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Friday, February 13, 1998

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1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19
Psalm 81
Mark 7:31-37

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"Jesus took him off by himself away from the crowd." —Mark 7:33

Jesus sometimes healed people impersonally. When He healed hundreds at one time, He probably didn't know the names of many who were healed. When Jesus healed a woman who was hemorrhag­ing for twelve years, He didn't even know she was healed until after the fact (Mk 5:30). However, Jesus' healing of the deaf man with a speech impediment was one of His most personal healings. Jesus took this man "off by himself away from the crowd" (Mk 7:33). He gave him One-on-one attention. Jesus "put His fingers into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his tongue" (Mk 7:33).

Do you need Jesus' very personal touch for healing? If so, step out of the crowded conditions of your life. Lock yourself in a prayer closet with Jesus (see Mt 6:6). Have a heart-to-heart talk with Jesus. Meet Jesus in solitude and silence. Intimately receive the body and blood of Jesus into your body (see Jn 6:56).

People may laugh at you and call you stupid or ugly, but Jesus treasures you. You are beautiful in Him and to Him. Come away to be alone with Jesus. He loves you so much He died for you. Be alone with Jesus; be alone with Love Himself (see 1 Jn 4:16).

Prayer:  Father, open me and free me so that I will speak freely and plainly of Your love (see Mk 7:34-35).

Promise:  "If only My people would hear Me, and Israel walk in My ways, quickly would I humble their enemies."—Ps 81:14-15

Praise:  For over a decade, Sarah has faithfully devoted several hours weekly to adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Reference:  (To come closer to Jesus as you are alone with Him, consider ordering our book, Conversion-Conversations. This book contains forty weeks of brief daily prayer conversations that will bring you deeply into His heart.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997