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Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people. — Psalm 106:4
Mass readings: Exodus 32:7-14 / John 5:31-47
Charles Dickens can be tough for current students. They grow weary of his intricate descriptions. I love Dickens and still teach him. In doing so, I remind my students that Dickens sized people up quickly. Within minutes, he’d capture a person’s physical and verbal ticks in an uncanny manner. I would have avoided this author’s physical company because of what he might write about me.
Jesus Christ, however, can size up the condition of our souls in equally short order. He tells His testy listeners in today’s Gospel, “I know that you do not have the love of God in you.” Such an analysis is far more worrisome than being described as a Scrooge or the Ghost of Christmas Past. But we can’t stay out of Jesus’ presence. He’s the author of Life.
Prayer: Author of Life, may the love of God grow within me.
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