Meditation for the Day

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 7

Whether We Are Experiencing the Wondrous Highs of Interior Peace and Joy or the Tremendous Lows of Sadness and Despair, May Our Journey through Life Always Be Opened and Receptive to the Infinite Wonders of God’s Love.

“To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some.” – words of Saint Paul which we find in our Second Reading today, words which speak of the firmness of his faith in Jesus Christ, words which speak of the hope which filled his heart in the message of salvation and spiritual healing which he brought to all whom his life had touched.

Today’s Readings present us with a dichotomy (a contrast) in the faith which fills the hearts of God’s children. First, we find in Paul a life filled with devotion and joy in spreading the Good News. And, in our Gospel today, we hear of all those who followed Jesus and were healed by His merciful Love, for their hearts were filled with a yearning and a hope which dispelled the darkness which surrounded them.

And secondly, we are presented with Job in today’s First Reading, a man whose faith had succumbed to despair and hopelessness because of his many sufferings. In the midst of his desolation, he states, “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings?”

And he continues to utter words of sorrow, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.”

Oftentimes in life, misery and despondency can have that effect upon a person’s well-being, especially when the heart is void of hope and joy, and the heart seems to experience only sadness and the feeling of hopelessness.

In the depressive state in which we find many cultures in our world today, it is not difficult to see this in many people around us whose lives have been adversely affected by homelessness, unemployment, prolonged illness, the death of a loved one, or the guilt which fills the hearts of many women who have had an abortion, or couples enduring the heartache of separation or divorce. And this is just a small listing of all those conditions which can fill the heart, mind and soul with grief and anguish.

Yet, the one certainty that does exist in this world in which we live is the indescribable Love and the profound and immeasurable Mercy which our Eternal God has for each and every one of His children, no matter in what circumstances we may find ourselves in life, for God’s Love is truly unconditional.

Paul understood this when he wrote, “I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.” For he knew the very Nature of God. He knew that God is Love, and His Love will not be constrained, no matter how depressive or woeful the political and social climate may be in the world, no matter the depths of misery in which we may find ourselves or the conditions in life which we may experience from time-to-time.

Our God is One who will penetrate the deepest darkness of one’s heart, in order to raise that heart to Himself. Our God is One who desires that no one be lost to the everlasting fires of Hell, and that all be found and brought back into the Light of His Eternal Love and Mercy.

For as our psalmist reminds us today, “Praise the LORD, for he is good; sing praise to our God, for he is gracious…He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds…Great is our Lord and mighty in power; to his wisdom there is no limit. The LORD sustains the lowly.”

For each and every one of us today, we need to take that moment in time and experience the wonder of God’s graciousness, His power and His wisdom in our lives!

In doing so, we can begin to reflect upon the wonder of God’s Love as seen in His creation – the splendor of an incredible sunset, the coolness of a summer breeze, the beauty of autumn colors, the freshness of a new coat of winter snow, the joy of new birth in springtime, the intricacies of the human body, the marvels of our own heartbeat, the wonder of creation of new life and childbirth, the awesome beauty of a simple flower, and the immense vastness of the universe itself!

And if we use our imagination, I am sure that we can each reflect upon even more wonders of God’s Presence all around us.

In essence, all of God’s creation is whispering the same message, the message of their Maker – “I am good and beautiful and powerful beyond all understanding”, whispers the Lord through His creatures and all His creation, “and yet, I am here, beside you and within you, sustaining you, and offering you light and life, joy and peace.”

Whether we are experiencing the wondrous highs of interior peace and joy or the tremendous lows of sadness and despair, may our journey through life always be opened and receptive to the infinite wonders of God’s Love, for He is truly at our side always – supporting us, lifting us up, even carrying us when necessary through this vale of tears –

– always remembering our Lord’s words to us, words which are meant to both teach and console, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”

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

  • “To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)
  • “But we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
  • “[Job spoke, saying:] Is not life on earth a drudgery, its days like those of a hireling? …My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; my eye will not see happiness again.” (Job 7:1, 6-7)
  • “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.” (Psalm 46:2)
  • “They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
  • “…I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.” (1 Corinthians 9:19)
  • “…I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.” (John 6:38-39)
  • “How good to sing praise to our God; how pleasant to give fitting praise…He heals the brokenhearted binding up their wounds…Great is our Lord, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure. The LORD gives aid to the poor.” (Psalm 147:1bc, 3, 5-6a)
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments we might not despair
nor become despondent, but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.” Amen.

Saint Faustina (Diary, § 950)

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