One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 22, 2022


"Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul, slain upon your heights." –2 Samuel 1:19

Saul and David were similar in that they both were:

Saul and David were dissimilar in that David repented, while Saul did not repent. Saul became involved in the occult (1 Sm 28:8ff) and eventually committed suicide (1 Sm 31:4).

The Lord would have had mercy on Saul if only he had prayed as David did: "Have mercy me, O God, in Your goodness; in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me" (Ps 51:3-4). The Lord likewise will have mercy on us if we will only repent and cry out: "Lord, have mercy!"

PRAYER: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from Your presence, and Your Holy Spirit take not from me. Give me back the joy of Your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me" (Ps 51:12-14).
PROMISE: "Rouse Your power and come to save us." –Ps 80:3
PRAISE: Allowing God into their marriage made all the difference for Joe and Denise.

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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