Day 178 – June 27

Today’s Readings:

2 Chronicles 5-6
Acts 8:26-40
Job 22

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them; 27 then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel…” – 2 Chronicles 6:26-27

Notation: in the audio, King David is mentioned as the one praying for the people; it is in fact his son, King Solomon, in the dedication of the temple.

May God bless you.

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Day 150 – May 30

Today’s Readings:

2 Kings 1-2
John 11:30-57
Psalm 144

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” – John 11:43-44

Today we read the conclusion of the narrative of Lazarus, now lying in the tomb for four days, being raised to life by Jesus. At the command of Jesus, Lazarus leaves the tomb and stumbles into the daylight.

We can use this story as an analogy for the parts of our lives that are dead because of sin. They lie in the tomb, keeping us split, with a part of us missing. Yet, at the word of Jesus, in his promise of forgiveness and mercy, we need only turn to him in his word, trust, and ask forgiveness with a true regret and contrition. Then, behold the miracle of transformation that occurs. We can reclaim the parts of our mind, spirit, body and soul that were thrust into darkness by sin, be brought forth again into the light of Christ and be restored to health.

Let us pause today, and hear the voice of Jesus calling us by name out of the tomb, saying, “Come forth!”, and let him remove the bandages that bind us, that we may go forth free to live in him.

May God bless you.

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Day 143 – May 23

Today’s Readings:

1 Kings 9-10
John 8:1-27
Psalm 137

Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:6-7

What happened to the woman is each of our own worst nightmare, to be caught in our lowest moment and have it put on public display. There are stories of those who have died and come back to life who tell of their experience at being judged, how all of their sins committed are revealed while the hosts of heaven witness it against them. With the intense shame they experienced, they would be able to identify with what the woman was going through.

In Jesus we see the just judge, not even desiring to embarrass the woman further by looking at her in her lowest moment. He stoops down to the ground to write, hiding his face from her shame, as well as from the hatred and cruelty of her accusers. The Just Judge takes no delight in bringing sentence upon His creation; it is a burden that makes him stoop down to avert his eyes from bearing witness to it. It is a Merciful Judge.

With head bowed, stooped to the ground, Jesus writes. The greek word used here for write is katagraphein, which can be defined as ‘to write down a record against someone’. Was Jesus writing a record of the sins of the woman’s accusers? John doesn’t tell us. Perhaps the Just Judge wanted to give those accusing the woman a gentle reminder of their own sinfulness? To let them see their own guilt and choose willingly to walk away from condemning another?

Our Judge – Jesus Christ – is Just. Let us learn from the Just One how to be careful in our capacity to judge one another. Let us gaze upon Him and learn to be gentle with the state of others’ souls. We may be bringing condemnation on ourselves in that very moment. May we choose to walk gently like Jesus with others, knowing that all of us will one day stand before Jesus and give account for our sins and our capacity to be merciful.

May God bless you.

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Day 130 – May 10

Today’s Readings:

2 Samuel 7-8
John 1:29-51
Psalm 124

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29

In Second Samuel today we hear of the promise of an everlasting Kingdom to be established through David and his offspring. And, in the first chapter of John we read John the Baptist’s proclamation “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

John the Baptist was of the priestly class, and was very familiar with the Temple practices. For him to make such a statement – Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world – he could not mistakingly used this term to mean less than what it was, a proclamation that Jesus is the Lamb who will be sacrificed for the sins of his people. John may have possibly had in his mind too Jeremiah 11:19, “But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.”

As we go about our day today, let us too look at the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, and be one of the happy ones that approach the Lamb slain on the altar in the most holy Eucharist.

People: Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us!
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us!
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace!

Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Let us too be like John the Baptist, proclaiming the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world, so that others may come and be saved through His redeeming blood spilled out on the Sacrificial Table of the Cross.

Jesus, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

May God bless you.

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Day 113 – April 23

Today’s Readings:

1 Samuel 3-4
Luke 17:20-37
Psalm 113

For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be [in his day]. But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation. Luke 17:24-25

How appropriate on this Sunday when we celebrate the Divine Mercy that our Gospel points to the end times. Jesus speaks that we are not to follow after people who claim they messiah has come, for He will come “just as lightening flashes and lights up the sky…”

In her diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska writes what was dictated to her by Jesus:

Write this: Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort:

All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day (Diary, 83).

The Divine Mercy message is much like the message of Fatima, a call to repentance and putting all of our faith in Jesus. Today we celebrate God’s mercy, a reminder that when we turn to God with contrite hearts, he wills to forgive us our deepest transgressions. It is a call to stay close to the sacraments of Penance/Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.

Let us remember God’s mercy today in a special way, and turn back to Him with all our heart and knock on the doors of Mercy. The Lord Jesus waits for us to come.

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Pray the chaplet today.

To know more about the Divine Mercy, here are some links to further your exploration of faith:

Divine Mercy and the Second Coming – EWTN
How to Celebrate this Feast of Mercy – EWTN

May God bless you.

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