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<< Monday, February 6, 2012 >> St. Paul Miki
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1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
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Psalm 132:6-10 Mark 6:53-56
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"Advance, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your majesty." —Psalm 132:8

God was untouchable. Even if you touched the mountain that God was on, you would instantly die (Ex 19:12). God later restrained His glory enough so that people could be in the Temple with Him, although He was still untouchable as He dwelt in a dark cloud (1 Kgs 8:12).

Almost a thousand years after God first became present in the Temple, He did what is still unbelievable for much of the world. The Lord God became a Baby. Now God could be touched, tickled, kissed, caressed, poked, pushed, hit, and crucified. Those who touched God in faith were healed, freed, and transformed (Mk 6:56).

After Jesus ascended into heaven, He remained touchable in His Body, the Church, and especially in the Eucharist. God so emptied Himself that He not only became a human being; He also comes to us under the appearances of bread and wine. Now He is more than touchable; He lives within us. We are now His temple (see 1 Cor 6:19). This is incredible, but true.

Touch and worship the all-holy, all-powerful, infinite God, Who makes His dwelling within you (Jn 6:56; 17:23).

Prayer: Father, may I be a pure temple for You.
Promise: "May Your priests be clothed with justice; let Your faithful ones shout merrily for joy." —Ps 132:9
Praise: As he was being martyred, St. Paul Miki said: "I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain."
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet, This is My Body, or our audio tapes on Eucharistic Obedience, on AV 73-1 or our video V-73.)
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 February 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 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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