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COME TO JESUS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 16, 2014

04/16/2014 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9 | Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 | Matthew 26:14-25

"Judas Iscariot went off to the chief priests." —Matthew 26:14

Judas was accustomed to being an intimate friend of Jesus and having privileged access to Him. Nonetheless, during the most important week in the lives of both Judas and Jesus, Judas dialogued with the chief priests instead of with Jesus. Judas ... More

"LAY" MINISTRY - One Bread, One Body, Apr 15, 2014

04/15/2014 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | John 13:21-33, 36-38

"You will lay down your life for Me, will you?" —John 13:38

Peter promised Jesus he would lay down his life for Him (Jn 13:37). That same night, Peter lay weeping bitterly after realizing he had denied Jesus three times (Lk 22:62). Judas probably didn't intend to betray Jesus when he began following Him. ... More

Scriptural Stations of the Cross

04/15/2014 - 1:03am
The Scriptural Stations of the Cross will feed us spiritually. Several Scripture passages are quoted for each station. We give little or no commentary but let the Scriptures speak for themselves.

NO TURNING BACK - One Bread, One Body, Apr 14, 2014

04/14/2014 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7 | Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14 | John 12:1-11

"Mary brought a pound of costly perfume made from genuine aromatic nard, with which she anointed Jesus' feet. Then she dried His feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the ointment's fragrance." —John 12:3

Mary was familiar with Judas from other times that Jesus and His disciples had visited their house (see Lk 10:38-42; Jn 11:1ff). Her jar of perfumed oil was expensive, and she probably wasn't surprised that Judas knew its cost, roughly a year's ... More

Lent and the Renewal of Our Baptismal Promises

04/14/2014 - 1:03am
A step-by-step lenten preparation for renewal of baptismal vows.

"SEALED WITH A KISS" - One Bread, One Body, Apr 13, 2014

04/13/2014 - 1:08am
Passion (Palm) Sunday
Matthew 21:1-11 (Entrance Processional) | Isaiah 50:4-7 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 | Matthew 26:14—27:66

"The One I shall kiss is the Man; seize Him." —Matthew 26:48, RSV-CE

Many of you who read this have been kissed passionately and have experienced the love and intimacy which accompanies such a kiss. Some of you have also been treated with indifference or even have been betrayed by the same person who kissed you ... More

LEAD-OFF BATTER-ED - One Bread, One Body, Apr 12, 2014

04/12/2014 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 37:21-28 | Jeremiah 31:10-13 | John 11:45-56

"I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one Prince for them all." —Ezekiel 37:22

Ezekiel prophesied that Israel and Judah would be united after hundreds of years of division. This miracle of unity would be done by David's Descendant, Who would be the one Prince and the one Shepherd of the reunited nation (Ez 37:24). Ezekiel ... More

LOVE, SUFFERING, AND EVANGELIZATION - One Bread, One Body, Apr 11, 2014

04/11/2014 - 1:08am
St. Stanislaus
Jeremiah 20:10-13 | Psalm 18:2-7 | John 10:31-42

"Many came to believe in him." —John 10:42

The Lord will use you to lead many to believe in Him. However, before the Lord breaks through in the lives of those you are evangelizing, the evil one will usually try to intimidate you and pressure you to shut up. For instance, before the ... More

DEAD ENDS AND THE LIVE END - One Bread, One Body, Apr 10, 2014

04/10/2014 - 1:08am
Genesis 17:3-9 | Psalm 105:4-9 | John 8:51-59

"Whom do You make Yourself out to be?" —John 8:53

"Abraham is dead. The prophets are dead" (Jn 8:52). Buddha is dead. Mohammed is dead. Caesar is dead. Nations, societies, and civilizations are dead. Everyone is dead or on the threshold of death except for Jesus, "the Resurrection and the Life" ... More

FATHER-FREEDOM - One Bread, One Body, Apr 9, 2014

04/09/2014 - 1:08am
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 | Daniel 3:52-56 | John 8:31-42

"We have but one Father and that is God Himself." —John 8:41

When Jesus taught us about freedom, He taught us about God's fatherhood. We can be free because we are children of God the Father. When we become free, we, as sons and daughters of God, have a permanent place with Jesus in God the Father's ... More

CROSS PEACE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 8, 2014

04/08/2014 - 1:08am
Numbers 21:4-9 | Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21 | John 8:21-30

"Where I am going you cannot come." —John 8:21

Jesus told His sinful audience that He was going somewhere that they couldn't come (Jn 8:21). One possible way to interpret this saying is to identify His destination as the cross. In our old, sinful nature, we "cannot come" (Jn 8:21) to the ... More

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT - One Bread, One Body, Apr 7, 2014

04/07/2014 - 1:08am
St. John Baptist de la Salle
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 | Psalm 23:1-6 | John 8:1-11

"Nor do I condemn you. You may go." —John 8:11

Injustices are not merely thoughts or feelings; they are realities. Therefore, we must not only stop injustices to the poor but also begin to repair the damage inflicted. Punishing those guilty of injustice is part of repairing the evil effects ... More

THE LAST WORD IN FAITH - One Bread, One Body, Apr 6, 2014

04/06/2014 - 1:08am
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Ezekiel 37:12-14 | Romans 8:8-11 | Psalm 130:1-8 | John 11:1-45

"Do you believe?" —John 11:26

In two weeks, everyone in the world who goes to Mass on Easter will be challenged to reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. We reject Satan because we believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides ... More

JESUS, THE "HOME-MAKER" - One Bread, One Body, Apr 5, 2014

04/05/2014 - 1:08am
St. Vincent Ferrer
Jeremiah 11:18-20 | Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12 | John 7:40-53

"Then each went off to his own house." —John 7:53

Zacchaeus encountered Jesus and opened his house to Him. That day, salvation came to his house (Lk 19:9). A royal official encountered Jesus, and Jesus promised to heal his son. "Jesus told him, 'Return home' " (Jn 4:50). His son was healed, and ... More

PRIVILEGED SUFFERING - One Bread, One Body, Apr 4, 2014

04/04/2014 - 1:08am
St. Isidore of Seville
Wisdom 2:1, 12-22 | Psalm 34:17-21, 23 | John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

"Let us beset the just one." —Wisdom 2:12

"Let us condemn him to a shameful death." —Wisdom 2:20

Two weeks from today is Good Friday. On that day, we will remember that Jesus suffered and died for love of us. We also remember that in our own flesh we "fill up what is lacking in ... More

"SENT"-SITIVITY TRAINING - One Bread, One Body, Apr 3, 2014

04/03/2014 - 1:08am
Exodus 32:7-14 | Psalm 106:19-23 | John 5:31-47

"The Father has sent Me." —John 5:36

Jesus was keenly aware of being sent by His Father to minister to the world. In John's Gospel, Jesus refers to Himself as being sent by the Father no less than thirty-eight times! He repeatedly emphasizes that we must believe that the Father ... More

VOICE LESSONS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 2, 2014

04/02/2014 - 1:08am
St. Francis of Paola
Isaiah 49:8-15 | Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18 | John 5:17-30

"Hear His voice." —John 5:28

Would you like to audibly hear God's voice? Do you know how God's voice sounds? "The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over vast waters. The voice of the Lord is mighty; the voice of the Lord is majestic. ... More

FOREVER MORE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 1, 2014

04/01/2014 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 | Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 | John 5:1-16

"Give up your sins so that something worse may not overtake you." —John 5:14

Being sick for thirty-eight years is certainly a terrible suffering. To stay sick for most of one's life is a tragedy. However, after healing this man, Jesus told him: "Remember, now, you have been cured. Give up your sins so that something ... More

THE JOY OF LENT AND LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 31, 2014

03/31/2014 - 1:08am
Isaiah 65:17-21 | Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 | John 4:43-54

"There shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create." —Isaiah 65:18

If the Lord creates a calling for you, you can find joy in it. If He calls you to life-long celibacy, you have cause for rejoicing. If the Lord gives you and your spouse ten children, rejoice in the sacrifice of having a large family. When He ... More

BLIND SIDE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 30, 2014

03/30/2014 - 1:08am
Fourth Sunday of Lent
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Psalm 23:1-6 | John 9:1-41

"As He walked along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth." —John 9:1

The world is divided into two groups: those who know they're spiritually blind, and ask for and receive sight from Jesus, and others who refuse to admit they're blind and are even blind to being blind. Jesus said: "I came into this world to ... More