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Tuesday, November 5, 1996

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Philippians 2:5-11
Psalm 22
Luke 14:15-24

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"At Jesus' name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!" —Philippians 2:10-11

Jesus emptied Himself (Phil 2:7) to become a human being. He became a slave for us (Phil 2:7), and He died the death of a slave for love of us. He humbled Himself and obediently accepted death on a cross (Phil 2:8).

Although Jesus has loved us so much that He became a human being and died for us, many human beings have chosen to reject Him. "To His own He came, yet His own did not accept Him" (Jn 1:11). How can it be that the most perfect, sacrificial love ever given is rejected! The One Who alone has never rejected anyone (Jn 6:37) is rejected more than everyone else put together.

Let us make reparation to the broken, sacred heart of Jesus. We should tell Him we're sorry for what we and others have done to hurt Him. We must tell Him we love Him, and then we must make our whole lives an act of love for Him. We should thank Him for having mercy on us in His Incarnation and crucifixion. At the very least, we should be ashamed and repentant of our callousness and cruelty against Him. He will forgive us. Sacred, broken heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I be shocked by humanity's cruelty toward You on Calvary and in our everyday lives.

Promise:  "Go out into the highways and along the hedgerows and force them to come in. I want My house to be full." —Lk 14:23

Praise:  Janet cries before the crucifix. She never wants to take for granted how much Jesus loves her.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996