One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 8, 2023


"Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife, 'My love, get up. Let us pray.' " –Tobit 8:4

Look what happens when a married couple welcomes God into their bedroom (Tb 8:4). They marry "for a noble purpose" (Tb 8:7), such as convincing the world that Jesus loves the Church by reflecting God's love in their marriage (Eph 5:25, 32). They pray together, lead holy lives, and pass godly faith to the next generation.

You may think that what happens in your bedroom impacts only you and your spouse. On the contrary, your "private" actions impact your children, extended family, and the world. In fact, Jesus declares that your private words and actions "in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops" (Lk 12:3). Moreover, if God is evicted from your bedroom, Satan moves in (see Lk 11:24-26). The work of the evil one is to destroy marriages and families. Your private actions and attitudes of mistrust in God are displayed publicly through unforgiveness, bitterness, and mistrust of your spouse, all of which sow the seeds of divorce.

Married couples, do you neglect to pray together? Have you practiced artificial contraception, sterilization, or abortion? Is your marriage honored in every way and your marriage bed still undefiled? (see Heb 13:4) Repent of any lack of trust in God for your marriage. God's reputation is at stake. The world is watching your marriage. Will the world decide by observing your marriage that God is worthy of trust?

PRAYER: Jesus, may all married couples accept you as Lord.
PROMISE: "Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!" –Tb 7:11
PRAISE: Fr. Jay so loved God's Word that he provided Bible studies during lunchtime so downtown workers could have their lunch and Scripture too.

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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