Are today's readings not magnificent? Filled with hope and purpose?
Sure, we're kicked around and robbed, but do not lose confidence. We need endurance to do the will of God so that we may merit and receive salvation. Live by the tenets of Christ's Church. Those who do will have life within them. The Lord helps them and delivers them from the wicked.
If we do not live by the Faith, Christ will not take pleasure in us. We have all tasted that one, in some way and at some point in our lives.
I am fascinated by human animus. The amount of attention, energy and discipline it takes to keep dominion over our thoughts, weaknesses and flaws. I cannot imagine going through my day not applying that discipline. Some days are better than others. But boy, does that refuge from ourselves ever hit paydirt.
Thank you Jesus for the Light of the Truth and for the Sacraments that give me the strength to save me from myself.
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace: Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum: Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My eyes have seen the salvation You have prepared in the sight of every people, A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.