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St. Boniface


Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17
Psalm 25:2-9
Mark 12:18-27

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the scriptures or darkness

"You are badly misled, because you fail to understand the Scriptures or the power of God." —Mark 12:24

How many people in our society, even in our churches, understand the Scriptures? How many are even trying to understand them? Never in history has the Bible been more available to the average person than today, but Biblical illiteracy continues to abound. We read millions of newspapers, magazines, and books daily; we're on-line constantly, nevertheless, most people, even Christians, have no hunger to receive nourishment from God's Word (see Jer 15:16). We are Biblically anorexic.

Our Biblical illiteracy and anorexia result in our being "badly misled" (Mk 12:24) and "very much mistaken" (Mk 12:27). We are deceived, self-deceived, brainwashed, duped, and manipulated. We need the light of God's Word (Ps 119:105) to come out of this darkness. We need the hammer of God's Word (Jer 23:29) to break our chains and set the captives free.

Because One Bread, One Body helps people "understand the Scriptures," this book is important. Pray for this book to reach as many people as possible as deeply as possible. Consider distributing One Bread, One Body to your city, parish, family, and friends. Obey the Lord in paying for this book. Let's lead those who are "badly misled" and "very much mistaken" out of the darkness and into the light.

Prayer:  Father, may over a billion people understand and live the Scriptures for the first time next year.

Promise:  "The prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So Raphael was sent to heal them both." —Tb 3:16

Praise:  St. Boniface went to the monastery at age thirteen to be educated in the Faith. He was martyred while preparing candidates for Confirmation.

Reference:  (To learn more about God's Word, we have a forty audio tape series of teachings on the New Testament. To start, order the four tapes covering Matthew, #700, 701, 702, and 703.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 18, 2013

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