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Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86:1-6
Luke 5:27-32

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following the news

Jesus "saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his customs post. He said to him, 'Follow Me.' " —Luke 5:27

Levi left behind his job as a tax collector and followed Jesus. He eventually became an apostle who wrote a Gospel, the Good News of Jesus. You also have been called to follow Jesus. If you, like Levi, choose to follow Jesus, you will write the good news of Jesus. In fact, you will be the good news, "known and read by all men, written on your hearts" (2 Cor 3:2). You will be and preach good news to the poor (Lk 4:18). "The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; 'Repairer of the breach,' they shall call you, 'Restorer of ruined homesteads' " (Is 58:12). "You shall delight in the Lord" (Is 58:14). He "will make you ride on the heights of the earth" (Is 58:14). You will be very good news.

Will you surrender all to Jesus? Will you accept Him as Lord of your life, job, money, and possessions? Will you follow Him and be the good news of Jesus for a world of bad news?

Prayer:  Father, as I fast for forty days in imitation of Jesus, write the good news on my heart for all to see.

Promise:  "He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails." —Is 58:11

Praise:  Mark heeded the prompting of the Spirit and moved his family across several states to better spread God's Word.

Reference:  (Be the good news of Jesus by reading the Bible every day. We have several tape series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 2011

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