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Tuesday, February 29, 2000

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1 Peter 1:10-16
Psalm 98
Mark 10:28-31

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the battle of desires

"Do not yield to the desires that once shaped you in your ignorance." —1 Peter 1:14

Satan is trying to make us his slaves by pressuring and manipulating us through our carnal desires. He wants us to live "at the level of the flesh" (Eph 2:3) and to die spiritually (Eph 2:1). Therefore, we must "lay aside" our "former way of life and the old self which deteriorates through illusion and desire" (Eph 4:22). We are to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh" (Rm 13:14). "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires" (Gal 5:24).

Instead of living to fulfill the desires of our flesh, we should hunger and thirst for righteousness' sake (Mt 5:6). We are called to desire and seek first the kingdom of God and His way of righteousness (Mt 6:33). Like Jesus, "with great desire" we must "desire to eat" the new Passover with Him (Lk 22:15, our transl), that is, celebrate the Eucharist with Jesus.

Finally, both our good and bad desires will be fulfilled. If our carnal desires have not been crucified, they will be "fulfilled" in the selfishness and isolation of damnation in hell. If we have crucified our carnal desires and nourished our godly desires, we will live in love forever, face-to-face with God in heaven. Desire the Lord's desires.

Prayer:  Jesus, be Lord of my desires.

Promise:  "There is no one who has given up home, brothers or sisters, mother or father, children or property, for Me and for the gospel who will not receive in this present age a hundred times as many homes, brothers and sisters, mothers, children and property — and persecution besides — and in the age to come, everlasting life." —Mk 10:29-30

Praise:  Jesus has given fourteen-year-old Maria such a desire for His Eucharistic presence that she prefers to be homeschooled so that she may attend daily Mass.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, July 28, 1999

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 3, 1999