"I have been sent by the Lord Jesus Who appeared to you on the way here, to help you recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." —Acts 9:17
Jesus wants all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4). He wants this so much that He:
- hung on the cross, shed His blood, and died,
- gives us the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:8),
- founded the Church (Mt 16:18),
- will knock a person to the ground with a flash of light and then audibly question them (Acts 9:3-4),
- will strike a person blind to lead them to repentance (Acts 9:8),
- calls Christians to risk their lives (see Acts 9:13ff) and even be martyred,
- saves the worst of sinners as "an example" to show that He can save anyone (1 Tm 1:15-16),
- gives us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink (Jn 6:55),
- lives inside us (see Jn 17:23), and
- insists on each of us proclaiming the gospel to all creation so that as many as possible believe and are saved (see 1 Cor 9:19).
On this threshold of the Great Jubilee and new millennium, live and die that all may be saved.
Prayer: Father, may I want all to be saved more than I want anything else in life.
Promise: "He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has life eternal and I will raise him up on the last day." —Jn 6:54
Praise: St. George gave his life as a martyr to witness for his faith in Jesus. "Happy now are the dead who die in the Lord!" (Rv 14:13)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998