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BÁNH SỰ SỐNG -ONE BREAD, ONE BODY 9-17-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

St. Robert Bellarmine

1 Timothy 3:1-13
View Readings Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6 Luke 7:11-17
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"God has visited His people." —Luke 7:16

In yesterday's Gospel reading, Jesus healed by responding to the centurion's request made in faith. In today's Gospel, Jesus takes the initiative to heal. No one requested healing from Him; no one seemed aware of His presence until He stepped forward to raise the dead man (Lk 7:12ff). It is Jesus' nature to heal, to take initiative, to visit His people.

The people of Naim spoke rightly when they said that "God has visited His people" (Lk 7:16). The Son of God came down from heaven to earth to bless, heal, deliver, and make disciples of His people. It was also to destroy the devil's works and deliver His helpless people that Jesus visited us (see 1 Jn 3:8).

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love us too much to leave us on our own. So the Father sent His only Son into the world so that we might believe in Him and have salvation (Jn 3:16). He visits for mercy and salvation, not for condemnation (Jn 3:17; Lk 7:16; cf Rm 8:1).

The Lord still visits His people today — in the Eucharist, the Sacraments of the Church, the Sacred Scriptures, and in His Body, the Church. Yet it is possible to miss His visitation, and this causes Jesus to weep (Lk 19:41-44). Therefore, each day roll out the welcome mat for Jesus. Open wide your hearts to Him (2 Cor 6:13).

Prayer: Jesus, You constantly knock on the door of my life (Rv 3:20). I welcome You into my heart.
Promise: "Of kindness and judgment I will sing; to You, O Lord, I will sing praise." —Ps 101:1
Praise: St. Robert Bellarmine, a Jesuit, developed the theological basis for the Catholic Reformation. He also prepared two catechisms which have had great influence in the Church.


BÁNH SỰ SỐNG -ONE BREAD, ONE BODY -10-9-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

Colossians 2:6-15
View Readings Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11 Luke 6:12-19
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"Continue, therefore, to live in Christ Jesus the Lord, in the spirit in which you received Him." —Colossians 2:6

Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9:3ff). Jesus struck Saul blind and implied that Saul should stop persecuting Jesus' Church. In three days, Saul was baptized into Jesus and thereby accepted Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God. This was the beginning of Jesus' revelation of Himself to Saul.

Saul (later to be named Paul) became "rooted in [Christ] and built up in Him" (Col 2:7). Paul came to realize that "in Christ the fullness of deity resides in bodily form" (Col 2:9) and that Jesus "is the Head of every principality and power" (Col 2:10). Paul came to know more deeply that God has brought us "new life in company with Christ. He pardoned all our sins. He canceled the bond that stood against us with all its claims, snatching it up and nailing it to the cross" (Col 2:13-14). Paul came to realize that Jesus also disarmed "the principalities and powers. He made a public show of them and, leading them off captive, triumphed in the person of Christ" (Col 2:15).

Where are you in your personal knowledge of Jesus? How much new revelation of Jesus have you received in the last year? Are you letting the Holy Spirit lead you more deeply into the mystery of the person of Jesus? (see 1 Cor 2:10) Do you love Jesus more deeply than ever? Is Jesus your Life and your Love? (see Jn 14:6; 1 Jn 4:8,16)

Prayer: Father, lead me deeper into Jesus, Your Son.
Promise: "Indeed, the whole crowd was trying to touch Him because power went out from Him which cured all." —Lk 6:19
Praise: Joe, in prison on death row, has been washed clean by Jesus' blood.


BÁNH SỰ SỐNG - ONE BREAD, ONE BODY 8-28-2019 PDF Print E-mail

One Bread, One Body

St. Augustine

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
View Readings Psalm 139:7-12 Matthew 23:27-32
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"You say, 'Had we lived in our forefathers' time we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets' blood.' " —Matthew 23:30

The "religious" people of Jesus' time insisted that they would not have committed the sins of their ancestors. We likewise don't believe we would ever again perpetrate the racism and slavery of our forefathers. We can't imagine ourselves staffing concentration camps and bombing civilian populations. We think we would never treat women like animals.

Jesus told the people of His time that they were in what psychologists call "denial." Jesus says the same thing to us. We would commit and are committing some of the worst sins of our ancestors. In fact, we are surpassing our ancestors in evil. Is racism really a thing of the past? The death toll in concentration camps is miniscule compared to the deaths due to surgical and chemical abortions. Who is more innocent than a pre-born baby? Yet they are so often murdered by chemical warfare. What is pornography? It is nothing less than treating women (as well as men and children) as animals or even objects. Repent!

Prayer: Father, free me from sin. Make me holy no matter what.
Promise: "You are witnesses, as is God Himself, of how upright, just, and irreproachable our conduct was toward you who are believers." —1 Thes 2:10
Praise: St. Augustine's Confessions, the autobiography of his conversion, stands as a preeminent witness to God's grace. Written in the fourth century, it continues to be widely read today. He wrote: "Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you" (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 30).


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    CHÚA LÀ CHA GIẦU LÒNG NHÂN ÁI (2 Corinto 1, 10)
   * Người ta gọi 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. Những "bé trai lạc loài" nay đã tái định cư ở Mỹ. Một em nói 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 Thiên Chúa; nhưng họ không biết điều Ngài giầu lòng nhân ái thế nào."

* BẠN VÀ TÔI CÙNG SỐNG VUI: 1/ 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. 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.

2/ 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..
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.

*SUY TƯ VÀ QUYẾT TÂM HÀNH ĐỘNG: 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 thế chúng ta cùng chia sẻ muôn vàn nỗi khổ đau của anh em đồng loại trong mọi biến cố chiến tranh, khủng bố, nghèo đói... hôm nay, thì nhờ Ngài chúng ta cũng được chứa chan niềm vui và an ủi.

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One Bread, One Body

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8-10
View Readings Psalm 149:1-6, 9 Matthew 23:13-22
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"Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you frauds!" —Matthew 23:13, 15

Jesus called the religious leaders of His day "frauds," "blind guides" (Mt 23:16), and "blind fools" (Mt 23:17), among other things. Jesus did not say these things in sinful anger. He was simply being forthright in correcting the scribes and Pharisees.

Jesus continues to deal forthrightly with religious leaders. He knows they must render an account to Him for the people they are responsible to lead (Heb 13:17). They need our help desperately. We give thanks for our religious leaders. It takes courage to turn their life over to this calling. They are as brave as someone going off to war. God's Word tells us what we should do for our leaders:

Respect — "Respect those among you whose task it is to exercise authority in the Lord" (1 Thes 5:12).
Obey — "Obey your leaders and submit to them" (Heb 13:17), as long as they do not command anything contrary to God's law (Acts 4:19), and even when they don't practice what they preach (Mt 23:3).
Intercede — "I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all men, especially for kings and those in authority" (1 Tm 2:1-2).
Love — "Love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Pt 4:8). Loving our leaders includes forgiving them.

Some religious leaders are in imminent danger of eternal damnation. You can help them at this most critical time of their lives.

Prayer: Father, may those who have preached to others not be lost themselves (1 Cor 9:27).
Promise: "The gospel proved not a mere matter of words for you but one of power." —1 Thes 1:5
Praise: Dennis corrects his children as Jesus did — with love.


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