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<< Saturday, July 13, 2002 >> St. Henry
 
Isaiah 6:1-8
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Psalm 93 Matthew 10:24-33
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SELF-LOVE AND FEARLESS EVANGELIZATION

 
"Do not be afraid of anything. You are worth more than an entire flock of sparrows." —Matthew 10:31
 

Jesus repeatedly commands us to speak His word in the light and proclaim it from the rooftops (Mt 10:27). We must acknowledge Jesus before men (Mt 10:32) and never be ashamed of the gospel (Rm 1:16).

However, the devil tries to stop our proclamation of the gospel by trying to intimidate us through fear of death and of other things (Mt 10:26, 28, 31).

The good news is that Jesus has given us the grace to be unaffected by Satan's intimidations. The Lord graces us to love ourselves and to recognize our self-worth in Him. We then know we are worth more than an entire flock of sparrows (Mt 10:31). In fact, we are of inestimable worth because we are children of God, bought at the price of Jesus' blood (1 Cor 6:20). We are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own to proclaim the glorious works of the One Who called (us) from darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pt 2:9).

For you to tell the world about Jesus, let Jesus tell you about yourself. Then you will be a free, fearless witness for Jesus. Love yourself so you will love your neighbors by giving them the greatest gift, the good news of Jesus (see Mt 22:39). Love yourself into fearless evangelization.

 
Prayer: Father, if I love You, I will love myself and love my neighbor so much that I will tell them of Jesus' love.
Promise: "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' 'Here I am;' I said; 'send me!' " —Is 6:8
Praise: St. Henry, king of Bavaria, came from a holy family. His brother became a bishop, his sister married a saint, and another sister became abbess of a monastery. Finally, his wife also became a canonized saint.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 2001
 
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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