May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

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Learn more about St. John of the Cross: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=65

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121415.cfm

When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them in reply, “I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me, then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things. Where was John’s baptism from? Was it of heavenly or of human origin?” They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.” So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” He himself said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 

When we fear the truth, we try to please everyone. When we know the truth we should never fear speaking it out. They knew the truth, but would not speak it. They were afraid of what the truth meant. Do you speak the truth? Or do you try to please everyone? You risk your soul if you do not speak the truth. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth set me free. I praise you for helping me to see your truth and for the strength to speak it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Teach me your ways, O Lord.

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