Meditation for the Day

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time, January 11

May Our Own Personal Journey of Faith Be One in Which We Faithfully Follow Jesus Christ Throughout All the Days of Our Life in Both the Wonderful Peaks As Well As the Heartrending Valleys through Which We Travel in Life.

Today, we begin a new journey walking with our Lord, for today we enter into Ordinary Time in the liturgical life of the Church – a time during which we travel with our Lord throughout Judea and Galilee, listening to Him preach, witnessing the wondrous miracles which He performs for the sick and the dying, learning from His selfless Love as He embraces the sinners and outcasts of society – all the while slowly progressing towards that fateful day in Jerusalem when He will fulfill the purpose for which He was born in Bethlehem long ago.

Just as Jesus’ life was a journey teaching us about the mind and will of God and His unfathomable Love and limitless Mercy which He offers to each of us, His children, our own individual life is also a journey, a pilgrimage of sorts, one which takes us through many highs and lows, a journey which allows us to experience the wonderful peaks along with some heartrending valleys through which we travel.

The road upon which we find ourselves traveling may sometimes appear level and smooth; at other times, it may be strewn with cracks and potholes. Our journey of faith can also be very much the same. There will be times in our lives when our relationship with God will seem alive and wonderful! But there will also be those times when we feel all alone, as though God has abandoned us.

It is at these lowest moments when we can feel overwhelmed with a great emptiness – a spiritual darkness which seems to envelop us, as though God is no longer listening to our prayers, to our pleas for help. Yet, our faith teaches us that God is always listening and is always at our side.

For we have a God who is not unfamiliar with the trials which we endure. We have a God who chose to embrace our own sorrows and anguish in a very personal way, by coming to us in the Person of Jesus Christ.

For as we hear in the Letter to the Hebrews today, “In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe.”

And as such, the Eternal Son embraced our humanity and suffered in all ways that we suffer, except for sin. God chose to truly embrace who we are by becoming one of us, setting aside the magnificence and wonder of His own Divinity, emptying from Himself His own Glory – because of the Love which God holds for each and every one of us, which is beyond anything we could ever possibly describe or understand.

In order that you and I, today, may be aware of and believe in this profound and immeasurable Love which the Eternal Father has for us, Jesus needed to find a way of conveying the will of His Father. And He did this by first choosing those who would first hear His teachings, and who would then pass them on to others throughout all the generations of faithful who would follow.

In selecting His first disciples, our Lord began the slow process of forming His Church – a Church which would continue to grow throughout the world, a Church which would continue to teach God’s Truth in good times and bad – a Truth which would lift up the hearts of all those who travel through this valley of tears.

And Scripture tells us that Jesus, who is our Divine Bridegroom, loves His Bride, which is each and every one of us as members of the Body of Christ, His Church, with a Divine Love that is indescribable! – in spite of our human weaknesses, in spite of our human flaws and failings at times.

We hear in today’s Gospel our Lord’s words, “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” – believe in the Good News!

And that Good News is this – no matter how difficult our journey in life may be, no matter what sadnesses or difficulties may overwhelm us, God is always with us. He is always at our side, and that the greatest attribute of His Infinite Love is His Divine Mercy.

Our Bridegroom is One who will always support us. He is One who will always lift us up and guide us on each step of our journey on this side of the eternal. He is One who will always be filled with compassion and understanding for the human condition – for He is a God who knows us intimately and calls each of us by name, inviting us to be His disciples, inviting us to follow Him throughout our lives in times of joy and times of sadness.

May our own personal journey of faith be one in which we truly believe in His Merciful Love, and may we follow Him faithfully throughout all the days of our life. For in the end, we shall truly be rewarded by always standing at His side in the life to come!

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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

  • “In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
  • “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
  • “…come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21c)
  • “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • “I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.” (Hosea 2:21-22)
  • “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal God,
Who are the Light of the minds that know You,
the Joy of the hearts that love You,
and the Strength of the wills that serve You.

“Grant us so to know You, that we may truly love You,
and so to love You that we may fully serve You,
Whom to serve is perfect freedom,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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