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Saturday, February 11, 2006

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Our Lady of Lourdes

1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34
Psalm 106:6-7, 19-22
Mark 8:1-10

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let go and let god

"Another large crowd assembled, and they were without anything to eat. He called the disciples over to Him and said: 'My heart is moved with pity.' " —Mark 8:1-2

The people in the world can be divided into two groups: people who expect God to be God and those who don't. Some expected so much of Jesus that they dropped everything, traveled a great distance, spent three days with Jesus, and put themselves in a position where they would be stranded in the desert without food (Mk 8:2-3). Either Jesus did a miracle or these people were in trouble. Jesus did perform a miracle and multiplied the loaves and fish.

On the other hand, many of Jesus' disciples expected little of Him. They "replied, 'How can anyone give these people sufficient bread in this deserted spot?' " (Mk 8:4) These disciples did not make an act of faith but a statement of their helplessness.

Which group have you decided to join? Will you put yourself in a position where God has to come through? Will you drop everything, burn the bridges behind you, and trust Him for your next meal? God has never failed, but we have failed to give Him a chance. We try to save our lives, and so lose His miracle power and tender presence in our lives (Lk 9:24). We must stop trying to control our lives and let God be God.

Prayer:  Father, may I let You father, feed, protect, and love me.

Promise:  "The people in the crowd ate until they had their fill; then they gathered up seven wicker baskets of leftovers. Those who had eaten numbered about four thousand." —Mk 8:8-9

Praise:  Our Lady of Lourdes visited a young woman on a "deserted spot" and it thereafter became a place of countless healings.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 16, 2005

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