August 19 - One Bread, One Body
August 19, Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle B Readings:
1) Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:2-3, 10-15
2) Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel) John 6:51-58
The Word of life
"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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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 15, 2017.
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