Isaiah 49:14-15; Ps 62:2-3, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34
The precious and healing Blood of Jesus Christ over us and our country. The readings this weekend remind us that God’s love for us is far more than that of a caring mother for her child. Psalm 62 speaks of our resting in God’s care for us. In this is our hope and sure foundation.
Matthew’s gospel tells us not to worry about what we are to eat, drink or wear. God will provide as he does for the animals. That does not mean that we sit on a park bench and wait for others to provide everything for us. God gave us talents and abilities when we were conceived. We use those to earn a living, care for those in our charge and help the less fortunate. This is Christian responsibility. Following Jesus will lead us to eternal happiness one day in heavenly glory.
As we get to know Jesus in a personal way and follow the New Testament teachings, we can help him make this world a better place in which to live. Our daily prayers fill us with God’s blessings, his mercy. God’s mercy has a long and developed Biblical understanding. God’s care for us in Hebrew is hesed. The closest single English word, though not adequate, is divine love. It embraces God’s love, care and forgiveness towards his human creations.
We can say that is fine 2,000 years ago. What does that mean in the confusion and violence of today’s world?
I would like to point us to some of the words Jesus has spoken to a poorly educated Polish nun in the 1930s.
This comes from a summary of Jesus’ messages to St. Faustina in a little book, “Come to My Mercy,” by Fr. George W Kosicki, CSB, published by Marian Press in Stockbridge, MA.
“What God wants most of us is to turn to him with trust. To trust God is to rely on him Who is mercy itself, knowing that he is God, and that he loves us and cares for us.”
Repeatedly, in his conversations with St. Faustina, Jesus spoke of his merciful response to people to trust in him. By placing our trust in Jesus, we receive his infinite love.
“Jesus, I trust in You!” says it all. When we call on his Name, we acknowledge that he is our Savior and Lord. This short prayer capsulizes the Devotion to his Divine Mercy. Jesus wants to pour out his mercy on all of us. He said he is consumed by the flames of his desire to pour that mercy upon us. Yet the only ones who can receive this wonderful love are those who go to him in confidence. Here are some quotes from his messages recorded in St. Faustina’s diary.
“I desire trust from My creatures. Encourage people to place great trust in My fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have not fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all will be drowned in the immeasurable depths of My mercy (1059).”
“I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls (1974).”
“There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul which will trust in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it (1273).”
“I have opened My heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification (forgiveness), and the just will be confirmed in good. Whoever places their trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death (1520).”
These statements of Jesus can fill us with much peace and joy so we radiate Jesus’ love in the world. With Jesus, we stand in his resurrected light and allow his love to flow through us as rivers of God’s “living water.”
I learned last Friday morning from a religious Sister friend of mine, of a demonic plan to help destroy our country. Look on the web for Church Militant or on witches and Trump. There are articles that witches gathered Friday, February 24th at midnight placing curses and other negative things on our new President and those who work with him to improve our country. In conjunction with other witches around the world, they will do this every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office.
What can we do? The best we can do is, frequently if not daily, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, that Jesus taught St. Faustina and us, to pray for Jesus to pour out more love of various situations. It only takes six minutes to say. With it, we go right into the heart of Jesus and ask him to pour out more of his love to protect and guide our new administration. We can also pray for other intentions, like the conversion of all terrorists.
Have a wonderful, Spirit-filled week. Blessings,
+ Fr. Bob Hilz
(© 2017 Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR)