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Wednesday, July 30, 1997

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St. Peter Chrysologus

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
Matthew 13:44-46

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"The skin of Moses' face was radiant." —Exodus 34:35

When "Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments" (Ex 34:29), he had the first halo ever seen. He got this halo by conversing with God (Ex 34:29) and on the occasion of receiving the Ten Commandments.

Like Moses, we should receive haloes. In fact, we have a greater opportunity to receive a halo than Moses did (see Mt 11:11), for we have access to the Holy Spirit (see 2 Cor 3:7-8, 18). We get our haloes by being baptized, living in faith, growing in holiness through conversation with God, and especially through obedience to His commandments.

Thus, obeying the Lord is not a burden; rather, it is a life-saving opportunity to become holy, receive a halo, and live with God forever. To obey Him is our delight (Ps 40:9). The Lord didn't have to choose us to obey Him. He could have gotten along without us. We are privileged to have the opportunity to obey the Lord.

Thank God we can obey Him. Then obey Him and glow with your halo.

Prayer:  Father, make me glow with love for You.

Promise:  "The reign of God is like a buried treasure which a man found in a field." —Mt 13:44

Praise:  Peter wrote: "My advice is that you obediently heed what the most blessed pope of the city of Rome has written, because the apostle Peter, who lives and presides over that see, does not refuse to teach the truth to those who seek it."

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, November 12, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 1996