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THE CONCEPTION OF HIS INCARNATION - One Bread, One Body, Dec 8, 2016

12/08/2016 - 12:08am
Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 | Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 1:26-38

"You shall conceive and bear a Son and give Him the name Jesus." —Luke 1:31

About five billion people today do not believe that Jesus is God; they see Him as only a man. This heresy, Arianism, has been common for centuries. The fact that the virgin Mary conceived Jesus without sexual relations intimates that Jesus was ... More

O, COME, O, COME — TO THE CROSS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 7, 2016

20 hours 44 min ago
St. Ambrose
Isaiah 40:25-31 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10 | Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon your shoulders." —Matthew 11:28-29

In eighteen days, we will be singing "O come, all ye faithful." When we come to Jesus with all our weariness and burdens, He will give us rest by first unburdening us and then re-burdening us with His yoke, the cross. When we realize that Jesus ... More

THE POWER OF ONE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 6, 2016

12/06/2016 - 12:08am
St. Nicholas
Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13 | Matthew 18:12-14

"Here comes with power the Lord God…like a shepherd." —Isaiah 40:10, 11

The Lord God comes with power and rules with His strong arm (Is 40:10). The Lord God also comes like a humble, gentle shepherd, and His strong arm gently gathers us, His lambs, with tender care (Is 40:11). How does this seeming paradox ... More

An Isaiah Advent

12/06/2016 - 12:03am


12/05/2016 - 12:08am
Isaiah 35:1-10 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Luke 5:17-26

"They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but they found no way of getting him through because of the crowd, so they went up on the roof." —Luke 5:18-19

Many people, even Christians, have been so brainwashed, manipulated, and overwhelmed by the consumeristic hype of Christmas that they can't see the Christ of Christmas because of the crowd of obstructions. Nevertheless, some of these people have ... More

Through the Bible in One Year

12/05/2016 - 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.

THE ADVENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - One Bread, One Body, Dec 4, 2016

12/04/2016 - 12:08am
Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10 | Romans 15:4-9 | Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 | Matthew 3:1-12

"The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him." —Isaiah 11:2

Imagine a world without violence, injustice, tragedy, "harm or ruin" (Is 11:9). Imagine a world where everyone knows the Lord deeply and lives and loves accordingly (see Is 11:9). This is the kind of world that the Holy Spirit is re-creating at ... More

GIFT LISTS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 3, 2016

12/03/2016 - 12:08am
St. Francis Xavier
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 | Psalm 147:1-6 | Matthew 9:35—10:1, 5-8

"The gift you have received, give as a gift." —Matthew 10:8

One of the most famous (or infamous) Christmas songs is "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth." Sadly, if that's all you want, that may be all you'll get. I don't know about you, but I want a lot more than some teeth:

TRANSFORMATIONS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 2, 2016

12/02/2016 - 12:08am
Isaiah 29:17-24 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | Matthew 9:27-31

"Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see." —Isaiah 29:17-18

The word from today's eucharistic readings is "transformations." Tyrants who oppress their subjects "will be no more" and the arrogant who torment their neighbors "will have gone" (Is 29:20; see also Rv 18:2; Is 37:36-38). The deaf hear. The ... More

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION - One Bread, One Body, Dec 1, 2016

12/01/2016 - 12:08am
Isaiah 26:1-6 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 | Matthew 7:21, 24-27

"It did not collapse; it had been solidly set on rock." —Matthew 7:25

Every Realtor knows that the future value of a house is based upon its present location. Likewise, Jesus teaches that the future of our lives is based upon our location.

We are to build our lives upon every word that comes from the mouth ... More

ODD MAN OUT - One Bread, One Body, Nov 30, 2016

11/30/2016 - 12:08am
St. Andrew
Romans 10:9-18 | Psalm 19:8-11 | Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus "was walking along the Sea of Galilee He watched two brothers, Simon now known as Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea." —Matthew 4:18

When Jesus called His first apostles, He started with the quartet of Peter, Andrew, James, and John (Mt 4:18, 21). In fact, Andrew was initially the leader who introduced Peter to Jesus (Jn 1:40-41). We see this quartet together in other parts ... More

THE WOOD OF DEATH LEADS TO LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 29, 2016

11/29/2016 - 12:08am
Isaiah 11:1-10 | Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 | Luke 10:21-24

"A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse." —Isaiah 11:1

A stump is what is left over from what was formerly a living, thriving tree. But the tree was either cut down or died and fell over. All that remains is a stump, which is the wood of death. In the world of forestry, however, some trees are known ... More

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 28, 2016

11/28/2016 - 12:08am
Isaiah 4:2-6 | Psalm 122:1-9 | Matthew 8:5-11

"The fruit of the earth will be honor...when the Lord...purges Jerusalem's blood from her midst." —Isaiah 4:2, 4

As we begin Advent, the Church presents us with a series of mind-boggling prophecies from the prophet Isaiah. These prophecies paint a picture of restoration more glorious than anything we could ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20), a restoration ... More

Thankful to be Catholic

11/28/2016 - 12:03am
We Catholics are in serious condition. Many of our people are "dry bones" (Ez 37). Many strongholds of the devil are entrenched in our churches. We are often lukewarm and confused due to our compromise with our pleasure-seeking, secular humanistic culture of death. Nonetheless, the Lord clearly, passionately, and unconditionally loves the Catholic Church. I would never advise anyone to leave the Catholic Church, and I thank God I'm a Catholic Christian.

"MARY" ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Nov 27, 2016

11/27/2016 - 12:08am
First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5 | Romans 13:11-14 | Psalm 122:1-9 | Matthew 24:37-44

"Let us live honorably as in daylight; not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual excess and lust, not in quarreling and jealousy." —Romans 13:13

Happy new Church year! Happy Advent! Today, we begin to prepare for Christ's Christmas coming. We believe that Christmas is not just a memory but a reality. We believe that Jesus comes to us and is born in our lives in a real way each Christmas. ... More

GOOD SPIRITUAL SHAPE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 26, 2016

11/26/2016 - 12:08am
Revelation 22:1-7 | Psalm 95:1-7 | Luke 21:34-36

"Be on guard lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares." —Luke 21:34

Not only can our bodies become fat and bloated but even more so can our spirits. In this condition, we cannot protect ourselves from Satan or prepare ourselves for Jesus' final coming. Because we are not in good spiritual shape, the Lord has ... More

BY THE BOOK - One Bread, One Body, Nov 25, 2016

11/25/2016 - 12:08am
St. Catherine of Alexandria
Revelation 20:1-4, 11—21:2 | Psalm 84:3-6, 8 | Luke 21:29-33

"The book of the living was opened. The dead were judged according to their conduct as recorded on the scrolls." —Revelation 20:12

At the Last Judgment, the Lord is seated on "a large white throne" (Rv 20:11). You are standing before His throne as He opens "the book of the living" (Rv 20:12). You hope the Lord will find your name in this book, for "anyone whose name was not ... More

TURKEY TALK? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 24, 2016

11/24/2016 - 12:08am
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, & the Vietnamese Martyrs
Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 21:20-28

"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!" —Revelation 18:2

The Scripture readings for today's Eucharist do not seem appropriate for Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.A., especially the reference to "every filthy and disgusting bird" (Rv 18:2). Nevertheless, the Bible here is probably not referring to a ... More

NO COMPROMISE WITH THE SPOILER - One Bread, One Body, Nov 23, 2016

11/23/2016 - 12:08am
Pope St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl. Miguel Pro
Revelation 15:1-4 | Psalm 98:1-3, 7-9 | Luke 21:12-19

"On the sea of glass were standing those who had won the victory over the beast and its image, and also the number that signified its name." —Revelation 15:2

Satan does not expect to rally from being defeated by God's angels. He knows he has lost his love for Jesus forever. All Satan can do is play the role of spoiler. He can't get people to love him. All he can do is to try to get people not ... More

GOD'S "HOT POTATO" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 22, 2016

11/22/2016 - 12:08am
St. Cecilia
Revelation 14:14-19 | Psalm 96:10-13 | Luke 21:5-11

"Then, as I watched, a white cloud appeared, and on the cloud sat One like a Son of Man wearing a gold crown on His head and holding a sharp sickle in His hand." —Revelation 14:14

Because God is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16), He wants all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4) and none damned (see 2 Pt 3:9). He wants all of us to be with Him forever in the perfect happiness of heaven.

Because God is Love, He wants to love us and be loved by ... More