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St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Psalm 139
Luke 10:13-16

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"My journeys and my rest You scrutinize, with all my ways You are familiar." —Psalm 139:3

Job had a rough journey, being tossed about emotionally and spiritually, because he couldn't "see" God's love and provision in the midst of his trials (see Eph 4:14). When his "Captain" called "Attention!" (see Jb 38:16), Job realized the awesome power of God (Jb 40:4) and his own rank of low standing (see Prv 1:7). Once Job saw the Lord (Jb 42:5), his healing and restoration followed shortly thereafter (Jb 42:7ff).

The townsfolk of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum were privileged to witness the love of God made manifest in the miracles of Christ. However, they were blind to God's love for the poor and the weak and unable to "see" their own need to repent (Lk 10:13ff). They are warned by Jesus that their behavior merits a more severe judgment and that their "see" sickness may even be terminal (Lk 10:15).

It's been said, "The eye is the window to the soul" (see Mt 6:22-23). Do you guard your eyes from evil? (see Is 33:15) Or is your life full of "enticements for the eye" (1 Jn 2:16)?

Do you see what I see?

Prayer:  "Probe me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; see if my way is crooked, and lead me in the way of old" (Ps 139:23-24).

Promise:  "He who hears you, hears Me. He who rejects you, rejects Me. And he who rejects Me, rejects Him Who sent Me." —Lk 10:16

Praise:  St. Therese saw with the eyes of love as she did every little thing with the heart of a child for love of Jesus.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.) (Spend quality time with your daughter at our Mother-Daughter Retreat on October 23, 2004. For information or to register, e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com or call 937-587-5464.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, March 30, 2004

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 1, 2004