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One Bread, One Body

St. Rose of Lima

Ezekiel 36:23-28
View Readings Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 Matthew 22:1-14
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"I will sprinkle clean water upon you." —Ezekiel 36:25

The Lord promised through the prophet Ezekiel: "I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you" (Ez 36:25). The Lord promised us a total purification far beyond any purification ever attempted. This purification will be part of a change of our nature. We can be born again, begotten from above (see Jn 3:3, 5). The Lord promised: "I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts" (Ez 36:26). Our new nature will not only be new, but we will even be made sharers in the divine nature (2 Pt 1:4). The Lord then suggested that He would live within us. He promised: "I will put My Spirit within you and make you live by My statutes" (Ez 36:27). Through our Baptism, we will live in the Holy Trinity and the Trinity will live in us (see Jn 17:23).

The purpose of life is to receive the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy in today's first eucharistic reading. The purpose of life is to receive a new nature, to be born again by Baptism into Jesus, and to live that Baptism in total commitment to Jesus.

Let us thank the Lord always for the new birth in Baptism and the life of faith and faithfulness to the Lord. Let us love people enough to tell as many as possible about the purpose of life. "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He Who in His great mercy gave us new birth" (1 Pt 1:3).

Prayer: Father, send me the Holy Spirit to teach me the radical newness of my baptized life in Jesus (see Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People, Pope St. John Paul II, 10).
Promise: "The invited are many, the elect are few." —Mt 22:14
Praise: St. Rose took a vow of virginity and practiced forms of penance in an attempt to make reparation for widespread sin and corruption.



One Bread, One Body

Queenship of Mary

Ezekiel 34:1-11
View Readings Psalm 23:1-6 Matthew 20:1-16
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"The reign of God is like the case of the owner of an estate who went out at dawn to hire workmen." —Matthew 20:1

"There is, of course, great gain in religion" (1 Tm 6:6). "While physical training is to some extent valuable, the discipline of religion is incalculably more so, with its promise of life here and hereafter" (1 Tm 4:8). There are such awesome benefits to Christianity that Christians are tempted to think that these benefits are the reason for Christianity. However, the essence of the Christian life is love — unconditional love — for God is this kind of love (1 Jn 4:16). For example, we should want to go to heaven not primarily because heaven is so good but because God lives there. Christianity should not be focused on the blessings of God but on the God Who blesses.

Because we are naturally selfish, it is difficult for God to get us to love Him for Himself. He nonetheless does this by making the cross the essence of Christianity. When we take up our crosses and suffer, we see that Christianity is not only about blessings. Through the cross, we enter into the love of the Crucified One.

Moreover, the Lord sometimes gives everlasting happiness to those who do very little to merit it (see Mt 20:9; Lk 23:43). If we've been carrying the crosses of Christianity to get something out of it, we may observe this and complain: "This last group did only an hour's work, but you have put them on the same basis as us" (Mt 20:12). The Christian life doesn't compute if we look primarily at the benefits. Thus, Christianity must be essentially about something else.

Be Christian. Live in unconditional love (Jn 15:9). Love God for Himself.

Prayer: Father, may I love You even if I feel as Job felt.
Promise: "I Myself will look after and tend My sheep." —Ez 34:11
Praise: Mary conformed her will to God's and received joy. Though a small-town girl, she said 'Yes' to the Lord and was lifted up to be the Queen of heaven and earth.




One Bread, One Body

Pope St. Pius X

Ezekiel 28:1-10
View Readings Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36 Matthew 19:23-30
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"You are haughty of heart, you say, 'A god am I! I occupy a godly throne in the heart of the sea!' — And yet you are a man, and not a god, however you may think yourself like a god." —Ezekiel 28:2

The prince of Tyre had no qualms about displaying His arrogance. He had the gall to proclaim: "A god am I!" The prince of Tyre thought he was wiser than Daniel (Ez 28:4) and personally responsible for the amassing of his riches (Ez 28:5).

Although in recent times a number of people follow the example of the prince of Tyre and flaunt their arrogance, most Christians know that we are to give God all the glory (Ps 115:1) and publicly acknowledge that without Jesus we can do absolutely nothing (Jn 15:5). Our lives are utterly dependent on God's grace and mercy in every second forever. Although we Christians are joining the heavenly voices and giving the Lord all "power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise" (Rv 5:12), we may be like Peter saying: "Here we have put everything aside to follow You. What can we expect from it?" (Mt 19:27) Peter's words betray a pride and certainly less than a total surrender to the Lord.

How can we die to ourselves (see Jn 12:24: Lk 9:24), live our Baptisms, and be truly humble and not subtly proud? We are helpless. Let us cry out for God's grace and mercy.

Prayer: Father, You are my only Hope and the only Hope I need.
Promise: "Everyone who has given up home, brothers or sisters, father or mother, wife or children or property for My sake will receive many times as much and inherit everlasting life." —Mt 19:29
Praise: Pope St. Pius X was the servant of the people of God. If you received your First Comm as a child, give praise to God today for the decision of Pope St. Pius X over a century ago to include you. "Jesus said, 'Let the children come to Me' " (Mt 19:14).





BÁNH SỰ SỐNG: Tin Mừng Đức Giêsu Kitô theo thánh Mátthêu (Mt 19: 16-22)

Khi ấy, có một người đến thưa cùng Chúa Giêsu rằng: "Lạy Thầy nhân lành, tôi phải làm việc lành gì để được sống đời đời?". Người bảo kẻ ấy rằng: "Sao ngươi hỏi Ta về việc lành? Chỉ có một Đấng nhân lành là Thiên Chúa. Nếu ngươi muốn vào nơi hằng sống, ngươi hãy tuân giữ các giới răn". Người ấy hỏi rằng: "Những giới răn nào?" Chúa Giêsu đáp: "Ngươi chớ giết người, chớ ngoại tình, chớ trộm cắp, chớ làm chứng dối. Hãy thảo kính cha mẹ và yêu thương kẻ khác như chính mình". Người thanh niên thưa lại rằng: "Tất cả những điều đó, tôi đã giữ từ khi còn niên thiếu, vậy tôi còn thiếu sót gì nữa chăng?". Chúa Giêsu bảo anh: "Nếu ngươi muốn nên trọn lành, hãy về bán hết của cải ngươi có và bố thí cho người nghèo khó, thì ngươi sẽ được kho tàng trên trời, rồi đến mà theo Ta". Khi người thanh niên nghe lời đó thì buồn rầu bỏ đi: vì anh có nhiều sản nghiệp.

Suy niệm

Đối với dân ngoại, người ta trở nên tự phụ kiêu căng và cảm thấy thành công khi tỏ ra cho thiên hạ thấy mình chiếm hữu được nhiều tài sản vật chất cũng như có địa vị quan trọng trong xã hội.

Nhưng đối với những người Kitô hữu đích thực, họ chỉ cảm nghiệm được sự viên mãn và thành công khi trong giây phút cuối cùng của cuộc đời, khi họ thấy mình đã chấp nhận đánh mất tất cả những của cải đời này vì Thiên Chúa. Tại sao lại như thế? Bởi vì chỉ khi đó, người Kitô hữu mới được hưởng cách sung mãn những điều vô giá là tình yêu và sự hiện diện của Thiên Chúa, cũng như gia nghiệp trên trời.

*SUY TƯ VÀ QUYẾT TÂM HÀNH ĐỘNG: Vì thế, với tư cách là một Kitô hữu, khi ta càng mất đi nhiều thứ vì Thiên Chúa, thì ta càng lớn lên trước mặt Thiên Chúa. Và sự sung mãn mà ta cảm nghiệm được không chỉ trong đời sau, nhưng còn ngay ở thế gian này nữa, bởi vì Thiên Chúa trở nên gia nghiệp duy nhất của ta và ta càng trở nên xứng đáng được hưởng gia nghiệp trên Thiên quốc.

Lạy Chúa, NHỜ THÁNH THẦN cho con nhìn thấy Chúa trong mọi người và cho mọi người nhìn thấy Chúa trong con. Amen.

GKGĐ Giáo Phận Phú Cường


One Bread, One Body

20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Proverbs 9:1-6
Ephesians 5:15-20
View Readings Psalm 34:2-3, 10-15
John 6:51-58
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"Do not continue in ignorance, but try to discern the will of the Lord." —Ephesians 5:17

St. Jerome asserted: "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ" (Catechism, 133). If we are ignorant of Christ, we will not discern the will of the Lord (Eph 5:17). This means we will not make "the most of the present opportunity" (Eph 5:16). But through knowledge of the Scriptures and through good discernment of God's will, we are saved from a futile (see 1 Pt 1:18), vain (see Eccl 1:2) existence.


"Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it; then you will successfully attain your goal" (Jos 1:8).
Let the law of the Lord be your joy, and study God's law day and night (see Ps 1:2).
Devour God's words and make them the joy and happiness of your heart (Jer 15:16).
Abide in God's Word (Jn 8:31).
Devote yourself to the apostles' teaching (Acts 2:42).
Each day study the Scriptures (Acts 17:11).
Preach God's Word and "stay with this task whether convenient or inconvenient — correcting, reproving, appealing — constantly teaching and never losing patience" (2 Tm 4:2).
How precious is God's Word! Love, live, and proclaim His Word.

Prayer: Father, may I daily read and joyfully obey Your Word.
Promise: "I Myself am the Living Bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is My flesh, for the life of the world." —Jn 6:51
Praise: Praise You, risen Jesus! You are the Living Word, the Word of Life. All glory be to You forever!



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