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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28
Psalm 103:6-13
Matthew 13:36-43

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“The Lord used to speak to Moses face-to-face.” —Exodus 33:11

What an indescribable picture! Almighty God and a human being speak face-to-face and Moses does not die (cf Ex 24:11; 33:20; Is 6:5). Even more amazing is that God has invited each person to have that kind of access to Himself (Eph 2:18).  Each of us can also have a face-to-face encounter with the Lord, particularly in Eucharistic Adoration. In addition, at each Mass, we can gaze on the consecrated host, the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

God speaks to us in the Sacred Scriptures. St. Jerome stated: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 133). A great way to converse with the Lord and hear what He is saying is to daily read the Word of God. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus Himself, through the priest, forgives and absolves our sins.

Jesus is present to us in our Christian brothers and sisters. “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in their midst” (Mt 18:20). Jesus is Emmanuel, God-with-us (Mt 1:23; 28:20). He has given us numerous ways to see and hear Him. Go to Mass as often as possible, even daily. Read the Word of God daily and receive the Sacraments frequently. “Gaze on the loveliness of the Lord” (Ps 27:4).

Prayer:  Father, You do not hold Yourself aloof from us. May I turn ten times the more to seek You, beginning today (Bar 4:28).

Promise:  “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He put our transgressions from us.” —Ps 103:12

Praise:  Victoria has spent many blessed hours in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

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