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<< Sunday, September 2, 2018 >> 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27

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Psalm 15:2-5
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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"Their heart is far from Me." —Mark 7:6

The human heart is:

  • tortuous, twisted, deceitful (Jer 17:9),
  • beyond repair (Jer 17:9),
  • in a state of psychological denial about its fallen condition (see Jer 7:8-9),
  • the source of good and evil (see Lk 6:45; Mk 7:21), and
  • far away from God (Mk 7:6), when we have the wrong priorities (Lk 12:34).

If, by God's grace and the various "stress tests" of life, we realize that we need new hearts (see Ez 36:26), we have nowhere to turn but to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He will give us new hearts by giving us new life through the waters of Baptism. If our new hearts have been defiled by our sins, Jesus will purify our hearts by forgiving us, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Also, if our new hearts have been broken by the sins committed against us, He will heal our hearts by giving us His power to forgive.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, make our hearts like Yours (see Mt 11:29).

Prayer: "Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may love You more and more."
Promise: "In your observance of the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it." —Dt 4:2
Praise: Praise You, Lord God, Creator of the cosmos. You are awesome and majestic, yet You humbled Yourself to become one of us, to lead us to salvation. Alleluia!
(For a related teaching on The Secret of Confession, order, view, or download our leaflet or order, listen to, or download our CD 44-3 or DVD 44.)
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 15, 2017.
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