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<< Friday, June 6, 2008 >> St. Norbert
2 Timothy 3:10-17
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Psalm 119:157, 160-161, 165-166, 168 Mark 12:35-37
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"Permanence is Your word's chief trait." —Psalm 119:160

Jesus completely and permanently transformed my life by one perfectly timed Scripture passage, Matthew 5:15-16. For St. Augustine, a worldly man steeped in sin, it was a random reading of Romans 13:13-14 that pierced his heart and led to repentance, conversion, and holiness. St. Francis realized that he was called to become a traveling preacher after hearing Luke 9:3-5 proclaimed. After a period of not knowing the specific direction for her life, St. Therese the Little Flower realized clearly after reading 1 Corinthians 13 that her vocation was love.

Our own words and ideas don't endure in the tortured, hurting hearts of people (Jer 17:9). Only God's words are living and effective, able to permanently penetrate the hearts of men and women (Heb 4:12). The word of God is permanent (Ps 119:160). Once heard, it reverberates in the lives of those who seem deaf to Him. Faith comes through hearing the word of God (Rm 10:17). Thus, we must constantly sow His word in "any and every way" (Phil 1:18). "There is no chaining the word of God" (2 Tm 2:9). Even the most hardened person can't compete with the permanence of God's word sown into their heart, because God's word is like a hammer pounding away at their stony heart (see Jer 23:29; 20:9).

Feed God's sheep with His "all-healing word" (Wis 16:12; Jn 21:15). Sow His word constantly (2 Tm 4:2). Let the word of God burn permanently in the hearts of all who hear (Lk 24:32).

Prayer: Father, may I spend my life faithfully dispensing Your word, whether convenient or not (Mt 24:45; 2 Tm 4:2).
Promise: "All Scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching." —2 Tm 3:16
Praise: It took a violent, near-death experience to transform St. Norbert from his worldly ways to one devoted totally and exclusively to God.
(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 June 1, 2008 through July 31, 2008.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 4, 2008.
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