August 16, 2012
In John 6 we read that Jesus said “no one can come to me unless the Father draws him” and at first glance this can be startling. Perhaps it never startled you, but it did me. However, after meditating on it and just being with Him, I came to find that words which sounded as though they were excluding were actually giving me life, ETERNAL life!
We are perhaps, at this moment (well, I am) singing a familiar song in our hearts. This song brings tears to my eyes and sends my heart and soul soaring! For, you see, we were drawn in. We love Him because He first loved us! How amazing is it that with all my flaws and constant mistakes . . . my hurts, my weakness, my stumbling, He chose me for His own? Life is amazing not because I got it right, but because He transforms it, transforms me, and most of all draws me close and loves me!
February 23, 2012
On February 24th we celebrate the feast of St Matthias! The book of Acts tells us that he became the 12th diciple replacing Judas Iscariot, chosen by the 11.
“23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. ” Acts 1:23-26
February 23, 2012
Today, February 23 is the feast day of St Polycarp of Smyrna, a martyr burned at the stake. A Christian in the early church, he was bishop of Smyrna in the second century AD. His objective was to imitate Christ in his life and did it well.
It is written that the fire failed to touch him and thus he was then stabbed as well. He is believed to have been a disciple of the Apostle John.