Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, October 29
At Every Moment of Our Lives, Our Lord Is Always Knocking on the Door of Our Hearts, Inviting Us to Let Him Enter within Us, So That, Together, We May Be One in His Love.
We hear our Lord saying in today’s Gospel, “…how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!”
– very prophetic words, even in today’s day and age, for there are many countries throughout the world, including the United States, which are losing its sense of religiosity – a recognition of and a need for the spiritual over the secular. And this loss can be very contagious, affecting and seducing the hearts and minds of the individual on a world-wide scale!
Some time ago, I remember reading a quote from a late priest from the Archdiocese of New York, Monsignor Edward Connors, and it is a quote which has stuck with me. He stated, “The clock is ticking in each of our lives, and you never know if it’s midmorning or five minutes to midnight.”
Even my own wife has her own favorite expression which she sometimes uses with our children and grandchildren, “Tomorrow morning is never promised”, reminding them to live moral and upright lives, so that their thoughts, words and actions may be pleasing before God.
Both expressions speak to the same truth – we are mortal beings, and that moment in time when each of us, both you and I, will take our last breath is known only to God.
The gift of eternal life – and it is just that, a most special gift! – is offered to each one of us out of God’s unfathomable and infinite Love for each of His children, regardless of race, creed, the tone of one’s skin color, age, sex, or political persuasion.
How we open our hearts to this greatest of all gifts – eternal life in His Kingdom – a Kingdom which is filled with unimaginable love, peace and happiness – becomes an expression of our love for the God who has created and redeemed us. How we open our hearts to the infinite wonder of this gift may very well determine the doorway through which you and I will pass from this life to the next.
“…how many times I yearned to gather your children together…but you were unwilling!”
As we grow older, we begin to realize that we have less time ahead of us than the years which have already passed, and we begin to think about our own mortality. But for the younger generation, well – that’s another story.
Through the experiences I have had with my own children and grandchildren, and the many stories that other parents have shared with me, the thinking of many of today’s youth is that they have plenty of time. There is no need to worry about the “what if’s” in life – “What if I get sick?” “What if I have an accident?” “What if I should die?”
The list of “what if’s” can seem endless! For many of today’s youth, who embrace the seductions of today’s atheistic culture, their sense of reality is – “What gratification can I realize from the here and now?”
Sadly, the spirituality for many of our youth today, even for many of our adults, is a subject which is in the realm of tomorrow, not today.
For many – thinking about God’s Love, thinking about living one’s faith – takes a back-seat to the seductions of growing up in a world filled with secularistic thinking. Sadly, the secularistic culture promotes – through atheistic governmental intrusions into our personal lives, peer pressure and the liberal media and entertainment industries – the rationalization that exploring one’s own sexual identity is preferred over the concepts of continence and chastity.
Loving and responsible parents and grandparents are always worrying about where their children are and what they are doing. Yet, no matter how misguided some youth may be or what problems they may get themselves into, a parent never stops loving his or her child.
For that child whom we have begotten is physically in our own image. That child whom we raised is a very intimate part of us. And as great as a parent’s love is for his or her child, a parent’s love is but a faint image of the Infinite Love which God has for each of us.
And God’s Love is constantly reaching out to us, guiding us, enlightening and strengthening us against the evils which exists in our world today. And Saint Paul, in our First Reading, is teaching his disciples, and us as well, to stand firm in the face of godlessness, “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil…put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day…”
It is in Jesus’ Most Holy Name that we have been given the gift of our faith. It is in Jesus’ Most Holy Name that we are invited to become co-heirs with Christ in His Father’s Kingdom. And it is in the Most Holy Name of our Lord and Savior that we have been given the grace to open our hearts to the infinite and indescribable Love with which God wishes to fill us and strengthen us against the evils which confront us each day..
In Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, he writes, describing God’s relationship to His children, “If we have died with [Christ] we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”
As parents, we truly never stop loving our children, no matter how much they may hurt us, no matter how much they may sadden us with words or actions. So, too, it is with God, for it is His very nature to always be faithful in His Love for us, even if we, as His creation, should willfully turn our backs on Him.
At every moment of our lives, our Lord is always knocking on the door of our hearts, inviting us to let Him enter within us, so that, together, we may be one in His Love, just as the Eternal Father and the Divine Son are One in their Love for each other.
In God’s Infinite Love, He will always be faithful to you and me, for we are His children and He is our Father.
In our times of trial and difficulty which we face in the world today, may we never hesitate to reach out with the words of today’s psalmist, “Help me, O LORD, my God; save me, in your mercy.”
For our God is a God of Love, and the greatest attribute of His Love, no matter how badly we may have hurt Him, is His Divine Mercy. And His Mercy is ALWAYS ours for the asking!
“What will separate us from the love of Christ?” With a truly contrite (sorrowful) heart, and in the midst of the culture which attempts to seduce and dissuade many from the teachings of our faith, may our answer always be a resounding “NOTHING!”
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities…nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” †
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Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.
Scripture for the Day
- “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!” (Luke 13:34)
- “Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments, but who repays with destruction the person who hates him.” (Deuteronomy 7:9-10a)
- “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? …No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35, 37)
- “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil…put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.” (Ephesians 6:11, 13)
- “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13bc)
- “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17)
- “This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with [Christ] we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:11-13)
- “Help me, LORD, my God; save me, in your mercy.” (Psalm 109:26)
- “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities…nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38a, 39b)
- “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Prayer for the Day
“God, our Heavenly Father,
in my personal walk of faith with which You have blessed me,
nourish me with Your Word of life
and make me one with You in love and prayer.
“Fill my heart with Your Love
and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.
Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness;
give me new life by Your Holy Sacraments,
especially Reconciliation and Eucharist.
“Father, our Source of life,
I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand;
let me walk more readily in Your ways.
Guide me in Your gentle Mercy,
for, left to myself, I cannot hope to do Your will.
“Father of Love, Source of all blessings,
help me to pass from my old life of sin
to the new life of grace, righteousness and joy in Your Love,
in answer to Your invitation to my soul.
“Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom,Anonymous
for I ask all this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen.”