July 4 - One Bread, One Body
July 4, Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle B Readings:
1) Ezekiel 2:2-5
2) 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
"Enough" (Lk 22:38)
"My grace is enough for you.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9
Alleluia! Today is Resurrection day, the weekly celebration of that first Easter morning when Jesus rose from the tomb, triumphed over sin and death, and made all things new for us. Today is a day of unity, when believers from all over this earth gather to worship almighty God, listen to His living, all-powerful Word, and receive the Bread of Life, Jesus Himself (Jn 6:35). Today we learn again that God loves us so much that He can never give us enough of His blessings. Alleluia!
How wonderful is God’s plan for this day! How can it be that people will walk away from God’s house today saying disgustedly, “I’ve had enough of this church,” rather than, “Your grace is enough for me”? The difference is revealed in today’s psalm response. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus as Lord (Ps 123:2; Heb 12:2) in a spirit of humility, then we are opened to His mercy and grace. When we focus on anything else, then God is not enough to satisfy us; instead, He is “too much” for us (Mk 6:3) and we turn elsewhere for satisfaction.
Today, as you observe the Lord’s day in all its splendor, “examine yourselves” (2 Cor 13:5). “What are you looking for?” (Jn 1:38) “Are the consolations of God not enough for you?” (Jb 15:11)
Prayer: Father, You bless us with more than enough good things (Lv 25:21). Thank You, my Lord, my God, my All.
Promise: “Therefore I am content with weakness, with mistreatment, with distress, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ; for when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong.” —2 Cor 12:10
Praise: “But the One Whom God has raised up did not undergo corruption” (Acts 13:37). Father, we praise You through the risen Christ and in the unity of the Holy Spirit!
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