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<< Wednesday, June 3, 1998 >> St. Charles Lwanga & Companions
2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12
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Psalm 123 Mark 12:18-27
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"Jesus said: 'You are badly misled, because you fail to understand the Scriptures or the power of God.' " —Mark 12:24

Jesus said to the Sadducees and has said to each of us: "You are very much mistaken" (Mk 12:27). When Jesus shows His love for us by telling us we're wrong, do we thank Him or do we ignore Him? When Jesus criticizes us for not understanding "the Scriptures or the power of God" (Mk 12:24), do we persist in denial and become defensive, or do we repent of making a pretense of religion by negating its power? (2 Tm 3:5) Are we trying to understand the Scriptures, or will the indictment against us on Judgment Day be: "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ"? (quoted from St. Jerome)

In His mercy, Jesus corrects us. It is a privilege to be corrected by Jesus, "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6), God Himself. "He who loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid" (Prv 12:1). "The man who remains stiff-necked and hates rebuke will be crushed suddenly beyond cure" (Prv 29:1). Therefore, let's thankfully take correction from the Lord. The Lord's correction means there is hope for the future and the grace to grow in holiness. Let's receive His correction and go to Confession regularly and frequently. Jesus wants to say to us: "You were very much mistaken, but you have repented and now see the light."

Prayer: Jesus, please correct me.
Promise: "I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you. The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise." —2 Tm 1:6-7
Praise: Pope Paul VI declared that the canonizations of Charles and his companions "inaugurate a new age" and praised their "simplicity and unshakable fidelity."
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 29, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 2, 1997
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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