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August 4

FOCUS:    Faith is a gift that leads us to embrace the cross.

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Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Psalm 51

Matthew 16: 13-23


Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. John Vianney.  St. John Vianney was a French priest we lived from 1786AD to 1859AD, and he should be an incredible inspiration for all of us!  In his childhood, St. John experienced the French Revolution which was a vicious attack on priests, this actually was a tremendous influence on St. John’s desire to become a priest as he saw the bravery of priests to continue being at service to the people.


The French Revolution was a stimulus for ignorance of the faith and indifference toward God.  St. John saw this and spent 16 hours a day in the confessional as he desired to bring souls back to God.  It is believed that he had heard the confessions of approximately 20,000 pilgrims.  Which leads us directly to our gospel.


The question Jesus asks was clearly answered by St. Peter and St. John Vianney – it is also the single greatest question Jesus asks of us “Who do you say that I am?”  Be careful with your answer – but be incredibly excited when you answer “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  You see, if Jesus is your Lord then He must be the Lord of all your life.  That means taking Jesus outside of your prayer life and Mass, and into the whole world.


Note that when Peter answered Jesus, Jesus instructed St. Peter to go do fantastic things with that as his cornerstone.  When we believe with all our heart and mind, we can do incredible things.  We can change the world, which means serving the person right in front of you first!  To do that, we need to get rid of the things in our lives that inhibit our ability to do that.  So what junk is in your life?  Get rid of it today!  Say “Yes” to Jesus and go have fun with it!


What a great day!  Go smile at God!!