Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Small Christian
Audio & Video
Bible College

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 25, Issue 6

<< Thursday, October 1, 2009 >> St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Nehemiah 8:1-4, 5-6, 7-12
View Readings
Psalm 19:8-11 Luke 10:1-12
Similar Reflections


"Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God, interpreting it so that all could understand what was read." —Nehemiah 8:8

Ezra read the Bible to the people from daybreak until midday (Neh 8:3). The people heard God's word for nearly six hours. This extensive exposure to the word led them to life-changing commitment (Neh 8:6), tearful repentance (Neh 8:9), and joyful celebration (Neh 8:10).

When we expose ourselves to God's word for an extended time, amazing things happen. For example, the risen Jesus spent much of the afternoon on His resurrection day explaining the Scriptures to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:27). By the power of God's word, their hearts began to burn within them (Lk 24:32). After the beheading of John the Baptizer and before the multiplication of the loaves and fish, Jesus taught a vast crowd "at great length" (Mk 6:34). After healing the lame man, Peter and John preached from about 3 PM into the evening (Acts 4:3). "Many of those who had heard the speech believed; the number of men came to about five thousand" (Acts 4:4). On one occasion, Paul preached to the Christians of Troas all night long and closed the Mass by raising a dead man (Acts 20:7ff).

There are things which will never happen in our lives without an extended exposure to God's word. Devour the word. May it be the joy and happiness of your heart (Jer 15:16).

Prayer: Father, may reading Your word daily (see Acts 17:11) deepen my relationship with You through Jesus and in the Spirit.
Promise: "The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the harvest-Master to send workers to His harvest." —Lk 10:2
Praise: St. Therese was unsure of how to live the specifics of her religious vocation. She spent a long time meditating on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and realized that her vocation was love.
(Proclaim Jesus to others by using the Bible. For encouragement, order our series on Biblical Counseling on audio AV 13A-1, AV 13A-3, AV 13B-1 or video starting with V-13A.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from October 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 3, 2009.
The Nihil Obstat ("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 Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 25, 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
  ·   Small Christian
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer

Copyright © 2020 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy