“The man who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it might be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.” John 3: 16-21
Annunciation celebrated today.
“The Word of God became flesh,
and dwelt among us;
and we saw his glory.” John 1:14
“Souls perish in spite of my bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation: that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near.” Notebook II, St. Faustina
To know, love, and imitate the Lord.
Reading for today: On the day of Pentacost, Peter spoke to the Jews: ‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’
Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’ …they were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptized. That very day about three thousand were added to their number. Acts of the Apostles 2: 36-41
“Alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.”
Decide for God.
They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been slaves to anyone; what do you mean, “You will be made free?” Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, everyone who commits sin is a slave. Now the slave’s place in the house is not assured, but the son’s place is assured. So if the Son makes you free you will be free indeed.’ John 8:31-42
To be free in the Lord requires constant struggle and ongoing conversion, to avoid sin and do good.
On the Fifth Anniversary of Francis in the Vatican, the Vatican is hard at work trying to undo a “Vatican”-named website — this while Francis continues to undo the Vatican, and seeks to undo the work/teachings of his predecessors, and even the Lord — especially in the area of “mercy.” Francis’s attempts to alter practice without changing doctrine likens him to the magicians in the Apocalypse. “And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and it had two horns like to those of a lamb, but it spoke as does a dragon.” Rev. 13:11
While it is true that Our Lord will draw good out this moment (of widespread betrayal) within the Church, those who are being unfaithful — violating His Commands and teaching others to do as well — are dooming themselves.
Today, conversion is needed more than ever, even among the magicians.
In Saturday’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells the parable of the proud Pharisee, who despised everyone, and the humble tax collector, who sought God’s mercy: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus concludes with: “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.”
It is necessary to seek God’s mercy, conscious of our sinfulness — not presuming that it will be showered on us no matter what we do.