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1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-21
Matthew 25:14-30

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jesus' job for nobodies

"Consider your situation. Not many of you are wise, as men account wisdom; not many are influential; and surely not many are well-born." —1 Corinthians 1:26

As far as I know, not many sports celebrities, entertainers, politicians, and other famous people read One Bread, One Body. Our book doesn't appeal that much to those who "are wise, as men account wisdom." Therefore, the world generally does not consider our readers influential or wellborn but absurd (1 Cor 1:26-27).

However, the Lord has called and chosen our readers to shame these worldly wise and to reduce to nothing those who think they are really "something; so that mankind can do no boasting before God" (1 Cor 1:28-29).

So, readers of One Bread, One Body, "do your stuff," which is God's stuff. Take up your crosses daily (Lk 9:23). Follow Jesus. Be fools for Christ (1 Cor 4:10). Accept Jesus as your Wisdom, Justice, Sanctification, Redemption, Savior, Lord, and God (1 Cor 1:30). Boast in the Lord (1 Cor 1:31). Witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8). Love Jesus with all your hearts (Mt 22:37). Convict and shame the world (Jn 16:8; 1 Cor 1:27).

May every reader of One Bread, One Body be a sign of contradiction to the world (Lk 2:34) and depose "the mighty from their thrones and [raise] the lowly to high places" (Lk 1:52). May you each hear Jesus call to you: "Well done! You are a good and faithful servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your Master's joy!" (Mt 25:21, our transl.)

Prayer:  Father, may we never be enemies of the cross by being set on the things of the world (Phil 3:18-19).

Promise:  "Happy the nation whose God is the Lord." —Ps 33:12

Praise:  Jesus healed 15-month-old Kevin's serious stomach burns within twenty minutes.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 19, 2014

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