imagine if Our Lord Jesus Christ
is reassuring and encouraging you thus....
your Friend. The Companion of the dreary ways of life.
rob those ways of their grayness and horror. I transform
them. Even in earthly friendships the common way, the weary way,
the steep way, may seem a way to Heaven if the presence of some loved
human friend transforms them.
the Sabbath calm enwrap your mind and heart. Let it be a
rest from the worry and fret of life, a halt by the busy highway when
you seek some rest and shade.
you ever realized the wonder of the friendship you can have with
Have you ever thought what it means to be able to summon at
will the God of the World?
with a privileged visitor to an earthly king there is the palace
ante-chamber, and the time must be at the pleasure of the king.
to My subjects I have given the right to enter My Presence when
they will, nay more they can summon Me to bedside, to
workshop - and I am there.
Divine Love do more? Your nearest earthly friend cannot be
with you on the instant. Your Lord, your Master, your
Divine Friend - Yes.
men seek to worship Me they think of the worlds I rule over, of
creation, of mighty law and order - and then they feel the awe that
you I say feel awe, feel the desire to worship Me in wondering
amazement. But think too of the mighty, tender, humble
condescension of My Friendship. Think of Me in the little things
of everyday life.
miguel de Portugal
However, some conditions do apply:
25 And there went great
multitudes with him. And turning, he said to them:
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his
father, and mother,
and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life
also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not carry his cross
and come after me,
cannot be my disciple. [Lk: 14:25-27]
likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he
possesseth, cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose
wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither profitable for the land nor
for the dunghill,
but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Of course what is meant by "hate this one and that one" is that God must come first
before one's father, mother, wife, children, brethren, sisters and,
yes, one's self too.
The closer we get to the fulfillment of the requirements of
discipleship as we see in the readings above, the more today's Divine
Revelations will be made manifest in our lives.
You are invited to be an instrument in reaching all
who must be reached in His Name.
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