Meditation for the Day

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 14

Only with a Heart Which Is Opened and Receptive to the Gift of Faith with Which God Has Blessed Us Can We Truly Praise the Wonder of God’s Limitless and Unfathomable Love and Mercy!

We read from the First Letter to the Corinthians today, “…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

For people of faith, for all who live this life focusing on the will of God for themselves, we learn that we have no real and lasting control over anything that happens on this side of Heaven, and that God desires that we surrender our will to His, turning everything over to His providential care for us.

I have mentioned several times in past meditations that life is a journey – a pilgrimage of sorts in which, for all those whose hearts are open, we grow in wisdom and understanding, a journey in which we grow in the realization that the life we live, no matter how many years with which we may be blessed, is truly not to be lived for ourselves, but rather for the God who created us.

In this journey we travel over the course of our lifetime, we will experience many wonderful highs as well as some tremendous lows. We shall have memories which will give us great joy, and others which shall cause us to experience sadness and grief.

But for people of faith, on each occasion, on each step we take in our process of growing and learning, we realize that God is always with us in both the good times and bad, for He is a Most Intimate and Loving Father, who watches over His children in ways which we cannot even begin to understand or describe.

For when we begin to embrace the gift of faith, our life’s journey takes on a deeper and richer meaning, for we come to believe that our God, who always loves and guides us, also encourages each of us to invite Him into our lives – in all that we think, in all that we say and do.

It is within such an intimate relationship to which our God calls us to have with Him that Paul’s words truly begin to take root in the faith we are called to live daily, “…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God”

We find in today’s First Reading how the Mosaic Law was structured to protect those who were healthy from those who had a communicable disease, for leprosy was very contagious and a disease for which there was no cure at the time. As a result, there was a need to segregate those afflicted from those who were not.

And, as is oftentimes the case, the physical ailment would be compounded with feelings of emotional and psychological suffering, for human contact with those suffering from leprosy was forbidden, much as it sadly is today for those who are afflicted with the COVID-19 viral pandemic and are hospitalized.

For, in many cases, the family is not allowed to visit the patient, even if the patient is dying. It is a physical loneliness for those who must die alone without their loved ones at their side.

In today’s Gospel, we read how one such person with leprosy came forward to Jesus, undoubtedly from despair, and the Scriptures tell us, “A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’”

To better understand and appreciate this particular scene, we have to mentally place ourselves there almost two thousand years. In doing so, we can better realize that, despite the desolation and misery he was emotionally feeling, his humble faith gave glory to God in a far greater way than the many clean who were standing near our Lord at the time.

And the Scriptures tell us, “Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ Our Lord saw into his heart and was moved by the depth of his faith. In the humility of the cross this leper was bearing, God was moved – and was glorified.

This leper’s life was spent alone, separated from those whom he loved; yet, God never abandoned him. And, in God’s Love, the leper was inspired to approach our Lord – not in arrogance, not in anger, but in a humility which deeply moved the Son of God, Himself.

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.”

For only with a humble heart can we truly give God glory; only with a heart which is opened and receptive to the gift of faith with which He has blessed us can we truly praise the wonder of God’s limitless and unfathomable Love and Mercy!

May the relationship of love, which you and I are fostering 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 of us beyond all human understanding, and who only wishes to bless us with every good gift.

And may our life of faith echo the words of today’s psalmist, “Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.”

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

  • “…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31b)
  • “[An angel] said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory…’” (Revelation 14:7a)
  • “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the LORD, and I will change your lot.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14a)
  • “A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.” (Psalm 51:19b)
  • “…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)
  • “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)
  • “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe, cry out: ‘To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.’” (Revelation 5:13)
  • “…mercy surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; exult, all you upright of heart.” (Psalm 32:10b-11)

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Prayer for the Day

“Come, all you lovely things of earth,
Which man does not cease to wonder at.
Come, adore God in your harmony,
Glorifying God’s inconceivable Mercy.

“Come, indelible beauty of all the earth,
And, with great humility, adore your Creator,
For all things are locked in His Mercy,
With one mighty voice all things cry out;
how great is the Mercy of God.

“But above all these beauties,
A more pleasing praise to God
Is a soul innocent and filled with childlike trust,
Which, through grace, is closely bound to Him.

“O Jesus, concealed in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,
my only Love and Mercy,
I commend to You all the needs of my body and soul.
You can help me, because You are Mercy itself.
In You lies all my hope.”

Saint Faustina (Divine Mercy in My Soul, § 1750)

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