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 32, Issue 3

<< Tuesday, April 12, 2016 >>
Acts 7:51—8:1
View Readings
Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21 John 6:30-35
Similar Reflections


"Those who listened to his words were stung to the heart." —Acts 7:54

At the first Christian Pentecost, many of those who heard Peter preach "were stabbed in the heart" by his words and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37, our transl). Three thousand of them repented, were baptized, and received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38, 41).

After Stephen preached, the people hearing him "were cut to the heart" (Acts 7:54, our transl). Nevertheless, they did not repent. Rather, "they ground their teeth in anger at" Stephen (Acts 7:54). "The onlookers were shouting aloud, holding their hands over their ears as they did so. Then they rushed at him as one man, dragged him out of the city, and began to stone him" (Acts 7:54, 57-58).

"God's word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword" (Heb 4:12). God's Word resists our resistance and demands a response. As our hearts begin to burn (Lk 24:32) when they are penetrated by God's Word (Heb 4:12), we will either crucify our flesh "with its passions and desires" (Gal 5:24) or kill the Lord's prophets and thereby continue "crucifying the Son of God" and "holding Him up to contempt" (Heb 6:6).

What will you do? Even if you try to hide from God's Word, His prophets may find you. What will you do when you are confronted with the life-changing demands of God? Say with Mary: "Let it be done to me according to Your word" (Lk 1:38, our transl).

Prayer: "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:60). "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" (Acts 7:59).
Promise: "God's bread comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." —Jn 6:33
Praise: Fatima's family disowned her when she converted to faith in Jesus, but God gave her a new family, the Body of Christ.
(Come join us May 20-22 for the Mission of the Church: The Laity's Call to Radiate Joy. The work of the Church is the same today as it was at the first Pentecost. Learn how the people of God are called to respond to the world today. Call 937-587-5464 or see our website to register.)
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 April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 6, 2015.
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 32, Issue 3
  > 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
  ·   Small Christian
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer

Copyright © 2020 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy