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St. John Neumann

1 John 3:11-21
Psalm 100
John 1:43-51

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"ain't nobody..."

"I solemnly assure you, you shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." —John 1:51

There's an old spiritual song entitled "Ain't Nobody Can Do Me Like Jesus." This means that Jesus alone knows, changes, and satisfies the human heart (Jn 2:25). Jesus is the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35). He is our most basic Need, and He satisfies all our other needs. When we've got Jesus, we've got everything worth having and, when we've got everything but Jesus, we've got nothing. We may be among "the living dead" (1 Jn 3:14), but Jesus knows how to touch, fill, and fulfill even the most hardened heart.

If our only hope is Jesus, we'll find He's the only Hope we need. However, if we've gained the whole world, but not surrendered our lives to Him (Lk 9:25), we'll realize that our lives are empty without Him. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life — the only Way to the Father (Jn 14:6). His name is the only name by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). He is our only Master and Lord (Jude 4). He is God.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank You for becoming a human being, and letting us know You.

Promise:  "The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us; we too must lay down our lives for our brothers. I ask you, how can God's love survive in a man who has enough of this world's goods yet closes his heart to his brother when he sees him in need?" —1 Jn 3:16-17

Praise:  St. John Neumann, a Bohemian, listened to Jesus' command to "go and teach all nations" (Mt 28:19) and became a missionary to the United States.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God, or on audio AV 43-1 or video V-43.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2006

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