Thursday, October 18

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. ” … the two sovereign princes, Saint Michael and Saint Gabriel, were the assistants of the Virgin on this occasion.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) At the birth of Christ, God manifest in the flesh, these two angels stood at a respectful distance and then, at the proper moment, stepped forward and taking the Babe presented Him to His Mother, placing Him with love and reverence in her arms. To be attended by angels. We might think this very special, and it is. But consider … Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. See Hebrews 13:8. There is nothing that He ever was or will be that He isn’t NOW. And so He is always on the cross, always in the tomb, always walking the shores of Galilee, always healing the blind man, and always the Babe. When we receive Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament we receive the Divine Child just as His Mother did on that first Christmas day. Just as He was placed in her arms and held to her bosom just so is He pace in our bosom, our heart. And just as she was attended to by angels we also are surrounded by a Heavenly host, protected, guarded, and served. Our Guardian Angel is there, right there, with us as we receive Him. Our Guardian Angel, there for us as always. Our Guardian Angel is one of our closest, our best friends. With us from our birth, a wittness to His birth, a helper in this new birth of fresh life and grace. Lets remember who it is that stands next to us the next time we’re in line for Holy Communion.

Today … Our saint today is the physician, St. Luke. Maybe he delivered babies, who knows? He has certainly delivered Christ to us via his gospel. According to tradition Luke was a Greek Gentile born at Antioch in Syria, where we were first called Christians and also first called Catholic. Its only St. Luke that tells us about the parable of the Good Samaritan and the faith of the Gentiles like the widow of Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian, Luke 25-27, and the grateful Samaritan leper, Luke 17:11-19. His gospel broadens Christs outreach to include folks other than the Jews. The Gospel is all inclusive and St. Luke lets us know that. Any good doctor, in treating his patients well, gives them helpful information. In this case the information helps us stay spiritually healthy because we know from St. Luke that no one is left without health care in God’s Kingdom. Maybe modern governments could take a hint here. Being a Gentile, and possibly a slave because it wasn’t an uncommon practice to train certain slaves in medicine so that the family would have a resident physician, Luke helps us understand our position as children of God. In this he certainly delivers babies even today.

And so … Mark 2:17.

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  1. Inspirational as always .When I am alone You are my friend and always keeping me on the right path.I thank you ,Your message is in my heart ..

    • Thank you, that means a lot. 🙂

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