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Tuesday, January 22, 2002

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St. Vincent

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28
Mark 2:23-28

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paralyzed or energized?

"How long will you grieve?" —1 Samuel 16:1<br>"How can I go?" —1 Samuel 16:2

Today is the twenty-ninth anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision has resulted in the deaths of more people than any decision ever made in the history of the human race. Because of the many millions dead, we are tempted and shocked into giving in to despair and apathy. However, the Lord says to us: "How long will you grieve?...Be on your way" (1 Sm 16:1). Let us get on with life by living as Christ's anointed ones, that is, as Christians, and encouraging others to do the same.

The culture of death will be displaced by a civilization of love and life. Our future is full of hope (Jer 29:11), for, by His death and resurrection, Jesus has already robbed "the devil, the prince of death, of his power" (Heb 2:14). Jesus has total victory and is seated "forever at the right hand of God; now He waits until His enemies are placed beneath His feet" (Heb 10:12-13). Let us hasten the acceptance and application of Jesus' victory as widely as possible so that as few as possible will be casualties. By living totally and fully for Christ, we will "win over" to Christ "as many as possible" (1 Cor 9:19). We will snatch people even from falling into the fire of hell (see Jude 22). Go, anointed ones, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Father, give me a fiery zeal to evangelize for life.

Promise:  "That is why the Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath." —Mk 2:28

Praise:  St. Vincent's faith, like that of Paul and Silas, converted his jailer.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, May 30, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 4, 2001