“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 9:21

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TODAY’S WORD…and PRAYER

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‘‘If I only touch His cloak,

I will be made well.”

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– Matthew 9:21 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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All I have to do

is just make that effort,

and seek out Jesus;

yearn to make contact with Him,

and to touch Him

– even if just the tip of His cloak –

and He will, in His own wonderful way, make me well.

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Our faith in Him

renews us

and strengthens us.

If it is physical healing we need,

and if it is in His plan for us,

then we will be healed.

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When He sees

the humble faith we have in Him,

He will heal us internally

and draw us to Him

and embrace us.

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We will then begin to understand

and to accept

and to love

and to feel a return of that joy

that only He can bring.

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PRAYER…

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My Lord and my God,

I will never forget the day

when I decided to put aside my pride

and to reach out to You and seek to touch You,..

and, especially, how You immediately embraced me

and healed my soul.

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Lord, my prayer is

that my faith will remain strong,

and that I will always seek

Your healing grace

and accept that Your will be done.

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For this I pray. Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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My Lord, my Healer!

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Very often in the Gospels people address Jesus as "Lord".

This title testifies to the respect and trust of those who approach Him for help and healing.

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At the prompting of the Holy Spirit,

"Lord" expresses the recognition of the divine mystery of Jesus.

In the encounter with the risen Jesus,

this title becomes adoration: "My Lord and my God!"

It thus takes on a connotation of love and affection

that remains proper to the Christian tradition:

"It is the Lord!" (Jn 20:28,21:7)

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[CCC 448]

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