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<< Friday, October 21, 2016 >>
Ephesians 4:1-6
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Psalm 24:1-6 Luke 12:54-59
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"There is but one body and one Spirit." —Ephesians 4:4

We must "make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force" (Eph 4:3). Without a deep, Trinitarian unity, the world will not have faith that Jesus has been sent by the Father (Jn 17:21). Without faith in Jesus, we will not let Jesus set us free (Jn 8:36). Thus, we will disqualify ourselves from receiving the graces of the Holy Spirit, the essence of which is freedom (Lv 25:10ff). Therefore, we must be one in Jesus to have faith to accept the freedom of the Spirit.

To grow in unity with the Lord and each other:

  • Repent and go to Confession, for sin divides God's people.
  • Receive the miracle of Trinitarian unity by receiving Holy Communion daily or as often as possible.
  • Forgive those who have offended you.
  • Apologize to those whom you have offended.
  • Be a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).
  • Pray daily for unity (see Jn 17:20-21).
  • Share your faith in Jesus.
  • Stir into flame the Holy Spirit of unity (2 Tm 1:6-7).

After we accept a new Pentecost of unity, we will have the Holy Spirit's freedom.

Prayer: Father, if necessary, may I die for Your gift of unity to be accepted (see Jn 11:51-52).
Promise: "There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all, and works through all, and is in all." —Eph 4:5-6
Praise: Helen rejoiced when her husband finally joined her in the Catholic Church and they could receive Jesus together.
(For a related teaching on Unity Gifts of the Spirit, order, listen to or download our CD 3A-3 or DVD 3A on our website or order our tape on audio AV 3A-3 or video V 3A.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from October 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 31, 2016.
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