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<< Tuesday, February 18, 1997 >>
 
Isaiah 55:10-11
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Psalm 34 Matthew 6:7-15
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THE WORD FOR LENT (see Feb. 27)

 
"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it." —Isaiah 55:11
 

God's word does not return void but achieves the end for which it is sent. Because God's word is always "living and effective" (Heb 4:12), it is "more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces" (Ps 119:72). Therefore, we should read and share God's word daily (Acts 17:11), for "ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ" (St. Jerome).

This Lent, may God's word find a home in your life. "Humbly welcome the word that has taken root in you, with its power to save you" (Jas 1:21). Like Jesus, use God's word to resist the temptations of Satan (Lk 4:4, 8, 12). Abide in God's word (Jn 8:31). Soak in it, and let yourselves be purified "in the bath of water by the power of the word" (Eph 5:26). Delight in the word of the Lord and meditate on it day and night (see Ps 1:2). "Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it; then you will successfully attain your goal" (Jos 1:8). This Lent, prepare for Easter by taking a long walk with Jesus as He interprets for you "every passage of Scripture which (refers) to Him" (Lk 24:27). A Lent in God's word is a Lent in God's will — a Lent of a lifetime.

 
Prayer: Father, this Lent may Your word burn in me and purify me (Lk 24:32).
Promise: "Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who wrong us." —Mt 6:11-12
Praise: Several pre-teens and teenagers join with a group of adults to faithfully prepare One Bread, One Body for mailout. The book you are currently reading may have been provided to you through the love of a teenager.
 
(Easter is approaching. To abide in the word, order our leaflet, Through the New Testament in Easter.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 1, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 6, 1996
 
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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