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Mass Readings for the Day.
We acknowledge that there is a universal hunger for God, as it says in the first reading for today, "there is a hunger for the Word of God," however, do we recognize that God insatiably hungers for man, seeks him out, desires his company, wants to dwell with him?
This is the Good news we read in the Gospel for today, the calling of St Matthew. God seeks man out, calls him, desires his intimate friendship, even though he may think of himself as a sinner, as someone unworthy of divine goodness. This is the novelty of the Love of God, that we may experience newly every time we receive him in holy communion.
The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is consumed with fire for love of us. St Maria Goretti was consumed with this fire of love, and the courage of this love helped her to accept the crown of martyrdom, even though she was very young and her perpetrator was very cruel.
May Our Lady, Queen of martyrs help us to be set afire with God's love that we may have the courage and wisdom to witness this love to our generation