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ON GUARD! - One Bread, One Body, Sep 1, 2015

4 hours 24 min ago
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | Luke 4:31-37

"You are not in the dark, brothers, that the day should catch you off guard, like a thief." —1 Thessalonians 5:4

How much did you think about the Second Coming of Christ this week? If you're like many Catholics, the message of His coming again goes in one ear and out the other. However, through His Word and the Mass, Jesus constantly warns us that He is ... More

Living in Reality

4 hours 29 min ago

ON FIRE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT - One Bread, One Body, Aug 31, 2015

08/31/2015 - 1:08am
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 11-13 | Luke 4:16-30

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me." —Luke 4:18

Father Al Lauer, founder of One Bread, One Body, considered Luke 4:18 to be his personal mission statement. As he prepared for his ordination to the priesthood, he chose this Scripture verse as his theme. The passage was quoted on his ... More

Hope and Healing Through Aborted Children

08/31/2015 - 1:03am
Aborted children continue to exist. They cannot be in hell or purgatory. Therefore, they must be in heaven or in a place unknown to us. Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter, The Gospel of Life, has said that these children are living "in the Lord" (99). Because these millions of aborted babies are living "in the Lord," they can love, serve, and pray for us.

HOW TO RECEIVE A GIFT - One Bread, One Body, Aug 30, 2015

08/30/2015 - 1:08am
22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 | James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 | Psalm 15:2-5 | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

"Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit comes from above, descending from the Father." —James 1:17

Our Father wants to give us a "worthwhile gift," a "genuine benefit." He will give us this gift as He gave us the gifts of birth and rebirth (see 1 Pt 1:23). The Father will gift us through a word spoken in truth (Jas 1:18). If we listen to this ... More

THE SLAVE TRADE? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 29, 2015

08/29/2015 - 1:08am
Beheading of, St. John the Baptizer
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11 | Psalm 98:1, 7-9 | Matthew 25:14-30 | or Mark 6:17-29

"He called in his servants and handed his funds over to them according to each man's abilities." —Matthew 25:14

Today's Gospel reading is often used to bring up the theme of stewardship, which is supposedly giving our "time, treasures, and talents" to the Lord and His Church. This is a rather tame idea of stewardship compared to the Biblical concept. ... More

YOU'RE FIRED - One Bread, One Body, Aug 28, 2015

08/28/2015 - 1:08am
St. Augustine
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 | Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 10-12 | Matthew 25:1-13

"The foolish ones said to the sensible, 'Give us some of your oil. Our torches are going out.' But the sensible ones replied, 'No.' " —Matthew 25:8-9

Some things cannot be shared, no matter how much we might wish to share them. If a man has worked for years to reach peak physical condition, he cannot bestow his strength and endurance on someone else who asks for it. He can share his exercise ... More

PREP SCHOOL - One Bread, One Body, Aug 27, 2015

08/27/2015 - 1:08am
St. Monica
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13 | Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17 | Matthew 24:42-51

"You must be prepared in the same way." —Matthew 24:44

Since we "cannot know the Day [Jesus] is coming" (Mt 24:42), we must prepare to be ready to meet Him today and "settle with" Him (Mt 24:51). The Corinthians showed their preparedness by waiting "for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 ... More

OUR ONLY WORTHINESS - One Bread, One Body, Aug 26, 2015

08/26/2015 - 1:08am
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 | Psalm 139:7-12 | Matthew 23:27-32

"Make your lives worthy of the God Who calls you to His kingship and glory." —1 Thessalonians 2:12

"Lead a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him in every way" (Col 1:10). "Conduct yourselves, then, in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Phil 1:27). "Live a life worthy of the calling you have received" (Eph 4:1). The Lord commands us ... More

A MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH - One Bread, One Body, Aug 25, 2015

08/25/2015 - 1:08am
St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 | Psalm 139:1-6 | Matthew 23:23-26

"The exhortation we deliver does not spring from deceit or impure motives." —1 Thessalonians 2:3

The Lord, being all-knowing, "sees right through us." "Nothing is concealed from Him; all lies bare and exposed to the eyes of Him to Whom we must render an account" (Heb 4:13). He sees not only our secret thoughts (see Heb 4:12) but also our ... More

THE FIG TREE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 24, 2015

08/24/2015 - 1:08am
St. Bartholomew
Revelation 21:9-14 | Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 | John 1:45-51

"Jesus responded: 'Do you believe just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see much greater things than that.' " —John 1:50

St. Bartholomew (Nathanael) was prejudiced against Jesus because Jesus came from Nazareth (Jn 1:46). After Jesus mentioned He saw Nathanael under the fig tree, however, Nathanael changed completely, from prejudice to faith. He acknowledged Jesus ... More

Leading Your Loved Ones to Christ

08/24/2015 - 1:03am
If you are brokenhearted because your loved ones don't know the Lord, be thankful that you have faith enough and love enough to care. The Lord will not forsake you.

"A LIFE OF FAITH" (Gal 2:20) - One Bread, One Body, Aug 23, 2015

08/23/2015 - 1:08am
21st Sunday Ordinary Time
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18 | Ephesians 5:21-32 | Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21 | John 6:60-69

"Does it shake your faith?" —John 6:61

When Jesus talks about His eucharistic presence, people exclaim: "This sort of talk is hard to endure! How can anyone take it seriously?" (Jn 6:60) However, Jesus refuses to re-phrase the revelation of His eucharistic presence. He insists that ... More

HOW TO MAKE HUMBLE PIE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 22, 2015

08/22/2015 - 1:08am
Queenship of Mary
Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Matthew 23:1-12

"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, but whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." —Matthew 23:12

Jesus criticized some religious leaders for being proud. Pride was the reason for some of them being spiritually blind, fools, and hypocrites (see Mt 23:13, 17). Therefore, Jesus called them to humble themselves, and He calls us to do the same ... More

RUTH, DEATH, AND BAPTISM - One Bread, One Body, Aug 21, 2015

08/21/2015 - 1:08am
Pope St. Pius X
Ruth 1:1, 3-6. 14-16, 22 | Psalm 146:5-10 | Matthew 22:34-40

"Both Mahlon and Chilion died also, and the woman was left with neither her two sons nor her husband." —Ruth 1:5

Ruth's husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law had died. All of these men had moved to Moab to escape death from starvation (Ru 1:1), but they only delayed death for ten years (Ru 1:4).

Ruth swallowed up death in victory (1 Cor 15:54) by ... More


08/20/2015 - 1:08am
St. Bernard
Judges 11:29-39 | Psalm 40:5, 7-10 | Matthew 22:1-14

"Whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the Lord. I shall offer him up as a holocaust." —Judges 11:31

In our secular humanistic society, we are rather ignorant concerning spiritual power. Many ancient peoples were in some ways more advanced than we are in regard to spiritual realities. Jephthah knew what few people in our society realize: that ... More

SACRIFICIAL LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 19, 2015

08/19/2015 - 1:08am
St. John Eudes
Judges 9:6-15 | Psalm 21:2-7 | Matthew 20:1-16

"Must I give up...?" —Judges 9:9, 11, 13

In Jotham's story, three trees were asked to lead the other trees (Jgs 9:8ff). All three trees declined to serve because they would have had to give up what was most precious about themselves. Jotham's story teaches us that:

GIDEON AND MIDIAN - One Bread, One Body, Aug 18, 2015

08/18/2015 - 1:08am
Judges 6:11-24 | Psalm 85:9, 11-14 | Matthew 19:23-30

"The last shall come first." —Matthew 19:30

The Israelites were oppressed externally by the nation of Midian, and internally by their own idolatry. Joash the Abiezrite, father of Gideon, had built an altar to an idol (Jgs 6:25), as well as a sacred pole used in idol worship. God called ... More

REBELLIOUS OBEDIENCE? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 17, 2015

08/17/2015 - 1:08am
Judges 2:11-19 | Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 | Matthew 19:16-22

"If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." —Matthew 19:17

All people, including atheists, do what God wants much of the time, but that doesn't mean all people obey God. Even the most rebellious children often do what their parents want, but that doesn't mean they're obeying their parents. Doing the ... More