Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time, January 14

May the Relationship of Love Which You and I Are Developing with Our God Transform Each of Us Interiorly, So That the Witness Which We Give to the Faith Which You and I Profess Each Day May Be One of True Humility and a Deep Reverence for God.

We read from the Letter to the Hebrews today, “Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God. Encourage yourselves daily while it is still ‘today’…”

Thinking about this verse, it brings to mind a favorite adage which my wife uses with the children and grandchildren at times, “Remember, tomorrow morning is never promised.” – the point being that each day should be lived as if it were our last; each day should be lived caring for our souls and pleasing God, for not a single one of us knows the hour nor the day in which our Lord will call us from this life.

I have mentioned several times in past meditations that life is a journey – a journey in which we grow in wisdom and understanding, a journey in which we grow in the realization that our days here are numbered.

And there is a point in our journey, our pilgrimage of sorts through life, where we begin to realize that the successes and failures which we have experienced throughout the course of our lifetime can influence or have an effect upon who we are as a person, for our character and our personality are molded by the many roads over which we have traveled, the various doorways through which we have passed, and the many peoples we have encountered.

And for those of God’s children who have embraced the gift of faith, our life’s journey takes on an even deeper and richer meaning, for we come to believe and understand that with each and every step we have taken in life, we have never walked alone, for our God is a God who always watches over us and encourages us to invite Him into our lives – in all that we think, in all that we say and do.

Our Responsorial Psalm and the beginning of our First Reading today speak of God’s displeasure with His children for hardening their hearts and their rejection of God’s providential care. With all the wonders which the Jewish people had witnessed against Pharaoh and the Egyptian army, they failed to transform themselves interiorly, opening their hearts and embracing the beauty of God’s loving care for His children.

In their stubbornness and arrogance, they lost sight of their faith; they failed to recognize and appreciate God’s Presence in their lives. And, as a result, their relationship with God suffered miserably, and they felt the sting of His displeasure.

When we reflect upon our own relationship with God, the question begs to be asked – “Is our journey through life and our journey of faith similar to that of our Jewish ancestors, or do we recognize the importance of always keeping our hearts opened to God’s Spirit?”

For those of us who invite God into our lives, seeking His constant guidance and consolation, our walk of faith is strengthened and nourished through both the Word of God and Sacrament, for it is God’s desire to always feed and sustain us.

Spiritually transforming ourselves into the Image of Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to work within us, transforming us into humble and obedient children of our Eternal Father – brings us into a right relationship with the God who has created and redeemed us out of Divine Love.

We read in today’s Gospel, “A leper came to [Jesus] and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, [Jesus] stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’

Our Lord saw into the heart of this man a humility and a respect which the Israelites did not exhibit during the time of Moses. This leper was not arrogant; nor did he take Jesus for granted. Rather, with faith, he humbled himself and prayed, “If you wish, you can make me clean.”

If the Israelites had only humbled themselves, remaining truly grateful for all the wondrous works which God had performed for them, history would have been recorded differently. For, as the Fifty-first Psalm tells us, God will not spurn a humbled, contrite heart. And James tells us in his Epistle, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

May the relationship of love which you and I are developing with our God transform each one of us interiorly – so that the witness which we give to the faith which you and I profess each day may be one of true humility and a deep reverence for the God who loves each and every one of us beyond all human understanding, and who only wishes to bless us with every good gift.

For as Scripture tells us, God truly “…bestows favor on the humble.”

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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

  • “Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God. Encourage yourselves daily while it is still ‘today,’ so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12-13)
  • “You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.” (James 4:14)
  • “Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)
  • “A contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” (Psalm 51:19b)
  • “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6b)
  • “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
  • “…all of you, clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: ‘God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.’ So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:5b-6)
  • “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit; whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God…” (Romans 14:17)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Most Holy Trinity!
As many times as I breathe,
as many times as my heart beats,
as many times as my blood pulsates through my body,
so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your Mercy.

“I want to be completely transformed into Your Mercy
and to be Your living reflection, O Lord.
May the greatest of all Divine attributes,
that of Your unfathomable Mercy,
pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor…

“O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself,
for You can do all things.”

Saint Faustina (Diary, § 163)

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