Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, October 15

We Are All God’s Children, and, in Accordance with His Divine Will, We Are Invited to Live with Him for All Eternity.

“In love [God the Father] destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.”

Our Scripture Readings today begin with the First Chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. In it, we feel as though he is reaching out to each one of us personally, teaching us that we are blessed in Christ, and chosen from all eternity to be holy and adopted children of God the Father.

How often have we ever given any real thought to the fact that each and every one of us is a child of God, and, in accordance with His Divine will, we are called, we are invited to live with Him for all eternity through the Redemptive Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ?

Oh, we are taught it; we hear about it. But I would venture to say that most have never really spent much time contemplating the absolute wonder of it all – the fact that God loves each and every one of us with a Love which beyond all manner of human description or understanding!

For God’s Love is a Divine Love, an Eternal Love which is truly beyond the ability of the human mind to fully grasp or comprehend. Instead, we accept it, we believe it and we depend upon it – especially during those moments in our life when the cross we bear can seem so heavy!

And it is through the faith which we have been taught as small children that we have come to know and believe that God sent His only Son to become one of us, in all ways except sin, so that He might teach us of His Father’s Love, and that he would prove this Love by freely accepting His own Cross – even to the point of pouring out His own Precious Blood through His own Most Sorrowful Passion and Death.

And it is through His Death and ultimate Resurrection whereby we ourselves receive the gift of becoming co-heirs with Christ in His Heavenly Kingdom. It is through the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ Himself – His Passion, Death and Resurrection – wherein we have been given the opportunity of being made clean once again and reborn to a life of holiness, which we once experienced through the cleansing waters of Baptism.

But for all of this to happen for us, this Jesus of Nazareth, who pronounced Himself equal to the Eternal Father, would first have to be arrested, tried, scourged and nailed to a Cross. And as we read the Gospel and better understand the confrontations which were being established between our Lord and the Jewish elders – the scribes and the Pharisees who saw Jesus as nothing more than an itinerant preacher, a blasphemer and a trouble maker for them – we can witness the journey which our Lord was purposely laying out for Himself.

It was a journey which took Him from the humble beginnings of a wooden manger, an animal feeding trough, to the summit of Calvary outside the walls of Jerusalem, a journey which spoke clearly of God’s unfathomable Love which He has for each and every one of us – and the gift of reconciliation and eternal life for all who open their hearts and freely choose to embrace His Love and all that He asks of us as we journey day and night through this vale of tears – here on this side of the eternal.

Faith is a truly most wondrous gift, freely offered by God to all of His children! But how we respond to this gift is determined by our use of God’s gift of free will. We can either choose to turn our backs on God’s gift of faith, or we can choose to pick it up, unwrap this most precious gift and embrace it for all its worth!

As followers, as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ – we are each called to give witness to our faith. We are each called to recognize Jesus in all those we meet; we are each called to imitate Jesus to each other. And we are each called to live all of His Truth, not just those parts we like or agree with.

For this is what it means to truly believe! This is what it means to truly love! This is what it truly means to be holy and to enjoy the fruits which await each of us!

And this is what it truly means to be a faithful Christian in the world in which we live today!

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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 God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:3-6)
  • “In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8a)
  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
  • “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” (1 John 4:10-12)
  • “But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
  • “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he trusted to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:21-25)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Lord…At the moment of Your death on the Cross,
You bestowed upon us eternal life;
allowing Your most holy side to be opened,
You opened an inexhaustible spring of mercy for us,
giving us Your dearest possession,
the Blood and Water from Your Heart.

“Such is the omnipotence of Your mercy.
From it all grace flows to us.

“Be adored, O God, in the work of Your mercy,
Be blessed by all faithful hearts
On whom Your gaze rests,
In whom dwells Your immortal life.”

Saint Faustina (Diary, 1747, 1748a)

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