21 Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily
Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina
Who Then Is This?
Mary: “You have no reason to fear. Although we prepared your soul, you must unceasingly feel that you are an instrument in our hands. Attribute nothing to yourself. Fear is inevitable, it is a reflection of your pride. Do you think you are capable of anything? Devote yourself fully, my little one. Recognize your nothingness. We will lead you.” (Mary) (December 1, 1962)
Today’s Readings: Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him. (Luke 5)
Prayer Meditation- Lord we praise You today because we read in the Gospel about how Herod is perplexed by who Jesus is. You see, Herod thought he was in control as he had already beheaded John the Baptist. And now there was a new prophet and he was curious. Herod represents the cynicism, corruption and worldliness so present particularly in the last century and today. And into the mix of our recent times came Padre Pio, a prophet, a stigmatist, and a miracle worker both in and out of the confessional. And the world was curious about him too, he was even on the cover of Life Magazine, but like Herod, our generation so often fails to see You Lord when You are in our midst despite signs and wonders. Lord Jesus, when you were on the Earth You were humble and You attributed everything to the Father. Padre Pio was humble and attributed nothing to himself even as he was persecuted even in the Church. He lived for You Lord! And You are asking us Lord to be instruments of Your Grace in these times- not to fear as we recognize our nothingness as You lead us in Your Most Holy and Divine Will. Others may or may not say about us, who then is this, as we quietly make sacrifices and acts of reparation for the world we are in today, but let us be faithful like Padre Pio and also like You Lord Jesus, totally united to the Holy Trinity in all that we do for Your Glory!