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Thursday, March 16, 2000

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Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138
Matthew 7:7-12

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"Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, likewise had recourse to the Lord." —Esther C:12

Esther was alone, helpless, and in danger of being killed (Est C:14-15). At certain times, many of us feel as Esther did. However, in Christ we can never be alone, for the Father is with us (see Jn 16:32), Jesus has not left us orphaned (Jn 14:18), and the Holy Spirit has made our bodies His temple (1 Cor 6:19). Moreover, in our helplessness and weakness, God's power reaches perfection (2 Cor 12:9). Furthermore, being in danger of death is not an insurmountable problem for us. Jesus commanded us: "Do not fear those who deprive the body of life but cannot destroy the soul" (Mt 10:28). Because Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25), we are not afraid to die (see Heb 2:15). Death has lost its sting and "is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor 15:54).

"What shall we say after that? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rm 8:31) "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?" (Rm 8:35) "In all this we are more than conquerors because of Him Who has loved us" (Rm 8:37). In Christ, rejoice always. "I say it again. Rejoice!" (Phil 4:4)

Prayer:  Father, since I've given my life to Christ, the only way I can have a bad day is by sinning. May I be faithful to You.

Promise:  "Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you." —Mt 7:7

Praise:  On a Marriage Encounter weekend, Marge heard and received  the message that God truly loved her. To the joy of her Catholic husband, she was filled with a desire to become a Catholic herself. They now receive the Eucharist side-by-side as a witness to their unity in Jesus.

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