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<< Saturday, August 3, 2002 >>
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
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Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 Matthew 14:1-12
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"John had told him, 'It is not right for you to live with her.' " —Matthew 14:4

Jeremiah courageously confronted his opponents: "It was the Lord Who sent me to prophesy" (Jer 26:12) and "Mark well: if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves" (Jer 26:15). Uriah prophesied the same thing to the same people as Jeremiah did (Jer 26:20). However, instead of courageously confronting his enemies, he "fled in fear to Egypt" (Jer 26:21). King Jehoiakim had him hunted down and killed (Jer 26:23). Courage makes a difference how you live or die. Be another Jeremiah, not a Uriah.

John the Baptist courageously confronted Herod regarding his adultery (Mt 14:4). Herod lacked courage, as he was manipulated by fear of public opinion (Mt 14:5), of what others might say (Mt 14:9). John was a martyr; Herod, a killer. Courage can be the difference between love and sin or between salvation and damnation.

Fifty-five years ago today I was baptized. This, of course, was the greatest day of my life. Through Baptism, I received a share in God's nature (2 Pt 1:4), became a child of God, and an heir of God's kingdom. Pray for me to live my Baptism courageously. "Pray for me that God may put His word on my lips, that I may courageously make known the mystery of the gospel" (Eph 6:19). "Pray that I may have courage to proclaim it as I ought" (Eph 6:20).

Be courageous, fearless, unintimidated, and free.

Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to give me the courage of the first Christians and the martyrs.
Promise: "Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the Lord your God, so that the Lord will repent of the evil with which He threatens you." —Jer 26:13
Praise: Margaret courageously went against the opinions of her parents and trusted her heavenly Father. She and her husband's openness to life produced for her parents eight wonderful grandchildren.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002
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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