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Friday, October 15, 2021

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St. Teresa of Jesus

Romans 4:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
Luke 12:1-7

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“You are worth more than a flock of sparrows.” —Luke 12:7

So many of us have safety deposit boxes and even safes in our homes where we place all of our valuables to protect them from theft and fire. However, some valuables cannot be protected in that way. One example is our faith. Because of Abraham’s belief, God put him into the right and proper relationship with Him (Rm 4:6). He pronounced blessings upon him (Rm 4:7-8) and bequeathed to him a legacy of a great land and a multitude of descendants. Still the most valuable treasure to Abraham was his faith.

Abraham could not work out his salvation — he had to believe God’s Word first, then he was credited with justice (Rm 4:5). Sparrows counted for little among the ancients and yet God knows the price and value of each individual sparrow (Lk 12:6), for everything He created has value in His eyes. Whatever men and women do, God knows what they do and knows the price their activity merits, whether good or bad. True riches can only be found in God and not in man-made activities or values. God, the Creator of all, holds all in the palm of His hand (Rv 1:18, 20). Our values must be centered upon our believing Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ is the King of kings (see Rv 19:16). Jesus Christ is truly God’s Son.

Prayer:  Father, let me never forget my worth as a human being and as a Christian in Your eyes. Your strong hand upholds me.

Promise:  “Blest are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered over.” —Rm 4:7

Praise:  “In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel” (St. Teresa of Jesus). St. Teresa shared the gifts God gave her with her Order, Popes and the whole Church.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Hold Fast to the Faith, order, listen to or download our CD 71-1 or DVD 71 on our website.)

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