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Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Matthew 8:5-11

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"Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may instruct us in His ways, and we may walk in His paths. For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." —Isaiah 2:3

Our Lady of Presentation Ministries provides you with this book, One Bread, One Body. The major scripture on which Presentation Ministries is based is Isaiah 2:1-5, the first reading for today's Mass. Advent and life in Christ are like climbing a mountain to receive God's word and then taking that word to the ends of the earth (Is 2:3). We at Presentation Ministries are climbing the mountain with you and working with you to spread God's word in your home, church, neighborhood, city, country, and beyond.

"The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword" (Heb 4:12). God uses His word to change the world. His word always achieves the end for which it was sent (Is 55:11). Through God's word, swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks (Is 2:4). God's word will so change the world that it will not even "train for war again" (Is 2:4).

This Advent, let God's word penetrate your being and judge the thoughts and reflections of your heart (Heb 4:12). We begin to change the world when we let God change us through His word. Together let us climb the mountain and "walk in the light" of God's word (see Is 2:5).

Prayer:  Father, prepare me for a deep encounter with Jesus this Christmas season.

Promise:  Jesus "said to him, 'I will come and cure him.' " —Mt 8:7

Praise:  Only when he prayed for God's help did Steven overcome his addiction.

Reference:  (Presentation Ministries offers the opportunity to grow in holiness through the Discipleship Retreats. The weekend retreat, Small Christian Communities to Change the World, is offered Dec. 6-8, 2002. For information on this or other retreats, call 937-587-5464 or e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002