One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 23, 2021


"The evil one approaches him to steal away what was sown in his mind." –Matthew 13:19

How much of God's Word have you heard over the years at home, in church and school, through reading and teaching? How much of God's Word do you know and live? The difference in the answer to these two questions shows us how much of the Word the evil one has robbed from us. Many of us have been exposed to God's Word for years but have little to show for it. The devil has literally robbed us blind. We don't even report it to the authorities or call for help. We merely resign ourselves to Satan daily robbing us of the Word of life.

God's Word tells us: "Submit to God; resist the devil and he will take flight" (Jas 4:7). We can rob the robber and retrieve all that the devil has stolen (see Lk 11:22). We do this by faith in Jesus Christ, expressed in prayer and obedience. The Holy Spirit will enable us to remember passages from God's Word we haven't recalled for years. We will apply the Word so as to be holy in every aspect of our lives (1 Pt 1:15).

Jesus knows how to prevent the devil's thievery. Report any theft to Jesus, the Authority. We need Jesus to deliver us from the evil one (Mt 6:13). Jesus will not only sow the seed, but guard it.

PRAYER: Jesus, I've been robbed several thousand times. Please recover the stolen goods.
PROMISE: "Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you." –Ex 20:12
PRAISE: St. Bridget of Sweden was courageous. In 1350, she bravely made a pilgrimage from Sweden to Rome. At the time, Europe was stricken by the plague and she never returned to Sweden. She was a mother of eight who had mystical apparitions from Jesus and was also a social activist.

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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