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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Our Lady of Lourdes

1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Psalm 84:3-5, 10-11
Mark 7:1-13

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"Their heart is far from Me." —Mark 7:6

Have you ever been in love with someone who couldn't care less about you? You try to be nice to them, and if they do notice you, it's only for the purpose of getting something from you. Jesus unconditionally loves all of humanity, and this is how He is too often treated in return. So many turn to Jesus to meet a need, but their hearts are far from Him (Mk 7:6). The Lord truly desires to provide our needs (see Phil 4:19; Mt 6:30; 7:9-11). Yet, He desires to provide for us a mutually loving relationship, rather than be little more than an automated teller machine.

The psalmist in today's responsorial psalm combats this selfish attitude. He would rather live in poverty on the doorstep of God's house than live in comfort without Him (Ps 84:11). How much joy that kind of love must give to the Lord!

It's all in the heart. "Wherever your treasure lies, there your heart will be" (Lk 12:34). Is your heart set upon meeting your needs or on meeting the Lord of your needs? Ask Jesus to "give you a new heart" (Ez 36:26), and let your heart dwell in the center of His heart. May your love of Jesus bring joy to His heart.

Prayer:  Jesus, pour out Your love in my heart (Rm 5:5). "Sacred Heart of Jesus, make my heart like unto Thine."

Promise:  "Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth below; You keep Your covenant of kindness with Your servants." —1 Kgs 8:23

Praise:  In a series of private revelations, a mysterious "lady" visited St. Bernadette in 1858 and revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. Many thousands of miraculous healings then followed at Lourdes, France. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

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, July 8, 2019

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