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 31, Issue 6


<< Monday, November 9, 2015 >> Dedication of the
St. John Lateran Basilica

 
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17

View Readings
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
John 2:13-22

Similar Reflections
 

CONSUMED BY LOVE FOR THE CHURCH

 
The angel "brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out." —Ezekiel 47:1
 

From the Church flow the living waters which will change our culture of death into a civilization of love and life and "renew the face of the earth" (Ps 104:30).

For the Church to fully exercise her authority and power, she must be "built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 2:5). "In Him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit" (Eph 2:22). Everyone "must be careful how he builds" (1 Cor 3:10).

For the Church to be built up, bring Jesus to the world, and make every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor 10:5), she must be cleansed as Jesus cleansed the Temple (see Jn 2:15ff).

Let zeal for God's Church consume us (Jn 2:17; Ps 69:10). Let us cleanse the Church by first repenting of our sins in and against the Church. Let us build up the Church, especially by forming small Christian communities. Then we will see the Church exalted as the body of Christ (e.g. Eph 1:22-23), the bride of Christ (e.g. Rv 22:17), the pillar and bulwark of truth (1 Tm 3:15), " 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own to proclaim the glorious works' of the One Who called you from darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pt 2:9). Love the Church as Christ loves the Church. Give yourself up for her (Eph 5:25).

 
Prayer: Father, may zeal for Your Church consume me.
Promise: "Are you not aware that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" —1 Cor 3:16
Praise: Alleluia! Jesus is the Cornerstone, and the Church is His pillar and bulwark of truth. Praise our Lord forever!
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape The Church in God's Plan on audio AV 67-3 or video V-67 or CD 67-3 or DVD 67.)
 
 
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 October 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 20, 2015.
 
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 31, Issue 6
  > 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 © 2017 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy