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<< Thursday, October 30, 2003 >>
 
Romans 8:31-39
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Psalm 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31 Luke 13:31-35
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"If God is for us, who can be against us?" —Romans 8:31
 

St. Paul asks: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?" (Rm 8:35) This was no mere rhetorical question for Paul. He had experienced first-hand all of these dangers and more (see 2 Cor 11:23ff). He knew for "certain" that nothing could separate him from the love of God (Rm 8:38, 39). This certain knowledge of God's personal love for him gave Paul the courage to be more than a conqueror (Rm 8:37). No threat could deter Paul from carrying out his mission.

When the Pharisees told Jesus that Herod was trying to kill him (Lk 13:31), this was no idle threat. Herod had just finished killing John the Baptizer, and he would also kill his own son who posed a threat to his kingdom. Jesus, however, was also certain of His Father's enduring love for Him. Undaunted, Jesus proceeded directly toward Jerusalem, Herod's hometown (Lk 13:33). It turned out that Herod indeed had the chance to kill Jesus, but didn't even harm Him (Lk 23:8ff). No threat could deter Jesus from carrying out His mission.

We are baptized into Jesus, and like Paul, we have a mission from God. "Do not be afraid" (Mt 10:31). No threat can deter you from carrying out your God-given mission.

 
Prayer: Father, I will not be intimidated (Mt 10:26) by threats to stop me from loving and serving You.
Promise: "He stood at the right hand of the poor man, to save him from those who would condemn him." —Ps 109:31
Praise: Viola, a quadriplegic, prays assiduously for the conversion of her son and for wisdom for her daughter, who serves in the state legislature.
 
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Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 28, 2003
 
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