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<< Monday, November 8, 1999 >>
 
Wisdom 1:1-7
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Psalm 139 Luke 17:1-6
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THE LIFE OF MIRACLES

 
"If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore, 'Be uprooted and transplanted into the sea,' and it would obey you." —Luke 17:6
 

The Lord commands us to:

  • correct our brothers and sisters when they sin (Lk 17:3),
  • repent of our own sins before we correct others (Mt 7:5),
  • forgive those who repent of their sins — no matter how many times they sin (Lk 17:3-4),
  • forgive those who do not repent and who continue to wrong us (see Lk 23:34), and
  • forgive and love our enemies (Mt 5:44), as Jesus does.

It is obviously impossible to obey these commands of Jesus. Correcting others is a dangerous business. People usually don't like to be corrected. Repenting of sin is humanly impossible, for sin blinds us to our sins. Also, as Alexander Pope said: "To err is human; to forgive is divine."

Jesus is calling us to do the impossible and to live the life of miracles — miracles of confrontation, reconciliation, repentance, forgiveness, freedom, holiness, and love. To receive these miraculous graces, we need faith. So let us pray with the apostles: "Increase our faith" (Lk 17:5). By faith, we will conquer kingdoms, obtain God's promises (Heb 11:33), and live the life of miracles.

 
Prayer: Father, after I receive several miracles of forgiveness, may I see several miracles of healing.
Promise: "The Spirit of the Lord fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows what man says." —Wis 1:7
Praise: When Thomas decided to forgive, his blood pressure went down.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 10, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 16, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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