Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, January 22

When We Are Able to Trust in God Without Reservation, It Is Only Then That We Shall Find True Peace and Joy in His Unconditional Love for You and Me, for He Truly Is Our Only Refuge and Salvation.

“My refuge and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in whom I trust…” – words which we just read from today’s Responsorial Psalm, words which speak to us of faith and hope, confidence and trust in a God who truly is our refuge and our fortress, a God who is our deliverer in whom we place all our trust.

One of the great joys I realize in this Evangelization Apostolate of God’s Divine Love and Mercy is being able to speak about the immense Love which God has for all of His children. His is a Love which is truly beyond all manner of human description or understanding. His is a Love which is truly infinite and unfathomable both here and in eternity, for it is a Love which is unconditional. In other words, He loves us even if we fail to love Him, even if we should choose to reject His Love as we walk through life.

With all this being said, what can we say of God’s Love that the human mind can understand? For you and me, it is a Love which accompanies us as we journey through life with all of its immense joys and moments of untold happiness; but, most especially, it is a Love which strengthens and sustains us when we find ourselves journeying through some very profound and sorrowful times, especially when we are faced with crosses which can, at times, seem tremendously heavy and unbearable.

For it is His Love which strengthens us and enables us to accept the burdens which we sometimes face in this life. It is His Love which carries us upon His shoulders when the trials and tribulations of life seem too heavy for us to bear alone.

The faith of David, which we find in our First Reading, was such that he knew he could depend upon God to see him through the darkness which was facing him head-on – a Philistine of such stature that his very presence on the battlefield would cause fear in the ranks of whatever enemy he might be facing on any particular day.

Even Saul was fearful of Goliath’s ability; and in his fear, he failed to trust in God. David, on the other hand, with a heart open to God’s providential Love, replied, “The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear, will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.”

Do you and I confront our fears in life with an unwavering trust in God, or do we sometimes find ourselves standing like Saul, not truly letting go and letting God work through us?

Even in our Gospel today, we become witnesses to the unfolding confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees. The average Jewish citizen would feel intimidated and fearful of the Pharisees, knowing that anyone who conducted himself or herself contrary to the Pharisaic way of thinking could find themselves charged with some violation against the Mosaic Law and be placed on trial before a Jewish tribunal.

Yet, in the midst of the tension which was existing in the synagogue that day, this poor man with a withered hand trusted enough in Jesus to believe that listening to and following our Lord’s request was far more important than succumbing to the fear I am sure he was interiorizing at the time with the Pharisees looking on and judging.

Our trust in God’s loving care, which He has for you and me, allows each of us to feel hope, even in the midst of the anxieties which we experience in this life. For it is God’s Love for His children which overcomes the greatest anxiety and illumines the deepest darkness that can reside within the hearts of man. And God’s Love is a gift unreservedly offered and freely given by our Creator to a world which so badly needs to feel loved.

But since God’s Love is unreservedly offered and freely given, it does require one response from us – that we make a choice: that we freely choose to open our hearts and accept His Love, that we freely choose to embrace His Love and all that His Love entails!

And what does His Love require of us? Love of God and love of neighbor – two surprisingly profound ways of personal behavior which seem so simple on the surface, and yet, something which the world, as a whole, seems unable to accomplish – or even to grasp for that matter!

To love others selflessly and to trust in God unconditionally are two aspects of human behavior which are so difficult for many people to embrace, much less accept.

To trust – and I mean to trust completely in the God who gives us life, in the God who gave us His Only Begotten Son – is to empty oneself completely of ego, to empty oneself completely of pride and self-importance – to let go of what constrains us and what controls us, and to allow the God of Mercy, the God of Love, the God of Compassion to truly take over.

Is it easy? No, of course not! What it does take is a deepening faith and a growing awareness, a growing desire on our part to be ever closer to God – a relationship which God wishes to share with each and every single one of us through the workings of His Most Holy Spirit.

As you and I grow in our personal relationship of love with our Creator, with our Redeemer and with our Sanctifier, may we learn to truly let go of all that inhibits us, of all that prevents us from trusting in the only One who truly knows us better than we know ourselves.

For when we are able to trust in God without reservation, it is only then that we shall find true peace and joy in His unconditional Love for you and me.

In the end, after everything is all said and done, it is up to us to open our hearts to all that He offers, for He truly is our only Refuge and Deliverer – who gives us hope, who give us love, who gives us our salvation!

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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

  • “Blessed be the LORD, my rock…My safeguard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield, in whom I take refuge.” (Psalm 144:1b, 2abc)
  • “[The LORD] will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8b)
  • “David continued: ‘The LORD who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’” (1 Samuel 17:37a)
  • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not. In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy…May your mercy be upon us Lord, as we place our trust in you.” (Psalm 33:18, 22)
  • “God indeed is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid. For the LORD is my strength and my might, and he has been my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
  • “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.” (Philippians 4:13)
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” (John 14:1)

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Prayer for the Day

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life;

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Psalm 23 (Psalm of the Good Shepherd)

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