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Ezekiel 11:14-21God’s Great Love

Friday, September 28, 2018

Written on March 18 and posted today as a Favorite . . .

We can never hear too many times the message that what has been scattered and lost will be gathered and brought to life.  This is likely the message that most of us recall when we think of the prophet Ezekiel.  From the footnotes: Like Jeremiah, Ezekiel knows that no reform is to be expected from the men of Judah who remained in Palestine; but the exiles will be the ones to form the new Israel.  The new, spiritual covenant will replace the former covenant.  (Senior 1043)

From Jeremiah 24:7: I will give them a new heart with which to understand that I am the Lord.  They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. 

From today’s first Mass reading, Ezekiel 18:21: Thus says the Lord God: If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 

From Philippians 4:6-7: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The message is clear – and it is a message we can never hear too often.  We are loved.  We have the opportunity to turn to God in love.  We can expect restoration.  We are to ask the God who loves us so dearly for the desires of our heart.  We are redeemed and made whole by God alone.

I will gather you from the nations and assemble you from the countries over which you have been scattered, and I will restore you . . .

What greater gift can we expect?  What greater love is there than God’s?


A re-post from August 27, 2011.

Image from: http://rectorymusings.blogspot.com/2010/09/parable-of-lost-sheep-lost-coin-lost.html

Senior, Donald, ed. THE CATHOLIC STUDY BIBLE. New York, Oxford University Press, 1990.1043. Print.

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Romans 5The Difficulty of Love

Sunday, May 29, 2016Authentic-love-graphic

A Favorite from August 10, 2010.

It is in this chapter of Romans that we receive our greatest challenge of all challenges: Only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps even for a good person one might even find the courage to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 

We read today one of the great paradoxes of Christian living – that we receive the gifts of faith, hope, love, grace, peace and life eternal when we are willing to die to self with Christ, so that we might rise again in new life.  We are reminded that none of our transgressions can turn God away.  Our creator is always waiting to comfort us, save us and free us from all that makes us unhappy.  It is we who forget this as Paul reminds us in his letter to the Philippians 4:6-7: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

romans-5-8Commentary tells us that here we see the law and sin in proper relationship to one another – only through the sacrifice of Jesus.  We may well wonder how we view our own transgressions against God, self and neighbor in light of this good news.  Do we shrink from examining our conscience, afraid of what we might find to confess?  Do we eagerly give ourselves over to recollection and self-questioning in order that we more fully understand our proper relationship with God through his Spirit? If the former, we take consolation from today’s Noontime that reassures us that no human can surprise God with sin.  If the latter, we do not hesitate to quiet ourselves within so that we might fully understand and believe that God wants nothing more than to love us . . . and be loved in return.

The difficulty with genuine and authentic love is this . . . that it imitates Christ.  It is willing to die to self even for enemies, because genuine and authentic love knows that through Christ there is always the opportunity to transform.  Through Christ we are each called to rise and live again.  In this way through Christ, our hearts and minds are guarded in Christ Jesus.  We can find no better champion than Christ.  We can find no better protector than Christ.  We can find no better lover than Christ.  For it is Christ who makes all difficult things possible . . . through his abundant and difficult love.

For another reflection on authentic love, click on the heart image above or visit: http://www.newhopeladies.com/?p=486

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James 5:13-15: Union in Prayer

Saturday, October 31, 2015Pray-Together

When we suffer, James tells us . . . we must pray.

When we celebrate . . . let us sing praise.

When we are ill . . . we are to ask for anointing.

When we are discordant . . . we must come together.

When we worry . . . there is nothing but to turn to God.

When we hope for the forgiveness of sins . . . we must also ask for redemption.

Suffering is our road to Christ . . . let us not avoid it.

red heart bibleJoy accompanies us along the way . . . although we may not at first feel it.

Paul reminds the Philippians and he reminds us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

So let us put aside our divisions and celebrate even as we suffer. Let us lay down our enmities and pardon even as we are pardoned. Let us dialog with our enemies and turn all anxiety over to Christ; and let us celebrate our union in the Spirit. Let us celebrate our union in prayer.

Use the scripture link to compare varying versions of these verses and let us find union in prayer and praise.

 

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