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<< Monday, February 11, 2019 >> Our Lady of Lourdes
Genesis 1:1-19
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Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35 Mark 6:53-56
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"God saw how good it was." —Genesis 1:10, 12

God's first creation was "good" (Gn 1:10, 12, 18, 25). God's new creation in Jesus Christ is even better. "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation" (2 Cor 5:17). "All that matters is that one is created anew" (Gal 6:15).

God made His first creation "good," but through the deceit of Satan, man fell into sin. Since then, all creation has been groaning in sorrow and agony (Rm 8:22). Then God gave His only Son to renew mankind and creation — not just to restore them to their original goodness, but to make them wondrously new and far better than before. Jesus healed all creation (Mk 6:56) and made it new (Is 43:19; Rv 21:5).

What would you rather have, the good or the best? Many want a pristine world, where Mother Nature is left unspoiled. The environment is made into nearly a god in itself. God did make a beautiful world, and safeguarding it is a good thing. However, Jesus has come to renew creation in the Church. Jesus' idea is the best one. He says: "See, I make all things new!" (Rv 21:5)

Creation yearns for its fulfillment in Jesus (Rm 8:22). Do your part to restore creation from its groaning over sin. Repent of anything that prevents Jesus from restoring you.

Prayer: Father, mold me as You wish. I give You permission to form and reform my soul the way You see fit.
Promise: "All who touched [Jesus] got well." —Mk 6:56
Praise: The Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, shrunk the growth in Clara's throat.
(This teaching was submitted by member of our editorial team.)

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