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<< Sunday, February 11, 2007 >> 6th Sunday Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 17:5-8
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20

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Psalm 1
Luke 6:17, 20-26

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"In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit." —Jeremiah 17:8

One of our major goals at Presentation Ministries is to train people to be disciples of Jesus. A disciple of Jesus is one who imitates Jesus in His character and His ministry. Disciples of Jesus follow Him wherever He leads, whether that path leads to the cross of Calvary or the glory of His resurrection.

A mature disciple of Christ will necessarily bear fruit for Him (Jn 15:16), "make disciples" (Mt 28:19), and disciple them in season and out of season (see 2 Tm 4:2, KJV). Nothing can stop disciples of Jesus from bearing fruit and making more disciples. Throughout Church history, persecution strengthens rather than weakens disciples. Disciples still bear fruit in the "year of drought" (Jer 17:8), for sorrows and difficulties lead us to the cross of Jesus, from Whom we draw our strength. God uses our failing health to make more disciples (see Gal 4:13). Even killing us can't stop the fruit of discipleship, because the blood of martyrs has always been the seed of Christians. "In all this we are more than conquerors because of Him Who has loved us" (Rm 8:37).

Historically, disciples of Jesus have only been stopped by themselves. When disciples "grow lazy" (Heb 6:12), take their eyes off Jesus (cf Heb 3:1; 12:2), and start treasuring the things of the world, they then paralyze themselves. Therefore, disciples of Christ, pick up your daily cross, die to yourself (Lk 9:23), make no provision for the desires of your flesh (Rm 13:14), and ask Jesus for more of the Holy Spirit. Be invincible and unstoppable. "Make disciples of all the nations" (Mt 28:19).

Prayer: Jesus, I repent of being less than what You have redeemed me to be. Light a new, blazing fire in my heart.
Promise: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord." —Jer 17:7
Praise: Praise You, risen Jesus, "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25). You live "forever and ever" (Rv 1:18). Alleluia!
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 3, 2006 & September 18, 2006.
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