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The Bible on Money

02/03/2015 - 12:03am

A Prophetic Lent

02/02/2015 - 12:03am

RATED "R" - One Bread, One Body, Feb 1, 2015

12 hours 58 min ago
4th Sunday Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 | Mark 1:21-28

"I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord." —1 Corinthians 7:35

We must accept certain restrictions if we wish to totally commit our lives to the Lord. Gospel poverty, celibacy, a large family, a faithful marriage, a demanding ministry — all restrict us significantly. However, any decision or commitment ... More

WHAT IS FAITH? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 31, 2015

01/31/2015 - 12:08am
St. John Bosco
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 | Luke 1:69-75 | Mark 4:35-41

"Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see." —Hebrews 11:1

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8). "All depends on faith, everything is grace" (Rm 4:16). Therefore, faith in the Lord is absolutely necessary. However, this presents a problem because we are lacking in faith (see Mk 4:40). Jesus ... More

LOSING IT - One Bread, One Body, Jan 30, 2015

01/30/2015 - 12:08am
Hebrews 10:32-39 | Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40 | Mark 4:26-34

"[You] joyfully assented to the confiscation of your goods, knowing that you had better and more permanent possessions." —Hebrews 10:34

Imagine that somebody not only steals your stuff, but confiscates it, that is, he legally "steals" your possessions by a power squeeze and then openly and blatantly keeps it for himself. In our modern society, people would expect you to go to ... More

PRESENCE OR ABSENT? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 29, 2015

01/29/2015 - 12:08am
Hebrews 10:19-25 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Mark 4:21-25

"We should not absent ourselves from the assembly, as some do, but encourage one another; and this all the more because you see that the Day draws near." —Hebrews 10:25

When we gather in Jesus' name, He has promised to be with us in a special way (Mt 18:20). In Jesus' special presence, we are more deeply united with Him and with one another. In this deeper unity, we have greater knowledge of and openness to ... More

ARE YOU SLUGGISH OR CURIOUS? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 28, 2015

01/28/2015 - 12:08am
St. Thomas Aquinas
Hebrews 10:11-18 | Psalm 110:1-4 | Mark 4:1-20

"You do not understand this parable? How then are you going to understand other figures like it?" —Mark 4:13

Jesus wants us to take ownership of our understanding of our faith. He wants us to ask questions as did the apostles (see Mk 4:10), to study, to probe deeply and persistently until we understand the meaning. Jesus tells parables so we might have ... More

FAMILY TRANSPLANT - One Bread, One Body, Jan 27, 2015

01/27/2015 - 12:08am
St. Angela Merici
Hebrews 10:1-10 | Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11 | Mark 3:31-35

"Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me." —Mark 3:35

Jesus said that He came for division, to divide a family three against two (Lk 12:52). He meant that some family members would receive Him while others would reject Him, at least for a time. For those who love Jesus, love their families, and yet ... More

BELIEVING IS SEEING - One Bread, One Body, Jan 26, 2015

01/26/2015 - 12:08am
Sts. Timothy & Titus
2 Timothy 1:1-8 or Titus 1:1-5 | Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10 | Mark 3:22-30

"Promote their knowledge of the truth as our religion embodies it." —Titus 1:1

No matter how well or poorly I teach the Scriptures through this booklet, you can almost immediately at least double the insights you receive from reading the Scriptures for the daily Mass by deciding to share anything you receive. If you put ... More

LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER - One Bread, One Body, Jan 25, 2015

01/25/2015 - 12:08am
3rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 | 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 | Psalm 25:4-9 | Mark 1:14-20

"They immediately abandoned their nets and became His followers." —Mark 1:18

When a fish is caught and taken out of the water, it dies. The former watery world that it knew "is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). Similarly, everything changes when we enter into the kingdom of God. Living in God's kingdom is as different from our ... More

INSANE TO THE INSANE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 24, 2015

01/24/2015 - 12:08am
St. Francis de Sales
Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14 | Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 | Mark 3:20-21

"When His family heard of this they came to take charge of Him, saying, 'He is out of His mind.' " —Mark 3:21

Jesus' relatives said He was out of His mind. Each of us will also be called "out of our minds." Will this be because we are followers of Jesus or because our minds are conformed to the insanity of the world? (see Rm 12:2) We want to be able to ... More

THE COST OF DISUNITY - One Bread, One Body, Jan 23, 2015

01/23/2015 - 12:08am
Hebrews 8:6-13 | Psalm 85:8, 10-14 | Mark 3:13-19

"They were likewise to have authority to expel demons." —Mark 3:15

Jesus created His Church and gave it the power to expel demons (Mk 3:15). Yesterday was the forty-second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. We are authorized to be the Church Militant and drive out the demons of ... More

My People, Vol. 28, Issue 1

01/23/2015 - 12:05am
World Day Of Peace Begins New Year
Build Peace
Exercise, Serve God
2015 Focuses On Consecrated Life
Prison To Praise
The Hope Of Migrants
Biblical Films Change
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

THE BEST OF TIMES - One Bread, One Body, Jan 22, 2015

01/22/2015 - 12:08am
St. Vincent
Hebrews 7:25—8:6 | Psalm 40:7-10, 17 | Mark 3:7-12

"The main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a High Priest, Who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, Minister of the sanctuary and of that true tabernacle set up, not by man, but by the Lord." —Hebrews 8:1-2

Jesus is a better Priest (Heb 7:28) with a better ministry in "a better covenant, founded on better promises" (Heb 8:6). The Jewish people did not think of God's work with them as completed. They were waiting for the Messiah to give them the new ... More

HOW WE BECAME PRIESTS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 21, 2015

01/21/2015 - 12:08am
St. Agnes
Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17 | Psalm 110:1-4 | Mark 3:1-6

"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." —Hebrews 7:17; Psalm 110:4

Like almost all peoples throughout history, the Jewish people believed that sacrifice was one of the essential elements for dealing with sin and setting humanity free. The person who offers sacrifices to God on behalf of the people is called a ... More

THEY DO RUN, RUN, RUN... - One Bread, One Body, Jan 20, 2015

01/20/2015 - 12:08am
Pope St. Fabian, St. Sebastian
Hebrews 6:10-20 | Psalm 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10 | Mark 2:23-28

"Our desire is that each of you show the same zeal till the end." —Hebrews 6:11

Life in Christ is like running a race (see 2 Tm 4:7; Phil 3:12; 1 Cor 9:24). We must "show the same zeal to the end" and "not grow lazy" (Heb 6:11, 12). We are able to keep running no matter what because we are loved by God and fully assured of ... More

ON THE FAST TRACK - One Bread, One Body, Jan 19, 2015

01/19/2015 - 12:08am
Hebrews 5:1-10 | Psalm 110:1-4 | Mark 2:18-22

"You are a priest forever." — Psalm 110:4

Fr. Al Lauer, founder and long-time author of One Bread, One Body, often told this story about God's perspective on fasting: "A man once told God in prayer that he hated the way his priest ran the parish. God responded by telling him to ... More

Through the Bible in One Year

01/19/2015 - 12:03am
Daily Bible reading is vital to growth in Christ. This pamphlet is to encourage and assist you in reading the entire Bible in one year.

GOD CALLING - One Bread, One Body, Jan 18, 2015

01/18/2015 - 12:08am
2nd Sunday Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 | 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 | Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 | John 1:35-42

"Here I am. You called me." —1 Samuel 3:5

The Lord starts this new year by calling us as He called Samuel, Andrew, and Simon Peter. He is calling us to join Him:

  • not in a superficial way, but to love Him with all our hearts (Mt 22:37),
  • in a Christian community of the ... More

HE COULDN'T CARE MORE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 17, 2015

01/17/2015 - 12:08am
St. Anthony
Hebrews 4:12-16 | Psalm 19:8-10, 15 | Mark 2:13-17

"So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need." —Hebrews 4:16

We see others and ourselves beset with problems, which don't get better but get worse. Then we wonder whether God cares.

We pray, and our prayers are not answered as we hoped. In fact, things often get worse after we pray. If God is blessing ... More