Saint John of Damascus
Readings For the day:
On this mountain, the Lord of host will provide for all peoples, A feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy rich food and pure choice wine. -Isaiah 25:6
As it is depicted in the Gospel today, Jesus went up on a mountain and sat down there, great crowd came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, and many others.-Matthew 15:29,30. Jesus reigns in Heaven at the right hand of the Father and he invites all to come to him, whatever diseases, trouble or pain we may possess, he calls us to come to him. Let us also share our joy with him as well. So, let us not stop coming to his presence in his sacred dwelling for only him possess True healing from above. Let us gather round to offer sacrifices of worship and praise.
God prepares a sacred table for us whenever we partake in the holy banquet of the mass where he longs to feed our soul. He wants to refresh our weakened body that have been journeying with him all along. God is full of compassion, so, we must not neglect to partake in the most holy body and blood of his son. He feeds us always and leads us along in green pasture, to a place where we would be fully united with him, where death would have no control over us and tears would no longer be on our face. A place of eternal Bliss. Are you on the path to the Fields?.
Let us also try to spend time in holy adoration, staring at the face of the holy Shepherd, confessing always to be his lamb, to be led by his rod and staff. A lamb that knows no one but him and never letting go of his Holy hands. A lamb that is not afraid of whatever the enemy may bring, for God is by our side. We have the example of saint John of Damascus for us today to learn from, who chose to be led by God, defended the faith against the iconoclast, jacobites and Monothelites of his time. The Greek Father vast in learning and wisdom heeded to God’s invite and delighted always in his Presence.
Only Goodness and Kindness follow us, all the days of our Life; and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come, Amen.-Psalm 23:6