July 8- One Bread, One Body
July 8, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle B Readings:
1) Ezekiel 2:2-5
2) 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
Gospel) Mark 6:1-6
"My grace is enough for you." —2 Corinthians 12:9
Alleluia! Every Sunday 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. 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! Yet occasionally someone in our acquaintance will say "I've had enough of this church," rather than, "God's grace is enough for me." One reason for this difference is revealed in today's psalm response. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus as Lord in a spirit of humility (see Ps 123:2; Heb 12:2), then we are opened to His mercy and grace. When we take our focus off of the Lord, then God is not enough to satisfy us; instead, 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: Praise Jesus, Who finished the work of our salvation and brought victory to mankind.
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 27, 2017.
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