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Reflection – Lectionary: 314

“Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.” Throughout our daily journey to the Father, we will no doubt encounter all kinds of dark and sinister forces that appear at the most inopportune times and situations. one of those is the debilitating and paralyzing force of fear. We face all kinds of worries in practically all sorts of situations. Some moments are less intense than others. Still, as long we allow this very negative force, even a small foothold in our attitudes and prayer life, it only can grow dangerously large into a formidable enemy of happiness. We can take great comfort in how the origins of all these pathetic and evil shrank before the face of Jesus to give us the necessary depth of faith to trust Him with everything we have and move forward with that same confidence facing every opportunity with grace and peace.

“He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.” Today we are called to approach our Dear Lord and Savior with petitions for others in our lives who might be suffering and carrying heavy crosses. We are also called to bring our souls and lives to Jesus and ask for the peace and comfort that only He can get in the world. The world will witness a profound difference if we all act as one agent for peace and forgiveness.

Be at Peace Prayer by St. Francis de Sales

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

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