O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved. (Psalms 80:4)
Gift: Counsel (Right Judgment) – With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.
Reading: When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:21)
Observation: It is hard to believe that Jesus’ relatives would not have believed that He was the Messiah. They knew His Mother, and they had to know the story of His birth. I guess it is a testament to how powerful pride can be in the minds of us sinners. I know that I forget that God has the power to save me sometimes, and I am related to Jesus by my Baptism too. When I heard the words of the responsorial Psalm this morning at 8:00am Mass at Saint Mary Catholic Church, I realized again that just the appearance of the face of Jesus can save me.
Personification: Joy Thanks be to God for revealing the truth of His saving power through the responsorial Psalm at Mass today, and in honor of his power and glory, I used the 4th verse of the 80th Psalm as my title for my journal today. I want to live out the Good News today with joy, because I am secure in the knowledge that God will use whatever means necessary to save us from sin and we only need be open to the prompting of the holy Spirit to act in accordance with His grace.
Prayer: Lord, help me be joyful today at every move that God makes in my life and realize that it is by the power of the holy Spirit and His grace, that we receive through the sacrifice of Jesus, that we are saved. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.