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Wednesday, July 19, 2000

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Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
Psalm 94
Matthew 11:25-27

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catching the eye of god

"Shall He Who shaped the ear not hear? Or He Who formed the eye not see?" —Psalm 94:9

Jesus looks at our culture of death, and what catches His eye is not "the learned and the clever" who do not know Him but the little people who believe in Him (Mt 11:25). When Jesus sees the nations raging, the peoples uttering folly, the kings of the earth rising up, and the princes conspiring together against Him (Ps 2:1-2), the Lord "Who is throned in heaven laughs" (Ps 2:4). The Lord keeps His sense of humor because "the eyes of the Lord roam over the whole earth, to encourage those who are devoted to Him wholeheartedly" (2 Chr 16:9). He looks for that remnant who love Him enough to worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23). The Lord's remnant is so precious to Him that they outweigh in His eyes a whole culture of death (see Gn 18:23ff). We are the apple of His eye (Ps 17:8). In the Lord's eyes, a few good apples dwarf whole orchards of sin.

Jesus is looking at you. You can make Him laugh — even in a lamentable world. Be holy. Love the Lord. He is looking at you. In this year of the Great Jubilee, let Jesus smile at you and break out into laughter. Jesus is looking at you.

Prayer:  Jesus, make me "a sight for sore eyes."

Promise:  "No one knows the Son but the Father, and no one knows the Father but the Son — and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him." —Mt 11:27

Praise:  Dr. Stan, an ophthalmologist, stands up for his faith by leading pro-life work in his city.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 16, 1999

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 1999