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Wednesday, September 3, 2003

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Pope St. Gregory the Great

Colossians 1:1-8
Psalm 52
Luke 4:38-44

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the homeless god

Jesus "entered the house of Simon. Simon's mother-in-law was in the grip of a severe fever, and they interceded with Him for her. He stood over her and addressed Himself to the fever, and it left her." —Luke 4:38-39

Jesus wants to enter your home. He also wants your home to be a house of prayer and healing. Will you invite Jesus to be Lord of your life and your home? Will you pray daily with the members of your family? Jesus has promised: "Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in their midst" (Mt 18:20).

Jesus not only wants to be enthroned in your home, but He also intends to make your home a center for evangelization, healing, and deliverance (see Lk 4:40ff). Will you let Jesus change the way your home has been used? Will you let Jesus radically change your lifestyle?

Your home is one of your most valuable resources for building God's kingdom. Make your home totally available to the Lord by obeying the Lord's every wish. When Jesus walked the face of the earth, He had "nowhere to lay His head" (Lk 9:58). Even today, Jesus is "homeless" because, when He knocks on our doors (see Rv 3:20), He is sometimes not allowed entry and lordship (see Lk 2:7). Throw open your home to Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, when You make a house call, may I say "Yes" to You.

Promise:  "We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you bear toward all the saints — moved as you are by the hope held in store for you in heaven." —Col 1:4-5

Praise:  As pope, St. Gregory carefully and diligently tended to the "home" God had given to him — the Catholic Church.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Family Prayer on audio AV 59-1 or video V-59.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Richard L. Klug, February 27, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2003