February 15, Friday after Ash Wednesday
A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. — Psalm 51:19b
Mass Readings: Isaiah 58:1-9a/Matthew 9:14-15
In today’s first reading God warns His people that they will not know His love unless they help those in need. That seems clear: Help the needy and all will be well. But God doesn’t always make it that easy for His followers.
For 50 years Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta served the poorest of the poor. She opened a school for children in the slums and ministered to orphans, the aged, the handicapped and the dying. Her example inspired countless people around the world to do the same. Yet, for many years she told her spiritual directors that she felt unloved by God and even wondered if God exists. Nevertheless, she stayed the course because she believed what we profess: The risen Jesus proves God’s love for us.
Prayer: Mother Teresa, show me the way to follow Jesus at all times.
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