Audio Readings December 13, 2012 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Isaiah 41:13-20; Psalm 145:1, 9-13;Matthew 11:11-15

“The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)

Because we are all created in God’s image, the personality he has given each of us manifests his char­acter in a unique, irreplaceable way. A fearless leader like Moses reveals how God goes before his people to lead them to freedom. A wise pas­tor like St. Francis de Sales shows how well our heavenly Father under­stands our weaknesses. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta demon­strates God’s compassion for the least of his children, and Dorothy Day shows us God’s passion for jus­tice and peace.

Even a “violent” prophet like John the Baptist has something to teach us about God. Perhaps it would have been better for John had he not been so outspo­ken and uncompromising. Having once confronted Herod on his sin­ful relationship with Herodias, John might have saved his skin by soft­ening his message a bit. But that’s not who John was. He called it as he saw it, and he didn’t let any­thing stand in his way, not even the threat of death. Toughened by a life of austerity, he was single-minded in his determination to prepare all Israel—even Herod—for the com­ing kingdom of God.

Do you see Jesus only as a gen­tle soul who embraces everyone, regardless of their beliefs and life­style? Of course there is truth in this image. God’s love is unconditional. He treasures every person he cre­ated and longs for everyone to be with him forever. But at the same time, Jesus cannot abide the sin that distorts his image in us and sepa­rates us from him. He will go to any lengths to deal with that sin, includ­ing becoming a man, living among us, and suffering death for our sake. As his awestruck friends once observed, Jesus was consumed with zeal for the purity of God’s kingdom and his people (John 2:17).

Today is a good day to ask God to shed his light on the greatest obstacle you are raising to the vic­tory of his love in you. Once you see what that obstacle is, let noth­ing stop you from bringing it down! Let the violence of Jesus’ passionate love for you give you the strength, determination, and faith you need to see victory.

“Jesus, you held nothing back in loving me. By your Spirit, help me overcome everything that separates me from you.” ~WAU




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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