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 16, Issue 1

<< Friday, December 17, 1999 >>
Genesis 49:2, 8-10
View Readings
Psalm 72 Matthew 1:1-17
Similar Reflections


"A family record of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob..." —Matthew 1:1-2

God began the New Testament with "a family record of Jesus Christ." Matthew names forty-six people who prepared the way for Jesus. The message is that Jesus' Incarnation was through the people, with the people, and for the people. Jesus' Incarnation, death, and resurrection was and is the greatest thing that has ever happened to the human person.

Before Christ, we people were made in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:26-27) and then were severely marred by sin. In Jesus, we people are now restored into His image (see Rm 8:29). We are adopted as sons and daughters of God (see Rm 8:15). Thus we become heirs of His kingdom (Rm 8:17), capable of being holy (1 Pt 1:16) and pure as He is (1 Jn 3:3). In Jesus, we receive the mysterious, awesome gift of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit living within us. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and we even receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus in Holy Communion.

"Because of this we no longer look on anyone in terms of mere human judgment. If at one time we so regarded Christ, we no longer know Him by this standard. This means that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation" (2 Cor 5:16-17).

Prayer: Father, may I love people as You, Jesus, and the Spirit do.
Promise: "The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice. He shall defend the afflicted among the people, save the children of the poor." —Ps 72:3-4
Praise: "O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, You govern all creation with Your strong yet tender care. Come show Your people the way to salvation."
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 21, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 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.
Volume 16, Issue 1
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
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 © 2019 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy