“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 2:17

TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“I have come to call

not those who think they are righteous,

but those who know they are sinners.”

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– Mark 2:17 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Our Lord calls everyone.

How, then, can we explain

the restriction He seems to place here

when He says He has not come to call the righteous?

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It is not really a restriction.

Here Jesus takes the opportunity to warn the proud

– those who consider themselves just,

and who think they can be saved by their own efforts.

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Our Lord’s words

are an invitation to repentance.

In fact, St. John Chrysostom explains this verse

by putting these words in Jesus’ mouth:

"I am not come that they should continue sinners

but that they should change and become better."

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PRAYER…

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My Lord and my God,

I beseech You,

open my eyes and let me see my weaknesses;

soften my heart and help me humbly admit my wrongs;

penetrate my inner being and remove all my selfishness.

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Lord, make me a better person

and rid me of all that is not from You,

and replace it with Your love.

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Forgive me, Lord.

Heal me, Lord.

Thank You, Lord.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.

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