THE WRATH OF THE LORD

233rd Meditation

“Even if people encounter my ‘wrath’, I want them to know that I love them and call them to conversion” (Inner Word).

“The Lord disciplines the one He loves” (Heb 12:6). Our Father’s intention is always to call us to conversion. If he allows people to feel the consequences of their actions, that is, to encounter His “wrath”, then this too is done out of love, in order to shake them up and awaken them. Sometimes there seems to be no other alternative to turn a person from their evil ways and turn them back to God. Read More

God above all

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Mk 6:14-29

At that time King Herod had heard about Jesus, since by now his name was well known. Some were saying, ‘John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him. Others said, ‘He is Elijah,’ others again, ‘He is a prophet, like the prophets we used to have. But when Herod heard this he said, ‘It is John whose head I cut off; he has risen from the dead.    Read More

TO SERVE IN THE ‘KAIROS’

231st Meditation

“Every day is important, every hour I offer my salvation to mankind. You must serve to bring it to people, for the joy of your Father who loves you” (“Inner Word”).

We are called to live in the “kairos”; that is to say, to be aware that TODAY is the “propitious time” and the day on which salvation is offered to mankind (cf. 2 Cor 6:2). The way to it is open: “TODAY, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Ps 95:7-8). Read More

“A light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel”

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Lk 2:22-40

And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord- observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord- and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Read More

INDESTRUCTIBLE GOLD

230th Meditation

 

“Treasure up indestructible gold in the Treasury of God” (Inner Word).

On our way of following Christ, our Father allows us to share in the sufferings of Christ (cf. Col 1:24). Persecution and slander may come upon us for the sake of the Name of Jesus. If we hold fast to the truth out of love for God, it is not unusual for conflicts to arise with those who do not want to accept the truth, and this is a cause of suffering. Jesus Himself foretold this: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too” (Jn 15:20).

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Carelessness as a gift – St. Don Bosco

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Phil 4:4-9

Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Read More

THEY FIGHT AGAINST ME

229th Meditation

“Fear not when the beast cries out and the lion roars. They will not be able to achieve anything, for they fight against me” (inner word).

The image of the lion represents the devil, as St. Peter the Apostle tells us in the short reading we hear every evening at Compline:

“Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). Read More