"Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it." —Luke 10:42
Right now, you are reading this booklet, One Bread, One Body, which focuses on listening to the Lord as He speaks through the Church's daily eucharistic Scripture readings. Thank God for you! You are like Mary of Bethany. She chose to put aside all else to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His words (Lk 10:39). With the psalmist, you've said: "I will hear what God proclaims" (Ps 85:9).
Jesus has very good news for you! Nothing can separate you from His love (Rm 8:39), and nothing can separate you from listening to Him. If you set aside prime time to choose to listen to Jesus above all else, then you won't ever be deprived of hearing what He says (Lk 10:42). You'll hear Him in prayer, and you'll hear Him when you're traveling, working, shopping, changing diapers, cooking, etc. You'll even hear the Lord amid the chaos of loud crowds and confrontations (see Acts 7:56).
Jesus is the Master Communicator. He'll always find a way to get His message across to you if you want to hear what He's saying. All He needs is your attention. Choose "the better portion" and listen faithfully to Him (Lk 10:42). He'll do the rest.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You forever for letting me hear Your words! I commit my entire life to You. May I hear every word You speak (Jn 8:47; 18:37).
Promise: "He who was formerly persecuting us is now preaching the faith he tried to destroy." —Gal 1:23
Praise: Over twenty years ago Milt heard the Lord calling him to join what would become Presentation Ministries. He answered God's call, leaving everything behind and bringing only great faith. The Lord has provided for him all these years.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2006
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