15 June 2015

Monday Morning

Yesterday's epistle came from the First Epistle of St. Peter, Chapter 5, including the excerpt that we read every day at Compline:

Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith.

This verse certainly makes an impression, especially when reinforced every night before retiring. Steve Skojec, for instance, has made it the backbone theme of his blog, and no wonder.

Being told to remain alert, for the devil seeks to devour us, is wise advice. But it can be daunting, read in a vacuum. This Sunday, coming within the Octave of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Church gives us context that emphasizes God's love and his sovereignty. The entire Epistle, 1 Peter 5: 6-11:

Brethren, be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation: Casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you. Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you and confirm you and establish you. To him be glory and empire, for ever and ever. Amen.

God loves us.

Cast all your cares on him, for He has care of us.

And we're all in this together.

As we near the time of our visitation, when so many in the world and the Church seem to be begging for chastisement, pray that we maintain our confidence in Our Lord Jesus Christ, who will perfect us through these trials. And always remain close to Our Lady, whose intercessory prayers her Son cannot resist.

Oremus pro invicem


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Finally, in your charity I ask for your prayers for my young son, who is having surgery today. God bless you.



4 comments:

Wendy in VA said...

Praying for your son! Please keep us posted.

Pete said...

St Luke pray for the little guy and his doctors and nurses today.

ATW said...

Yes, we are all in this together.

Ave x3 for your son.

thetimman said...

Thank you everyone, he is out of surgery, which we are told went well. Just waiting for him to get out of recovery.

God bless you all.