The word "peculiarly" in the first reading today grabbed my attention this morning. We are to be "a people peculiarly his own...and you will be a people sacred to the Lord, your God, as he promised." How do we do this? "You will keep all his commandments." There is only one way we can even begin to keep all his commandments and turn away from sin and death, and that is by accepting the Holy Spirit and die to self so that Jesus may live and work in and through us!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Psalm 119 from mass today
Yes, I am poor at following his decrees, but I do long to follow after Christ carrying/dragging my Most Cherished Cross. My sinfulness and weakness keeps me looking to Christ humbly asking him to carry this lost lamb with the wolf breathing murderously down my neck. I am peculiarly his own - a small pathetic specimen am I. I do seek him with all my heart!
Lord, you commanded up to be perfect today as our heavenly Father is perfect... Matthew 5:48
May I not become discouraged but trust that you are going to answer my constant prayers that you might raise up this peculiar old weak sinful lady from the ashes and bring her into your LIGHT of Truth that I may share the Mercy I have been shown and when necessary use words! Jesus, I need you and love you and long to be your hands and feet! Jesus, I trust in you. Amen
For the men at the Emmaus retreat this weekend... Jesus, you are reaching out to each one with your nailscarred hands and they are peculiarly your own! Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Miraculous Rose Petal that fell from the sky at the Carmelite Monastery, Lipa, Philippines
My wonderful Thomas A'Kempis! Look up Imitation of Christ, and devour it... the best!
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