“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 6:22-23

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“The eye is the lamp of the body.

So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light;

but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.

If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

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– Matthew 6:22-23 (NRSV)

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QUOTES FOR REFLECTION…

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"The eye refers to motive.

When a person wants to do something, he first forms an intention:

thus, if your intention is sound – simple and clear –

that is to say, if it is directed towards God,

your whole body, that is, all your actions,

will be sound, sincerely directed towards good."

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– St. Thomas Aquinas

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"The eye Jesus speaks of

is not the external but the internal eye.

The light is the understanding,

through which the soul sees God.

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He whose heart is turned to God,

has an eye full of light;

that is, his understanding is pure,

not distorted by the influence of worldly lusts.

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The darkness in us is our bodily senses,

which always desire the things that pertain to darkness."

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– St. John Chrysostom

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"’If then the light in you is darkness, how dark it will be!’

that is, if the senses which are the soul’s light

be darkened by vice,

in how great darkness do you suppose the darkness itself will be wrapped?"

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– St. Jerome

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, Light of the world, be the Light of my soul!

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