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St. Christopher Magallanes
& Companions

James 4:1-10
Psalm 55:7-11, 23
Mark 9:30-37

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a clean weep

“Begin to lament, to mourn, and to weep.” —James 4:9

“There is an appointed time for everything” (Eccl 3:1), including a “time to weep” (Eccl 3:4). Because of worldwide, unrepented sin, now is the time to weep. Let our “laughter be turned into mourning” (Jas 4:9). The Lord through His Church will command us again: “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning” (Jl 2:12).

There can be hope in tears, because “sorrow for God’s sake produces a repentance without regrets, leading to salvation, whereas worldly sorrow brings death” (2 Cor 7:10). “Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing” (Ps 126:5), for “there will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent” (Lk 15:7).

Today, let us make acts of contrition, that is, acts of sorrow and hatred for sin. There can be hope in weeping. Weep as Jesus wept (see Lk 19:41).

Prayer:  Father, may I see sin as You do.

Promise:  “Whoever welcomes a child such as this for My sake welcomes Me.” —Mk 9:37

Praise:  St. Christopher Magallanes and his twenty-four Companions were martyred between 1915 and 1937 in eight separate Mexican states for their faithfulness to the Catholic Church.

Reference:  (To help you with repentance, listen to, order or download on our website Sacrament of Reconciliation on CD 47A-3 or DVD 47A.)

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