23 Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Five O’clock Saints- Your Ways Are Not Our Ways!
Those accepting the Flame of Love will be intoxicated by the abundance of graces and they will proclaim everywhere, as I said before, that such a torrent of grace has never been granted since the Word became Flesh.” (November 7, 1963)
Today’s Readings: ‘My friend, I am not cheating you.
Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20)
Prayer Meditation- Lord we are living in extraordinary times. We are living in the times prophesied by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. He has said us, the faithful, in these times, “They shall be the true apostles of the latter times. They shall have in their mouths the two-edged sword of the Word of God. They shall carry on their shoulders the bloody standard of the Cross, the Crucifix in their right hand and the Rosary in their left, the sacred Names of Jesus and Mary in their hearts, and the modesty and mortification of Jesus Christ in their own behavior. (True Devotion to Jesus Through Mary)” In these times of tribulation, we are living in a time of extraordinary grace because we are also living in times of unprecedented darkness. And what is grace exactly- unmerited favor! We have a rich tradition of saints in the Catholic Church, those who “bore the day’s burden and the heat” by faithful perseverance. And it can be very hard to believe that right here, right now, You have called pretty much anyone who has ears to listen and give our little “yes” the ability to become great saints just by opening ourselves through Mary to the Flame of Love, which is You living in us! Not some great big staircase of sanctity, but the elevator described by St. Therese Lisieux if only we realize that we are little nothings, little five o’clock laborers called at the end of the day to receive all that You desire to give us without cost (Isaiah 55) because Your Ways are not our Ways and the best is yet to come! What a great time to be alive!