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Thursday, July 16, 1998

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19
Psalm 102
Matthew 11:28-30

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"Come to Me." —Matthew 11:28

Come to Jesus, "all you who are weary and find life burdensome" (Mt 11:28). He will give you not necessarily what you want or think you need; rather, He will give you His way and His judgments (Is 26:8). The Lord Jesus will give you the desire of your soul — if His name, Jesus, and His title, Lord, are your desire (Is 26:8).

The Lord calls you to come to Him for His sake, not so much for the sake of what He can do for you. "For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines, though the yield of the olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment, though the flocks disappear from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God" (Hab 3:17-18). Come to Jesus not to be served, but to serve and to give your life to Him (see Mt 20:28). Come to Jesus "in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health." Come to Jesus with no ulterior motives. Come to Jesus in unconditional love. Come to Jesus with no agenda except to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Lk 10:27).

Prayer:  Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me pure love through the intercession of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Promise:  "Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth. But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust." —Is 26:18-19

Praise:  Father Pierre was a brusque priest who celebrated Mass quickly and did not interact closely with his parishioners. One day, a group of Carmelite families traveling on pilgrimage attended his daily Mass, swelling the normal attendance from five to thirty. His heart was deeply moved as he observed their reverence and love for the Lord. He spent over an hour talking to them after Mass about their life of faith.

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