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Acts 12:24—13:5
Psalm 67
John 12:44-50

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his word is life

"They proclaimed the word of God." —Acts 13:5

After rising from the dead, Jesus spent the afternoon and the evening explaining the Bible (Lk 24:27). When God's word comes alive in our hearts (Lk 24:45), we will be ready to recognize Jesus alive and risen from the dead. We realize we can't live on bread alone, but on every word which comes from the mouth of God (Mt 4:4). With St. Jerome, we see more and more that "ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ" (Catechism, 133). We are committed to spread God's word (Acts 12:24) "in any and every way" (see Phil 1:18). As a resurrection-people who have found God's word and made it the joy and the happiness of our hearts (Jer 15:16), we have experienced God's word as spirit and life (Jn 6:63). We know our response to God's word will determine where we spend eternity. We will be judged by the word (Jn 12:48).

Therefore, teaching God's word is extremely important. We are privileged to do it through this book, One Bread, One Body. Thanks to all who make this ministry of the word possible. Thanks to those who work in this ministry, distribute books, and contribute money. Thanks to all who hear the word of God and act on it (Lk 8:21). Praise Jesus, the living Word of God!

Prayer:  Father, may Your word have its rightful place in my life.

Promise:  "After they had fasted and prayed, they imposed hands on them and sent them off." —Acts 13:3

Praise:  Even while dying in a nursing home, Rhonda continued to distribute One Bread, One Body booklets to fellow patients and staff.

Reference:  (We have several tape series to help you read the Bible every day. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 23, 2007

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