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St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Micah 6:1-4, 6-8
Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Matthew 12:38-42

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"At the judgment, the citizens of Nineveh will rise with the present generation and be the ones to condemn it." —Matthew 12:41

At the Judgment Day, people who have made great commitments to mere human beings and activities will take the stand to testify against us, because they have shown more commitment in doing their thing than we have in serving Christ.

For example, the Ninevites listened to Jonah more than we may listen to Christ (Mt 12:41). The queen of Sheba came farther to see Solomon than we may come to see Jesus (Mt 12:42). Jehovah's Witnesses have been more committed to witnessing for falsehood than we have been to witnessing for Jesus, the Truth. Corporate executives are more committed to their work than we are to God's kingdom. Athletes try harder to win games than we try to win souls.

Jesus is greater than Jonah and Solomon, denominations and corporations. Jesus is greater than the U.S.A., psychology and technology, money, and sex. Jesus is Savior, Lord, and God (see Jn 20:28). Serve Jesus.

Prayer:  Jesus, at Your name may my knee bow and my tongue proclaim: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! (Phil 2:11)

Promise:  "You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." —Mi 6:8

Praise:  St. Lawrence spread the seed of truth as he traveled as emissary, missionary, and peacemaker from country to country.

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, January 2, 2014

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