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<< Tuesday, August 12, 2008 >>
Ezekiel 2:8—3:4
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Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
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"Open your mouth and eat what I shall give you." —Ezekiel 2:8

The Lord commanded Ezekiel to eat a scroll covered with messages of "lamentation and wailing and woe" (Ez 2:10). This hardly sounds like a tasty treat, but Ezekiel found it "as sweet as honey" in his mouth (Ez 3:3).

"How sweet to my palate are Your promises, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Ps 119:103) God's word, including even the most difficult of His words, is sweet, nourishing, and fulfilling. God's word is not only like honey but also like bread, milk, and meat (Mt 4:4; Heb 5:12; 1 Cor 3:2). We should be as eager to eat God's word as infants are for their mothers' milk. God's word is the pure milk of the Spirit to make us grow unto salvation, now that we "have tasted that the Lord is good" (1 Pt 2:2-3).

Although God's word is as sweet as honey, as necessary as bread, as nourishing as milk, and as filling as meat, many Christians rarely read the word. We have become spiritually anorexic and have lost our appetite for the things of God. We have so stuffed ourselves with worldly concerns that we have ruined our appetite "for food that remains unto life eternal" (Jn 6:27).

Therefore, we must dramatically simplify our lifestyle. Then our spiritual appetite for God's word will return. We will devour God's word (Jer 15:16) and have the strength to be everything the Lord wants us to be.

Prayer: Father, may they know I'm a Christian by my lifestyle.
Promise: "It is no part of your heavenly Father's plan that a single one of these little ones shall ever come to grief." —Mt 18:14
Praise: With a grandson in Iraq and a granddaughter who was an unwed mother, Peter remained firmly confident that God was turning all to the good (see Rm 8:28).
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 August 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 25, 2008.
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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