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Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 30: 1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Psalms 102: 16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23; Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

My dear encountered couples:

Yesterday I spoke about the necessity of prayer. Jesus prayed and we need to also. We must pray, or else we risk doing exactly what Jesus is accusing the Pharisees of doing - things that were not the will of his Father. Jesus referred to these actions as plantings, “Every planting not put down by my heavenly Father will be uprooted.”

So, we can see that anything done without God being involved is a complete waste of time. It will all come to nothing. Only that which we do with God, according to his will, has any lasting value. Only God’s work in and through us will take root. All else will be pulled out like weeds and thrown in a pile to wither.

None of us really likes to find that we have wasted a lot of time and energy doing something that ends up in failure. Wouldn’t it be terrible after eighty years or so of hard work we find that we have wasted our entire lives?

None of what we did had any lasting results nor value? If we find this out after we die, we’d probably want to die all over again. And that is exactly what we would do. That second death is called - Hell!

Pray every day whether you are too busy or not. Pray sincerely, seeking God’s will. Then do what you think he wishes you to do with his strength and love. You’ll find that even when you thought what you were doing was sort of dumb, it will have taken firm root and be of divine value for all eternity.

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