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St. John of Capistrano

Ephesians 2:12-22
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 12:35-38

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OUR LORD, OUR GOD! "But now in Christ Jesus..." —Ephesians 2:13

Almost everyone reading One Bread, One Body is a Gentile, that is, not Jewish. In the Bible, we Gentiles were described as:

  • having "no part in Christ" (Eph 2:12),
  • "excluded from the community of Israel" (Eph 2:12),
  • "strangers to the covenant and its promise" (Eph 2:12), and
  • "without hope and without God in the world" (Eph 2:12).

"But now in Christ Jesus" (Eph 2:13), we Gentiles:

  • "have been brought near through the blood of Christ" (Eph 2:13),
  • have been reconciled to God "in one body through His cross" (Eph 2:16),
  • "have access in one Spirit to the Father" (Eph 2:18),
  • "are strangers and aliens no longer" (Eph 2:19),
  • "are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God" (Eph 2:19),
  • "form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Capstone" (Eph 2:20),
  • are "a holy temple in the Lord" (Eph 2:21), and
  • are "a dwelling place for God in the Spirit" (Eph 2:22).

Jesus has changed our nature and changed our future. He has changed us from weeping in the night to rejoicing with the dawn (Ps 30:6). He has changed our mourning into dancing (Ps 30:12). He has changed our lives from living death (see 1 Jn 3:14) into eternal life. Thank Jesus. Love Jesus. Worship Jesus. Live and die for Jesus.

Prayer:  "Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All!"

Promise:  "It will go well with those servants whom the Master finds wide-awake on His return." —Lk 12:37

Praise:  St. John, a lawyer and a governor, offered his intellect and life to Jesus and became a fruitful preacher.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 3, 2018

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