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Friday, April 26, 2002

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Acts 13:26-33
Psalm 2
John 14:1-6

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"The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their rulers failed to recognize Him, and in condemning Him they fulfilled the words of the prophets which we read sabbath after sabbath." —Acts 13:27

We can go to church every week or every day, hear God's word, and still fail to recognize Jesus. We can read the Bible daily, including the Bible readings and teachings in this book, One Bread, One Body, but not give our lives totally to the Lord. We can even confess Jesus as Lord (Mt 7:21; see also Rm 10:9), prophesy, do miracles, and drive out demons in His name (Mt 7:22), but not have the right relationship with the Lord. Thus, He will say to us: "I never knew you. Out of My sight, you evildoers!" (Mt 7:23)

Let us not miss the day of salvation, the season of mercy, and the time of God's visitation (see Lk 19:41ff). We have been baptized into Christ Jesus. He is within us. "How shall we escape if we ignore a salvation as great as ours?" (Heb 2:3) "Delay not your conversion to the Lord, put it not off from day to day" (Sir 5:8). "Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2) Let us accept Jesus on His terms. Let us love Him with a total, crucified love, and thus love Him as He has loved us. The Lord is giving you the grace at this moment to give yourself totally to Him. Say "yes" to Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, I am all Yours.

Promise:  "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and faith in Me." —Jn 14:1

Praise:  Vera, in her eighties, serves God by lovingly distributing 150 copies of One Bread, One Body every two months to people in a local nursing home.

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.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, November 15, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 16, 2001