1 John 1:5-7 Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
“My beloved ones, come into the light for you are children of the light. The Vigil you kept was a visible sign of your adoption as sons and daughters of light. You have been elevated in Christ far beyond what your nature deserves. Therefore take special care to guard this gift as your most prized possession. Do not let the glamor of evil tempt you away–do not trade a pearl of great price for a shiny trinket. The days grow darker, my children. The darkness of sin spreads over the world like a pestilence. But as you saw at Vigil, one candle dispels the darkness. As the days continue to darken, hold your light high. Only your own sin can dim your light. Now is not the time to let down your guard, but remain in a state of grace and you will be my light in the world.”
Jesus, Light of Life, Joy of the Father, you know how little we deserve to be your representatives on earth. But by your grace your light is made visible in us. Here I am Lord, I come to live in you will. Keep me far from sin. Amen. Christ is risen! Alleluia!
(Note from Pelianito: I will not be posting new messages in the next week or so as I will be away. However, I will be checking the comments regularly so feel free to be a light to others as you have done in the past. May you have a blessed Easter season in the Risen Lord my dear friends. Alleluia!)
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.
“Oh my little child, you know very well your own poverty and how difficult it is to act with virtue outside of grace. I know very well that it is impossible for fallen humanity to act uprightly on their own power. It is grace that sustains everyone in virtue according to each one’s receptivity to grace. Open wide the doors of your soul to Christ! Do not let fear and sin rob you of the glorious grace won for you at a great price. Child, your Lord longs to shower down graces upon the world yet there are too few openings, too many closed doors. If only my children realized what poverty and squalor they live in when they cling to sin, and what riches await them when they turn to me in contrition. Oh let the floodgates of mercy be opened wide! Be agents of mercy, my faithful ones. Let the joys of the kingdom light you from the inside out. Then people will know that I have sent you. Children be agents of grace and mercy.”
Heavenly Father, what unimaginable honor you bestow on us in making us agents of your infinite grace and mercy. Please show us how we are blocking your light from shining. Help us to repent sincerely so as to be useful servants of your holy and unfathomable will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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2 Peter 3:13-14 But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.
“My children, the time is very short and the day of mercy draws to a close. Wash yourselves; remain clean. Shed everything that leads you away from holiness. Sanctify each moment with the pure intention of serving me. Do not look for accolades or recognition–in fact shun them, for they lead to pride. Enter into my wounds and I will tend your wounds with the most tender tears of our Mother. Children hear me, the time is short! Remain in me and I will give you peace beyond understanding.”
O Jesus, without you, we cannot please you. Keep us pure. Wash us clean in your blood and do not let sin make us dirty again. Jesus in Mary we trust in you. Grant us grace and peace, and let us never leave the shelter of your wounds or your will. Amen.
Zechariah 10:1 Ask of the LORD rain in the spring season! It is the LORD who makes storm clouds. And sends men the pouring rain.
“My children do not weep over the things you see happening, but cast your eyes and your cares upon your loving Abba. In each moment I sustain those who love me and keep my commandments. Outside of me there is only darkness, but I bring the spring rains and water the fertile plain of your soul, so that what I have planted will bear fruit for the kingdom. For a soul surrendered to me, not a moment is wasted, but the field of their heart remains tilled and ready. Pray for the rains and wait in joyful hope for the promise of the Father.”
Beloved Abba I feel a sense of joyful expectation at your words. Help me to be ready, ever vigilant, that my field will not run to weeds through sloth. Jesus in your mercy grant me every grace in my necessity for the sake of the Kingdom. Amen.
Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
“My beloved, do you not realize what I have already done for you–how much it cost me to ransom sinful humanity? Do you see how much farther I went? Not content merely to save you from death, it pleased me to elevate you with Christ and in Christ to the status of first-born sons. My children ponder this! The angels are in awe, for they are very much aware of the infinite distance between our two natures–yours the created human, mine the Divine Creator. Now, if I have been this generous with you so far, why do you now doubt my goodness? Why do you fail to trust in my mercy? If I have already given you this much, then have every confidence that those who love me and follow my ways have my rapt attention. Your prayers, dear children, fall softly on my heart. Those you love, those you beg me to save, do not doubt my love for them, but work and pray for their salvation as for your own. Children, love me, trust in me, have confidence. Remain in me and you will never be without joy.”
Heavenly Father, your love is boundless, your mercy and generosity endless! I praise and thank you for looking with love and kindness on such vile worms who merit not the lowest gaze from you. Your words of love give us hope and great joy. We trust in you dear, glorious Abba–save souls! Amen.
2 Peter 3:5-7 They deliberately ignore the fact that the heavens existed of old and earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God; through these the world that then existed was destroyed, deluged with water. The present heavens and earth have been reserved by the same word for fire, kept for the day of judgment and of destruction of the godless.
“Child, you are seeing water and you will see fire. First the water, then the fire. Do not be afraid, but know that all those you have entrusted to my care I will save* if you come to me as a poor beggar, believing in my goodness and knowing your own poverty. Child, do not be afraid; water and fire are purifying agents of the Lord. It is an act of great mercy for your God to put an end to this age of sin. Repeat often the simple prayer I have given you–Jesus I trust in you.”
Jesus I trust in YOU. I offer you the gratitude of the Gloriana** wrapped in the love and merits of the Blessed Mother in thanksgiving for your merciful love of me and all those you have placed on my heart. Jesus I have nothing of my own to offer–my poverty is all I have. But I trust in your goodness and generosity. You are my sure hope. Thank you Jesus in Mary! Amen
(*I understand this to mean salvation in the spiritual sense, not necessarily in the physical sense.)
(**Gloriana: The angels and saints in perfect communion with the Blessed Trinity; the perfect unity of heaven.)