One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 13, 2022


"The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their rulers failed to recognize Him, and in condemning Him they fulfilled the words of the prophets which we read sabbath after sabbath." –Acts 13:27

We can go to church every week or every day, hear God's Word, and still fail to recognize Jesus. We can read the Bible daily, including the Bible readings and teachings in this book, One Bread, One Body, but not give our lives totally to the Lord. We can even confess Jesus as Lord (Mt 7:21), prophesy, do miracles, and drive out demons in His name (Mt 7:22), but not have the right relationship with the Lord. Thus, He may say to us: "I never knew you. Out of My sight, you evildoers!" (Mt 7:23)

Let us not miss the day of salvation, the season of mercy, and the time of God's visitation (see Lk 19:41ff). We have been baptized into Christ Jesus. He is within us. "How shall we escape if we ignore a salvation as great as ours?" (Heb 2:3)

"Delay not your conversion to the Lord, put it not off from day to day" (Sir 5:8). "Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2) Let us accept Jesus on His terms. Let us love Him with a total, crucified love, and thus love Him as He has loved us. The Lord is giving you the grace at this moment to give yourself totally to Him. Say "Yes" to Jesus.

PRAYER: Father, I am all Yours.
PROMISE: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and faith in Me." –Jn 14:1
PRAISE: As a Church-approved Marian apparition, Our Lady of Fatima has encouraged many Catholics to grow in piety. Public devotion spanning more than 100 years has brought about many conversions.

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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