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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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St. John Mary Vianney

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

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“When I summon him, he shall approach Me; how else should one take the deadly risk of approaching Me? says the Lord.” —Jeremiah 30:21

The Lord has frequently summoned us to approach Him. In fact, He approached us in an unthinkable way through His Incarnation. He even gives Himself to us in Holy Communion. Because the Lord has given us the opportunity to become so intimate with Him, we may forget what a privilege it is to be in His presence and how awesome it is “to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb 10:31).
We may sometimes approach the Lord to receive Communion with sin and unforgiveness in our hearts. Our Communion can then backfire on us so we become sick or even risk death (see 1 Cor 11:27-30). Nevertheless, this danger should not keep us from approaching the Lord in Holy Communion, but motivate us to repent of our sins, and first approach Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1385, 1415).
The Lord loves us. He understands. He “was tempted in every way we are, yet never sinned” (Heb 4:15). He died on the cross for us. Because of His love, He is more approachable than anyone who has ever lived. He extends His crucified arms to embrace us. He whispers: “Come to Me” (Mt 11:28). However, we must repent. Repent, approach, and receive His love.

Prayer:  Jesus, eternal High Priest, You are “always able to save those who approach God” through You (Heb 7:25). I adore You.

Promise:  “See! I will restore the tents of Jacob, his dwellings I will pity.” —Jer 30:18

Praise:  Known as the Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney is best known as the patron of parish priests. He is a model of humility and fortitude, often hearing confessions up to sixteen hours a day!

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Hearing God, order, view or download our leaflet or order, listen to, or download our CD 45-1 or DVD 45 on our website.)

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