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St. Hedwig
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Romans 2:1-11
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9
Luke 11:42-46

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truth and consequences

"Do you suppose...that you will escape [God's] judgment?" —Romans 2:3

If we sin and are too stubborn to repent, we are storing up wrath for Judgment Day (Rm 2:4-6). This wrath includes fury, affliction, and distress (Rm 2:8-9). Yet to those who have repented and totally given their lives to the Lord, to "those who strive for glory, honor, and immortality by patiently doing right" (Rm 2:7), the Lord gives eternal life (Rm 2:7). Eternal life includes "glory, honor, and peace" (Rm 2:10).

Although we are so small in the universe and our time on earth is so short, our lives have astounding and everlasting consequences. Therefore, we must make the most of this moment in eternity by loving the Lord with all our hearts (Lk 10:27) and thereby escaping from the prison of selfishness. "What profit does he show who gains the whole world and destroys himself in the process?" (Lk 9:25)

Let us lose our lives by giving them to Jesus. He will save our lives so that we will not lose them forever (see Lk 9:24). Jesus is our only Hope, but the only Hope we need. Let us accept Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and God on His terms. Let us choose Jesus as our Life (Jn 14:6) and the only Way to eternal life.

Prayer:  Jesus, I am all Yours.

Promise:  "Do you presume on His kindness and forbearance? Do you not know that God's kindness is an invitation to you to repent?" —Rm 2:4

Praise:  St. Margaret Mary yearned to live quietly as a Visitation nun. However, Jesus visited her in numerous private revelations over several years, and encouraged her to promote devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God, order, view, or download our leaflet or order, download, or listen to our CD 43-1 or DVD 43 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 11, 2019

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