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St. Ignatius of Loyola

Jeremiah 14:17-22
Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13
Matthew 13:36-43

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"jesus wept" (see lk 19:41)

"Let my eyes stream with tears day and night." —Jeremiah 14:17

Some people are not concerned about the condition of the world, the state of the Church, the destruction of human lives, the breakdown of marriage and family, etc. They simply watch TV and try to escape from reality. In contrast, we who follow the Lord should love God and other people enough to pray: "Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound" (Jer 14:17).

When Jesus saw people weakened and lost, His heart was moved with pity (Mt 9:36). Jesus cared enough to die on the cross to change this world. As His followers, we should care, too. Because Jesus is Lord and is Love (see 1 Jn 4:16), we should not be discouraged. However, we should care enough to cry and live lives of love. If done in love, every act of our lives is precious and powerful. We must not "spend what remains" of our earthly lives "on human desires but on the will of God" (1 Pt 4:2).

Prayer:  Father, "love never fails" (1 Cor 13:8). I accept Your grace to live a life of love for and in You. May I live, weep, rejoice, die, and rise in love.

Promise:  "Is it not You alone, O Lord, our God, to Whom we look? You alone have done all these things." —Jer 14:22

Praise:  St. Ignatius' life changed when he read the lives of the saints who came before him. He gave his life permanently to Jesus from that point forward.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 27, 2018

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