One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 10, 2019


"By God's grace I am what I am." –1 Corinthians 15:10, our transl.

The purpose of life is to be converted to the Lord. For example, "in the year King Uzziah died," Isaiah "saw the Lord" in the temple (Is 6:1). Isaiah was converted. He saw God's glory, became painfully aware of his own sinfulness, was forgiven and purified, and accepted God's call to be a prophet (Is 6:1ff).

Saul (Paul) was also converted. He did not see but heard the risen Lord (Acts 9:4). He was struck blind for three days, during which he prayed (Acts 9:8, 12). Then Ananias laid his hands on Saul and healed him of his blindness (Acts 9:17-18). Saul was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17-18).

Simon Peter was converted when Jesus helped him have the best day at work that he had ever experienced (Lk 5:6ff). In his fishing business, he had never caught so many fish. Simon Peter knew it was a miracle. He became very aware of his sinfulness (Lk 5:8), "left everything," and became a disciple of Jesus (Lk 5:11).

Have you been converted to Jesus? If so, are you living accordingly? Be and live converted.

PRAYER: Abba, "send me" to lead others to conversion (Is 6:8).
PROMISE: "...Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that He was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day; that He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve. After that He was seen by five hundred brothers at once." –1 Cor 15:3-6
PRAISE: Alleluia! The stone is rolled away! The tomb is empty! Jesus is risen!

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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