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<< Friday, March 6, 2015 >>
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28
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Psalm 105:16-21 Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
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"They took him and threw him into the cistern, which was empty and dry. Then they sat down to their meal." —Genesis 37:24-25

The hardness of the human heart is fully portrayed in today's readings. The brothers of Joseph moved quickly and easily from cold-blooded plotting of their brother's death, to throwing him in the cistern to die, to sitting down to eat their dinner. It's no different today, as an abortionist and his attendants can murder multiple babies in a day's work, and then head out to a restaurant to enjoy their supper.

Sadly, this even happens in the Church. Catholic politicians, newscasters, and voters repeatedly cast their ballots and opinions for death, and then sit down in the pew at Sunday Mass for the eucharistic meal. Couples contracept and chemically abort their children and then sit down in the pews to eat the eucharistic meal.

St. Paul commented on partaking in the Eucharist unworthily. He stated: "Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!...This means that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup unworthily sins against the body and blood of the Lord. A man should examine himself first; only then should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Cor 11:22, 27-28). Otherwise, we put "a judgment on" ourselves and make ourselves "sick and infirm" (1 Cor 10:29-30).

"Be earnest about it, therefore. Repent!" (Rv 3:19)

Prayer: Father, I repent and accept Your offer to make things right (Is 1:18). Cleanse me of my sins and make me holy.
Promise: "The Stone Which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure." —Mt 21:42
Praise: Sharon could not walk without a scooter for over a year. Jesus healed her legs at a healing service. She could not see to drive. Jesus healed her eyes a few months later, and now she can read perfectly and drive. She witnesses to His power to all.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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 February 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2014.
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