One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 15, 2022


"As He moved on He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus at his tax collector's post, and said to him, 'Follow Me.' Levi got up and became His follower." –Mark 2:14

Could the Lord work with you as He did with Levi? Could He call you to leave everything immediately? Jesus, being the Lord, doesn't always work step-by-step. For example, Saul is out looking for some lost asses and, before he knows it, he's anointed king (1 Sm 9:3; 10:1). Joseph goes to bed one night and before morning he and his family are on their way to Egypt (Mt 2:14).

Jesus didn't give the young, rich man much "pre-evangelization." It was "sell everything now and follow Me" or stay behind (see Mk 10:21). Jesus called more than one of His apostles to quit their jobs without giving two weeks notice (Mt 4:19-22). When someone wanted to follow Jesus but needed to bury his father first, Jesus said: "Let the dead bury their dead; come away and proclaim the kingdom of God" (Lk 9:60).

We live in an "instant" society. We microwave our food or pick it up at a drive-thru window, and expect instant communications with the whole world. We pop a pill for every discomfort. But, when the Lord wants an instant response from us, can we give it? Don't keep the Lord waiting. "Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2)

PRAYER: Jesus, may I always give You what You want when You want it. I give You myself unreservedly.
PROMISE: "From a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul's head; he also kissed him, saying: 'The Lord anoints you commander over His heritage.' " –1 Sm 10:1
PRAISE: Margaret turned down her boyfriend's proposal, confirming his vocation to the priesthood.

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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