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December 14, 2016

St. John of the Cross

Is 45: 6c-8. 18. 21c-25

So that they may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe;
I the Lord do all these things.

Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may spring up,
and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also;
I the Lord have created it.

For thus says the Lord,
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
Declare and present your case;
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the Lord?
There is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Saviour;
there is no one besides me.

Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,
from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
‘To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.’

Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and strength
all who were incensed against him
shall come to him and be ashamed.
In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
shall triumph and glory.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Unconditional Love

I am lucky to have several people in my life to whom I can turn with problems, concerns and questions. They give me great feedback, but even more importantly they are consistently reassuring, confirming and soothing.

I started to reflect on today’s gospel, but this reading from Isaiah drew me back. I think it is because I imagine God as speaking directly to me, little old me! God takes time to address me, to give me assurance of his creative power, and most of all to tell me how much he loves me. He assures me I will be safe and his love for me is mighty, gentle and unconditional. I feel so reassured, confirmed and soothed. I can trust completely in the Lord who is my God.

The people who speak so wisely and consolingly to me are God’s presence and love incarnate in my life. I will have to remember more often that God also wants to speak such words to me directly! He sends his Son to do so!

—David McNulty serves as Assistant for Operations at the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province.

Prayer

The glory of God is a person fully alive,
And the life of each living person is the vision of God.

—St. Irenaeus of Lyons, 2nd century

 


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December 14, 2016

St. John of the Cross

Is 45: 6c-8. 18. 21c-25

So that they may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe;
I the Lord do all these things.

Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may spring up,
and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also;
I the Lord have created it.

For thus says the Lord,
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
Declare and present your case;
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the Lord?
There is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Saviour;
there is no one besides me.

Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,
from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
‘To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.’

Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and strength
all who were incensed against him
shall come to him and be ashamed.
In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
shall triumph and glory.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Unconditional Love

I am lucky to have several people in my life to whom I can turn with problems, concerns and questions. They give me great feedback, but even more importantly they are consistently reassuring, confirming and soothing.

I started to reflect on today’s gospel, but this reading from Isaiah drew me back. I think it is because I imagine God as speaking directly to me, little old me! God takes time to address me, to give me assurance of his creative power, and most of all to tell me how much he loves me. He assures me I will be safe and his love for me is mighty, gentle and unconditional. I feel so reassured, confirmed and soothed. I can trust completely in the Lord who is my God.

The people who speak so wisely and consolingly to me are God’s presence and love incarnate in my life. I will have to remember more often that God also wants to speak such words to me directly! He sends his Son to do so!

—David McNulty serves as Assistant for Operations at the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province.

Prayer

The glory of God is a person fully alive,
And the life of each living person is the vision of God.

—St. Irenaeus of Lyons, 2nd century

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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