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 13, Issue 3

<< Saturday, May 3, 1997 >> Sts. Philip & James
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
View Readings
Psalm 19 John 14:6-14
Similar Reflections


"Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else, believe because of the works I do." —John 14:11

If we believe in Jesus, we will do greater works than He did (Jn 14:12). By faith, we can move mountains (Mt 17:20), conquer the world (1 Jn 5:5), obtain God's promises, break the jaws of lions, put out raging fires, and escape the devouring sword (Heb 11:33-34). By faith, we accept the grace of salvation (Eph 2:8). Definitely, faith is a very great gift from God.

However, as great as faith is, it must be permanent. Otherwise, we have believed in vain (1 Cor 15:2). Only by lasting faith do we hold fast to the gospel (1 Cor 15:2). Therefore, it is extremely important to protect and develop our faith. Our daily prayer should be: "I do believe. Help my lack of faith!" (Mk 9:24, our transl.)

Faith is confidence, assurance, and conviction (Heb 11:1). Faith is a result of a good relationship. Therefore, faith can increase or decrease frequently because all relationships continually deepen or lessen. Consequently, we need to maximize our communication with the Lord so as to deepen our relationship with Him, thereby strengthening our faith. We need the Scriptures (Rm 10:17), Christian community, the breaking of the bread (the Eucharist), and the prayers (Acts 2:42). We need ever-increasing and everlasting faith. Lord, increase our faith (Lk 17:5).

Prayer: Father, deepen my faith in You so that I will die for you as Philip and James did.
Promise: "He was seen by five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, although some have fallen asleep. Next He was seen by James; then by all the apostles. Last of all He was seen by me." —1 Cor 15:6-8
Praise: James "the Less" was an apostle who is never mentioned individually in the gospels as saying or doing anything. His only activity was to hear Jesus' call in his life and respond by wholeheartedly following Jesus. He died as a martyr and is part of the foundation of the Church (Eph 2:20).
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 9, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 15, 1996
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 13, Issue 3
  > 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