One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 14, 2018


"Look! There is the Lamb of God!" –John 1:36

For generations we have fashioned a culture of death – step by step, war by war, abortion by abortion, injustice by injustice, sin by sin. Our seeds of unfaithfulness, lust, and greed have grown into a sickeningly rich harvest of injustice. Is there any hope?

In Christ alone there is hope. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). Jesus is "the Messiah! (This term means the Anointed)" (Jn 1:41) and "Rabbi (which means Teacher)" (Jn 1:38). He is "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6). He will call our names (see 1 Sm 3:4) and change our names (see Jn 1:42). Jesus will bring good news to the poor, "proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord" (Lk 4:18-19). Jesus is bringing down the culture of death and replacing it with a civilization of love and life.

There is hope; there is certain hope in Jesus – in Jesus alone. Alleluia!

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Jesus: Life and Hope.
PROMISE: "You must know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is within – the Spirit you have received from God. You are not your own. You have been purchased, and at a price. So glorify God in your body." —1 Cor 6:19-20
PRAISE: Praise the risen, eucharistic Jesus! Alleluia! "To Him be glory forever and ever" (2 Tm 4:18).

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Reprinted with permission from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community. Their ministries include:

· One Bread, One Body
· Daily Bread Radio Program
· Annual Bible Institute
· Discipleship Retreats
· Guadalupe Bible College