January 14 - One Bread, One Body
January 14, Second Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1) 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 9
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
2) 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
Gospel) John 1:35-42
Our Only Hope
"Look! There is the Lamb of God!" — John 1:36
For generations we have fashioned a culture of death — step by step, war by war, abortion by abortion, injustice by injustice, sin by sin. Our seeds of unfaithfulness, lust, and greed have grown into a sickeningly rich harvest of injustice. Is there any hope?
In Christ alone there is hope. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). Jesus is "the Messiah! (This term means the Anointed)" (Jn 1:41) and "Rabbi (which means Teacher)" (Jn 1:38). He is "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6). He will call our names (see 1 Sm 3:4) and change our names (see Jn 1:42). Jesus will bring good news to the poor, "proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord" (Lk 4:18-19). Jesus is bringing down the culture of death and replacing it with a civilization of love and life.
There is hope; there is certain hope in Jesus — in Jesus alone. Alleluia!
Prayer: Father, thank You for Jesus: Life and Hope.
Promise: "You must know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is within — the Spirit you have received from God. You are not your own. You have been purchased, and at a price. So glorify God in your body." — 1 Cor 6:19-20
Praise: Praise the risen, eucharistic Jesus! Alleluia! "To Him be glory forever and ever" (2 Tm 4:18).
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2017.
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