Have you ever received a letter from God? We may be familiar with his many encouragements and teachings found in Sacred Scripture. But, what about a personal letter from God, one addressed to you? In the Book of Revelations, in this great book that we are often tempted to avoid, we find seven letters from Our Lord. These are the letters written to the seven churches in Asia. However, they are also letters to each of us. We look for evidence in the Sacred Texts about who is writing these letters, and what their structure reveals to us. Did you know, for example, that they each include affirmation for the good work we are undertaking? Are you aware, also, that in each letter God makes us a beautiful promise? Only with these graces does God then, with the gentle hand of a Loving Father, exhort us to be all that we can be!
Archive for September, 2013
We know from Sacred Scripture that Our Lord requires very little from us to work great wonders. He depends on the openness of our hearts and not the size of our offering. Consider, for example, the small boy with the two fish and five loaves (John 6: 1-14). Impossibly, this meager portion fed 5,000 people with 12 baskets of food left over! We also can recall the widow who contributed two small, copper coins (Luke 21: 1-4) to the Temple treasury. Our Lord remarked how great this contribution was compared with all the other contributions, even those of greater amounts. In the same way, your contributions to Radio Maria, especially those made from your heart, are greatly multiplied by Our Lord. You can be part of Radio Maria’s ministry of evangelization as BL Pope John Paul II called for in 1987. Please join us with your contributions.
My special guest this evening is Sadie Fletcher, my mother. Sadie shares how the simplest encouragements in the faith made great differences in the lives of my brothers and sisters, and my own life. Your prayers and efforts are no less important than my mother’s and God will produce a great harvest through them.
Have you ever wondered at the power made available to us by God through our priests? In Sacred Scripture, we find beautiful examples of how God, at the time of the Israelites in Egypt, works through chosen ministers to accomplish their salvation. For ancient Israel, this amounted to securing their release from slavery, no less. Later, God provides Manna and the Law. On the one hand, he keeps them from starvation, and on the other, God gives the Israelites the means, through his minister, to live with God, rather than return to slavery. Monsignor Stephen Otellini from the Archdiocese of San Francisco is my special guest. He offers both grace and wisdom to help us better understand the special power that God offers us through the priesthood.
An old saying suggests that the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New (Catechism of the Catholic Church #129). If this is so, can we find in the Old Testament evidence for God’s presence in his Church today? We begin by reflecting upon 3 aspects of God: God’s desire to be close to us, even intimately as a father; the distance we place between us and God when we prefer our own will over his will; and how God works to overcome that distancing we caused. Orienting by means of these 3 points, we see God acting on behalf of his children through his Chosen People, and others before them. We consider the promise to Noah (Gen 9: 18 – 19), the calling of Abraham (Gen 12: 1 – 4), and Moses’ drawing water from the rock (Ex 17: 6). Finally, we look at these Old Testament events and parallels with Peter as “rock” (Mt 16: 18), as well as the water flowing from Christ’s open side (John 19: 34).