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Pope St. Sixtus II
St. Cajetan

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Matthew 14:22-36

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"All your lovers have forgotten you." —Jeremiah 30:14

If you've ever watched a lover walk out of your life, you understand grievous bruising and incurable wounds (Jer 30:12). "Your pain is without relief" (Jer 30:15).

Jesus is the great Lover Who "will never forget you" (Is 49:15) and "will not leave you" (Jn 14:18). Jesus is Love incarnate (1 Jn 4:8, 16). He loves you "with age-old love" (Jer 31:3). He never rejects you (Jn 6:37). He loved you first (1 Jn 4:19). When you were at your most sinful and rebellious state of life (Jer 30:15), Jesus loved you so much that He gave up His life for you (Rm 5:8). If you were the only person on earth, Jesus would still die for you, so great is His love for you. Nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus (Rm 8:39).

Jesus has done everything. All that remains is for us to accept and receive His love. If we receive His love, we are remade into a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). Jesus pours out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rm 5:5). His love transforms us from jilted lovers to "more than conquerors" (Rm 8:37).

Receive the love of Jesus. May His love impel you (2 Cor 5:14) to worship Him and serve Him forever.

Prayer:  Father, may all who read this "grasp fully...the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love, and experience this love which surpasses all knowledge" (Eph 3:18-19).

Promise:  "Get hold of yourselves! It is I. Do not be afraid!" —Mt 14:27

Praise:  St. Cajetan wrote: "Do not waver...He will always be near you whatever your needs."

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

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Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 15, 2017

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