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BÁNH SỰ SỐNG - ONE BREAD, ONE BODY 6-16-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:22-31
Romans 5:1-5
View Readings Psalm 8:4-9
John 16:12-15
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MORE OF GOD

"We are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." —Romans 5:1

Most people know there is a God. Some people even experience that God is present, loving, and/or personal. Others only sense God as a force. Those people who are aware of God as a person know they can reject God by sinning. They sometimes know when they're not at peace with God. Then they feel a need to get right with God, to be justified (Rm 5:1). Few people experience much more of God than this, but there is much, much more of God. Jesus said to His disciples: "I have much more to tell you" (Jn 16:12).

God is Trinity, three Persons in one God. God is a family. God has become a man. This God-made-Man is Jesus (see Jn 1:14), Who is fully God and fully Man. There is so much more to God than our experiences. The holiest saints who have ever lived have only just begun to know God. "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor 2:9).

On this Trinity Sunday, may we experience in a new way the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom (Ps 111:10). May we devote all our energies to developing as deep a personal relationship with the Trinity as possible. May we let the Spirit guide us to all truth about the Trinity (Jn 16:13).

Prayer: Father, Son, and Spirit, I give my life to You. May I be baptized — immersed — into You (see Mt 28:19).
Promise: "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us." —Rm 5:5
Praise: "O most Holy Trinity, undivided Unity; Holy God, mighty God, God immortal, be adored."

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BÁNH SỰ SỐNG -ONE BREAD, ONE BODY- 14-6-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

2 Corinthians 4:7-15
View Readings Psalm 116:10-11, 15-18 Matthew 5:27-32
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PURE HOLINESS

"You have heard the commandment, 'You shall not commit adultery.' What I say to you is: anyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his thoughts." —Matthew 5:27-28

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commands us to have the highest standard in resisting sexual temptations. We are to be pure and free, even if we have to gouge out our eyes or cut off our hands (Mt 5:29-30). The Lord does not intend for us to literally maim ourselves, but we must do whatever it takes to avoid the occasions of sin and receive God's grace to live holy lives. Some people must "gouge out" their TVs, that is, give up TV altogether and not merely try to control their use of the TV. Many are called to cut off their Internet service. Some are called to cut out swimming or other entertainments, which have been affected by the immodesty and perversions of our society.

Jesus makes it clear that entertainment and pleasure-seeking are not to be our priorities. Holiness is. Jesus is so serious about our holiness that He died on the cross so that we might become holy as He is holy (see 1 Pt 1:16; cf Lv 19:2). He took on our sins "so that in Him we might become the very holiness of God" (2 Cor 5:21). Thus, we will help others recognize our Father's name as holy (Mt 6:9). Come, Spirit of holiness and purity!

Prayer: Father, give me such a desire to be holy that I will suffer all of my purgatory before my death rather than after it.
Promise: "This treasure we possess in earthen vessels, to make it clear that its surpassing power comes from God and not from us." —2 Cor 4:7
Praise: Louise gave up her acting career in Hollywood to answer a call to holiness in the cloister.

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BÁNH SỰ SỐNG - ONE BREAD, ONE BODY 6-11-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

St. Barnabas

Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3
View Readings Psalm 98:1-6 Matthew 10:7-13
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NAME-CHANGE

"He encouraged them all to remain firm in their commitment to the Lord, since he himself was a good man filled with the Holy Spirit and faith." —Acts 11:23-24

Joseph's name was changed to Barnabas because he was such an encouragement to the Church through his words and finances (Acts 4:36-37). The name "Barnabas" means "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:36). For a Jew, the name "Joseph" referred to the Joseph of the book of Genesis. He had great dreams, was sold into slavery by his brothers, and was eventually responsible for the survival of Egypt and the rest of the Middle East during a seven-year famine.

Joseph's life story was one of recovery — recovering his freedom, family, and food. Joseph was a survivor who helped everyone else survive. Barnabas was not just a survivor but a builder of the kingdom. He was not only recovering from the past but building the future. He was breaking new ground and not just maintaining the status quo. He was attacking the gates of hell (Mt 16:18, KJV) and not just playing defense. He was not only reacting in faith but acting in faith.

We likewise need a name-change. We must change from crisis intervention to evangelization, from survival to revival, and from avoiding defeat to claiming the victory

Prayer: Father, continue to change the Simons to Peters, the Sauls to Pauls, and the Josephs to Barnabases.
Promise: "Make this announcement: 'The reign of God is at hand!' Cure the sick, raise the dead, heal the leprous, expel demons." —Mt 10:7-8
Praise: St. Barnabas returned home to Cyprus to share the good news to his countrymen. Although he was not one of the original twelve apostles, Barnabas was a close companion of St. Paul and St. Mark. He played a chief role in evangelizing the young Church.

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BÁNH SỰ SỐNG - THÔNG BÁO TIN VUI # 185 PDF Print E-mail

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THÔNG BÁO TIN VUI # 185 - Website ChiaseLoiChua.com
THIÊN CHÚA LÀ CHA GIẦU LÒNG NHÂN ÁI (Thư 2 Corinto 1, 1-10)
* Chuyện kể: Người ta gọi đó là những “bé trai lạc loài” của Sudan, vì hàng ngàn em đã chạy trốn, tìm nơi trú ẩn khỏi cuộc nội chiến hỗn loạn và giết chóc trong xứ.
Nhiều em được học biết về Phúc Âm, nhưng lại biết rất ít về thế giới bên ngoài ngôi làng của các em. Một bài viết trong National Geographic mô tả sơ lược một trong những “bé trai lạc loài” nay đã tái định cư ở Mỹ. Em này nói với một nhân chứng rằng em rất biết ơn về những tiện nghi của nước Mỹ, nhưng cũng biết về đức tin em học được qua gian khổ. Em nói với họ: “Người Mỹ tin Đức Chúa Trời nhưng họ không biết điều Ngài giầu lòng nhân ái thế nào.”
* Một phút suy tư: Trong mọi thử thách, bạn có thể cảm nghiệm được quyền năng và Lòng Thương Xót của Chúa là Cha giầu lòng từ bi nhân ái và sẵn sàng nâng đỡ ủi an (câu 3-4). Nhiều lúc tôi dường như thiếu hy vọng và cùng chia sẻ với thánh Phaolô vì sự đè nén quá mức quá chừng, nhưng vẫn tin chờ Thiên Chúa: Chúng tôi đã phải chịu quá mức, quá sức chúng tôi, đến nỗi chúng tôi không còn hy vọng sống nổi. Nhưng chúng tôi đã mang án tử hình nơi chính bản thân rồi, để chúng tôi không tin vào chính mình, mà vào Thiên Chúa. (câu 8-9)

Bạn và tôi có thể học biết Lời Chúa như thánh Phaolô rằng: trong lúc đen tối nhất ta không nên vào sức riêng mình mà trông cậy vào Thiên Chúa: Chính Người đã cứu và sẽ còn cứu chúng tôi khỏi một cái chết như thế. Người là Đấng chúng tôi trông cậy..(câu 10). Thánh Phaolô còn nhấn mạnh đến sự đồng cảnh ngộ của Đức Kitô với mọi Tín hữu trong những gian nan và an ủi, tội lỗi và công chính, giầu sang và nghèo khổ; phận hèn và chức quyền.

Đó chính là mầu nhiệm vượt qua, nhờ sự hiện diện của Đức Kitô Phục Sinh ở giữa thế giới đầy tội lỗi và chết chóc này: Vì cũng như chúng ta chia sẻ muôn vàn nỗi khổ đau của Đức Kitô, thì nhờ Ngài chúng ta cũng được chứa chan niềm an ủi. (câu 5)

Đầy tớ Nguyễn Định – Mời thăm Website ChiaseLoiChua.com, để Sống và Chia sẻ Lời Chúa.

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BÁNH SỰ SỐNG -ONE BREAD, ONE BODY - 04-6-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

Pentecost Novena - Day 5

Acts 20:17-27
View Readings Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21 John 17:1-11
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SPIRITUAL RECYCLING

"The Holy Spirit has been warning me." —Acts 20:23

We are halfway through the Pentecost Novena. By this time in the novena, the Holy Spirit has been quite active. The Holy Spirit has been working on preparing our hearts for Pentecost. The Spirit has been consoling us, instructing us (Jn 14:26), leading us to the truth (Jn 16:13), and warning us about repentance and other changes we must make (Acts 20:23).

As the novena continues, the Spirit will be helping us pray, for we know not how to pray as we ought (Rm 8:26). The Spirit will fight against our sinful flesh (Gal 5:17), prompting us to repent more deeply and giving us a greater desire to be holy. The Holy Spirit will give us a greater thirst for Jesus (Jn 7:37-39). Then Jesus will pour out the Spirit in ever greater abundance on us, for "He does not ration His gift of the Spirit" (Jn 3:34). In turn, the Spirit will lead us to the Father, inspiring us to "cry out, 'Abba!' (that is, 'Father')" (Rm 8:15). Then the Father will pour out His love "in our hearts through the Holy Spirit" (Rm 5:5) and Jesus will baptize us anew in the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:8). As Pentecost approaches, we should be so immersed in Trinitarian love that we will literally be "filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4).

In five days, the Holy Spirit will be poured out anew at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is warning you (Acts 20:23) to prepare for an outpouring beyond anything you can ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20). "Follow the Spirit's lead" (Gal 5:25).

Prayer: Father, I set my heart on the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 14:1).
Promise: "Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ." —Jn 17:3
Praise: George's thirst for the Holy Spirit grew throughout the Pentecost novena. He now reads the Bible and attends Mass daily.

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