Meditation for the Day

Christmas Weekday (Pre-Epiphany), January 3

No Matter What Joys or Sorrows We May Experience Along Our Journey Through Life, May We Always Remember We Are Truly God’s Children, and He Is Our Most Loving Father.

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.”

If we could truly take the time to meditate upon these words which we find in our First Reading today from Saint John’s First Epistle, what an awesome feeling to know that, even in the midst of our frailties and the weaknesses of our human nature, we have a God who is not some distant Deity who has created the cosmos and all that is in it, and then has left us to fend for ourselves.

Rather, we have a God who wishes to love us intimately and be a part of our everyday lives, a God to whom we can converse on a personal level, and who takes great joy in listening to all that we share with Him.

And through this intimacy of our sharing all that is on our minds and all that is in our hearts, we come to realize that He is a Father like no other! He waits patiently for us to open ourselves up to Him, trusting in His Eternal Wisdom and Goodness, longing for His Eternal and Loving Embrace.

How can we not be thankful to our Lord and Savior for making known to us the absolute wonder of His Father’s Love! And teaching us to call His Father ours!

And can we imagine what life would be like if this Most Loving Father never sent to the world His Only-Begotten Son, to take upon Himself our flesh, being one like us in all ways except sin – and, after His death, taking back and sharing with His Father the wonders of His creation, and all that Jesus experienced as the Son of Man?

For we have a God who truly and intimately understands our human condition – all its joys and wonderful highs in life, as well as the agonizing lows of our own personal sufferings.

One can only guess at the wonder and joy which filled John the Baptist’s heart when He saw Jesus approach Him, and John exclaims, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” And later, he taught his followers, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him…Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

There are two times a year in which our hearts are truly lifted in joy at the wonder of God’s Love for us – Christmas and Easter. And for many people of good heart, we walk through life embracing our faith and looking forward to God’s promise to all who follow His will, with a lasting and enduring hope in His gift of eternal life.

Yet, there is a statement in our First Reading which not only described the conditions of Jesus’ day, but is also very prophetic of the times in which we are living today, “The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

Within the world in which we live today, how often do we witness, within the various news sources available to us, sectarian violence between peoples of different faiths or ideologies. And in cultures which are more aligned with the thinking of secular atheism, those who profess themselves as Christian are beginning to feel a sense of harassment or discrimination for desiring to live their faith and beliefs openly.

In a very real sense, the world does not know us because it does not know Him. And in a past article in “USA Today”, it reported that many people were interviewed who stated they live their lives never thinking about God, nor do they have any desire to practice the faith of their parents.

Yet, for those who do know Him, we know we are His children and He is our Dearest and Most Loving Father who will never abandon us in our need, who will always lift us up to Himself, who will always give us His Spirit to remind us of the wonders which await all who remain faithful to the teachings of His Son – our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May the spirit of Christmas – the true wonder of selfless Love given to us by Divine Love, Himself – remain within our hearts each and every day as we journey through life.

And no matter what joys or sorrows we may experience along this journey, may we always remember we are truly God’s children, and He is our Most Loving Father, who has known and loved both you and me from all eternity.

In His Divine Love, and in His Divine Mercy, may we always place our total and abiding faith and unquestioning trust!

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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

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Prayer for the Day

“O Lord God, my Father, my Savior and my dearest Friend,

I pray for the grace and the strength

to remain faithful to Your teachings

and to the Sacramental life of the Church.

“Help me to persevere in the commitments

and promises I have made to You.

Give me the fortitude to live up to the vocation

I received during my Baptism as Your faithful child.

“Help me to place love and service to You

before all else in my life,

remaining true to Your Truth,

not abandoning myself to the lies and deceits of Satan.

“Grant me the grace to be a holy example for others,

never abandoning Your laws for my own sake.

May I be a model of faithfulness and selfless love,

giving You honor and glory both now and forever. Amen.”

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