Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, January 20

With an Abiding Confidence in God’s Promises and His Loving Presence in Our Lives, May We Always Reach Out for Our Lord’s Mediation on Our Behalf, So That We May Receive His Loving Mercy.

We hear repeated several times today in both our First Reading and the Responsorial Psalm, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

One of the great joys I realize in this Evangelization Apostolate of God’s Divine Love and Mercy is being able to speak about the immense Love which God has for all of His children. His is a Love which is truly beyond all manner of human description or understanding.

His is a Love which is truly infinite and unfathomable on this side of the eternal, for it is a Love which is unconditional. In other words, He loves us even if we fail to love Him, even if we should choose to reject His Love as we walk through life.

With all this being said, what can we say of God’s Love that the human mind can understand? For you and me, it is a Love which accompanies us as we journey through life with all of its immense joys and moments of untold happiness; but, most especially, it is a Love which strengthens and sustains us when we find ourselves journeying through some very profound and sorrowful times, especially when we are faced with crosses which can, at times, seem tremendously heavy and unbearable.

For it is His Love which strengthens us and enables us to accept the burdens which we sometimes face in this life. It is His Love which carries us upon His shoulders when the trials and tribulations of life seem too heavy for us to bear alone.

We are reminded today that we do not travel unaided through life; our journey is not a solitary one, for we have a great High Priest who not only prays for us, He also prays with us and in us! For He is a God who hears our prayers and understands our joys and our sorrows; He is a God who feels our pleasures and our pain. Jesus Christ becomes our Mediator between God the Father and our frail, human condition.

And we witness this in today’s Gospel, for we are reminded that God stands with us against the forces of man, especially when man’s laws run contrary to the Law of God. As our Mediator, He takes our burdens upon Himself, and, in His Infinite Love, He offers us healing of mind, body and spirit. In essence, our Lord offers us Himself.

In our Gospel, we read that it was the day of Sabbath and the Pharisees were watching and waiting to see if our Lord would heal a man suffering with a withered hand.

In the midst of the tension which was developing in the synagogue, Jesus poses to them a question, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” And then, the Scriptures tell us that Jesus looked “…around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart.”

Like the Pharisees, Jesus loved the Law and lived to uphold it. Yet our Lord knew that keeping the Law required love, a key element which was missing in the hearts of those who only lived by its letter and not its spirit. And it was this Love which healed the withered hand; it was this Love which raised the dead and gave hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind!

Most importantly, it was this Love which became the supreme act of healing – reconciling each of us with His Father – as the Eternal High Priest offered Himself up as the ultimate sin offering on Calvary for both you and me. And in this greatest act of self-sacrificing Love, our Heavenly Father was eternally glorified!

We truly DO have a Great High Priest who sympathizes with our human condition. With an abiding confidence in God’s promises and His Loving Presence in our lives, may we always reach out for our Lord’s mediation on our behalf, so that we may receive His Loving Mercy and the grace necessary to bear and fulfill all that He asks of us, in both good times and bad.

For Jesus Christ truly is and always will be our dearest and closest and most intimate Friend and Brother!

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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

  • “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (cf. Genesis 4:18; Psalm 110:4b; Hebrews 7:17b)
  • “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, declared by God high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:8-10)
  • “For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6a)
  • “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.” (Hebrews 4:14-15)
  • “For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf…now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice.” (Hebrews 9:24, 26b)
  • “But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1b-2)
  • “So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” (Hebrews 4:16)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Jesus, our great High Priest,
hear our humble prayers on behalf of Your children.
Give us a faith that is deep, a hope that is bright and firm,
and a burning love which will ever increase
in the course of our continuing walk of faith.

“In our loneliness, comfort us in our sorrows,
strengthen us in our frustrations;
help us to know that it is through suffering
that our souls are purified and made holy in Your sight.

“Be our comfort, be our joy, be our strength,
be our Advocate and Mediator before the Throne of Your Father,
and especially help us to live Your Commandments
as we come to know and love You more each day. Amen.”

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