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<< Thursday, July 14, 2011 >> Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha
Exodus 3:13-20
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Psalm 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27 Matthew 11:28-30
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"I AM sent me to you." —Exodus 3:14

Throughout Scripture and Church history, the Lord is constantly sending people out on His behalf. He begins the sending by first giving His messenger a deep, personal experience of worship. Moses (Ex 3:4), Isaiah (Is 6:1), Mary Magdalene (Jn 20:16), and Paul (Acts 22:8) are examples of this divine pattern. After God gives His messenger a sense of His personal, enduring love, He then changes their focus from their own unworthiness to His worthiness, gives them a commission, and sends them forth in power.

God's pattern of sending has taken its perfect form in the Mass, a word that means "sent." We begin with worship of God. We have an experience of God's love for us so personal that we receive Jesus into our own body in the Eucharist. Finally, we are sent forth to love and serve the Lord.

Devote yourself to the Mass. Attend Mass frequently, even daily if possible. Come to the eucharistic Jesus (Mt 11:28). Take the focus of your life off yourself and "fix your eyes on Jesus" (Heb 3:1). Jesus says: "As the Father has sent Me, so I send you" (Jn 20:21). Tell Him in response: "Here I am...send me!" (Is 6:8)

Prayer: Jesus, do in me whatever You must so You can do through me whatever You will.
Promise: "Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for My yoke is easy and My burden light." —Mt 11:29-30
Praise: So devoted to God was Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha that she left all that was familiar to follow His way.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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 June 1, 2011 through July 31, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 1, 2011.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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