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<< Sunday, August 31, 2008 >> 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Romans 12:1-2

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Psalm 63
Matthew 16:21-27

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"I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God." —Romans 12:1

We must offer our bodies as sacrifices to God. We are also called to offer our "bodies to God as weapons for justice" (Rm 6:13). We must know that our bodies are temples "of the Holy Spirit, Who is within" (1 Cor 6:19). Our bodies are sacrifices, weapons, and temples. Because our bodies are sacrifices, we must deny ourselves and let God consume us (see Heb 12:29). We must give God our best so as not to offer defective sacrifices (see Mal 1:7-8).

Because our bodies are weapons, we must not be "bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares" (Lk 21:34). We should fight by wielding the "sword of the Spirit" (Eph 6:17), and the spiritual weapons of prayer and fasting (Mt 17:21, NAB). We must be in shape to "fight the good fight" of evangelization (1 Tm 1:18).

Because our bodies are temples, they should be holy, clean, peaceful, and joyous. We need to repent of our sins, go to Confession, and enthrone Jesus as Lord of our lives and our bodies. Although our bodies are weak and fragile, they are precious in God's eyes. If we use them to glorify Him, He will glorify our bodies and raise them from the dead (see Phil 3:21). "So glorify God in your body" (1 Cor 6:20).

Prayer: Father, I am custom-made to please You. I offer my body to You.
Promise: "What profit would a man show if he were to gain the whole world and destroy himself in the process?" —Mt 16:26
Praise: Praise the risen Jesus, Who offered Himself entirely so that we may in turn learn to do the same. Alleluia!
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Be Holy, For I Am Holy.)
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 August 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 25, 2008.
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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