“Think not Thyself wholly forsaken, though for a time I have sent thee some tribulation, or withdrawn from thee thy wished-for consolation, for this is the way to the kingdom of heaven.” (from Marian Missal 1958)
This thought sums up the readings for Mass today (Traditional Rite: 9th Sunday after Pentecost). The other readings today directly relate to us today.
The Bible is the Word of God, Divinely inspired. We need to hear these words, and meditate on them frequently. God guides us with His Words, because He is our loving Father, Who cares for us and will guide us, consoles us and shows us the way.
The Introit expresses feelings the prayer within our hearts that many of God’s children are feeling today:
“Behold God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul: turn back
the evils upon my enemies, and cut them off in Thy truth, O Lord my protector. (Ps. 53: 3) Save me, O God, by Thy Name, and deliver me in Thy strength…”
In the next prayer,(the Collect) the priest implores God for us:
“Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliant people:and that Thou may grant their desire to those that seek, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee.”
In the Epistle (1 Corinthians 10: 6-13) St Paul reminds us of temptations to sin which come from the world, the flesh and the devil. One priest today, in his homily explained that there were 2 meanings for “temptation”: that it refers to sin; and also the other meaning is “being put to the test”. This last point lit up like a lightbulb for me. It explains a lot of our crosses and events in our daily lives – God tests us, and in being tested and overcoming, we grow in virtue. God does not allow us to undergo anything which we are not able to withstand. In our present climate (spiritual and secular), this is important to remember.
“Brethren, let us not covet evil things, as they also coveted. Neither become
ye idolaters,…. Neither let us commit fornication, … Neither let us tempt Christ,
…. Neither do you murmur, …and were destroyed by the destroyer. …Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human: and God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able, but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.”
In the Gradual, our prayer which is welling up in the hearts of so many today, is repeated :
“Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps. 58: 2) Deliver me from my enemies, O my God: and defend me from them that rise up against me. Alleluia”
The Gospel reading is from Luke 19: 41-47. It tells us how Jesus wept over Jerusalem because He foresaw what would happen to them. But right after that, he went to the temple and cleansed it of the sellers that were within it, denigrating the house of God.
“At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, seeing the city, He wept over it, saying: If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, and thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee on every side, and beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee; and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone, because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation. And entering into the temple, He began to cast out them that sold therein, and them, that bought, saying to them: It is written, “My house is the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And He was teaching daily in the temple.”
In these times, we can depend on God, our Father, and Jesus, our Saviour who weep for us; who have seen what is to happen and warned us, but have not taken heed. But we also know, from His Divine Word in the Scriptures, that He will act. The church is filled with Apostasy and heresy and error, the Word of God is twisted – all this has kept into the worship which is offered and the false teachings that are promulgated- unworthy Communions, LGBT, blasphemy against Our Lady, Pachamama worship….
Yes indeed … Heaven weeps!!!
In the Book of Truth, we see so clearly that Jesus shares our grief. He continually, in almost every message shares His grief for us, our anguish and anxiety, our feelings of helplessness, our fear of what is coming, to console our breaking hearts re what is happening in the Church and in our families. We know, as we read, that we have a heavenly Father, Saviour and Mother, who care for us deeply, and do not want to lose any of us,; who warn us against what is to come, so that we are ready for the fight.
In the meantime, we must feed our souls with heavenly food and worship God in a way that is built on Holy Scripture, on the Tradition which stems from Christ, and on the Holy Magisterium that is faithful to the Church that Christ established. As the Holy Bible tells us, Jesus will cleanse His Church of anything that is not Holy and does not induce true worship of our Supreme God and Saviour.
In the meantime, we have to make do, and thank God for live-streamed Masses, for the rebel priests who do secret Masses and spread the word, all the while with the danger of our actions being observed during the “lockdowns” and some who offer the Holy Sacrifice in homes, and all the others who at least visit homes to offer us the Sacraments of Penance and holy Communion.
In the meantime, it is well to dwell on the Communion Verse in today’s Mass:
“(John 6: 57) He that eats My Flesh, and drinks My
Blood, abides in Me, and I in him, saith the Lord.”
Excerpts from the Book of Truth
Jesus warns us of what to look out for :
‘The devil will deceive many who belong to My Church in this time in history. He will do this in the most charming and convincing way and he will justify lies when his servants will say that I would approve of these new changes. I, Jesus Christ, will be misquoted in order to win over souls. My Teachings will be twisted in order to destroy My Church and steal those souls closest to Me. Millions will accept the lies, without a care in the world. You must pray for them in the hope that they will realise, in time, that something is wrong.”( 6 Oct 2013)
Jesus consoles us:
“While I weep at the way in which evil and greed have gripped the world I am also full of joy because of the pure love My followers show to Me, their Jesus. How they bring Me solace, comfort and how I wish I could wrap them in My Arms. How I wish they could hear Me tell them how much I love them. How I long for the day when I reach out My hand, grasp their hand in Mine and draw them into My New Kingdom when they will come home to Me at last.”( 2 June, 2012)
He reminds priests of Church teachings:
“My Church is My Body. All those who believe in Me are part of My Body. Those who are part of Me will follow My Teachings. Those who say they lead My followers must abide by the Word of God. Their role is to defend the Truth – not deviate from it.”(1 Jan. 2015)
Advice to priests:
“If you are being pulled away from Me, and if My Word is being rejected by the world, then the duty of My sacred servants is to remind the world of what is right and what is wrong. When they remove themselves from matters, which concern the soul in exchange for matters, which amount to socialism, then know that this is a subtle and cunning deception. It also betrays all trust in Me.” (1 Jan. 2015)
God the Father tells us what to expect, what we will feel, and its effect on some priests
“As I draw you away from the enemy, many of you will find it difficult to remain true to the Word of God. You will be tormented by doubts, lack of courage to adhere to the Holy Word and a terror of being declared a traitor to the Church. The battle for souls will be as intense, as it was during My Son’s Time on Earth. The greatest difficulty will be brought about because of the failure on the part of My Son’s holy servants to detect deceit within their own ranks. And so, they will, because of their lukewarm faith and lack of discernment, lead many of their fellow clergy into serious error, as foretold.”(March 24, 2014
We are warned:
“You must not allow yourselves to be taken like slaves. You must not succumb to absurd laws, which deny your free will. Never forget that you were born with the gift of free will – a Gift from God.” ( 31 March 2013
“…The global vaccination I told you about in 2010 will soon be witnessed….” (3 Oct. 2014)
“Democracy will be replaced with dictatorships, yet they will not be presented to nations as such. When millions have signed away all their rights, in the name of new tolerant laws, it will be too late. You will become prisoners. (9 N0v. 2012)
The Seals of Revelation are explained:
“My dearest daughter, the famine, which will grip the world as the Third Seal is opened, will not be confined to the lack of food for the body. The famine I speak of will be starvation of the spirit, as every trace of the Truth will be erased by the enemies who infiltrate the Church, created on Earth by My Son, Jesus Christ, in union with His Body”. (March 24, 2014)
A Promise from God the Father:
“To those who do hear My Voice, follow Me and help Me build My Remnant Church on Earth. I will lead you through the havoc, which will be wielded by the antichrist.You will not suffer the torment, which will befall those who refuse to reject false idols, greed, materialism and lust for power.I Call on all of My children, to listen. I ask you to open your eyes, before it is too late.” (21 Feb 2012”