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DISCIPLESHIP COMES FIRST - One Bread, One Body, Jun 27, 2016

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St. Cyril of Alexandria
Amos 2:6-10, 13-16 | Psalm 50:16-23 | Matthew 8:18-22

"Lord, let me go and bury my father first." —Matthew 8:21

Jesus would not allow a potential disciple to first bury his father. Many Scripture scholars have commented that this man's father had not yet died, and so anyone who wishes to be Jesus' disciple must renounce all His possessions, including a ... More

Seek Prophecy

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FIREPLACE? - One Bread, One Body, Jun 26, 2016

06/26/2016 - 1:08am
13th Sunday Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:16, 19-21 | Galatians 5:1, 13-18 | Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 | Luke 9:51-62

"Would You not have us call down fire?" —Luke 9:54

James and John asked Jesus: " 'Lord, would You not have us call down fire from heaven to destroy them?' [Jesus] turned toward them only to reprimand them" (Lk 9:54-55). On another occasion, Jesus proclaimed: "I have come to light a fire on the ... More

FIRE EXTINGUISHER - One Bread, One Body, Jun 25, 2016

06/25/2016 - 1:08am
Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19 | Psalm 74:1-7, 20-21 | Matthew 8:5-17

"They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate." —Lamentations 2:14

Solomon built a temple in Jerusalem as a dwelling place for the Lord. God was pleased and came to dwell in the Temple. "The Lord's glory filled the house of God" (2 Chr 5:14). During the next three-hundred years, Jerusalem was miraculously ... More

DECREASING RETURNS - One Bread, One Body, Jun 24, 2016

06/24/2016 - 1:08am
Birth of St. John the Baptizer
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Acts 13:22-26 | Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 | Luke 1:57-66, 80

"What will this child be?" —Luke 1:66

St. Augustine noted that we celebrate John the Baptizer's birthday after the summer equinox, when daylight begins to lessen in the northern hemisphere, and we celebrate Jesus' birthday after the winter equinox, when daylight begins to increase. ... More

SAVED FROM THE PITS OF HELL - One Bread, One Body, Jun 23, 2016

06/23/2016 - 1:08am
2 Kings 24:8-17 | Psalm 79:1-5, 8-9 | Matthew 7:21-29

"Out of My sight, you evildoers!" —Matthew 7:23

How bad can things get? We could unconditionally surrender to the enemy and be led captive into exile (2 Kgs 24:12). The treasures of our faith could be carried off, and we could witness horrific sacrileges (see 2 Kgs 24:13). We could be brought ... More

RAISING YOUR "RENT" - One Bread, One Body, Jun 22, 2016

06/22/2016 - 1:08am
Sts. Thomas More, & John Fisher & St. Paulinus of Nola
2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 | Psalm 119:33-37, 40 | Matthew 7:15-20

"When the king had heard the contents of the book of the law, he tore his garments." —2 Kings 22:11

When King Josiah heard the book of the law read, he rent his garments. Josiah knew that God's people were accountable to obey God's Word whether they cared enough to know it or not. He also knew that God's people were not obeying God's Word and ... More

"MAGNIFY THE LORD" (see Lk 1:46) - One Bread, One Body, Jun 21, 2016

06/21/2016 - 1:08am
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 | Psalm 48:2-4, 10-11 | Matthew 7:6, 12-14

"You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth." —2 Kings 19:15

As I write this, I am nearly 30,000 feet in the air, flying home to Cincinnati. From this height, as I look down upon clouds and fields, I can clearly see and experience that the Lord alone is God "over all" the earth (2 Kgs 19:15). My problems ... More

CAUSE AND EFFECT - One Bread, One Body, Jun 20, 2016

06/20/2016 - 1:08am
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 | Psalm 60:3-5, 12-13 | Matthew 7:1-5

"They did not listen...they rejected [God's] statutes...and the warnings which He had given them." —2 Kings 17:14, 15

The Israelites experienced the consequences of rejecting God thousands of years ago, and modern society follows the same path. If the causes are similar, why would the results differ?

  • Persist in sin; receive the wages of sin: death (Rm ... More

BODY PIERCINGS - One Bread, One Body, Jun 19, 2016

06/19/2016 - 1:08am
12th Sunday Ordinary Time
Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1 | Galatians 3:26-29 | Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 | Luke 9:18-24

"They shall look on Him Whom they have" pierced. —Zechariah 12:10; John 19:37

In American culture, most women, as well as a number of men, have their ears pierced. In recent decades, many get other body parts pierced as well. Though people might pierce their bodies for any number of reasons, body piercing is biblically a ... More

DEFEATED BY ALMOST NOTHING? - One Bread, One Body, Jun 18, 2016

06/18/2016 - 1:08am
2 Chronicles 24:17-25 | Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34 | Matthew 6:24-34

"Though the Aramean force came with few men, the Lord surrendered a very large force into their power, because Judah had abandoned the Lord." —2 Chronicles 24:24

Jehoiada, the priest, brought about a great revival for the people of Judah. They repented of idolatry and adored the true God for almost forty years (2 Chr 23:17). They even restored the temple (2 Chr 24:4ff). However, after the death of ... More

THE MINE-FIELD - One Bread, One Body, Jun 17, 2016

06/17/2016 - 1:08am
2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 | Psalm 132:11-14, 17-18 | Matthew 6:19-23

"She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die." —2 Kings 11:2

The queen mother, Athaliah, killed off the whole royal family, with the exception of one infant, Joash (2 Kgs 11:1-2). Seven years later, Joash and the priest, Jehoiada, were the central figures in overturning the wicked, idolatrous reign of ... More

DARE TO SAY "ABBA" - One Bread, One Body, Jun 16, 2016

06/16/2016 - 1:08am
Sirach 48:1-14 | Psalm 97:1-7 | Matthew 6:7-15

"This is how you are to pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.' " —Matthew 6:9

The writer of Sirach exclaimed: "How awesome are you, Elijah!" (Sir 48:4) Yet the awesome Elijah is only a creature of the totally awesome God. "Let us praise Him the more, since we cannot fathom Him, for greater is He than all His works; awful ... More

LEAVING AND STAYING - One Bread, One Body, Jun 15, 2016

06/15/2016 - 1:08am
2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 | Psalm 31:20-21, 24 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

"Elisha answered, 'May I receive a double portion of your spirit.' 'You have asked something that is not easy,' [Elijah] replied." —2 Kings 2:9-10

To receive a double portion of God's Spirit, that is, to be filled with the Spirit, is a matter of leaving and staying. We must leave behind sin, selfishness, pride, ego, the world, the flesh, and the devil. In addition to leaving these evil ... More

DINING WITH ENEMIES - One Bread, One Body, Jun 14, 2016

06/14/2016 - 1:08am
1 Kings 21:17-29 | Psalm 51:3-6, 11, 16 | Matthew 5:43-48

"My command to you is: love your enemies." —Matthew 5:44

We worship a God Who loves enemies, Who does not avoid them but lays down His life for them. When we kneel before the cross, close by the Lord's crucified feet, we hear His words, "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing" (Lk ... More

BETTER THAN VENGEANCE - One Bread, One Body, Jun 13, 2016

06/13/2016 - 1:08am
St. Anthony of Padua
1 Kings 21:1-16 | Psalm 5:2-7 | Matthew 5:38-42

"What I say to you is: offer no resistance to injury." —Matthew 5:39

To punish and control those who have hurt us, we are inclined to retaliate. We feel that our retaliation will not be effective unless it inflicts worse damages than the original offense. However, this extra damage is unjust. Therefore, those who ... More

Simple Bible Reading Guide

06/13/2016 - 1:03am

THE PENITENTIAL PSALMS - One Bread, One Body, Jun 12, 2016

06/12/2016 - 1:08am
11th Sunday Ordinary Time
2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13 | Galatians 2:16, 19-21 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 | Luke 7:36 — 8:3

"I said, 'I confess my faults to the Lord,' and You took away the guilt of my sin." —Psalm 32:5

Today's psalm response is from one of the seven penitential psalms as listed in the footnotes of the New American Bible. The seven Penitential Psalms are psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143. I've often prayed passages from these psalms in ... More