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BANH SU SONG - ONE BREAD, ONE BODY 08-9-2108 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

Nativity of Mary

Micah 5:1-4 or
Romans 8:28-30
View Readings Psalm 13:6 Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23
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GARBAGE AND BIRTHDAYS

" 'The virgin shall be with Child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call Him Emmanuel,' a name which means 'God is with us.' " —Matthew 1:23

We often give presents to those celebrating their birthdays. On Mary's birthday, it's even better. Often on this day, the Lord gives everyone special presents. For example, through the intercession of Mary, the Lord may give us the present of a miracle in which He takes even bad things and works them together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His decree (Rm 8:28).

Think of the worst sins of your life. Think of the worst sins committed against you. What are the worst injustices in our culture of death? What has broken your heart? What are your greatest disappointments? Bring the most foul garbage of your life to Mary's birthday party today. At Mass, bring to the altar your whole life, especially the worst parts of it. As Jesus changes the bread and the wine into His Body and Blood, Jesus may take your garbage and turn it into forgiveness, healing, deliverance, and salvation. The Lord does these miracles because He loves you so much. He does these miracles often on the birthday of Mary because Mary loves you and is pleased to see her Son pouring out His love on her children (see Rm 5:5). Birthdays are days of love and miracles. Happy birthday!

Prayer: Father, do more than I can ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20).
Promise: "Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne." —Mi 5:2
Praise: Horace, once a non-Christian, came to know Jesus as Lord because of an interest in the prophetic messages given at Marian apparitions.

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BANH SU SONG-ONE BREAD,ONE BODY 07-9-2018 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
View Readings Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40 Luke 5:33-39
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THE WAY TO JESUS

"New wine should be poured into fresh skins." —Luke 5:38

Everything has changed with the coming of Jesus Christ into this world. All prior ways of relating to God cannot even begin to compare with the new way of relating to God introduced by Jesus.

Those who related to God before Jesus sometimes placed more importance on the religious practices than on the relationship with God. We must never mistake the path for the goal, which is Jesus Christ. We are to "keep our eyes fixed on Jesus," the Goal (Heb 12:2).

Even while walking the path to Jesus in this earthly life, the Lord has given us help. Jesus told us: "I am the Way" (Jn 14:6). So Jesus is both the Way, that is, the Path, and the Goal. Thus, when we perform Christian service, disciplines, and devotions, such as fasting, we must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus rather than successfully checking off another box on our checklist.

It is a constant goal of the devil to get us to take our eyes off Jesus and introduce pride and selfishness into our worship, devotions, and service. When you grow tired in your Christian walk, come to Jesus constantly for refreshment (see Mt 11:28) rather than to the world for relief.

Prayer: Jesus, when I get tired for You, may I never get tired of You.
Promise: "Take delight in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart's requests." —Ps 37:4
Praise: Joanna, a pro-life legislator, fasted and prayed prior to her decision to run for public office.

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BANH SU SONG - ONE BREAD, ONE BODY 06-9-18 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

1 Corinthians 3:18-23
View Readings Psalm 24:1-6 Luke 5:1-11
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LOWER THE NETS

"If You say so, I will lower the nets." —Luke 5:5

When Jesus gives Peter a miraculous catch of fish, this is the miracle that Peter, the fisherman, can completely understand. Peter knows his inadequacies. Yet Peter also knows that Jesus is Lord and so he is ready to obey any commands Jesus might give. Thus Peter brought his boat to the shore, left everything, and became Jesus' follower (Lk 5:11). Peter recognizes that Jesus is calling him, and so does not let his sinfulness hold him back from responding to the Lord's call. How Jesus must have loved Peter's generosity and obedience!

Jesus likewise has a mission for us. Like Peter, we might tell Jesus: "Depart from me, Lord, with this difficult calling. Your mission is too hard for me" (see Lk 5:8). Yet like Peter, let us also realize that if Jesus calls us, He also provides us with the gifts of the Spirit to carry out His call. With St. Peter, say to the Lord: "Master, at Your command, I will lower the nets. I will trust You" (see Lk 5:5).

Prayer: Lord, make me Your loving, obedient disciple as You made Peter Your disciple. I trust completely in You.
Promise: "All things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or the present, or the future: all these are yours." —1 Cor 3:21-22
Praise: Molly attended a Life in the Spirit seminar. She received the Spirit deeply, and now is involved in a ministry on a healing prayer team.

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BANH SU SONG- NONE BREAD, ONE BODY 06-9-2018 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

1 Corinthians 3:18-23
View Readings Psalm 24:1-6 Luke 5:1-11
Similar Reflections

LOWER THE NETS

"If You say so, I will lower the nets." —Luke 5:5

When Jesus gives Peter a miraculous catch of fish, this is the miracle that Peter, the fisherman, can completely understand. Peter knows his inadequacies. Yet Peter also knows that Jesus is Lord and so he is ready to obey any commands Jesus might give. Thus Peter brought his boat to the shore, left everything, and became Jesus' follower (Lk 5:11).

Peter recognizes that Jesus is calling him, and so does not let his sinfulness hold him back from responding to the Lord's call. How Jesus must have loved Peter's generosity and obedience!

Jesus likewise has a mission for us. Like Peter, we might tell Jesus: "Depart from me, Lord, with this difficult calling. Your mission is too hard for me" (see Lk 5:8). Yet like Peter, let us also realize that if Jesus calls us, He also provides us with the gifts of the Spirit to carry out His call. With St. Peter, say to the Lord: "Master, at Your command, I will lower the nets. I will trust You" (see Lk 5:5).

Prayer: Lord, make me Your loving, obedient disciple as You made Peter Your disciple. I trust completely in You.
Promise: "All things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or the present, or the future: all these are yours." —1 Cor 3:21-22
Praise: Molly attended a Life in the Spirit seminar. She received the Spirit deeply, and now is involved in a ministry on a healing prayer team.

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BANH SU SONG - THU BA CN22TN-B PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

1 Corinthians 2:10-16
View Readings Psalm 145:8-14 Luke 4:31-37
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ABOUT HIS WORD

"What is there about His word?" —Luke 4:36, RNAB

What is there about His Word? "He commands the unclean spirits with authority and power and they leave" (Lk 4:36). God's Word overcomes temptation (Mt 4:3-11) and sin (Ps 119:11).

What is there about His Word? "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made" (Ps 33:6). The Word of God creates (Gn 1:1ff). God's Word is life (Jn 6:63) and gives life where there was no life (Ez 37:9ff). Jesus spoke and people at a distance were healed (Mt 8:13; Jn 4:50-53).

What is there about His Word? God's Word is like a "hammer shattering rocks" (Jer 23:29), and has the power to penetrate to the depths of rock-hard hearts (Heb 4:12-13) and break open human resistance. God's Word is bread from heaven (Mt 4:4), feeding and strengthening us, giving us power that leads to salvation (Rm 1:16). God's Word guides and directs us, lighting our path day by day in this world (Ps 119:105). His Word is our joy (Jer 15:16; Ps 119:111). God's Word is the Truth that sets us free (Jn 8:31-32) and sets our hearts on fire (Lk 24:32).

What is there about His Word? Everything that is powerful, holy, and good! Spend your life spreading the Word of God.

Prayer: Father, I bow before Your holy Word. Give me the grace to be a doer and a spreader of Your Word.
Promise: "But we have the mind of Christ." —1 Cor 2:16
Praise: Joe has been spreading the Good News through Presentation Ministries for thirty-four years.

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