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<< Sunday, August 29, 1999 >> 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Romans 12:1-2

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Psalm 63
Matthew 16:21-27

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BODY LANGUAGE

 
"I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship." —Romans 12:1
 

Twenty-four years ago, I offered my body as a living sacrifice to God. In retrospect, I see the Lord has taken my offering more literally than I had expected. When I offered my body to God, He:

  • confirmed my call to lifelong celibacy,
  • had me work longer hours,
  • established a weekly discipline of fasting in my life,
  • made me healthy,
  • took away my headaches,
  • took ten pounds off of me,
  • called me to pray and study more,
  • got rid of my TV, and
  • used my mind and hands to write several thousand pages of One Bread, One Body.

These are only a few of the things the Lord did to my body after I offered it to Him. If you offer your body to Him, He may make you a virgin or give you ten children. He may call you to breast-feed, home-school, pray into the night, wash others' feet, suffer, walk, study, fast, or do things you've never dreamed of.

At the Last Supper, before Jesus died, He said: "This is My body to be given for you" (Lk 22:19). In love, say to Jesus what He has said to you.

 
Prayer: Jesus, You gave Your body for me in Your Incarnation and especially on the cross. I give my body to You.
Promise: "Then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it." —Jer 20:9
Praise: "To the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!" (Rv 5:12)
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 22, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 24, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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