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THE ANOINTIANS ARE COMING - One Bread, One Body, Jan 19, 2018

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1 Samuel 24:3-21 | Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11 | Mark 3:13-19

"I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed." —1 Samuel 24:11

Saul was hunting David down to kill him (1 Sm 24:12). Despite this, David refused to kill Saul when Saul was defenseless before him (1 Sm 24:8). Although David had no reservations about killing his enemies, even when defenseless, he did not ... More

JEALOUS RAGE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 18, 2018

01/18/2018 - 12:08am
1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7 | Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13 | Mark 3:7-12

"Saul was jealous of David." —1 Samuel 18:9

Saul went to sleep jealous; he woke up demon-possessed (1 Sm 18:10). Cain also slept on his jealousy (Gn 4:5). He later committed the first homicide and fratricide. The religious leaders of Jesus' time were jealous of Him. They refused to ... More

THE LORD OF THE GIANTS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 17, 2018

01/17/2018 - 12:08am
St. Anthony the Abbot
1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 | Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10 | Mark 3:1-6

"Go and fight." —1 Samuel 17:32

How many giants have you killed? If the answer is "none," ask yourself another question: "How many giants have you fought?" Usually the answer to the second question is the same as the first. We've killed no giants because we haven't had the ... More

PARALYZED OR ENERGIZED? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 16, 2018

01/16/2018 - 12:08am
1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28 | Mark 2:23-28

"How long will you grieve?" —1 Samuel 16:1
"How can I go?" —1 Samuel 16:2

Next week is the forty-fifth anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Because of the many millions dead, we are tempted and shocked into ... More

The Bible on Money

01/16/2018 - 12:03am

UNDER THE BAN - One Bread, One Body, Jan 15, 2018

01/15/2018 - 12:08am
1 Samuel 15:16-23 | Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Mark 2:18-22

"Fight against them until you have exterminated them." —1 Samuel 15:18

Saul, king of Israel, was ordered by the prophet Samuel to put the Amalekites "under the ban" (1 Sm 15:3). This meant that Saul was to kill every Amalekite person and animal. In the light of Christ and His new covenant, we no longer think in ... More

Life-Changing Prayers from the Bible

01/15/2018 - 12:03am
The Bible is our prayer book. We should not only read the Word but also pray it. The Spirit uses the Word to teach us how to pray, since we do not know how to pray as we ought (Rm 8:26). The following prayers are guaranteed by God to change lives because they are based on the Word.

OUR ONLY HOPE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 14, 2018

01/14/2018 - 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

"Look! There is the Lamb of God!" —John 1:36

For generations we have fashioned a culture of death — step by step, war by war, abortion by abortion, injustice by injustice, sin by sin. Our seeds of unfaithfulness, lust, and greed have grown into a sickeningly rich harvest of injustice. ... More

BEING DRIVEN BY THE CONVERTIBLE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 13, 2018

01/13/2018 - 12:08am
St. Hilary
1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1 | Psalm 21:2-7 | Mark 2:13-17

"As [Jesus] moved on He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus at his tax collector's post, and said to him, 'Follow Me.' Levi got up and became His follower." —Mark 2:14

Who is the least likely person in the world to follow Jesus? Would it be your spouse, child, parent, boss, or enemy? Expect the conversion of those whom you consider least likely to love Jesus.

When Levi, the scum of the earth, ... More

DIRECT-IONS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 12, 2018

01/12/2018 - 12:08am
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (Canada)
1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22 | Psalm 89:16-19 | Mark 2:1-12

"The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel's warning and said, 'Not so! There must be a king over us.' " —1 Samuel 8:19

Samuel had been a great leader of Israel; however, his sons did not follow his example (1 Sm 8:5). Therefore, they would not have been good leaders for Israel. Then who would lead Israel?

The most direct answer to this problem would ... More

Mary, Mother of God - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

01/12/2018 - 12:05am
Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. More

WHAT DOES YOUR VOICE SOUND LIKE? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 11, 2018

01/11/2018 - 12:08am
1 Samuel 4:1-11 | Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25 | Mark 1:40-45

"The man went off and began to proclaim the whole matter freely, making the story public. As a result of this, it was no longer possible for Jesus to enter a town openly." —Mark 1:45

The leper was an outcast because of his contagious disease. By the law of Moses, the leper was required to live outside the town, keep his distance from others, and cry out "Unclean, unclean" if anyone approached (Lv 13:45). It is likely that ... More

SEEK WISDOM - One Bread, One Body, Jan 10, 2018

01/10/2018 - 12:08am
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20 | Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10 | Mark 1:29-39

"[Samuel] ran to Eli." —1 Samuel 3:5

Though Eli the priest left a lot to be desired, he still had some godly wisdom and did provide Samuel the right direction to discern for his life's vocation as a prophet. Samuel ran to Eli (1 Sm 3:5) to seek God's guidance and he was led ... More

CORRECTION FLUID? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 9, 2018

01/09/2018 - 12:08am
1 Samuel 1:9-20 | 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8 | Mark 1:21-28

"Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her, 'How long will you make a drunken show of yourself? Sober up from your wine!' " —1 Samuel 1:13-14

In addition to accepting correction (see Prv 12:1), we as disciples of Christ must be open to giving correction (Lk 17:3; Gal 6:1). After first removing the plank of sin from our eyes (Mt 7:5), we must correct others in love and call them to ... More

Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God

01/09/2018 - 12:03am
The purpose of life is to develop a deep, personal relationship with Jesus and love Him with all our hearts (Lk 10:27).

HE CAME TO THE WATER (IS 55:1) - One Bread, One Body, Jan 8, 2018

01/08/2018 - 12:08am
Baptism of Jesus
Isaiah 55:1-11 | 1 John 5:1-9 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Mark 1:7-11

"Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John." —Mark 1:9

At the Jordan River, St. John the Baptist baptized thousands of people with a baptism of repentance. Repentance, or metanoia, was an 180-degree turn from sin. So what happened to those sins that those people left behind? Symbolically, the ... More

Through the Bible in One Year

01/08/2018 - 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.

HEROD UNDERSTOOD - One Bread, One Body, Jan 7, 2018

01/07/2018 - 12:08am
Isaiah 60:1-6 | Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 | Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 | Matthew 2:1-12

The wise men "from the east arrived one day in Jerusalem inquiring, 'Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We observed His star at its rising and have come to pay Him homage.' At this news King Herod became greatly disturbed, and with him all Jerusalem." —Matthew 2:1-3

Herod understood the significance of Jesus' birth. He knew that he had to join the wise men and "go and offer [Jesus] homage too" (Mt 2:8). Jesus' birth means we must either surrender our lives to Jesus or declare war on Him. We either live ... More

CHRISTMAS MISERY - One Bread, One Body, Jan 6, 2018

01/06/2018 - 12:08am
St. André Bessette
1 John 5:5-13 | Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 | Mark 1:7-11 | or Luke 3:23-38

"God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." —1 John 5:11

We ask everyone if they had a good holiday and Christmas season, and they all say "Fine." Yet behind those sad smiles and between the lines of our "small talk," we sense a deep hurt, severe depression, unrepentant sin, and devastating ... More

WHAT'S A FOUR-LETTER WORD FOR LIFE? - One Bread, One Body, Jan 5, 2018

01/05/2018 - 12:08am
St. John Neumann
1 John 3:11-21 | Psalm 100:1-5 | John 1:43-51

"The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us." —1 John 3:16

Love is:

  • "the message you heard from the beginning" (1 Jn 3:11),
  • the command of God, and a grace of God,
  • "based on the truth" (2 Jn 2),
  • the way we know we "have passed from death to life" (1 Jn 3:14), ... More