How Do You Feed a Hungry Heart?
July 5, 20112004
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute person spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He drives out demons by the prince of demons." Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I bring myself into your presence knowing the zeal of your heart for souls. The glory of your heavenly Father can shape my own heart. I am confident that I can throw off all that is lukewarmness and tepidity in my own soul today. I desire to more perfectly fulfill the mission you have given me more perfectly.
Lord you are the one who cures every ill and misery of body and soul. I come before you asking you to take away from me the worst of human ills which is any indifference I may have towards you or towards my neighbor. Warm my heart with the fire of your divine love that I may conquer in your name.
Petition: Lord, grant me the grace of a renewed zeal for you in my life and for bringing others to you.
1. The Option for ChristPrime Choice: . So many of the moral predicaments men bring upon themselves in life are not, as some would say, the work, as some would say, of a “cruel” God. Christ’s shows that his will is the happiness that people are relentlessly pursuing pursue at heart. Yet a battle ensues in every soul for: whether or not God may enter into the core of the way we how one lives his or herthat life. What Christ is not permitted to touch cannot in the end be healed or redeemed. The Pharisees freely choose to live with demons rather than to live with Christ, rather than to let him take center stage. In our battle with our weaknesses and temptations, we should be sensitive to this the truth, that we will be confronted with the same choice: . being Will we be in “control” and living live with our demons, or will we totally surrendering to Christ totally with and guarantee victory guaranteed over every evil in our lives. ?
2. The Harvest is AbundantSeeing With Christ’s Eyes: . If I we could but open my our heart to see what Christ sees, I we would follow everyday what he asks of me usto remedy the problem: "Beg the harvest master to send out laborers to gather his harvest" (Matthew 9:38). I To be sure, we must lend a hand in the mission to be sure, but I we must also pray that shepherds are not lacking in the Church. If I we could see with Christ’s eyes, I we would know how sothat many are ready to fall into his arms with but only the least motivation. No need for fancy discourses, or rigorous apologetics. They just want someone to say, “This way,”, and they will follow. We should not fear being apostles; many more are ready for what we have to say than we think are ready.
3. Get ReadyDiligent Preparations: . If I we could see with Christ’s heart, I we would not show the least pessimism when facingas we face the culture of death or the culture of the absolute self. I We would know that Christ can fully satisfy satisfies people’s hunger for God despite in spite of their history of misery, pain or self-indulgence. Get ready, : for the more distantfarther people are from God, the more the signs of their need for him will show. Get ready with prayer to. P prepare the emergency rooms of salvation where many a patients will soon be left, for only by through prayer will we be assured that doctors will be there to treat them and put them on the road to full recovery.
Dialogue with Christ: Lord, I know how much you love all people and continue to manifest that love by coming to us everydayevery day at Mass. In the Eucharist, I will meet the one that has so loved me, and there is where; in the Eucharist I will beg you to meet the needs of my heart and of countless souls, by setting fire for you in the hearts of many young people for you , so that they may generously accept a mission to souls in your name.
Resolution: I will offer one hour of adoration this week for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
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