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RISEN LIFE NOW AND FOREVER - One Bread, One Body, Sep 19, 2014

6 hours 40 min ago
St. Januarius
1 Corinthians 15:12-20 | Psalm 17:1, 6-8, 15 | Luke 8:1-3

"Christ is now raised from the dead." —1 Corinthians 15:20

We are witnesses for Jesus risen (1 Cor 15:15; Acts 2:32; 3:15; 4:2). The resurrection of Jesus is the heart of the gospel (2 Tm 2:8). "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is void of content and your faith is empty too" (1 Cor 15:14). ... More

I "YAM" OR I AM? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 18, 2014

09/18/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 28 | Luke 7:36-50

"By God's favor I am what I am." —1 Corinthians 15:10

The old cartoon character, Popeye, used to flex his muscles, eat spinach, and say: "I yam what I yam. I'm Popeye, the sailor man." Popeye was quoting the Bible in the first part of this statement. Paul also said: "I am what I am" (1 Cor 15:10), ... More

DO YOU LOVE? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 17, 2014

09/17/2014 - 1:08am
St. Robert Bellarmine
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 | Psalm 33:2-5, 12, 22 | Luke 7:31-35

"If I give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing." —1 Corinthians 13:3

Without love, even the best things in your life mean nothing. Therefore, the most important questions in the world are: Do you love the Lord with all your heart and soul? (Lk 10:27) Do you love your neighbor as yourself? (Lk 10:27) Do you love ... More

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH - One Bread, One Body, Sep 16, 2014

09/16/2014 - 1:08am
Pope St. Cornelius, St. Cyprian
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 7:11-17

Jesus "stepped forward and touched the litter." —Luke 7:14

According to the law of Moses, Jesus became unclean by touching the dead man (Nm 19:11). Jesus, the Life (Jn 11:25; 14:6), gave to the young man new and abundant life (Jn 10:10). In so doing, Jesus took upon Himself the uncleanness of death (Mt ... More

The Bible on Sex

09/16/2014 - 1:03am

BREAKING OPEN - One Bread, One Body, Sep 15, 2014

09/15/2014 - 1:08am
Our Lady of Sorrows
Hebrews 5:7-9 | Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20 | John 19:25-27 | or Luke 2:33-35

"This Child is destined to be the Downfall and the Rise of many in Israel, a Sign that will be opposed — and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword." —Luke 2:34-35

When hurt, we naturally close ourselves off to the one who hurt us and even to other people as further protection. When Mary, Jesus' mother, was hurt, she did just the opposite, opening herself up to others even more (e.g. Acts 1:14). Therefore, ... More

Ten Commandments of Intercession

09/15/2014 - 1:03am
Intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God's plan of salvation. Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three years. And now He has been interceding for us for almost two thousand years. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.

"WHEN I BEHOLD THE WONDROUS CROSS..." - One Bread, One Body, Sep 14, 2014

09/14/2014 - 1:08am
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Numbers 21:4-9 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 | John 3:13-17

"He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!" —Philippians 2:8

We sing: "When I behold the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride." At the cross, our values change, and we get in touch with reality. At the cross, we humble ... More

"ONE BREAD, ONE BODY" - One Bread, One Body, Sep 13, 2014

09/13/2014 - 1:08am
St. John Chrysostom
1 Corinthians 10:14-22 | Psalm 116:12-13, 17-18 | Luke 6:43-49

"Because the loaf of bread is one, we, many though we are, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf." —1 Corinthians 10:17

The title of these booklets is taken from the above Scripture. Because we share in the one bread of Holy Communion, we are one body. If we are one as Jesus and the Father are one, then the world will believe that the Father sent the Son (Jn ... More

BLIND AS A BAT IN HELL - One Bread, One Body, Sep 12, 2014

09/12/2014 - 1:08am
Most Holy Name of Mary
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27 | Psalm 84:3-6, 12 | Luke 6:39-42

"Can a blind man act as guide to a blind man? Will they not both fall into a ditch?" —Luke 6:39

Because we all have inherited a nature fallen due to sin, we all have been or are partially blind spiritually. This applies to Christian leaders as well; therefore, the spiritually blind frequently lead the spiritually blind. Before our ... More

DRESSING DOWN WITH JESUS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 11, 2014

09/11/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13 | Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 23-24 | Luke 6:27-38

"When you sin thus against your brothers and wound their weak consciences, you are sinning against Christ." —1 Corinthians 8:12

Today's first reading teaches about giving up your personal freedoms for the good of the rest of the members of the Body of Christ. One aspect of personal liberty which needs to be submitted to the will of God is modesty in dress. Do we dress ... More

SINGLES-HANDED - One Bread, One Body, Sep 10, 2014

09/10/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 7:25-31 | Psalm 45:11-12, 14-17 | Luke 6:20-26

"Are you free of a wife? If so, do not go in search of one." —1 Corinthians 7:27

Those gifted to be single for the Lord do not commit sin if they marry (1 Cor 7:28). "But such people will have trials in this life, and these I should like to spare you" (1 Cor 7:28). All people have trials; so Paul must have been referring to ... More

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 9, 2014

09/09/2014 - 1:08am
St. Peter Claver
1 Corinthians 6:1-11 | Psalm 149:1-6, 9 | Luke 6:12-19

"Do not deceive yourselves: no fornicators, idolaters, or adulterers, no sodomites, thieves, misers, or drunkards, no slanderers or robbers will inherit God's kingdom." —1 Corinthians 6:9-10

"Make no mistake about this: no fornicator, no unclean or lustful person — in effect an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with worthless arguments. These are sins that bring God's wrath ... More

BIRTH OR BOREDOM? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 8, 2014

09/08/2014 - 1:08am
Birth of Mary
Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30 | Psalm 13:6 | Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

"Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah." —Matthew 1:2

The New Testament begins with what many would consider to be repetitious boredom. This person begot that person and so it goes on and on. That is what life was B.C., "before Christ." Without Jesus, life seemed to be the same old stuff with just ... More

"APPOINTED WATCHMAN" - One Bread, One Body, Sep 7, 2014

09/07/2014 - 1:08am
23rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 33:7-9 | Romans 13:8-10 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 | Matthew 18:15-20

"You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear Me say anything, you shall warn them for Me." —Ezekiel 33:7

When we see someone sinning, we must repent of our own sins (Mt 7:5), petition God to give life to the sinner (1 Jn 5:16), and warn the person sinning. If we don't do this, we might be held responsible for the sinner's death (Ez 33:8).

If the ... More

"I CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION" - One Bread, One Body, Sep 6, 2014

09/06/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 4:6-15 | Psalm 145:17-21 | Luke 6:1-5

"At the moment you are completely satisfied." —1 Corinthians 4:8

In the USA, it has been legal for decades to murder millions of babies each year. Our country is struggling to protect the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The Catholic Church has been publicly racked by scandal and is ... More

JUDGMENT DAYS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 5, 2014

09/05/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 4:1-5 | Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40 | Luke 5:33-39

"It matters little to me whether you or any human court pass judgment on me." —1 Corinthians 4:3

Does it matter to you if other people judge you? To most people, it matters a lot. Some become angry, resentful, rebellious, and unforgiving when they are judged. Others compromise their principles and let themselves be manipulated when they ... More

I'M FOREVER GRATEFUL - One Bread, One Body, Sep 4, 2014

09/04/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 3:18-23 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 5:1-11

"I am a sinful man." —Luke 5:8

One of the greatest events in our lives is when we realize our sinfulness, when we fall "at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord. I am a sinful man' " (Lk 5:8). When we experience the fear of the Lord and get in touch with reality, we ... More

My People, Vol. 27, Issue 9

09/04/2014 - 1:05am
On The Front Lines Of Africa's Ebola Crisis
Gaza Needs A Just Peace
Iraq's Christians Facing A Human Catastrophe
Violence Drowns Out Reason
Urgent Appeal For Iraq
Prisoners Offer Witness Of Hope
Prison To Praise: Homeboy
Films Build Faith
"Finding Time To Be Pro-Life"
Action Required To Maintain Hope
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

EATING FROM THE KIDS' MENU - One Bread, One Body, Sep 3, 2014

09/03/2014 - 1:08am
Pope St. Gregory the Great
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 | Psalm 33:12-15, 20-21 | Luke 4:38-44

"The trouble was that I could not talk to you as spiritual men but only as men of flesh, as infants in Christ." —1 Corinthians 3:1

Far too many Christians are "infants in Christ," men and women "of flesh" (1 Cor 3:1). There is plenty of evidence that convicts: four thousand surgical abortions daily in the USA, and likely even more daily chemical abortions. Christians can't ... More