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THE SLIDE RULES? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 24, 2016

10/24/2016 - 1:08am
St. Anthony Mary Claret
Ephesians 4:32—5:8 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 13:10-17

"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." —Ephesians 5:5

Years ago before there were electronic calculators, there were slide rules by which certain types of computations could be easily made. Today, possibly more than ever, we have a different kind of slide rule. Many people have let rules, laws, ... More

"I MUST DECREASE" (Jn 3:30) - One Bread, One Body, Oct 23, 2016

16 hours 50 min ago
30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 | 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 | Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 | Luke 18:9-14

Jesus "spoke this parable addressed to those who believed in their own self-righteousness..." —Luke 18:9

The Pharisee's piety was admirable. He tithed ten percent of his gross income. He fasted two days a week, probably a very severe fast. How many of us tithe and fast to that extent? However, St. Luke points out specifically that his "prayer" was ... More

HYPOCRITICAL LEAVES - One Bread, One Body, Oct 22, 2016

10/22/2016 - 1:08am
Pope St. John Paul II
Ephesians 4:7-16 | Psalm 122:1-5 | Luke 13:1-9

"Look here! For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground?" —Luke 13:7

We don't hear of Jesus cursing straggly, leafless trees. Rather, He cursed good-looking trees with lots of foliage but no fruit (Mt 21:19). Likewise, in Jesus' letters to the churches in Revelation, He does not threaten to close bad-looking ... More

FREE ONE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 21, 2016

10/21/2016 - 1:08am
Ephesians 4:1-6 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 12:54-59

"There is but one body and one Spirit." —Ephesians 4:4

We must "make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force" (Eph 4:3). Without a deep, Trinitarian unity, the world will not have faith that Jesus has been sent by the Father (Jn 17:21). ... More

FAMILY VALUES - One Bread, One Body, Oct 20, 2016

10/20/2016 - 1:08am
St. Paul of the Cross
Ephesians 3:14-21 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 | Luke 12:49-53

"That is why I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name; and I pray." —Ephesians 3:14-16

Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity. The Trinity is the eternal, ultimate Holy Family. After His Incarnation, Jesus lived in another holy family with Mary and Joseph. Therefore, Jesus has high standards for family life. He calls families ... More

COME, LORD JESUS, TODAY! (see Rv 22:20) - One Bread, One Body, Oct 19, 2016

10/19/2016 - 1:08am
Sts. John de Brebeuf,, Isaac Jogues & Companions
Ephesians 3:2-12 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Luke 12:39-48

"Be on guard, therefore. The Son of Man will come when you least expect Him." —Luke 12:40

When we expect the world to end and Jesus to come back at any time, we are:

  • on guard against the evil one (see Lk 12:40; 1 Pt 5:8-9),
  • trying to be "faithful, farsighted" stewards for the Lord (Lk 12:42),
  • busy (Lk 12:43) ... More

NOT A DOCTORAL THESIS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 18, 2016

10/18/2016 - 1:08am
St. Luke
2 Timothy 4:10-17 | Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 | Luke 10:1-9

"I have no one with me but Luke." —2 Timothy 4:11

St. Luke was a doctor (Col 4:14). The Bible commands us to honor doctors, for their profession has been established by God (Sir 38:1). Although Luke had such a distinguished profession (see Sir 38:3), he apparently put it aside in the light of ... More

SAVED FROM AN UNSPEAKABLE HELL - One Bread, One Body, Oct 17, 2016

10/17/2016 - 1:08am
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Ephesians 2:1-10 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 12:13-21

"You were dead." —Ephesians 2:1

We start life "dead in sin" (Eph 2:5), and we buy into death through our "sins and offenses" (Eph 2:1). In this living death (1 Jn 3:14), we are blinded, manipulated, and drafted into giving "allegiance to the present age and to the prince of ... More

PRAYER LINES - One Bread, One Body, Oct 16, 2016

10/16/2016 - 1:08am
29th Sunday Ordinary Time
Exodus 17:8-13 | 2 Timothy 3:14—4:2 | Psalm 121:1-8 | Luke 18:1-8

"...the necessity of praying always and not losing heart." —Luke 18:1

Jesus teaches us in today's parable to pray in perseverance for our needs (Lk 18:1). Elsewhere in Scripture, Jesus reveals more about how to pray always with perseverance and power:

  • Pray by listening to God (Lk 10:38-42).
  • Pray ... More

LOVING THE MOST DEPRIVED - One Bread, One Body, Oct 15, 2016

10/15/2016 - 1:08am
St. Teresa of Jesus
Ephesians 1:15-23 | Psalm 8:2-7 | Luke 12:8-12

"I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men — the Son of Man will acknowledge him before the angels of God." —Luke 12:8

Several billion people desperately need to be introduced to Jesus, the only Way, Truth, Life (Jn 14:6), Savior (Acts 4:12), and God. The most deprived people in the world are those who have not come to know, love, and worship Jesus. Until we ... More


10/14/2016 - 1:08am
Pope St. Callistus
Ephesians 1:11-14 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13 | Luke 12:1-7

"In [Christ] we were chosen." —Ephesians 1:11

We Christians have been baptized into Jesus and, consequently, into His death and Resurrection (Rm 6:3-4). We have been baptized into Jesus and into His priesthood, prophetic ministry, and kingship (see 1 Pt 2:9). "In [Christ] we were chosen" ... More

IN HIM - One Bread, One Body, Oct 13, 2016

10/13/2016 - 1:08am
Ephesians 1:1-10 | Psalm 98:1-6 | Luke 11:47-54

"God chose us in Him." —Ephesians 1:4

We have been baptized into Christ (Rm 6:3). Therefore, we are baptized into His Body, the Church (1 Cor 12:13), which has been given "every spiritual blessing in the heavens" (Eph 1:3). In Jesus, we have been chosen by God "before the world ... More

ZAP! - One Bread, One Body, Oct 12, 2016

10/12/2016 - 1:08am
Galatians 5:18-25 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 11:42-46

"Woe to you! You are like hidden tombs over which men walk unawares." —Luke 11:44

There are false Christians (see 2 Cor 11:26). Like the moon, these Christians may reflect just enough of the light of Christ to attract others. What little light they reflect may attract some who seek escape from the darkness of sin (see 2 Cor ... More

THE OUTS AND INS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 11, 2016

10/11/2016 - 1:08am
Galatians 5:1-6 | Psalm 119:41, 43-45, 47-48 | Luke 11:37-41

"If you give what you have as alms, all will be wiped clean for you." —Luke 11:41

After Jesus told the Pharisees to cleanse the inside as well as the outside (Lk 11:39-40), He surprisingly encouraged them to give alms, an external activity. By this, Jesus showed that the way to cleanse the inside can be through the outside. ... More

CONCENTRATION CRAMP - One Bread, One Body, Oct 10, 2016

10/10/2016 - 1:08am
Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31—5:1 | Psalm 113:1-7 | Luke 11:29-32

"So stand firm, and do not take on yourselves the yoke of slavery a second time." —Galatians 5:1

Would a free man who once had been a prisoner of war ever voluntarily return to his former concentration camp to live? "Unthinkable!" (Gal 2:17)

Yet God's people do this constantly. The Israelites escaped the slavery of Egypt, but when ... More

THE 90% CONGREGATION - One Bread, One Body, Oct 9, 2016

10/09/2016 - 1:08am
28th Sunday Ordinary Time
2 Kings 5:14-17 | 2 Timothy 2:8-13 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 17:11-19

"Where are the other nine?" —Luke 17:17

The Samaritan leper ignores Jesus' command to go show himself to the priest. He follows his heart and not Jesus' order. In so doing, he commits an act of "religious disobedience." Presumably, when told to go his way by Jesus (Lk 17:19), he does ... More

BLESSED DISCIPLESHIP - One Bread, One Body, Oct 8, 2016

10/08/2016 - 1:08am
Galatians 3:22-29 | Psalm 105:2-7 | Luke 11:27-28

"Blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it." —Luke 11:28

Mary prophesied that all ages would call her blessed (Lk 1:48). This prophecy was fulfilled when a woman cried out to Jesus: "Blest is the womb that bore You and the breasts that nursed You!" (Lk 11:27) Jesus replied that Mary and each of us are ... More

DO NOTHING, RETAIN NOTHING - One Bread, One Body, Oct 7, 2016

10/07/2016 - 1:08am
Our Lady of the Rosary
Galatians 3:7-14 | Psalm 111:1-6 | Luke 11:15-26

"The result is that the last state of the man is worse than the first." —Luke 11:26

The man in today's parable was delivered from evil spirits, but then did nothing more. He was a spiritual sitting duck for Satan, and wound up in worse shape than he was before he was delivered (Lk 11:26). He was like a gardener who pulls up all ... More

DUH! - One Bread, One Body, Oct 6, 2016

10/06/2016 - 1:08am
St. Bruno, Bl. Marie Rose Durocher
Galatians 3:1-5 | Luke 1:69-75 | Luke 11:5-13

"How could you be so stupid?" —Galatians 3:3

"Hey, Galatians," St. Paul shouts, "wake up! You heard me preach that Jesus saved you by His death and Resurrection. You accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Then, after I left town, you listened to ... More

PRAYER LINES - One Bread, One Body, Oct 5, 2016

10/05/2016 - 1:08am
Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14 | Psalm 117:1-2 | Luke 11:1-4

"Lord, teach us to pray." —Luke 11:1

The Lord, Who is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16), commands us to love Him with all our hearts (Lk 10:27). However, we will do this only if we love our neighbors as ourselves (Lk 10:27). Love is not a matter of mere feelings and words. We must "love in deed ... More