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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 12, 2021

DIS-LOCATED?

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation." –2 Corinthians 5:17

An old maxim used by realtors says the worth of a piece of property can be evaluated by the three L's: location, location, and location. It's where the property is located that counts. The "three L's" apply even more fully to Christianity: it's where you are located that makes the eternal difference. To be Christians, we must be in Christ.

The New Testament refers to being in Christ over ninety times. This expression is not merely Christian jargon: it proclaims the Good News that being located in Jesus makes all the difference. "There is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rm 8:1). In Jesus, we have redemption (Rm 3:24), sanctification (1 Cor 1:2), freedom (Gal 2:4), and triumph (2 Cor 2:14). Nothing can "separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus" (Rm 8:39). God "has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens!" (Eph 1:3)

If we are not located in Christ, then we are still in the "old order" (2 Cor 5:17). We stand outside of reconciliation with God, and look at everyone "in terms of mere human judgment" (2 Cor 5:16). When we are located in Christ, our whole existence is centered on what He is doing. We gain such a radiant identity in Him that we are made wholly new (2 Cor 5:17).

"In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Choose "life on high in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14).

PRAYER: Jesus, may I live no longer for myself but for You (see 2 Cor 5:15).
PROMISE: "He pardons all your iniquities, He heals all your ills." –Ps 103:3
PRAISE: "And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare" (Lk 2:35). Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

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Acknowledgement

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