Meditation for the Day

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 17

May Our Hymn to the Paschal Lamb of God Always Be One of Faithfulness to His Will, Never Turning Aside from Him for Our Own Sake, but Freely Choosing to Embrace All that He Asks of Us.

We read in today’s Gospel, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” – an expression which speaks to us of innocence and purity, but most importantly our eternal redemption.

As we reflect upon the Innocent Paschal Lamb and all that He endured for each one of us, how does His life impact upon our own way of thinking and speaking, upon our own way of acting?

For people of faith, for those who listen to His words and take them to heart, for those who contemplate His teachings and the promises He has made to us, our lives are forever influenced and changed by the Sacrificial Lamb, who offered up His life so that we, in turn, may have life.

But we know only too well that many choose not to listen; many choose to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to all that our Lord taught and continues to teach us through the indwelling of His Spirit within our hearts and souls. Many choose to abandon a life of virtue and righteousness, in favor of a life of moral depravity and corruption.

Strong words? – Yes! But if we truly take the time and think about all that has been unfolding over the last several decades, we find within today’s society a moral relativism which has grown and spread like a deadly cancer with a vengeance, a disease of the heart and soul which has given way to political and judicial acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriages, a failure by many to respect the dignity of the most innocent of God’s children still being formed in the wombs of their mothers, a generalized lessening of moral decency as blatantly exhibited in many programs being aired for anyone to watch on television!

And this is just a brief listing of all those behaviors which fracture our relationship with God – a behavior which speaks of arrogance, pride and the unwillingness to listen to the will of God in our lives.

And Saint Paul reminds his readers in our Second Reading today, “The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord.” And he goes on to say, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

And Samuel realized this when he became a disciple of Eli. He chose to follow God and opened his heart to serving His will, no matter where it might lead him. And, in time, he learned to listen to God’s Spirit, following a path of righteousness and pleasing God throughout his own life of faith and service to His children.

Today is no different. You and I are called to live each day as God would have us live it, to live each day in harmony with God’s will. In essence, the expression from today’s psalm “…to do your will, O my God…” means that we must surrender our own ego, our own pride, and realize that we are not the masters of our own destiny, remembering the words of Saint Paul, “…you are not your own.”

For if we wish to embrace the gift of eternal life, then we must set aside all those distractions of the flesh – greed, envy, pride, lust, gluttony, sloth, unjust anger, immoral conduct – all which can separate us from God’s Love, for such distractions are truly lacking in holiness and humility.

And we must learn to listen, to open our hearts and allow God’s Spirit to guide us on the path which leads to personal sanctity and our salvation.

Setting aside our own willful desires and conforming our way of thinking to God’s way is not always easy, for the weakness of the flesh, in whatever form the weakness may take, can truly become overwhelming at times!

Yet, when we surrender ourselves to God with a truly humbled and contrite heart, asking that He strengthen and guide us in our daily struggles through life, He will not only give us the grace to persevere, but He will also give us the grace to overcome the weakness itself and become one with Him.

For as Paul tells us today, we have been purchased at a very high price, and that price was His Blood shed for us on the Cross!

John the Baptist declared in today’s Gospel, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” May our hymn to this Paschal Lamb always be one of faithfulness to His will, never turning aside from Him for our own sake, but freely choosing to embrace all that He asks of us, so that we, too, as His faithful children, may one day reap the Heavenly reward which awaits each of us!

And may we take the words of our Lord found in the Book of Revelation to heart, “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.”

May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep you.

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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

  • “…as [John] watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’” (John 1:36)
  • “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • “The body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord…Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 6:13c, 15a)
  • “So [Eli] said to Samuel, ‘…if you are called, reply, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’’” (1 Samuel 3:9a)
  • “To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!” (Psalm 40:9)
  • “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good spirit lead me on a level path!” (Psalm 143:10)
  • “He crouches, lies down like a lion, like a lioness—who would dare rouse him? The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his feet, until tribute comes to him, and he receives the people’s obedience.” (Genesis 49:9b-10)
  • “And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.’” (Revelation 5:12)
  • “But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
  • “But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • “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)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus, Almighty God,
we commit to You our lives;
do with us as You will,
and make our lives useful to Your service.

“Lord Jesus, Son of God,
the only ambition we have is to humbly
and honestly serve Your holy will.
We want to lift up Your Name Lord Jesus, not ours,
And we wish to make known the power
of Your Most Holy Spirit.

“Lord Jesus, our Savior,
we want You to claim us for Yourself,
and use us according to Your Divine purpose.
And no matter the task You assign to us,
we will be content and full of joy
to fulfill Your holy will.

“Lord Jesus, our Redeemer,
let Your Holy Spirit live in us forever,
and give us purpose and hope, peace and joy.
And may we be blessed with eternal life,
for, without You, our hearts will perish.
We ask all this for the glory of Your Heavenly Father. Amen.”

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