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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Pope St. Damasus I

Isaiah 40:25-31
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10
Matthew 11:28-30

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"Come to Me." —Matthew 11:28

When Jesus came to us, we usually made His life burdensome. He carried the burden of our sins (Mt 8:17), and He carried the cross to pay for our sins (Jn 19:17; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 598). When Jesus came to us, we usually did not refresh Him. He was rejected (Jn 1:11), ridiculed (Mt 27:42), spurned (Jn 18:40), disbelieved (Mt 17:17), avoided (Is 53:3), mocked (Mk 15:19-20), and crucified (Jn 19:18). How wonderful that Jesus does not deal with us according to our sins and requite us according to our crimes! (Ps 103:10)

Jesus is "merciful and gracious," "slow to anger and abounding in kindness" (Ps 103:8). "He pardons all [our] iniquities" (Ps 103:3). "He crowns [us] with kindness and compassion, He fills [our] lifetime with good" (Ps 103:4-5). He refreshes, teaches, guides, and helps us (Mt 11:28-30).

Praise Jesus forever that He doesn't treat us as we had once treated Him. Let us treat Him as He has treated us. Like St. Martha, let's throw open our home and our life to Jesus and welcome Him with open arms (Jn 12:2). Like Mary of Bethany, let us lavish love and praise on Jesus (Jn 12:3). Like the magi, let us give Jesus our very best gifts (Mt 2:11).

Come to Jesus (Mt 11:28). Love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength (Lk 10:27). "Let every heart prepare Him room." Make Jesus welcome this Advent, Christmas, and forever.

Prayer:  Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! (Rv 22:20) Come to me, and I will love You.

Promise:  "They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings." —Is 40:31

Praise:  Pope St. Damasus I encouraged his secretary Jerome to study the Scriptures. Ultimately, this led to the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Scripture.

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

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 2, 2019

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