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RESTORING RUINED FAMILIES - One Bread, One Body, Feb 13, 2016

02/13/2016 - 12:08am
Isaiah 58:9-14 | Psalm 86:1-6 | Luke 5:27-32

"They shall call you, 'Restorer of ruined homesteads.' " —Isaiah 58:12

Family life has been in disarray for many years. We like to think that the families of the last generation were better than the families of today. Even if this is true, "better" does not mean "good." Look at the alcoholism, abuse, and racism ... More

DANGER! EXPLOSIVES! - One Bread, One Body, Feb 12, 2016

20 hours 23 min ago
Isaiah 58:1-9 | Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19 | Matthew 9:14-15

"People do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins burst." —Matthew 9:17

Jesus said that His disciples would have to wait until after His ascension before they fasted (Mt 9:14-15). They had to receive the Holy Spirit before fasting, because Jesus' kind of fasting is so explosive that it would be destructive unless ... More

CHOOSING LIFE IN A CULTURE OF DEATH - One Bread, One Body, Feb 11, 2016

02/11/2016 - 12:08am
Our Lady of Lourdes
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 | Psalm 1:1-4 | Luke 9:22-25

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life." —Deuteronomy 30:19

For many years, the Lord has challenged us to choose life in the first Bible reading of the Mass for the second day of Lent. In retrospect, we have reason to think we should have taken the Lord's command more seriously in past Lents. Considering ... More

Youth and Mercy - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

02/11/2016 - 12:05am
CELEBRATING THE HOLY YEAR
The Church is celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near. More

A WORLD-WIDE REPENTANCE PROGRAM - One Bread, One Body, Feb 10, 2016

02/10/2016 - 12:08am
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:12-18 | 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 | Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

"Now is the acceptable time!" —2 Corinthians 6:2

Many of us long for the renewal of the Catholic Church. We hunger for the members of the Church to be set on fire, to abandon themselves to Jesus. We long for Masses to be full of people who are filled with the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4). The ... More

PURITY - One Bread, One Body, Feb 9, 2016

02/09/2016 - 12:08am
1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 | Psalm 84:3-5, 10, 11 | Mark 7:1-13

"Why do Your disciples not follow the tradition of our ancestors, but instead take food without purifying their hands?" —Mark 7:5

The Pharisees and experts in the Law were very concerned about purification. They scrupulously washed their hands, food, cups, jugs, and kettles (Mk 7:3-4). They were centuries ahead of modern science, which eventually discovered that antiseptic ... More

THE MOST PRIVILEGED PEOPLE EVER - One Bread, One Body, Feb 8, 2016

02/08/2016 - 12:08am
St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita
1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13 | Psalm 132:6-10 | Mark 6:53-56

"I have truly built You a princely house, a dwelling where You may abide forever." —1 Kings 8:13

Solomon built the Temple which the Lord filled with a cloud of His glory (1 Kgs 8:10-11). We who have been baptized into Christ, however, are greater than Solomon (Mt 11:11). Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19) and the Holy ... More

A Prophetic Lent

02/08/2016 - 12:03am

HIS SAY-SO - One Bread, One Body, Feb 7, 2016

02/07/2016 - 12:08am
5th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 6:1-8 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8 | Luke 5:1-11

"If You say so, I will lower the nets." —Luke 5:5

One of the most crucial decisions in life is to do what we don't understand, just because God said so. This is walking by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). In this way, we let the Lord raise us above our human limitations. Children who refuse to ... More

TEACHERS COLLEGE - One Bread, One Body, Feb 6, 2016

02/06/2016 - 12:08am
St. Paul Miki & Companions
1 Kings 3:4-13 | Psalm 119:9-14 | Mark 6:30-34

"He began to teach them at great length." —Mark 6:34

Jesus is the Teacher. The people's reaction to Jesus' ministry was: "A completely new teaching in a spirit of authority!" (Mk 1:27) Jesus was and is always teaching. He taught even while hanging on the cross. When Mary Magdalene recognized Jesus ... More

TIME WARP? - One Bread, One Body, Feb 5, 2016

02/05/2016 - 12:08am
St. Agatha
Sirach 47:2-11 | Psalm 18:31, 47, 50-51 | Mark 6:14-29

"The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever." —Sirach 47:11

Herodias hated St. John the Baptizer for pointing out that she was an adulteress (Mk 6:18-19). When she said she wanted John's head, her daughter took her very literally, added on to her request, and asked Herod: "I want you to give me, at once, ... More

DAD WILL ALWAYS BE THERE - One Bread, One Body, Feb 4, 2016

02/04/2016 - 12:08am
1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 | 1 Chronicles 29:10-12 | Mark 6:7-13

"He instructed them to take nothing on their journey." —Mark 6:8

Jesus sends out His disciples to unknown locations. He does not allow us to bring food, luggage, money, or a change of clothes (Mk 6:8-9). Moreover, we are not to have pre-arranged accommodations. Most people react to these words of Jesus with ... More

MEGA-DEATH AND MEGA-SALVATION - One Bread, One Body, Feb 3, 2016

02/03/2016 - 12:08am
St. Blase, St. Ansgar
2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7 | Mark 6:1-6

"I have sinned grievously in what I have done. But now, Lord, forgive the guilt of Your servant, for I have been very foolish." —2 Samuel 24:10

One of the biggest understatements in the Bible is: "The wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23). That's putting it mildly. The wages of sin is mega-death. After David committed one of his lesser sins, the prophet Gad proposed three possible ... More

PRESENTATIONS - One Bread, One Body, Feb 2, 2016

02/02/2016 - 12:08am
Presentation of the Lord
Malachi 3:1-4 | Hebrews 2:14-18 | Psalm 24:7-10 | Luke 2:22-40

"When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord."—Luke 2:22

This book, One Bread, One Body, is published by Presentation Ministries. We are named after the feast of Mary's Presentation, which is celebrated November 21. However, we also have a special devotion to Jesus' ... More

ARE YOU A LOSER? - One Bread, One Body, Feb 1, 2016

02/01/2016 - 12:08am
2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 | Psalm 3:2-7 | Mark 5:1-20

"Before long they were begging [Jesus] to go away from their district." —Mark 5:17

The people of the Gerasene town had lost two-thousand swine to drowning (Mk 5:13). They intuitively realized that if Jesus stayed around, they would lose even more things, so they told Jesus to leave. The Gerasenes cut their losses and cut ... More

A Prophetic Lent

02/01/2016 - 12:03am

TO LOVE IS DIVINE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 31, 2016

01/31/2016 - 12:08am
4th Sunday Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 | 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | Luke 4:21-30

"There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13

If we have not love, we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2). If we have not love, our best efforts are useless (1 Cor 13:3). "The man without love has known nothing of God, for God is Love" (1 Jn 4:8). "The man who does not love is among the living dead" ... More

ONLY CONVICTS ARE FREE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 30, 2016

01/30/2016 - 12:08am
2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17 | Psalm 51:12-17 | Mark 4:35-41

"Nathan said to David: 'You are the man!' " —2 Samuel 12:7

David committed adultery, lied repeatedly, and had some people killed (2 Sm 11:4ff). After all these sins, he naturally did not feel very guilty, for guilt usually decreases as sin increases. This is because of the blinding, numbing effects of ... More

A SIN-SICK CHURCH - One Bread, One Body, Jan 29, 2016

01/29/2016 - 12:08am
2 Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17 | Psalm 51:3-7, 10-11 | Mark 4:26-34

"Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens." —Mark 4:27

Because the Church was founded by Jesus (Mt 16:18), because Jesus is the Head of the Church (Eph 1:22), and because the Church is the heart of God's kingdom (see Mt 16:19), the Church will always grow (Mk 4:28) and will last forever (see Heb ... More

GOING TO EXTREMES - One Bread, One Body, Jan 28, 2016

01/28/2016 - 12:08am
St. Thomas Aquinas
2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29 | Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14 | Mark 4:21-25

"Let him who has ears to hear Me, hear!" —Mark 4:23

When you receive any revelation, blessing, encouragement, strength, or hope from reading the daily Scriptures and the commentary in this book, you must share what God has given you. "The gift you have received, give as a gift" (Mt 10:8). "In the ... More