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MATTERS OF CONCERN - One Bread, One Body, Oct 7, 2015

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Our Lady of the Rosary
Jonah 4:1-11 | Psalm 86:3-6, 9-10 | Luke 11:1-4

"You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor and which you did not raise; it came up in one night and in one night it perished. And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city?" —Jonah 4:10-11

Jonah was more interested in his comfort than in the salvation of 120,000 people. We too tend to stay in our comfort zones and out of the "evangelization zone."

Jonah had such warped priorities because he was unforgiving, bitter, angry, ... More

A WORLD WAITING FOR YOU - One Bread, One Body, Oct 6, 2015

10/06/2015 - 1:08am
St. Bruno, Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher
Jonah 3:1-10 | Psalm 130:1-4, 7-8 | Luke 10:38-42

"The people of Nineveh believed God." —Jonah 3:5

Nineveh, a murderous city of 120,000 people, converted after hearing the prophetic warning of Jonah (see Jon 4:11). Do you believe that there are cities in the world today which would repent en masse if someone would only speak God's Word to ... More

CLIMATE CONTROL - One Bread, One Body, Oct 5, 2015

10/05/2015 - 1:08am
Jonah 1:1—2:2, 11 | Jonah 2:3-5, 8 | Luke 10:25-37

"Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the Lord." —Jonah 1:3

Jonah refused to obey God's call. Then the weather turned nasty. The Lord "hurled a violent wind upon the sea" (Jon 1:4). Jonah tried to weather the storm by going to sleep (Jon 1:5), but the weather got even nastier (Jon 1:11). The sailors on ... More

Unforgiveness is the Cause

10/05/2015 - 1:03am
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NO SEPARATION - One Bread, One Body, Oct 4, 2015

10/04/2015 - 1:08am
27th Sunday Ordinary Time
Genesis 2:18-24 | Hebrews 2:9-11 | Psalm 128:1-6 | Mark 10:2-16

"Therefore let no man separate what God has joined." —Mark 10:9

Jesus does not want husband and wife to be separated. Also, He became indignant at His disciples for separating some children from Him (Mk 10:14). Furthermore, Jesus does not want parents separated from their children. Let no overtime, ... More

DISASTROUS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 3, 2015

10/03/2015 - 1:08am
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29 | Psalm 69:33-37 | Luke 10:17-24

"He Who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy." —Baruch 4:29

Most people have suffered disasters in their lives. Some of these have been caused by their own sins. If we would seek the Lord ten times more zealously than we strayed from Him, He would save us from disaster and bring us back a joy that this ... More

THE INTERNATIONAL GUARD - One Bread, One Body, Oct 2, 2015

10/02/2015 - 1:08am
Guardian Angels
Exodus 23:20-23 | Psalm 91:1-6, 10-11 | Matthew 18:1-5, 10

"My angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites; and I will wipe them out." —Exodus 23:23

Many Christians have gotten the impression that angels are "nice guys," but they're not guys or gals at all. Angels are not human, although they possess some human qualities. The Lord warned us not to rebel against our guardian angel, "for he ... More

"SAYING GRACE" - One Bread, One Body, Oct 1, 2015

10/01/2015 - 1:08am
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Nehemiah 8:1-12 | Psalm 19:8-11 | Luke 10:1-12

"The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the Harvest-Master to send workers to His harvest." —Luke 10:2

Jesus told His disciples they shouldn't expect Him to provide even a roof over their heads (Lk 9:58). Jesus told them to respond to His call immediately and that the slightest hesitation would make them unfit for God's kingdom (Lk 9:62). After ... More

JUMP WHEN I SAY JUMP - One Bread, One Body, Sep 30, 2015

09/30/2015 - 1:08am
St. Jerome
Nehemiah 2:1-8 | Psalm 137:1-6 | Luke 9:57-62

Jesus "said: 'Come after Me.' " —Luke 9:59

Jesus calls us to follow Him not on our terms but on His. He does not preach the prosperity gospel. In fact, Jesus doesn't even promise us a roof over our heads. The foxes and birds have better "benefits" than we do (Lk 9:58).

Moreover, Jesus ... More

THE COMING OF RAPHAEL - One Bread, One Body, Sep 29, 2015

09/29/2015 - 1:08am
Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12 | Psalm 138:1-5 | John 1:47-51

"I solemnly assure you, you shall see..." —John 1:51

Several hundred years ago, the archangel Gabriel was especially recognized through the custom of praying the Angelus. In the Angelus, we think of the annunciation of the good news of Jesus' Incarnation and our salvation. It is ... More

Seek First the Kingdom

09/29/2015 - 1:03am

FAITH-FIGHT - One Bread, One Body, Sep 28, 2015

09/28/2015 - 1:08am
St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz, & Companions
Zechariah 8:1-8 | Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23 | Luke 9:46-50

"Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in My eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?" —Zechariah 8:6

The Lord wants us to have an ever-increasing faith that He is the God of the impossible. He wants us to say with the Archangel Gabriel and believe with Mary that "nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37). The Lord says to us what He said to ... More

The Secret of Fasting

09/28/2015 - 1:03am
Almost all the great men and women of God throughout history have known a secret, the secret of fasting.

MAKING THE CUT - One Bread, One Body, Sep 27, 2015

09/27/2015 - 1:08am
26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Numbers 11:25-29 | James 5:1-6 | Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14 | Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

"If your hand is your difficulty, cut it off! Better for you to enter life maimed than to keep both hands and enter Gehenna with its unquenchable fire." —Mark 9:43

Years ago, I had to change a flat tire at night. While attempting to remove the tire, the jack shifted unexpectedly, and the car fell off the jack. My fingers were pinned underneath the tire. Because the full weight of the car kept my fingers ... More

CROSS PURPOSES - One Bread, One Body, Sep 26, 2015

09/26/2015 - 1:08am
Sts. Cosmas & Damian
Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15 | Jeremiah 31:10-13 | Luke 9:43-45

"The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of men." —Luke 9:44

Jesus said to His disciples: "Pay close attention to what I tell you" (Lk 9:44). Then He told them about the sufferings He would endure (Lk 9:44). The disciples did not grasp the meaning of Jesus' words at all (Lk 9:45). In fact, they did not ... More

THE JOYS OF REBUILDING - One Bread, One Body, Sep 25, 2015

09/25/2015 - 1:08am
Haggai 1:15—2:9 | Psalm 43:1-4 | Luke 9:18-22

"Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes? But now take courage." —Haggai 2:3-4

Since Vatican II, the Church in the Western world has seen the closing of parishes, high schools, seminaries, retreat centers, and other Catholic institutions. Some of these institutions the Lord wants to rebuild. For example, in 1999 Bishop ... More

TIME MANAGEMENT - One Bread, One Body, Sep 24, 2015

09/24/2015 - 1:08am
Haggai 1:1-8 | Psalm 149:1-6, 9 | Luke 9:7-9

"Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?" —Haggai 1:4

Timing is of the essence. "This people says: 'Not now has the time come to rebuild the house of the Lord' " (Hg 1:2). They thought it was time to dwell in their own paneled houses while God's house was in ruins. The prophet Haggai disagreed and ... More

MIXED MARRIAGES - One Bread, One Body, Sep 23, 2015

09/23/2015 - 1:08am
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Ezra 9:5-9 | Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8 | Luke 9:1-6

"In my wretchedness, and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees." —Ezra 9:5

Ezra was wretched, ashamed, confounded, and heaped with guilt (Ezr 9:5-6). He was so distraught because of mixed marriages. Many Jewish people had married Gentiles (see Ezr 9:2).

In our society, where men are even trying to "marry" men and ... More

DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM - One Bread, One Body, Sep 22, 2015

09/22/2015 - 1:08am
Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20 | Psalm 122:1-5 | Luke 8:19-21

"Let the governor and the elders of the Jews continue to work on that house of God; they are to rebuild it on its former site." —Ezra 6:7

The Israelites rebuilt the Temple with the support of government taxes and the prophetic messages of Haggai and Zechariah. That is an unusual combination. Governments and prophets don't usually mix. However, the Lord can do anything and use ... More

I'D LOVE TO... - One Bread, One Body, Sep 21, 2015

09/21/2015 - 1:08am
St. Matthew
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Matthew 9:9-13

"As He moved on, Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his post where taxes were collected. He said to him, 'Follow Me.' " —Matthew 9:9

We hear the Lord knocking on the door and calling us by name (Rv 3:20). We sense something inside drawing us to Jesus. He still is calling today's "Matthews" to follow Him.

Nevertheless, we are afraid to say "Yes." We're afraid of what people ... More