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JESUS' JOB FOR NOBODIES - One Bread, One Body, Aug 30, 2014

08/30/2014 - 1:08am
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 | Psalm 33:12-13, 18-21 | Matthew 25:14-30

"Consider your situation. Not many of you are wise, as men account wisdom; not many are influential; and surely not many are well-born." —1 Corinthians 1:26

As far as I know, not many sports celebrities, entertainers, politicians, and other famous people read One Bread, One Body. Our book doesn't appeal that much to those who "are wise, as men account wisdom." Therefore, the world generally ... More

CRUSH-PROOF? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 29, 2014

08/29/2014 - 1:08am
Martyrdom of St. John, the Baptizer
Jeremiah 1:17-19 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | Mark 6:17-29

"Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them." —Jeremiah 1:17

Often we cannot help being persecuted or even killed, but we can refuse to be crushed. The government might put us in jail, but it cannot crush our spirits unless we let it. We cannot always prevent our enemies from attacking us, but we can ... More

COMING SOON - One Bread, One Body, Aug 28, 2014

08/28/2014 - 1:08am
St. Augustine
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Psalm 145:2-7 | Matthew 24:42-51

"He will strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus." —1 Corinthians 1:8

We know that Jesus is coming a second and final time, but we don't know when. "You cannot know the day your Lord is coming" (Mt 24:42). This motivates us to "stay awake" and be prepared. "Happy that servant whom his master discovers at work on ... More

HOLY IS AS HOLY LOVES - One Bread, One Body, Aug 27, 2014

08/27/2014 - 1:08am
St. Monica
2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18 | Psalm 128:1-2, 4-5 | Matthew 23:27-32

"Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you frauds!" —Matthew 23:27

The scribes and Pharisees thought they excelled in holiness. They fasted and tithed (Lk 11:42). They dedicated themselves to reading Scripture. They had zeal for God's house. However, they neglected "the love of God" (Lk 11:42).

This means ... More

"I'D WALK A MILE FOR A CAMEL" - One Bread, One Body, Aug 26, 2014

08/26/2014 - 1:08am
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 14-17 | Psalm 96:10-13 | Matthew 23:23-26

"You strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!" —Matthew 23:24

Jesus accused the Pharisees of straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel. Elsewhere, Jesus said it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Mt 19:24). Both times Jesus used ... More

The Bible on Sex

08/26/2014 - 1:03am

GLORIFY THY NAME - One Bread, One Body, Aug 25, 2014

08/25/2014 - 1:08am
St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12 | Psalm 96:1-5 | Matthew 23:13-22

"In this way the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in You." —2 Thessalonians 1:12

I'm looking at the skyline of downtown Cincinnati. Tall buildings display the name of the parent company in lights: Fifth Third Bank, Great American, Kroger, among others. The company name is publicly exalted by these buildings. These buildings ... More

Ten Commandments of Intercession

08/25/2014 - 1:03am
Intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God's plan of salvation. Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three years. And now He has been interceding for us for almost two thousand years. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.

MASTER KEY - One Bread, One Body, Aug 24, 2014

08/24/2014 - 1:08am
21st Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 | Romans 11:33-36 | Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8 | Matthew 16:13-20

"I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open." —Isaiah 22:22

The Lord gave Eliakim the key to open things so that they could never be shut and to shut things so that they could not be opened. Eliakim had the authority to open the most closed hearts to the Lord's love. He could shut up the demons of ... More

GLORY BE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 23, 2014

08/23/2014 - 1:08am
St. Rose of Lima
Ezekiel 43:1-7 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Matthew 23:1-12

"I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east." —Ezekiel 43:2

Because of the people's refusal to repent, "the glory of the Lord rose from the city" of Jerusalem (Ez 10:23). However, God promised that one day His glory would return to His people (Ez 43:4, 7). This promise was fulfilled in an unimaginable ... More

ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 22, 2014

08/22/2014 - 1:08am
Queenship of Mary
Ezekiel 37:1-14 | Psalm 107:2-9 | Matthew 22:34-40

"You shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my Spirit in you that you may live." —Ezekiel 37:13-14

The Lord made Ezekiel walk in every direction through a plain of dry bones (Ez 37:1-2). Then He asked Ezekiel if these bones could come to life (Ez 37:3). Ezekiel was not certain that they could, but after he obeyed the Lord's command to ... More

CLOTHES LINES - One Bread, One Body, Aug 21, 2014

08/21/2014 - 1:08am
Pope St. Pius X
Ezekiel 36:23-28 | Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 | Matthew 22:1-14

"How is it you came in here not properly dressed?" —Matthew 22:12

Are you properly dressed for the wedding feast of heaven? We must clothe ourselves with Christ (Gal 3:27). We must "put on a new man, one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator" (Col 3:10). We are to "put on the ... More

MERCY QUIZ - One Bread, One Body, Aug 20, 2014

08/20/2014 - 1:08am
St. Bernard
Ezekiel 34:1-11 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Matthew 20:1-16

"When the first group appeared they supposed they would get more." —Matthew 20:10

In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, the Master pays the last group first (Mt 20:8). His purpose in paying them first, as it is so often, is to teach the earliest group, His long-time disciples, more about His mercy. Their responses ... More

World Mission Day - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

08/20/2014 - 1:05am
MISSIONARY BY NATURE
... The Church is missionary by her very nature: she was born “to go forth.” More

DANGER ZONE - One Bread, One Body, Aug 19, 2014

08/19/2014 - 1:08am
St. John Eudes
Ezekiel 28:1-10 | Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36 | Matthew 19:23-30

"Everyone who has given up home, brothers or sisters, father or mother, wife or children or property for My sake will receive many times as much and inherit everlasting life." —Matthew 19:29

It is difficult for a rich person to enter into God's kingdom (Mt 19:23). Jesus proclaimed: "I repeat what I said: it is easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Mt 19:24). In effect, it ... More

ALL-WAYS - One Bread, One Body, Aug 18, 2014

08/18/2014 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 24:15-24 | Deuteronomy 32:18-21 | Matthew 19:16-22

"What do I need to do further?" —Matthew 19:20

The essence of the Christian life is total abandonment to God's will. The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength, and all our minds (Lk 10:27).

For each person, a certain act is the ... More

How to Read the Bible

08/18/2014 - 1:03am
Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.

WHAT IS JESUS TEACHING US TODAY? - One Bread, One Body, Aug 17, 2014

08/17/2014 - 1:08am
20th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 | Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 | Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 | Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus "withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon." —Matthew 15:21

Let's look at today's Gospel passage of a "politically incorrect" interaction from the viewpoint of discipleship. Jesus took his disciples into Tyre and Sidon, a pagan, Gentile stronghold. Jesus wanted to retreat far away from Jewish territory ... More

YOUNG-STIR - One Bread, One Body, Aug 16, 2014

08/16/2014 - 1:08am
St. Stephen of Hungary
Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32 | Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 | Matthew 19:13-15

"Jesus said, 'Let the children come to Me. Do not hinder them. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.' " —Matthew 19:14

Do we hinder children from coming to Jesus? When we "celebrate" Mass in a listless way, our youth turn to rock concerts rather than to the Lord for excitement. When we compromise the Gospel with fund-raising, drinking, and gambling, our young ... More

JESUS IS GOD - One Bread, One Body, Aug 15, 2014

08/15/2014 - 1:08am
Assumption
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 | Psalm 45:10-12, 16 | Luke 1:39-56

"They are borne in with gladness and joy; they enter the palace of the king." —Psalm 45:16

Mary was assumed into heaven because she was immaculately conceived. She was immaculately conceived because she was the mother of God. Thus, Mary's special graces indicate that Jesus, her Son, is God. In other words, this feast day, as well as ... More