Firewood … Tuesday, May 14

Green on left,Seasoned on right

Green on the left,Seasoned (dry) on the right.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross. “For if in the case of green wood they do these things, what is to happen in the case of the dry?” Luke 23:31. Jesus made this comment to the people following Him as He carried His cross to Calvary. He was letting them know just what it was that they had to look forward to. Jesus is the “green” wood, we, His disciples, are the “dry”. What’s the difference between green wood and dry? Well, there are various differences, but for our now let’s think about it this way: Green wood isn’t meant for burning, and you don’t choose green wood when you’re looking for firewood. Jesus is sinless and so not suitable for death. But they killed Him anyway, didn’t they? Green wood still has sap in it, it still has its “life energy”. Jesus, God Almighty, has ALL of the life force in Him. He IS Life Force! But He allowed Himself to be crucified anyway. We, on the other hand, are dry wood. We have no life force of our own, we have no life force left, we have no life outside of Christ. We’re born in sin and suitable for burning. And that’s a part of what Hell is all about, isn’t it? Of course it’s not us and it’s not the fallen angels who go gathering the firewood up at the end, is it? It’s the good angels along with Jesus when He comes again. “Thus shall it be in the completion of the age: the angels shall go forth and sever the wicked from the midst of the just, … ” Matthew 13:49. Not everything that burns burns in Hell. And that’s what Purgatory is all about, isn’t it? And then of course there is the dryness of our spiritual life as believers here on earth compared to what it can be, what it should be, and what it will be. Also, dry wood isn’t, in the world’s view, good for much. Its dead fall and stuff to pick up (get rid of) out of the yard. It’s in the way, it’s a nuisance, and the world treats us accordingly, doesn’t it?

Today …  St. Maria Dominic Mazzarello

St. Maria Dominic Mazzarello

St. Maria Dominic Mazzarello

Co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Auxiliatrix or Our Lady Help of Christians and a disciple of St. John Bosco. She was born near Genoa, Italy, and joined the Pious Union of Mary Immaculate while young. Her institute formed slowly, aided by St. John Bosco, despite her bout with typhoid. She was the first superior general in 1872 when St. John Bosco received approval from Pope Pius IX. The Salesian Sisters, as they are called, spread rapidly. By 1900, there were nearly eight hundred foundations. She was canonized in 1951 by Pope Pius XII. OK, so we’re dry wood. But we don’t need to stay that way because we’ve been grafted into the Body of Christ. “And if some of the branches be broken, and thou, being a wild olive, art ingrafted in them, and art made partaker of the root, and of the fatness of the olive tree, … ” Romans 11:17. Like I said above, ” … there is the dryness of our spiritual life as believers here on earth compared to what it can be … ” This lady, St. Mazzarello, proves what we CAN be. Remember that just because wood is dry now doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. So we do what with dry wood in order that it not be dry anymore? Soak it in water. The more we become like Jesus, the less dry we are. “He that believeth in me, as the scripture saith, Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38. And there’s the Fountain we get the water from to soak ourselves in. Immerse yourself in Christ.

Remember … “For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall rule them, and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17.