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St. Hedwig
St. Mary Margaret Alacoque

Ephesians 1:1-10
Psalm 98
Luke 11:47-54

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"The Lord has made His salvation known." —Psalm 98:2

Jesus accused the people of His time of standing behind the murders committed by their fathers (Lk 11:48). Their fathers murdered the prophets, who were innocent and holy messengers of God. In doing so, they rejected God, Who sent the prophets (cf Mt 21:33-46). Jesus maintained that His generation would "have to account for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world" (Lk 11:50). The reaction to Jesus' convicting statements was "fierce hostility" (Lk 11:53). This resulted in the murder of murders committed against Jesus, the all-holy, perfectly innocent Prophet of prophets.

Sin is epidemic, generational, and self-perpetuating in that it blinds us to sin. Sin is also murderous even to the point of deicide itself, that is, to the point of murdering God. Therefore, when we sin, we are trapped. By our power, we can't do anything to get out of sin. We would die in our sins (see Jn 8:24) and be damned but for Jesus. Jesus saved us. He intervened and broke the power of sin in our life. "It is in Christ and through His blood that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven, so immeasurably generous is God's favor to us" (Eph 1:7-8).

We must thank Jesus always for saving us from sin. We must avoid at all costs falling into sin, and we must tell a sinful world about the only Savior from sin.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I go to Confession and let You wash away my sin.

Promise:  "God has given us the wisdom to understand fully the mystery, the plan He was pleased to decree in Christ, to be carried out in the fullness of time: namely, to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship." —Eph 1:9-10

Praise:  St. Mary Margaret was blessed to be the first to see the power of Christ's forgiving love through the image of His Most Sacred Heart.

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 1, 2008

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