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February 4, 2023
God

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There is a tremendous danger in not admitting God is our authority. Without the authority of God we can throw away our dignity. Without God, we can lose sight that we are loved beyond all imagining. Without God, we can feel utterly alone.

Readings for Today

God
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God is greater than our hearts and knows everything

We live today in a skeptical age. We need to personally experience, see and touch. This has led us to fight about history and what it means. And if our hope is only in this world, then it becomes clear that there is no clear arbiter. There is no place to turn for authority, because too many people have determined they are their own authority.

There is a tremendous danger in not admitting God is our authority. Without the authority of God, we can throw away our dignity. Without God, we can lose sight that we are loved beyond all imagining. Without God, we can feel utterly alone.

Fortunately, there is an answer to this existential crisis. For the reality is spoken clearly today by John. “God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.” Think about the depths of what this means. We are not alone, because we have Jesus. The love of Jesus is more powerful than our own fickle human heart. And Jesus knows, as God, what good will be brought forth from a difficult circumstance or circumstances.

The saint we remember today certainly knew this. Saint John Neumann created the first Catholic school system. Ministering in the Buffalo area, and ultimately becoming Bishop of Philadelphia. Looking back over his life, it becomes clear how Divine Providence was active and alive in his life.

Today we are reminded that everything does not depend on us. And with this knowledge comes a freedom. We do not have to solve all problems. We need only to see with the eyes of faith to see the blessings God pours out on us.. When we find it a challenge to love, we need to remember the one who loves us unconditionally.

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