Meditation for the Day

Third Sunday of Lent, March 7

It Is God’s Deepest Desire That All, Sinner and Saint Alike, Be Filled Interiorly with an Insatiable Zeal for His House – a Burning Thirst, a Hunger Which Only God Can Satisfy Through His Merciful Love.

We read in today’s Gospel a verse taken from the 69th Psalm, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

When you and I truly take the time to reflect upon this walk of faith which each of us is experiencing in our daily lives, what is it that truly affects our hearts when we think about God? What is it that draws us to prayer, or to attend Mass or Sunday services? What is it that compels us to shun those activities which we know to be offensive against God’s Love for us? And what was it that drew you to become a fan or follower of these daily messages?

What draws us is our desire to embrace something far greater that what this life has to offer. What draws us is an enduring and lasting hope in the promises which our faith teaches us – an eternity of an indescribable joy and peace which is unattainable in this life; an eternity of feeling truly loved and appreciated for who we are as a child of God with a Divine Love which is far beyond our human understanding or capacity to love.

Deep within us, we realize a yearning, a hunger, a zeal for that which awaits us. By truly living and experiencing our faith in our thoughts, as well as our words and deeds, our lives are spent journeying towards that final goal which is God’s ultimate gift to each one of us – the inheritance which awaits us, an inheritance which removes the sting of death and brings us to that eternal threshold over which we shall prayerfully cross on a day known only to God – the threshold into His Eternal Kingdom, Heaven!

Sadly, however, there are many who live their lives rejecting this inheritance. The paths that many have chosen run contrary to the Commandments of God, ten basic Laws which we find in our First Reading today which are meant to bring us close to God, principles which are meant to guide us into living moral and virtuous lives, a code of conduct which is based upon the very essence of love – God’s limitless Love for us, and our selfless and respectful love for God and His creation.

And the words of today’s psalmist echo this core and fundamental concept of how our lives are to be guided and how our relationship with God is to be realized, “The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just.”

But for those who walk through life with a closed heart, a blind eye and a deaf ear, for those who prefer to follow the path which leads to greed and unbridled avarice and lust, for those who give themselves over to the shadowy world of sin, then Paul’s words sadly ring all too true, “…we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.”

It takes a truly humbled and contrite heart to recognize the great value which lies in the cross! Christ freely bore His out of His indescribable Love for each and every one of us, a concept which is not always easy for some people to mentally grasp or appreciate.

If we were given the gift of witnessing the immense suffering which our Lord endured at the hands of the Jewish authorities and the Roman soldiers, even before carrying His Cross to Calvary, we would truly fall to our knees and weep; for only then would we truly begin to understand the depth of His Love for us!

Jesus’ willingness to endure all, including the humiliation and the excruciating agony of His Crucifixion, would soften even the hardest of hearts and would open the eyes and ears of the worst of sinners! Because it is for them, and each of us as sinners, that He specifically accepted His death in this way.

And Jesus reminds us in our devotion to The Divine Mercy, as found in Saint Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, that hardened sinners, who contritely humble themselves before the Eternal Majesty of God, have the greatest claim to His limitless Mercy, for it is not God’s desire that any soul be sadly lost to the eternal fires of Hell.

Rather, it is God’s deepest desire that all, sinner and saint alike, be filled interiorly with an insatiable zeal for His House – a burning thirst, a hunger which only God can satisfy through His Merciful Love!

As you and I continue our journey through this Lenten desert, let us pray that God will soften the hearts of all His children and increase our hunger to grow in holiness, to grow in righteousness and our desire to observe all His decrees and Commandments. For He is a God who only wishes for us to spend our eternity with Him, in the Home which He has prepared for each of us from before the very beginning of time itself!

And may you and I set aside everything that would separate us from His Love, allowing His grace to work within us, allowing His grace to cultivate our love relationship with Him for all eternity.

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

  • “Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem…His disciples recalled the words of scripture, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’” (John 2:13, 17)
  • “The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just.” (Psalm 19:9-10)
  • “Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me…” (Exodus 20:1-3ff)
  • “Oh, that today you would hear his voice: harden not your hearts…” (Psalm 95:7d-8a)
  • “…we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)
  • “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17)
  • “How lovely your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:2-3)
  • “As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God.” (Psalm 42:2-3a)
  • “I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!” (Psalm 116:18-19)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal Father in Heaven,
when Your strength takes possession of us
we no longer say, ‘Why are you cast down, my soul?’
Let us feel the healing calm of Your forgiveness
as You nourish us with Your Loving Presence.

“Inspire us to yearn for You always,
like the deer that longs for running streams of fresh water,
until You satisfy our every longing in Heaven.
For it is only there that my thirst shall truly be quenched;
It is only there that my every desire shall truly be realized.”

cf. Psalm-prayer (Roman Breviary)

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