Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Program
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 35, Issue 1


<< Tuesday, December 4, 2018 >> St. John of Damascus
 
Isaiah 11:1-10
View Readings
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Luke 10:21-24
Similar Reflections
 

YOUR BLESSED EYES

 
"I tell you, many prophets and kings wished to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." —Luke 10:24
 

The prophet Isaiah, who gave us today's first reading, had extraordinary visions of the future kingdom of God (e.g. Is 6:1ff; 11:1ff). No doubt Isaiah would have done anything to trade places with us so he could attend just one Mass. He could not see or hear what we can presently see and hear at Mass. King David, who composed psalms which prophesied the coming Messiah (e.g. Ps 2:7; 22:1ff; 23:1ff; 69:1ff), would have done anything to trade places with us so he could read the New Testament to learn about the Messiah he had spent his life praising.

At this morning's Mass, I heard the daily readings proclaimed at the Liturgy of the Word. I was able to read along with the lector in my very own Bible. Yet Isaiah and David never knew the name of Jesus nor heard the details of God's plan of salvation in Jesus. They were only able to salute it from afar (Heb 11:13).

At this morning's Mass, the priest elevated the consecrated, eucharistic Jesus for all to see. Blessed are my eyes, and your eyes as well, for we have seen what prophets and kings longed to see (Lk 10:23-24). I was privileged to receive the eucharistic Jesus, Body and Blood, soul and divinity, into my body (Catechism, 1374). "Who would believe what we have heard?" (Is 53:1) You have been very greatly blessed. Therefore, live out your blessing and daily seek the Lord Jesus.

 
Prayer: Father, may I never treat Your gracious gift as pointless (Gal 2:21). I will turn ten times the more to seek You (Bar 4:28).
Promise: "The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea." —Is 11:9
Praise: The teachings of St. John of Damascus inspired many, including St. Thomas Aquinas. John prayed: "Whatever I do, let it be in accordance with Your will, now until the end."
 
(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 December 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 16, 2018.
 
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 35, Issue 1
  > 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
Program
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2019 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy