Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, October 21

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 Journey Through Life.

“God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior.” – the opening verse in today’s Responsorial Psalm, taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, which speaks to us of our dependence and need for God’s Presence in our daily lives.

I am sure that each one of us reading this meditation today can remember those times in our past 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 Divine Will for us.

There have been periods in our life when we have been slaves to sin, and there have been other times when we have been faithful to the Gospel message, realizing and embracing the Truth of our faith in which each of us shares in “the inscrutable riches of Christ”, made known to us through the teachings of the Church and the enlightenments which God’s Spirit has given to us in a very personal and unique way. For 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.”

Through every instance of our lives, whether the circumstances have been good or bad, and whether we realized it or not, God has always been at our side – guiding us, inspiring us, protecting us, truly loving us as only God can.

Even Paul himself was no stranger to this perception of human weakness and human joy when he refers to himself with the words, “To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ…”

And God is saying the same to each one of us, whether young or old, single or married, parent or grandparent – for who has not, at some point, taught some aspect of God’s Truth to our young? What sibling has not helped a younger brother or sister to understand what they were being taught in religious education?

Our journey through this life has not only been a learning experience concerning the ways of this world in which we live, but our journey has also been a learning awareness of the wonders of God!

And in this growing awareness, the question I suppose each one of us needs to ask ourselves is, “What does God ask of me?”

But maybe a better way of wording the question would 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, the Bride of Christ, 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 Throne, so as to take upon Himself our human nature with all of its weaknesses except sin, so as to give Himself completely, to the point of abject humiliation and the horrific sufferings of the Cross, so that He may teach us about the mind and will of God and the wonders of His unfathomable Love and limitless 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 journey through life.

And may we reach out to each other, extending our hearts and our hands as if they were the Heart and Hand 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

  • “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)
  • “To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.” (Ephesians 3:8-10)
  • “This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in him.” (Ephesians 3:11-12)
  • “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)
  • “So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
  • “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)
  • “With joy you will draw water from the fountains of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3)

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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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