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<< Tuesday, February 13, 2001 >>
 
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
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Psalm 29 Mark 8:14-21
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THE BROKEN-HEARTED GOD

 
"His heart was grieved." —Genesis 6:6
 

God was "depressed." "He regretted that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was grieved" (Gn 6:6). Jesus was frustrated. After multiplying loaves and fish twice, Jesus was exasperated that His disciples still did not understand (Mk 8:21).

Although God can never be depressed and frustrated, and although He can never regret what He has done, God, in a manner of speaking, has a vulnerable, breakable heart. When He became man, His heart was literally breakable and broken. Even after Jesus' resurrection and glorification, He can continue to be crucified (Heb 6:6). Thus, the prophecy of the image of Jesus' Sacred Heart depicts God with a broken, bleeding, wounded heart.

Although God doesn't need us — He is all-powerful and totally self-sufficient — God Who is Love (1 Jn 4:16) desires to be loved. Even if billions of people continue to reject His love, God is looking for the Noahs (Gn 6:8), Elijahs, Jobs, and Marys who love Him passionately even in this culture of death, sin, and selfishness.

Be a Noah; love Love. Kiss God's broken heart.

 
Prayer: Father, by Your grace I will never stop loving You. I will never love You less.
Promise: "Give to the Lord, you sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise." —Ps 29:1
Praise: Fr. Joseph, a Ugandan priest serving as a missionary to the Sudan, has baptized 15,000 Sudanese people into the Catholic Church in the last six years.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
 
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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