizes the strengths and the weaknesses which each of us have.

As Saint Paul tells us in his First Letter to the Corinthians – “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy…But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.”

And what God wishes for you and me to experience in our life of faith is primarily based upon the openness of our heart in prayer, together with what He knows we need and what we are able to handle.

The question I suppose each one of us needs to ask ourselves is this, “What does God ask of me?” But maybe a better way of wording the question should be, “What can I do for God? As a child, as a son or daughter of the Eternal Father, what is it that I can do to be of service to God’s Church, to be of service to the needs of His children in Christ?”

Our faith teaches us that God’s Eternal Son freely set aside the awesome nature of His Divinity, leaving the awesome glory of His Eternal Throne, so as to take upon Himself our human nature, experiencing all of its weaknesses except sin, so as to give Himself completely, to the point of ignoring the humiliation of Roman crucifixion and embracing the horrific suffering of the Cross, so that He may teach us of God’s Divine Love and Mercy, and that we may be reconciled to our Heavenly Father for all eternity!

When we take the time to truly appreciate all that God has done for both you and me, how can we say “no” to whatever He may ask of us? We know and believe that He will bless us with the grace and the strength to complete whatever may be His will for us in our lives – whether we are called to a vocation of being a mother or father, professional or blue collar worker, clergy or religious, married or single.

No matter what our vocation in life may be, God calls each one of us to a life of holiness and to a life of service – whether that service entails parenting skills, or maybe reaching out to others, whether they be sick or imprisoned, naked or hungry, alone or marginalized.

Whatever God may request of us in this life, He gives us the grace to fulfill His will, all in the Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ. And Jesus reminds us today of His expectations in the life of faith we embrace and profess, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

May the God of limitless Mercy and Infinite Love fill our hearts with a deep desire to fulfill His Divine will in whatever He may ask of each one of us in our unique and individual journeys through life.

And may we reach out to each other, extending our hearts and our hands as if they were the Heart and Hands of Christ Jesus Himself, with a selfless giving of love as God loves each of us!

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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

  • “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8)
  • “But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)
  • “We escaped with our lives like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare was broken, and we escaped.” (Psalm 124:7)
  • That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely.” (Luke 12:47)
  • “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48b)
  • “God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior.” (Isaiah 12:2)
  • “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy…But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-10a, 11)
  • “…proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.” (1 Timothy 4:2-4)
  • “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49)

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Prayer for the Day

“Dear Jesus,

help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.

“Flood my soul with Thy Spirit and Love.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly

that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.

“Shine through me and be so in me

that every soul I come in contact with

may feel Thy Presence in my soul.

“Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,

so to shine as to be a light to others.”

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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