12 June 2013 – 1 Samuel 16:7

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TODAY’S WORD…

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God does not see as man sees.

Man looks at appearances

but the Lord looks at the heart.

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– 1 Samuel 16:7 (JB)

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REFLECTION…

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This reflection is not about others

– it is about me.

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Am I really the person I project myself to be?

Am I what I make others think I am?

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My appearance…my mask…

may convince many

to look upon me positively…maybe even admire me.

But would their attitude be the same

if they knew what I am truly like inside?

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Only God knows me inside out,

and if I humbly invite Him into my heart,

He will come willingly and lovingly;

He will help me go through every corner of my heart,

including those places which I am so secretive about

…and he will heal

and clean

and make me whole.

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PRAYER…

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Jesus,

Son of the Living God,

Name above all names,

beautiful Saviour,

Glorious Lord,

come and walk me through my heart.

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Come Lord Jesus,

and shine Your glorious light

in the darkest and deepest corners of my heart

and help me remove

all that is not from You;

all that weighs me down and separates me from You.

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Come, O Lord,

right in to the depths of my being,

and probe,

and heal,

and clean

this heart that yearns for You.

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Come Lord Jesus, and make me whole.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Come, Lord Jesus, right into the depths of my being.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance […].

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When Christ’s faithful strive to confess all the sins that they can remember,

they undoubtedly place all of them before the divine mercy for pardon.

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But those who fail to do so and knowingly withhold some,

place nothing before the divine goodness for remission through the mediation of the priest,

"for if the sick person is too ashamed to show his wound to the doctor,

the medicine cannot heal what it does not know."(St. Jerome)

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[CCC 1456]

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