Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Program
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 22, Issue 1


<< Thursday, January 5, 2006 >> St. John Neumann
 
1 John 3:11-21
View Readings
Psalm 100 John 1:43-51
Similar Reflections
 

CHRISTMAS, REJECTION, AND LOVE

 
"That we have passed from death to life we know because we love the brothers. The man who does not love is among the living dead." —1 John 3:14
 

The Christmas scene is a picture of utter rejection. Why is this Baby being born in a stable? Doesn't anyone care? Even if there's no room in the inn, there must be room in someone's heart. Mary was obviously pregnant and going into labor. Didn't anyone care?

From the very beginning, the Christ Child is a sign of contradiction (Lk 2:34). "To His own He came, yet His own did not accept Him" (Jn 1:11). The Christmas scene is also a picture of divine love, even for enemies. God knew beforehand He would be rejected from Bethlehem all the way to Calvary. Yet He became man out of love for those who would refuse to love Him. He became man not only for Mary and Joseph but for Herod and the innkeeper.

Christmas celebrates love, not just for the lovable and loving, but for enemies who have rejected and even hated us. Christmas is the foreshadowing of Calvary. "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn 15:13). "The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us. We too must lay down our lives" (1 Jn 3:16). Love your enemies, even your executioners. Love impossibly, divinely, unconditionally.

 
Prayer: Jesus, love in me. Give me supernatural love in place of natural hate. Do the miracle of Christmas love in me.
Promise: "You shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." —Jn 1:51
Praise: St. John Neumann wrote: "I have labored with all my powers to fulfill the duties of my office, and with God's help, as I hope, not without fruit."
 
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2005 through January 31, 2006.
†Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005.
 
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 22, Issue 1
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Program
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy