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<< Thursday, March 16, 2000 >>
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
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Psalm 138 Matthew 7:7-12
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"Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, likewise had recourse to the Lord." —Esther C:12

Esther was alone, helpless, and in danger of being killed (Est C:14-15). At certain times, many of us feel as Esther did. However, in Christ we can never be alone, for the Father is with us (see Jn 16:32), Jesus has not left us orphaned (Jn 14:18), and the Holy Spirit has made our bodies His temple (1 Cor 6:19). Moreover, in our helplessness and weakness, God's power reaches perfection (2 Cor 12:9). Furthermore, being in danger of death is not an insurmountable problem for us. Jesus commanded us: "Do not fear those who deprive the body of life but cannot destroy the soul" (Mt 10:28). Because Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25), we are not afraid to die (see Heb 2:15). Death has lost its sting and "is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor 15:54).

"What shall we say after that? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rm 8:31) "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?" (Rm 8:35) "In all this we are more than conquerors because of Him Who has loved us" (Rm 8:37). In Christ, rejoice always. "I say it again. Rejoice!" (Phil 4:4)

Prayer: Father, since I've given my life to Christ, the only way I can have a bad day is by sinning. May I be faithful to You.
Promise: "Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you." —Mt 7:7
Praise: On a Marriage Encounter weekend, Marge heard and received  the message that God truly loved her. To the joy of her Catholic husband, she was filled with a desire to become a Catholic herself. They now receive the Eucharist side-by-side as a witness to their unity in Jesus.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, July 28, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 3, 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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