Prayer Theme: Faith, Church, Family, Nations
Thoughts on today’s Readings
In the first reading, God the Father tells us of His love for His children ; of how He weeps for the lost ones. He explains that suffering is necessary because of sin – that it is the only way that satan is defeated. We should trust our Father in Heaven and be ready to suffer for Him when necessary, to help Him save His children. If we love our Father, we would be happy to do this.
The second reading tells us of the work of satan – his cunning, his convincing that hell does not exist, his greatest triumph of introducing “humanism” – which is a substitute for a belief in God. He explains the consequences of humanism which teaches that the world was created by an accident of nature (not by God). Denying the existence of God leads to loss of morality, which leads to darkness, and the soul will not accept God’s mercy. The reading continues to tell us that the Church will divide and fall and embrace humanism. Jesus tells us that in this Church not one word will be uttered
In the third reading, Jesus is telling us of His plan to save Australia and New Zealand. His plan revolves around us – His remnant Army. He tells us that we “bring tears of relief to my sacred eyes.” This is a great expectation that Jesus has of us. It is up to us. It is so sad that our countries are so barren of the truth (but lush and beautiful in landscape ). On the other hand, it is consoling that we will bring Him relief. Our prayer group already decided quite some months ago, to say CP99 as a compulsory prayer – one that we say every day. In the light of this message, perhaps other prayer groups in our countries can join us in this!
The first reading is about our Faith; the second one about our church; and the third one about our Nation! (In perfect alignment with our Prayer theme. No doubt that Jesus is with us!!!)
The Bible reading is only one sentence – seemingly flowing on from the last thought in the previous reading about the “new church” and obviously alluding to the coming schism in the church. The question is whether this will be instigated by Bergoglio’s Apostolic Exhortation on the synod document this coming Friday? We will see!