Feast of St. John Vianney

 Jer. 31:31-34 | Ps. 51:12-15, 18-19 | Mt. 16:13-23

The readings of today are familiar to all of us.  Perhaps they are too familiar.  Take time to listen to them with new ears.  At the end of the passage from Jeremiah we hear God tell us that God will be our God and we will be God’s people.  All from least to greatest shall know God and God will forgive all our sins and remember them no longer.  These are words filled with joy, delight and promise.  God means these words for each of us personally.  We are invited to hear these words at the core of our beings.  God’s delight for us is as no one else’s.  Even the love of our parents or our grandparents does not measure up to God’s love.

Spend time today allowing yourself to hear these words and then feel them at the depth of your being.  Invite Jesus to allow you to come to feel the depth of God’s love.  Accept God’s unconditional love.  Do not try to find a way to earn God’s love.  Bring that love to others.

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