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NOT YET - One Bread, One Body, Jun 26, 2017

15 hours 22 min ago
Genesis 12:1-9 | Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22 | Matthew 7:1-5

"To your descendants I will give this land...Then Abram journeyed on." —Genesis 12:7, 9

As Abram passed through the land of Canaan, God promised him that his descendants would inherit that land. However, the Canaanites were still living in the land at the time (Gn 12:6). Abram then continued his journey south many miles more to the ... More

KNOW JESUS — NO FEAR - One Bread, One Body, Jun 25, 2017

06/25/2017 - 1:08am
12th Sunday Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 20:10-13 | Romans 5:12-15 | Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 | Matthew 10:26-33

"Do not fear." —Matthew 10:28

Jesus gives us at least four commandments in today's Gospel reading:

  1. "Do not let them intimidate you" (Mt 10:26).
  2. "Do not fear those who deprive the body of life but cannot destroy the soul" (Mt 10:28).
  3. "Do not be ... More

HALFWAY TO JESUS' BIRTHDAY - One Bread, One Body, Jun 24, 2017

06/24/2017 - 1:08am
Nativity of St. John the Baptizer
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Acts 13:22-26 | Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 | Luke 1:57-66, 80

"Look for the One Who comes after me. I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals on His feet." —Acts 13:25

We celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptizer for the same reason we celebrate the birthday of Mary. The significance of John the Baptizer, Mary, and each of us is due to our relationship with Jesus. We celebrate John's birthday because it ... More

THE HEALER OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED (see Ps 34:19) - One Bread, One Body, Jun 23, 2017

06/23/2017 - 1:08am
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Deuteronomy 7:6-11 | 1 John 4:7-16 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10 | Matthew 11:25-30

"We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us." —1 John 4:16

On the day before the feast of the Sacred Heart, I visited a man in a hospital who was close to death. The doctors had called the family to the bedside of the dying man. At that point, the man rallied slightly and did not die. When I was talking ... More

A FALLEN AWAY JUMP SHOT - One Bread, One Body, Jun 22, 2017

06/22/2017 - 1:08am
St. Paulinus of Nola, Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More
2 Corinthians 11:1-11 | Psalm 111:1-4, 7-8 | Matthew 6:7-15

"My fear is that, just as the serpent seduced Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted and you may fall away from your sincere and complete devotion to Christ." —2 Corinthians 11:3

Most American Catholics who have registered in a parish are "fallen away" from fulfilling the obligation of attending Mass on every Sunday and Holy Day. Furthermore, how many are fallen away from meeting the standard that Paul enunciated? Paul ... More

PLAY-ACTING - One Bread, One Body, Jun 21, 2017

06/21/2017 - 1:08am
St. Aloysius
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 | Psalm 112:1-4, 9 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

"Do not behave like the hypocrites." —Matthew 6:5

The root of the word "hypocrite" means "play-acting." Jesus teaches that discipleship can never involve play-acting; being a disciple of Christ means to live righteously from the heart. Disciples live to please the Lord God (see 1 Thes 2:4), not ... More

GIVINGS OR MIS-GIVINGS? - One Bread, One Body, Jun 20, 2017

06/20/2017 - 1:08am
2 Corinthians 8:1-9 | Psalm 146:2, 5-9 | Matthew 5:43-48

"In the midst of severe trial their overflowing joy and deep poverty have produced an abundant generosity." —2 Corinthians 8:2

God gives. The Father and the Son constantly and eternally give Themselves to each Other, and Their Gift is the Holy Spirit. God constantly gives us His life with all its love and power. This is called grace. God gave His very self when He gave ... More

GOT LIFE? - One Bread, One Body, Jun 19, 2017

06/19/2017 - 1:08am
St. Romuald
2 Corinthians 6:1-10 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Matthew 5:38-42

We are "sorrowful, though we are always rejoicing; poor, yet we enrich many. We seem to have nothing, yet everything is ours!" —2 Corinthians 6:10

When we were baptized, all heaven broke loose. We were begotten from above, born again (Jn 3:3, 5), and adopted as children of God. Our bodies were made temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19). We became "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a ... More

MASS CONFUSION - One Bread, One Body, Jun 18, 2017

06/18/2017 - 1:08am
Body & Blood of Christ
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 | 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 | Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 | John 6:51-58

"The man who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him." —John 6:56

This book, One Bread, One Body, is written to motivate you to go to Mass daily or as often as possible. Our prayer is that you would live the Mass and make our eucharistic Lord the center of your life.

Jesus proclaimed: "The ... More

LOVED INTO LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Jun 17, 2017

06/17/2017 - 1:08am
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 | Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 | Matthew 5:33-37

"He died for all so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who for their sakes died and was raised up." —2 Corinthians 5:15

Jesus died for us — not only for our benefit, but in our place. Once we accept the grace to believe this, the love of Christ impels us to live no longer for ourselves but for Him Who died for us and was raised up (2 Cor 5:14-15).

After ... More

I'M JUST DYING TO SERVE JESUS - One Bread, One Body, Jun 16, 2017

06/16/2017 - 1:08am
2 Corinthians 4:7-15 | Psalm 116:10-11, 15-18 | Matthew 5:27-32

"Continually we carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus, so that in our bodies the life of Jesus may also be revealed." —2 Corinthians 4:10

Each day, we human beings are one day closer to death. "Death is at work in us" (2 Cor 4:12). Some would wryly agree with the observation that our churches are full of dead people. Jesus Himself told the church of Sardis: "You are dead!" (Rv ... More

ONE GOOD TURN - One Bread, One Body, Jun 15, 2017

06/15/2017 - 1:08am
2 Corinthians 3:15—4:1, 3-6 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Matthew 5:20-26

"Whenever he turns to the Lord, the veil will be removed." —2 Corinthians 3:16

Because of our sinful nature, a veil obstructs our understanding of the Bible. Only by turning to Jesus and the Holy Spirit is this veil removed (2 Cor 3:14-17). If we turn to the Lord, we will gaze on His glory with unveiled faces and be ... More

CALLIFIED - One Bread, One Body, Jun 14, 2017

06/14/2017 - 1:08am
2 Corinthians 3:4-11 | Psalm 99:5-9 | Matthew 5:17-19

"It is not that we are entitled of ourselves to take credit for anything. Our sole credit is from God, Who has made us qualified ministers of a new covenant." —2 Corinthians 3:5-6

Fr. Al Lauer, founder and long-time author of One Bread, One Body, was fond of teaching that it's not so important to be qualified for a ministry but rather to be call-ified. He meant that if God has called us to a ministry, He ... More

THE FLAVOR THAT TOOK OVER THE WORLD - One Bread, One Body, Jun 13, 2017

06/13/2017 - 1:08am
St. Anthony of Padua
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 | Psalm 119:129-133, 135 | Matthew 5:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth. But what if salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." —Matthew 5:13

We who are Christians are the salt of the earth. That means we give flavor to life. The everyday activities of life are often laborious. We make our living by the sweat of our brow (Gn 3:19). "Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What ... More

I BLEED FOR YOU - One Bread, One Body, Jun 12, 2017

06/12/2017 - 1:08am
2 Corinthians 1:1-7 | Psalm 34:2-9 | Matthew 5:1-12

"He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble." —2 Corinthians 1:4

Jesus came to earth, suffered for us, and consoled us. It was "our sufferings that He endured" (Is 53:4). Because Jesus suffered, He is able to help others who suffer (Heb 2:18). Jesus had an extraordinary public ministry of healing, teaching, ... More

Seek the Gifts of the Spirit

06/12/2017 - 1:03am
To seek the gifts of the Spirit we must know what they are. Although the Spirit has poured out thousands of gifts, there are at least thirty which the Bible describes. The Lord commands us to seek these thirty gifts by prayer, Bible study, and use in ministry.

TRIPLE PLAY - One Bread, One Body, Jun 11, 2017

06/11/2017 - 1:08am
Trinity Sunday
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 | 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 | Daniel 3:52-55 | John 3:16-18

"Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship." —Exodus 34:8

A bishop was examining the candidates for Confirmation at a certain parish. He asked the young people to tell him what the Holy Trinity was. A boy answered: "It's one-in-three, and three-in-one." The bishop, gently probing to determine if the ... More

"PRAISE HIM WITH FULL VOICE" (Tb 13:6) - One Bread, One Body, Jun 10, 2017

06/10/2017 - 1:08am
Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20 | Tobit 13:2, 6-8 | Mark 12:38-44

"Do not be slack in praising Him." —Tobit 12:6

Tobit and Tobiah had a visitor from heaven, the angel Raphael. The angel had spent his existence praising God in the glory of heaven. No wonder Raphael's vocabulary is composed primarily of praise; that's what he always has done in ... More

HOLY, HAPPY, HEALING FAMILIES - One Bread, One Body, Jun 9, 2017

06/09/2017 - 1:08am
St. Ephrem of Syria
Tobit 11:5-17 | Psalm 146:1-2, 6-10 | Mark 12:35-37

"Raphael said to Tobiah before he reached his father: 'I am certain that his eyes will be opened. Smear the fish gall on them.' " —Tobit 11:7-8

The Lord healed Tobit of blindness through:

  • the archangel Raphael,
  • the medicine of fish gall,
  • his son, Tobiah, and
  • his son's homecoming.

Family members and the home are often the main people ... More