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<< Sunday, July 11, 2010 >> 15th Sunday Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 30:10-14
Colossians 1:15-20

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Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37
Luke 10:25-37

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"... that primacy may be His in everything." —Colossians 1:18

We should acknowledge Jesus as first in everything. When we wake up, the first word on our lips should be "Jesus." Our first activity each day should be praying in the name of Jesus. Before talking to anyone else, we first talk to Him. Before we pick up the phone, answer the doorbell, or put the key in the ignition, Jesus comes first. Before turning on the TV, opening the refrigerator, or pressing a button, Jesus is first. Before we pay any other bills, we pay our tithe. Jesus has the primacy in everything — financially, sexually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Jesus is "the First and the Last" (Rv 1:17), "the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End" (Rv 21:6). Jesus is first chronologically. We seek first His kingdom and give Him prime-time (Mt 6:33). Jesus is first ontologically. "He is before all else that is...the Beginning, the First-Born of the dead" (Col 1:17, 18).

Jesus is God. He is not only Lord, but Lord alone. Therefore, we should love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and all our mind (Lk 10:27).

Prayer: Jesus, Savior, Lord, and God, I decide to always live for You alone.
Promise: "It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in Him and, by means of Him, to reconcile everything in His person, both on earth and in the heavens, making peace through the blood of His cross." —Col 1:19-20
Praise: Praise Jesus, Who made and maintains all, and Who gave all for each one of us. Glory to You, Jesus, "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Rv 19:16).
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet Seek First The Kingdom.)
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†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 29, 2009.
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