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Tobit 1:3; 2:1-8
Psalm 112
Mark 12:1-12

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"The Stone rejected by the builders has become the Keystone of the structure." —Mark 12:10

Jesus told the religious® people of His day they had totally missed God's will. They had rejected the Keystone of the structure. The Jewish religion was based on the Messiah, yet they rejected the Messiah, Jesus.

We today have also rejected the keystone of God's work. For example, the key to marriage in the Lord is the couple praying together. Yet how many couples, even Christian couples, pray together daily?

The key to raising children for Jesus is communication. The family must communicate with God and with each other. Yet in our society most families don't pray together and hardly have time to talk to each other. If the parents and children do happen to run into each other, they may say a few words during TV commercials, but there's little meaningful communication.

The key to peace is prayer and repentance but we think it's military might. The key to the future is repentance and evangelization but we're looking for technology to create for us even more creature comforts. The key to happiness is not a pleasure- seeking lifestyle but denying ourselves and taking up the daily cross (Lk 9:23-24). The people of today, even Christians, have rejected the Keystone of the structure. We must repent and turn to Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, I repent. Give me Your heart and Your priorities.

Promise:  "Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice." —Ps 112:5

Praise:  Trying to communicate hope through Mary's intercession, Rhonda was blessed, as was her non-Catholic sister-in-law, to conceive after many years of being unable to do so.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape, Meeting the Risen Christ, on audio tape AV 4A-1 or video V-4A.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007

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