Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Omnis sacerdos stat cotidie ministrans (Heb 10:11).

Every priest stands daily at his ministry.

Why do we stand daily at our ministry? Why do we pray every day and keep talking to God? The reason is that he invites us to sit at his side. In such a way, he wants to make us secure and peaceful. Since by our own we are not able to achieve it. We are not powerful and we do need support and guidence from our Lord. Although we are weak because of our sins, we still desire to see his holy splendor. Somewhere deep inside us there is a longing for the beauty and goodness. For we are created as an image and likeness of the deity. Consequently, we incessantly look for God and try our best to come closer to him. The point is not to give up though it is impossible to become perfect. On the contrary, we are to look and see even if we cannot perceive yet. Also we are to hear and listen even if we do not understand everything. However, there is hope that we will be converted one day. Then we will see our God face to face and enjoy forever.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ecce venio, ut faciam voluntatem tuam (Heb 10:9).

Behold, I come to do your will.

There is nothing more important than doing God's will. However, as human beings we live on the earth as in the shadow. Accordingly, we are not able to perceive the very image of God. For that reason, we are to pay attention to the tiny signs from above. Especially, during our prayers and our sacred ceremonies in the church we need to be focused on the readings from the Scripture. Since we can be cleansed from our sins and ifirmities by getting in touch with the great mysteries of our fiaith. Thus, we are given the opportunity to meet our Saviour who is being offered as a holy sacrifice. In such a way, we are being consecrated and enabled to follow his example. As a result, we are encouraged to fulfill the God's will for the salvation of the world. And we become obedient as the Son of God to do it with eagerness and joy.    

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Praedicare caecis visum (Lk 4:18).

Recovery of sight to the blind.

Jesus still keeps preaching the Good News in our churches. Also he has the power of Spirit to heal and strengthen us. Everybody needs to meet with him in the holy sacraments and to receive his grace. Furthermore, his words have the special spiritual strength to make miracles in our lives. It was true in the past and similarly nowadays. In the moment we are listening to the Scripture, our heart is being touched by his Spirit. Since the Spirit of the Lord is upon us in the Christian community. Accordingly, we are to be anointed through his sacraments and to hear the glad tidings. In addition, we are to become free of our weaknesses and our spiritual sight is to be recovered. Consequently, after attending a mass we are fulfilled with new hope and understanding of the God's will. Thus, each of us is getting to know what his role and vocation in God's plan is. For as human beings we want to be sure that we are doing good and necessary things.  

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tabernaculum, quod dicitur Sancta Sanctorum (Heb 9:3).

The tabernacle called the Holy of Holies.

We are looking forward to holiness. We are not perfect and we are seeking perfection. On the earth this task is given to us to be accomplished. However, it is rather impossible without the grace from heaven. Therefore, the Son of God comes to us in the holy sacraments of the Church. In such a way, he joins up the human nature and the spirit. Since in his sacraments the visible things have their own spiritual meaning. Moreover, in him everything receives its supernatural significance. Even death plays the important role in the God's plan. For through it Jesus Christ cleansed our conscience from sins and won the eternal prize for us. As a result, we have certain hope to enter the heavenly tabernacle called the Holy of Holies and to enjoy with him forever. There we will sing praise to God and thank him for all his blessings. Now perhaps, it seems incredible for some people but nevertheless it is certified by the blood of Christ and many martyrs throughout the ages. For that reason, let us join the community of believers and rejoice in the promises of our faith.    

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ancora animae (Heb 6:19).

An anchor of the soul.

Our strength comes from the love which God has towards us. Accordingly, we are children of God when we love one another. And these two kinds of love complement each other. The reason is that God created us to love. Firstly, we are to love our Father in heaven and then our friends on earth. The stronger our relationship with God is, the more intensive our love towards people. There is also a source of other virtues, like faith and hope. Since the more we love, the more we believe and trust. Furthermore, God promises us that he is taking care of us all the time from our birth to the very end. He blesses and leads us if only we put our trust in him. Otherwise, when we look for other guarantee of happiness beside him, we are being confounded and disappointed. For just in him is the fulness of all things. Over all, God is the most trustworthy and from him does our encouragement come. Therefore, let us hold fast to the hope that stems from God. As a result, we will reach the everlasting delight in his heavenly kingdom.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ipse circumdatus est infirmitate (Heb 5:2).

He himself is beset in weakness.

Each of us has the experience of weakness. For that reason, we come to God to ask him for strength. We all need his healing power to encourage and to make us strong. Although we still make mistakes, we are supposed to look forward to Jesus and to listen to him carefully. Obviously, first we are to confess our sins in order to receive a reconciliation. This is the best way to become humble and holy. As a result, we will be able to hear that we are beloved children of God. Furthermore, we are called to follow the examples of saints. Also, we are to offer prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears. Eventually, we will be saved from every danger and even from death. Since each of our prayers is heard by God, though he sometimes teaches us patience. In such a way, we do become similar to his Son who learned obedience from what he suffered. Accordingly, we will be made perfect and obedient to accept everything from God's hands. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Implete hydrias aqua (Jn 2:5).

Fill the jars with water.

We would like to have many extraordinary days in our life. However, the daily routine makes us bored and exhausted. Moreover, we often lack something to be happy and joyfull. It might even be very simple item. Such a situation shows us that we are just human beings and material things are necessary for us. And here Jesus comes with his Good News to explain us that there are much more important matters we are to remember about. Of course, he also is a man and does not abandon us in our needs. On the contrary, through visible things he points to invisible ones. He makes miracles changing water to wine in order to instruct us in spiritual matters. Since neither water nor wine is the most essential, but simple goodness and ardent love towards others. Accordingly, our body is to serve and help our soul so that we would be able to show our emotions and share our spiritual gifts with one another. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

In re quiem eius (Heb 4:1).

Into his rest.

Our aim is to find inner peace. However, we often do not know how to achieve it. There are too many various tasks and duties which make us lose our rest. Nonetheless, God always offers us his divine gift to make us peaceful. He speaks to us through his Scripture and answers all our questions. But we are not used  to open ourselves for his message. In our opinion we are able to manage everything without any help. Consequently, we are very anxious and cannot find peace at all. Moreover, we often do not know what  is going on. Therefore, it is so important to focus on God and to listen to his words carefully. Only in him we will find what we truly long for. We are just to keep his commands and to follow Christ. In the community of Church and by his holy sacraments we will experience the divine power descending on us. Thus, we will be fulfilled with his peace.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Nolite obdurare corda vestra (Heb 3:7).

Harden not your hearts!

We need a proper attitude to listen to God. First, we are to open our heart and be ready to receive his knowledge. The point is to listen carefully with love and in silence. Otherwise, we argue with God and think only about our interests. However, we are supposed to hear the words of God which are much more important than our opinions. Keeping attention and searching the will of God is the most necessary thing in our life. Finding it we enter the divine rest and share peace with one another. Furthermore, bowing down in worship and kneeling before the Lord makes us humble and prepares for accepting the blessing from him. In such a way, God is able to guard us and lead us on the paths of holiness. Maintaining in his presence we are being cleansed from our iniquities and weaknesses. As a result, we are strengthened and gifted with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, we can provide God's graces into the hearts of others who need them. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Diluculo valde mane surgens (Mk 1:35).

Rising very early before dawn.

God prefers to be with us not only in the church, but also in our daily routine. He loves us so much that would like to abide with us all the time. Especially, when we are in trouble, his purpose is to support and strengthen us. It does not matter if we are in the extremely bad circumstances or rather have just usual problems. He desires to be with us in both cases. Accordingly, we need neither to worry nor to be afraid of approaching him whenever. Since his presence heals us completely and fulfills with divine graces. Each of his words has power to change our whole life and his touch gives us everything we long for. For that reason, we are to pray very often starting at the dawn and ending before going to sleep. In such a way, we will have opportunity to experience his love and goodness by our own. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Memor es eius (Heb 2:6).

You are mindful.

Every human being is important for God. The reason is that God has not only created men, but also is giving them necessary things to live all the time. Also he wants us to be enriched with glory and honor. That is why people are in control of the whole world. However, we often do not know how to perform this duty. Consequently, we do not fulfill the will of God but our own. Therefore, it is essential in our life to follow Jesus. From him, we can learn how to overcome all the difficulties and go through suffering. In this way, we are taught how to accept the reality od death. Since death is not given to us as punishment, but release from the struggles. Over all, we are to be consecrated and join the heavenly community. It is our vocation to participate in the everlasting happiness. Thus, God is always mindful of each of us. As the best Father, he is looking forward to the meeting with all his beloved children at the appointed time. There in the midst of the holy assembly we will praise him forever.   

Adorent eum omnes angeli Dei (Heb 1:6).

Let all the angels of God worship him.

God speaks to us through his beloved Son, Jesus Christ. And we looking forward to his words are to open our ears and listen to him. He communicates with us in many various ways. First of all, we find his message in the Scriptures, but also in the created universe. There we perceive the refulgence of his glory and the very imprint of his being. Moreover, we experience his presence in our conscience since he does sustain us by his mighty grace. Long ago he lived among people and now he is with us in the holy sacraments of the Church. Thus, we are able to look at his divine Majesty which is awe-inspiring. As a result, we become holier and holier and take part in the community of saints. For we are members of one great human family. And in such a way we join the angels praising God unceasingly in the heavenly glory.  

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tu es Filius meus dilectus (Lk 3:22).

You are my beloved Son.

It is true that we are beloved children of God. This truth should make us responsible and humble. Thus, we are to follow the example of John the Baptist who even being a great prophet humbled himself. He did know that he was dependent and his power came from the heavenly Father. All gifts he had he received as the grace of God. Moreover, he was aware that every human being needs to be cleansed in the water of reconciliation. Afterwards, it is possible to be gifted with the fire of the Holy Spirit. In such a way, all of us are able to become brothers and sisters of the Son of God. This is a wonderful mistery which is to be contemplated by us. Threre is never enough praise, worship and prayer to understand it completely. It can only be comprehended in the open heart which is enkindled by the divine flame.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Quis est qui vincit mundum (1 Jn 5:5).

Who indeed is the victor?

Believer is a strong man because his faith helps him to live. He is never alone because he always follows Jesus. And even if it is very difficult, he never gives up because his Saviour showed him how to overcome the problems. Accordingly, the believer knows both how to enjoy and how to suffer. He is not afraid of any circumstances. Such a man is supported by the Holy Spirit who is the source of his strength and courage. Furthermore, he is certain that his Father is waiting for him in the heavenly kingdom. In such a way, the person who has strong faith is optimistic, thankful and peaceful. He seeks opportunity to pray all the time for there lays true happiness. Keeping contact with God and depending on him is the crutial thing for his spiritual life. As a result, the believer is becoming more and more aware of being a beloved child of God. And it makes him the true victor of the world too.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Quodcumque petierimus (1 Jn 3:22).

Whatever we ask.

We usually do not believe that we receive from God whatever we ask. Either we think that we are not worthy to receive his graces, or we do not ask him according to his will. These are two problems we are to deal with if we would like to please him. Firstly, we ought to be ready to receive holy communion and live without any serious sin. It's first and main condition to become worthy of divine graces. Secondly, we are to keep his commandments which means loving God and our neighbors. It does not seem too difficult to manage it. However, sometimes we follow evil spirits and commit sins we do not like to do. Also we listen to false prophets and are led by them. As a result, the Spirit of God cannot work in us in fulness. Therefore, now again we are invited to acknowledge Jesus as our only Redeemer and Master. We are to get hold on him strongly and do not let anything take us away from him. While being with Jesus and feeling his presence, we can be sure that everything is possible for us. Since he is much greater than our weakness and susceptiblity to sin.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ite et interrogate diligenter de puero (Mt 2:8).

Go and search dilligently for the child.

There are always good and bad circumstances in which we live. Usually on the one hand, there is something advantagous for us, but on the other there are difficulties and troubles. Nonetheless, Jesus Christ comes as a tiny child to such a world. And from the very beginning  there are dangers around his Holy Family. For instance, there is a terrifying envy of king Herod. But at the same time, there are gifts from the wise men. As human beings we do experience similar situations in our lives. And it depends on us where we turn our face. Obviously, there are problems we are to deal with, but also happiness, friendship and love. It is our choice what we will choose and share with each other. We can either follow the soldiers of the evil king or the stars which brighten our way. Moreover, we are able to choose life or death and be the servants of love or hatred. However, the little child shows us that true happiness can be achieved only by being humble. So we just need to stop for a while and contemplate the new born child with his Parents. Doing that we are to offer our best treasure which each of us has. It can be gold of virtue, frankincence of prayer or myrrh of our daily work... 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

De morte in vitam (1 Jn 3:13).

From death to life.

Love is the essence of our life and this virtue should always lead us. If not we harm others and even could kill them either with words or action. Just love changes our difficult lives into beautiful ones. For only love is stronger than death and is the best way to the eternal happiness. If we have true love, there is nothing impossible for us. Moreover, we are not afraid but walk through life being optimistic. On the other hand, living without love is like death. Furthermore, you cannot enter the heavenly kingdom, if you have not the key to its gate which is love. Living in love also means living with God himself. Since our Creator is the Beginning and Source of Love. By his grace we experience the divine love in our hearts and are being moved with compassion. Over all, our God is always greater than our human loves and gives us example to perfect our love. For that reason we are to ask him to increase our ability to be lovers and to accept love from beloved people around us.  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Semen Dei in eo manet (1 Jn 3:9).

God's seed remains in him.

We are children of God. Consequently, there is more goodness than evil in us. However, we are often tempted by the Devil and follow his advice. Therefore, we commit sins and become unhappy. Nonetheless, the Son of God comes to us and destroys the works of the Devil. Moreover, he enriches us with divine graces in order to make us his beloved brothers and sisters. As a result, we give him thanks and start living a holy life again. But all the time we need his help to fight against sin. God's presence fills our hearts with joy and encourages us to do our best. Also we want Jesus to be our Lord and Master. For we believe that only he is able to rule the world with justice and equity. For that reason, we keep looking for him and try to find him in the holy sacraments. Moved by his words and works we are looking forward to the encounter with him. Sometimes just one word of Jesus can change everything in our life. Thus we know that following Christ is the best choice we could ever make. Since he is our strength, happiness and all we really need.