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St. Juan Diego

Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96
Matthew 18:12-14

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"It is no part of your heavenly Father's plan that a single one of these little ones shall ever come to grief." —Matthew 18:14

At this time of weakened, lukewarm faith, we have more stray sheep than we have sheep following the Master (see Mt 18:12). We have more fallen away Christians than committed ones.

Jesus' attitude toward these sinners is one of mercy. In His mercy, He has become a human being and died on the cross to free those trapped in sin. He has made the ultimate sacrifice to lead the stray sheep back to Him. As disciples of Jesus, we must be like Him and make any sacrifice to lead others back to Him. Driven by mercy, we must make it a priority to seek the lost.

As we prepare for the Christmas season, our hearts go out to those who have nothing. By this, we do not primarily mean the poor and underprivileged, as great as their suffering is. Rather, those who have nothing are principally those who have not given their lives to Christ or have lost their new life in Christ. Without a total commitment to Christ, life is a living death (see 1 Jn 3:14). In mercy, let us reach out to the poorest of the poor: those who do not know Christ's love or have lost their first love (see Rv 2:4). Seek the lost sheep.

Prayer:  Father, give me Jesus' heart for the lost.

Promise:  "Here comes with power the Lord God, Who rules by His strong arm." —Is 40:10

Praise:  St. Juan Diego's humble obedience conquered the New World more than all the conquistadors combined.

Reference:  (For help in seeking the lost sheep, read the Bible daily. For encouragement, order any or all of these video tapes: Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ, AV 82-1, V-82, How to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or on video V-82, How to Read the Bible on audio AV 46-3 or on video V-46, Principles of Bible Interpretation, audio AV 79-1, video V-79.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert A. Stricker, June 23, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 2003