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MYSTERY - One Bread, One Body, Jan 24, 2017

01/24/2017 - 12:08am
St. Francis de Sales
Hebrews 10:1-10 | Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11 | Mark 3:31-35

"By this 'will,' we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." —Hebrews 10:10

God has graciously revealed Himself to us through creation, history (especially the Exodus), the Jewish people, the Law, the prophets, Wisdom literature, the covenants, the priesthood, the Davidic dynasty, etc. Nevertheless, "in times past, God ... More

SIN-CERE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 23, 2017

20 hours 16 min ago
St. Vincent
Hebrews 9:15, 24-28 | Psalm 98:1-6 | Mark 3:22-30

"Now He has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sins once for all by His sacrifice." —Hebrews 9:26

Jesus' "death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions" (Heb 9:15). "Christ was offered up once to take away the sins of many" (Heb 9:28). "You can depend on this as worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to ... More

DO-DROPS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 22, 2017

01/22/2017 - 12:08am
3rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 8:23—9:3 | 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | Matthew 4:12-23

"They immediately abandoned their nets and became His followers." —Matthew 4:20

Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him and become fishers of men (Mt 4:19). We too are repeatedly appealing for workers for the harvest (see Mt 9:38). Some very busy people answer our appeals and thus become even busier, ... More

RELATIVE-LY CRAZY - One Bread, One Body, Jan 21, 2017

01/21/2017 - 12:08am
St. Agnes
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 thought He was out of His mind. We Christians have been baptized into Jesus (Rm 6:3). We share in His divine nature (2 Pt 1:4). We are called and graced to be holy as He is holy (see 1 Pt 1:15-16), pure as He is pure (1 Jn 3:3), ... More

"THE KILLING FIELDS" - One Bread, One Body, Jan 20, 2017

01/20/2017 - 12:08am
Pope St. Fabian, St. Sebastian
Hebrews 8:6-13 | Psalm 85:8, 10-14 | Mark 3:13-19

Jesus "went up the mountain and summoned the men He Himself had decided on, who came and joined Him." —Mark 3:13

In the USA, in a few days will be the forty-fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's legalization of abortion. This decision legalized millions of serial killings. It is a gigantic step backward into the culture of death. It is a capitulation ... More

THE MOB SCENE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 19, 2017

01/19/2017 - 12:08am
Hebrews 7:25—8:6 | Psalm 40:7-10, 17 | Mark 3:7-12

Jesus "is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He forever lives to make intercession for them." —Hebrews 7:25

Something about Jesus makes us feel like mobbing Him. "A great crowd followed Him from Galilee, and an equally great multitude came to Him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Transjordan, and the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon" (Mk 3:7-8). "In view ... More

"YOU ARE A PRIEST" - One Bread, One Body, Jan 18, 2017

01/18/2017 - 12:08am
Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17 | Psalm 110:1-4 | Mark 3:1-6

"The matter is clearer still if another priest is appointed according to the likeness of Melchizedek." —Hebrews 7:15

The Israelites were enslaved, defeated in war, starved to death, exiled, and oppressed. In their pain, they asked Yahweh how He would free them. They received the revelation that they would be saved by the priesthood.

The Christians to ... More

TIE THE KNOT - One Bread, One Body, Jan 17, 2017

01/17/2017 - 12:08am
St. Anthony
Hebrews 6:10-20 | Psalm 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10 | Mark 2:23-28

"Like a sure and firm anchor, that hope extends beyond the veil through which Jesus, our Forerunner, has entered on our behalf." —Hebrews 6:19-20

On the annual Jewish Day of Atonement, the high priest entered into the presence of God in the Holy of Holies in the Temple to atone for the sins of the people. No one except the High Priest could enter "beyond the veil" which separated the Holy ... More

The Truth Will Set You Free

01/17/2017 - 12:03am

PATCH-WORK - One Bread, One Body, Jan 16, 2017

01/16/2017 - 12:08am
Hebrews 5:1-10 | Psalm 110:1-4 | Mark 2:18-22

"No one sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak." —Mark 2:21

Our lives are sometimes pictured as a fabric. This fabric consists of family, marriage, children, friends, work, finances, social life, habits, entertainment, service, etc. When we give our lives to Jesus, He sews into our lives "a patch of ... More

Presentation Ministries Newsletter, Vol. 18, Issue 2

01/16/2017 - 12:05am
2016 Marks 30 Years of Great PM Bible Institutes!
Jerry Cappel Welcomes Maria Signh, Newest Member of Presentation's Growing Spanish Publication Ministry
Letters of Thanksgiving and Encouragement
Our Lady of Guadalupe Center Presents Married Couples' Retreat - Building Strong Families
Guests Enjoy Hospitality Night At Bible Institute Graciously Sponsored by Local Home Based Communities
Pope's Challenge: Care for Our Common Home
NEW at Guadalupe Retreat Center 2017!
The Souls of the Just are in the Hands of God; Frank Seta
Bible Telephone Line Provides Opportunity for Personal Prayer Requests
PM's Our Lady of Guadalupe Discipleship Center Retreat
You Can Donate to PM If You Use Amazon Smile
Fall 2016 Our Lady of Guadalupe Discipleship Center

Presentation Ministries Newsletter, Vol. 18, Issue 1

01/16/2017 - 12:05am
Bible Institute to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in 2016!
Co-Workers Expand Evangelization with John Dunn's and Judy Erwin's Leadership
Come, Let Us Adore Him!
PM's Guadalupe Center Offers New Retreat
More Fan Response to PM's Media and Publications
PM's Social Media Reaches "To the Ends of the Earth"
2016 Has Many Special Opportunities for GBC Students
One Bread, One Body Readers Say Thanks in Unique Ways
Our Lady of Guadalupe HBC Sponsors the Annual Prayer on the Square
Presentation Broadens Evangelization Through Outreach Ministry
Prophecy Given at the Monthly Communities and Co-Workers Mass
Daily Bread Listener Shares a Powerful Witness
Special Events at PM's Guadalupe Discipleship Center July - December 2016

Spiritual Warfare

01/16/2017 - 12:03am
Although the Lord reveals to us in His word that we are in a spiritual war, most Christians don't seem to take this very seriously. How much do you hear about spiritual warfare from the pulpit? If you brought up spiritual warfare in your parish council meetings, what would be the reaction? A few Christians try to "push" spiritual warfare, but they are usually dismissed as "fundamentalist" and not given a hearing. Consequently, many Christians give little thought to the Biblical revelation that we are in a war against evil spirits, and of course they're very likely to lose a war that they don't believe they're in.

THE WOMB - One Bread, One Body, Jan 15, 2017

01/15/2017 - 12:08am
2nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 | Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 | John 1:29-34

"Look! There is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!" —John 1:29

God's Servant was formed from the womb (Is 49:5). The Lord "knitted" us in our mothers' wombs (see Ps 139:13). From our mothers' wombs, the Lord gave us our names (see Is 49:1). The Lord is working with children in the womb both physically and ... More

THE RED CROSS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 14, 2017

01/14/2017 - 12:08am
Hebrews 4:12-16 | Psalm 19:8-10, 15 | Mark 2:13-17

"I have come to call sinners, not the self-righteous." —Mark 2:17

Jesus came for sinners, that all might have the opportunity to repent, believe in Him, be saved, and have life to the full, both now and for eternity. Pope Francis has said that the Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but a medicine for ... More

The Sick and Suffering - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

01/14/2017 - 12:05am
... The ... World Day of the Sick (Feb. 11) ... is an opportunity to reflect ... on the needs of the sick and ... of all those who suffer. It is also an occasion for those who generously assist the sick, beginning with family members, health workers and volunteers, to give thanks for their God-given vocation of accompanying our infirm brothers and sisters. More

STRETCHING IT - One Bread, One Body, Jan 13, 2017

01/13/2017 - 12:08am
St. Hilary
Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 | Psalm 78:3-4, 6-8 | Mark 2:1-12

"While He was delivering God's word to them, some people arrived bringing a paralyzed man to Him." —Mark 2:3

Put yourself in the place of the paralyzed man who was carried on a mat to Jesus. Mats, as they were made two thousand years ago, were not as manageable and sturdy as stretchers are today. Also, being carried by four people doesn't make for a ... More

HARDLY HEARING? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 12, 2017

01/12/2017 - 12:08am
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (Canada)
Hebrews 3:7-14 | Psalm 95:6-11 | Mark 1:40-45

"Today, if you should hear His voice, harden not your hearts as at the revolt in the day of testing in the desert." —Hebrews 3:7-8

The Israelites in the desert revolted against the leadership of Moses, who represented God (Nm 14:20ff). Thus, they revolted against God. All they could see was a blazing hot sun, a limited diet (Ex 16:1-4), a desert landscape "parched, ... More