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February 10, 2010
Breaking Open the Word
By James Cavanagh
Feb. 14: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture readings: (Click here to read)
Key verse: “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD” (Jer 17:7).
Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature” (No. 150).
Pope Benedict XVI: “We must rediscover the courage of non-conformism in the face of the trends of the affluent world. Instead of following the spirit of the times, we ourselves must witness that spirit of nonconformity with evangelical seriousness. As Christians, we cannot live just like everybody else” (The Ratzinger Report).
Life Application: The highest moral value in Christianity is charity, which is based on trust. The love of God and the love of neighbor “made in the image and likeness of God” informs all our ethical decisions, or should. Christian charity extends to the unborn child, the foreigner, the enemy, the elderly, the deformed and deficient. Such values set us apart from the rest of world.