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Friday, June 10, 2005

Jesus I Trust in YOU!! Help me to carry my cross with Your Grace!! Posted by Hello
I draw alot of strength from todays readings. For me there are two things that I think of in regards to the first reading and I will try to illustrate here. The first is obvious in that we will endure hardship and suffering in this life- be it normal everyday suffering similar to the stuff that I have gone through or even suffering (as in the case of the martyrs) for the sake of Christ. We are told again and again throughout the Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Tradition of the Church that we will all face some suffering in this world. Our previous Holy Father John Paul II The Great addresses this in Salvific Doloris that through Christ not only can our suffering transform us but can also be offered up for the sake of others. It is Christ who transforms meaningless suffering into power but without Him it is just meaningless pain. So, I draw encouragment when I face adversity from the example given to us by the words and lives of the saints and scripture and of course the saint to be John Paul II the Great. Everyday in the morning I offer up the prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for not only my own continual conversion to Christ but for the sake of others that they may be united with Christ and that others may come to know Him and love Him also. The second inspiration I draw from this is that everyday I must die to self and my own selfish wants and take on Christ. Everyday new battles against my old self must be fought but not through any ability of my own-since on my own without Grace (on our own) all we can do is fall again and again. So, as I spoke of in a previous posting absolutely everything depends on Grace which comes from God. I have made it the practice in my everday prayers and in my time before The Throne of Grace (Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament) to ask for the grace especially in those times when I don't feel like praying either because of suffering, selfishness or even distraction. I have found that it is precisly at the time when I do not 'think' I need it- that is really when I need His Grace the most. Everyday, I have to die to self and my foolish wants or daily distractions and be created anew through His Love, Mercy and Grace. I have to think of Christ's call to pick up my cross and follow Him not only with the big obvious crosses of life but in the daily crosses of distraction or wanting to do it all alone (ie. take on problems and even joys with out Him). The power of the little fiats of daily life help me to take on and make the larger fiats. Grace leads to further Grace and Light leads to further Light. I finally want to pass on- what I think I have passed on before that offering up does not mean giving up. We continue to run the race and we fight and struggle until our last breath but we do so giving unto God the things that are out of our control and beg for streagth and grace for the things that we can do. He can only transform me (us) if we allow Him to do so- He will knock and knock at the door to our (my) soul but we have to open it up and follow Him. He gives us abilities, talents, gifts and grace but we have to use them in accordance with His Will and our state of life.
That is enough from me today. Remember please the Holy Father and his intentions and all the people of the world especially those who have no one to pray for them. May we all be transformed by His Grace and created anew each day. Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

June 10, 2005

Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I

2 Cor 4:7-15

Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being given up to death
for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, "I believed, therefore I spoke,"
we too believe and therefore speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 116:10-11, 15-16, 17-18

R. (17a) To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.
I believed, even when I said,
"I am greatly afflicted";
I said in my alarm,
"No man is dependable."

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.

Mt 5:27-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

"It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
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