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Saturday, February 14, 1998

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Sts. Cyril & Methodius
St. Valentine

1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34
Psalm 106:6-7, 19-22
Mark 8:1-10

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jesus, my lord, my god, my <u>all</u>!

"By now they have been with Me three days and have nothing to eat." —Mark 8:2

Would you spend three days with Jesus even if you didn't eat the whole time? Jesus is "the Bread of Life" (Jn 6:35). He promised: "No one who believes in Me shall ever thirst" (Jn 6:35). Jesus alone fulfills our every need (see Mt 6:11). Apart from Jesus, there is inevitable and encompassing emptiness. In Jesus, there is "absolute fullness" (Col 1:19).

When we put Jesus first, second, third, etc., when we forget about ourselves and concentrate on Him, when we seek first His kingdom, then we find that "all these things will be given" us besides (Mt 6:33). This is not to say that we should be irresponsible but that we should be responsible to obey Him rather than do our own thing.

How many of us have seen the Lord multiply food, time, energy, or resources? A better question is: "How many of us have focused so much on Jesus for three days that we need Him to do a multiplication miracle?" Give everything to Jesus, and He will give everything necessary to you, even if He has to multiply almost nothing to meet your great needs. Make Jesus your whole life, and He will give you abundant life (see Jn 10:10).

Prayer:  Father, Provider, Your grace is sufficient (see 2 Cor 12:9).

Promise:  "The people in the crowd ate until they had their fill." —Mk 8:8

Praise:  Methodius endured great opposition during his mission to Moravia. He was imprisoned for several years but nonetheless translated the entire Bible into Slavonic before he died.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997