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<< Sunday, October 30, 2011 >> 31st Sunday Ordinary Time
Malachi 1:14—2:2, 8-10
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13

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Psalm 131:1-3
Matthew 23:1-12

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"We thank God constantly that in receiving His message from us you took it, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God." —1 Thessalonians 2:13

As a teenager, I attended daily Masses said by Father O'Hare (not his real name). His style rubbed me the wrong way; it was hard for me to concentrate on his homilies. God used him to teach me to concentrate on the message, not the messenger (1 Thes 2:13). Here are some words of God from various "disturbing" messengers over the years that have stayed with me:

  • Sin is serious. Repent immediately.
  • We Catholics have the greatest news ever. We need to share this news with everyone.
  • "He Who has begun the good work in you will carry it through to completion" (Phil 1:6).
  • You have to work for justice if you call yourself Christian.
  • Jesus loves you passionately. Why can't you love Him?
  • Here is how you wait on the Lord: "you just wait."
  • The infant Jesus lies in a manger, a feeding trough. By this God shows us that Jesus is Food for us (Jn 6:55).
  • Teach the truth.

God uses all kinds of messengers to speak His words to us. He may speak His most profound messages through the messenger we least want to hear. How about you? What words of God can you list from messengers whose style you didn't care for? What messages of God are you missing?

Prayer: Father, use anyone You want to teach me anything You want. Open my ears that I may hear You at all times.
Promise: "The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest." —Mt 23:11
Praise: Praise Jesus, the Lamb of God Who brought us out of darkness into His glorious light! Because He rose, we "hope in the Lord, both now and forever" (Ps 131:3).
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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, 2011 through November 30, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Bishop-Elect, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 26, 2011 (for 10-1-2011 through 11-29-2011) and May 26, 2011 (for 11-30-2011).
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.
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