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2 Timothy 2:8-15
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
Mark 12:28-34

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a faithful god

“If we are unfaithful He will still remain faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” —2 Timothy 2:13

Which of us can honestly claim that we have been perfectly faithful to all the Lord’s commands? We all fall short; we are all sinners in some way (see Rm 3:23). The Good News is that God remains faithful to us, despite our sins and failings. Faithfulness is at the core of God’s very self.

God loves us unconditionally, even if we have completely turned our back on Him. “God is Love” (1 Jn 4:8, 16). Even should a mother forget her child (see Is 49:15), or a father disown his children, St. Paul tells us that God is faithful because it is impossible for God to deny what lies at the center of His heart: faithful love.

“There is no chaining the word of God” (2 Tm 2:9), and there is no chaining the love of God. Have you ever known a person who cannot seem to accept love? As impossible as it might seem for that person to receive any love, nothing is impossible for God. The stoniest heart is no match for the avalanche of God’s love. Jesus hung on a cross and accepted death out of a heart of unimaginable love for each human being. Therefore, have great confidence in the infinite power of the love of God. God’s Word breaks open hard hearts, and His faithful love melts them. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever” (Ps 136:1). 

Prayer:  “Sacred Heart of Jesus, we Thee implore, that we may love Thee more and more.”

Promise:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” —Mk 12:30

Praise:  Seeing Christ on the crucifix opened Mark to loving as Jesus loved.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

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