One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 16, 2023


"Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech." –Jeremiah 7:28

Our heavenly Father is the Faithful One. Jesus Christ is "the faithful Witness" (Rv 1:5), "the Faithful and True" (Rv 19:11). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, that is, of faithfulness (see Jn 16:13). The triune God is perfectly faithful (see 1 Thes 5:24). Even "if we are unfaithful He will still remain faithful, for He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tm 2:13). It is God's nature to be faithful.

God calls us to be holy, to be like Him. That means that we must be faithful. Have you been faithful to your baptismal promises? This is the fundamental responsibility to which we must be faithful. Have you been faithful to your vocations as married, lay single, clergy, religious, parent, child, worker in the world, or church worker? Have you been faithful to the Church, including to the Pope, bishops, pastors, and brothers and sisters in Christ? Have you been faithful in keeping your word and your promises to those people the Lord has given you to love?

If you have been faithful, give God the glory, for it is only by His grace that you have been faithful. If you have not been faithful, repent, go to Confession, receive God's mercy, and become faithful. On Judgment Day, the Lord wants to say to each of us: "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Mt 25:21, 23, RSV-CE).

PRAYER: Father, this Lent make me faithful in life, till death.
PROMISE: "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." –Lk 11:23
PRAISE: Fr. Joseph, a Ugandan priest serving as a missionary to the Sudan, has baptized 15,000 Sudanese people into the Catholic Church in the last six years.

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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