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Thursday, March 7, 2024

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Sts. Perpetua & Felicity

Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Luke 11:14-23

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“o come, all ye faithful”

“Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech.” —Jeremiah 7:28

Our heavenly Father is the Faithful One. Jesus Christ is “the faithful Witness” (Rv 1:5), “the Faithful and True” (Rv 19:11). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, that is, of faithfulness (see Jn 16:13). The triune God is perfectly faithful (see 1 Thes 5:24). Even “if we are unfaithful He will still remain faithful, for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tm 2:13). It is God’s nature to be faithful.

God calls us to be holy, to be like Him. That means that we must be faithful. Have you been faithful to your baptismal promises? This is the fundamental responsibility to which we must be faithful. Have you been faithful to your vocations as married, lay single, priest, religious, parent, child, worker in the world, or church worker? Have you been faithful to the Church, including to your bishops, Pope, pastors, and brothers and sisters in Christ? Have you been faithful in keeping your word and your promises to those people the Lord has given you to love?

If you have been faithful, give God the glory, for it is only by His grace that you have been faithful. If you have not been faithful, repent, go to Confession, receive God’s mercy, and become faithful. On Judgment Day, the Lord wants to say to each of us: “Well done! Good and faithful servant” (see Mt 25:21, 23).

Prayer:  Father, this Lent make me faithful in life, till death.

Promise:  “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out devils, then the reign of God is upon you.” —Lk 11:20

Praise:  Sts. Perpetua and Felicity were both beheaded at the public games in the amphitheater in Carthage. They were among many young women, with children, who were martyred for refusing to renounce their faith in Jesus.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Lent and the Renewal of Our Baptismal Promises, view, download or order our leaflet or listen to, download or order our CD 83-1, CD 83-3, CD 84-1 and CD 84-3 or our DVD 83 and DVD 84 on our website.)

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