“It immediately fell in and was completely destroyed.” —Luke 6:49

Nineteen years ago yesterday, terrorists hijacked airplanes and flew them into the Twin Towers in New York City. Three thousand people died horrible deaths, and many people turned to the Lord in prayer. Prayers flooded electronic mail systems. Churches were full of anguished people who instinctively turned to God in prayer. People cried out “Lord, Lord” (Lk 6:46).
How many people who turned to God nineteen years ago are still seeking Him today? Jesus is merciful, and He will never reject anyone who comes to Him (Jn 6:37). What Jesus really wants, however, is for people to call Him “Lord, Lord,” and then show their acceptance of His lordship over them by hearing His words and putting them into practice the rest of their lives (Lk 6:46-47).
Let’s not perpetuate the tragedies of the past. Anyone “who desires to come to [Jesus] will hear [His] words and put them into practice” (Lk 6:47). Those who do so “may be likened to the man who, in building a house, dug deeply and laid the foundation on a rock. When the floods came the torrent rushed in on that house, but failed to shake it because of its solid foundation” (Lk 6:48). Jesus says: “Come to Me” (Mt 11:28). Then He says: “Remain in Me” (see Jn 15:4).

Prayer: Jesus, may the hurting people that come to You, find Your healing love, and remain with You forever.

Promise: “Because the loaf of bread is one, we, many though we are, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” —1 Cor 10:17

Praise: “For He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed” (Lk 1:48). The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in the Sixteenth Century.

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