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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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St. Ambrose

Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
Matthew 18:12-14

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mercy on the poorest of the poor

“It is no part of your heavenly Father’s plan that a single one of these little ones shall ever come to grief.” —Matthew 18:14

Over four billion people in the world don’t know Jesus. Most of these people have never had an opportunity to hear of Jesus’ crucified love and glorious Resurrection. They are the poorest people in the world. They have little chance for Christmas because they don’t know Christ or Mass. Most of the people of the world do not have a new nature in Christ. They are not as yet baptized sons and daughters of God. They have never received the Body and Blood of Jesus even once in Holy Communion. They are very poor.

Jesus’ heart is full of mercy (Mt 9:36) for all these people. “He wants all men to be saved and come to know the truth” (1 Tm 2:4). Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is always in search of the lost sheep (Mt 18:12). Jesus continues to pour out His mercy on good thieves about to die (Lk 23:43), prostitutes (Mt 21:32), demoniacs (see Lk 8:2), ferocious persecutors of His Church (Acts 9:18), and each one of us. Now is the season of mercy. Totally give your life to Jesus and invite as many people as possible to do the same (see 1 Cor 9:19). The season of mercy may be ending soon. Come to Jesus now.

Prayer:  Father, I plead for Your mercy and salvation in Jesus.

Promise:  “Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever.” —Is 40:8

Praise:  St. Ambrose was a controversial bishop who stood up to the government and the Church. Some loved him, others hated him, but it was St. Ambrose who baptized St. Augustine.

Reference:  (For help in seeking the lost sheep, read the Bible daily. For encouragement, listen to, download or order Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ on CD 82-1 or DVD 82 or How to Read the Bible on CD 46-3 or DVD 46 on our website.)

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