PERIOD - THE EXODUS
DAY 45 – PRAY FOR PRIESTS
Let me live, that I may praise thee, and let thy ordinances help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments. – Psalm 119:175-176
It’s so important to pray for priests. The new covenant priests have been called to belong to the Lord and so pray that more may be called. We need them.
They have been called to lead people in worship and be our intercessors with the Lord. They have been called to be holy as have all Christians.
Our call to holiness is a call to be the best versions of ourselves. When we fall, we are given the grace to repent and turn back to God into His welcoming arms, and begin again. Priests are called to a higher holiness by their very position in our Church. Pray for them that they may never fall and pray for those who have.
In our priestly duties, pray for all of us to be holy. Pray that we may be filled with God’s grace and mercy so that we might continually strive to be holy. Pray this for our priests that they may also be filled with God’s grace to remain holy always.
Our prayers extend today into Psalm 119 and the last two verses of the psalm. “Seek out your servant.” (Psalm 119:176, NRSV) We must pray that God never stops seeking us out. Pray that God will race after us and search for us. Pray that God will bring us back home to Him.
"Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be.”
- St. Therese of Lisieux
July 7 2022
PERIOD - A KINGDOM DIVIDED
DAY 188 – THE BOOK OF THE LAW
2 Kings 22
2 Chronicles 33
“Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes ….. “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book.” – 2 Kings 22:10-11,13
Josiah was only eight years old when he began to reign following the death of his father, Amon. In the eighteenth year of his reign, he began work on the house of the Lord after having purged Judah of all the high places. The high priest, Hilkiah, found the book of the law and asked Shaphan the secretary to take it to the king.
Josiah, hearing the words from the book of the law, immediately took them to heart and he was distraught that “our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” (2 Kings 22:13) This is incredible that the book of the law had been forgotten by the people of Judah!
Reflect on what you might have forgotten over the years about our faith – the sacraments, grace, the commandments It is so important that we never stop learning and reading and listening to things of our faith. Scripture is the living word – we hear it with ears that are listening from where we are at that moment in time.
Proverbs 7 can be seen as a metaphor for all sin. In fact, adultery is often used as a metaphor for idolatry. The author of Proverbs is telling us that all sin draws our heart away from things that are true. Reflect on verse 9: “in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness”. We often sin under cover of darkness or anonymity, when no one knows who we are or what we do. We do not sin around people who know us, in the light. Our call is to accountability – light not darkness.
We also read today about Manasseh particularly when he became a vassal in Babylon and became humbled. When he repented in front of the Lord, the Lord heard his voice. He led so many people into sin – and the Lord heard him. Hope! Turn back to God and repent – heal what sin has broken. There is nothing God cannot heal.
"Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book.”
- St John Bosco