Day 300: Conversion of Heart

2 Maccabees 3:1-40 The author placed blame for the desecration of the Temple on the high priest of the time since God’s protection of the Temple depended on his fidelity to the Law. For example, when Onias had been high priest, a vision exhibiting God’s power deterred Heliodorus and his bodyguards from taking the Temple’s treasury, which made a believer out of Heliodorus, who testified to the king about the might of the God of Israel. Such testimony is the obligation of every believer; in many instances, conversion and trust in God is prompted by the living witness of the faithful. (CCC 166)

Proverbs 24:11-12 These verses hint at an eternal reward that awaits the faithful after death. We also see a strong exhortation against “turning a blind eye” to injustice rather than taking action to stop or prevent it. To “requite” in this maxim refers to the blessing of a long life, but it can also be seen as pointing toward eternal life. (CCC 2269)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise. Thank you, God. Thank you so much. Gosh, Lord God, you are present always. And sometimes we can see your work and sometimes we can’t. Sometimes we can see your presence in your action and sometimes we can’t. So please, Lord God, today give us the grace, give us the grace to be able to see that even when you are hidden, you are still present. And even like, when we prayed before, when it seems like you’re not doing anything, that you are always active. So we praise your name. Help us to have eyes to see. But even when we don’t see, help us to have the heart that trusts. Help us to have a heart that trusts, even when we don’t see. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”