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ARMED AND DANGEROUS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 30, 2014

13 hours 4 min ago
Ephesians 6:10-20 | Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10 | Luke 13:31-35

"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, the word of God." —Ephesians 6:17

Life is a wrestling match against demons (Eph 6:12). Our offensive weapon in this battle is the Holy Spirit working through His Word and in prayer (Eph 6:17-18).

To defeat the devil, we need to do what Jesus did when He was tempted (Mt 4:4, ... More

The Lord of the worksand the works of the Lord - One Bread, One Body, Oct 29, 2014

10/29/2014 - 1:08am
Ephesians 6:1-9 | Psalm 145:10-14 | Luke 13:22-30

"Let all Your works give You thanks, O Lord." —Psalm 145:10

When the Bible uses the word "slaves," it usually corresponds to our word "employees." Thus, we may find five commandments for employees in today's first reading.

  1. "Obey your human masters with the reverence, the awe, and the sincerity ... More

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SON - One Bread, One Body, Oct 28, 2014

10/28/2014 - 1:08am
Sts. Simon & Jude
Ephesians 2:19-22 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Luke 6:12-16

"You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Capstone." —Ephesians 2:20

As this is written, the Catholic Church is maligned in many arenas. Our leaders are scorned in the media and hammered by the general public. Dissent from within the Church also plagues our leaders. Failures of Church leaders are trumpeted from ... More

Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God

10/28/2014 - 1:03am
The purpose of life is to develop a deep, personal relationship with Jesus and love Him with all our hearts (Lk 10:27).

"NO PROBLEM" OR "KNOW PROBLEM"? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 27, 2014

10/27/2014 - 1:08am
Ephesians 4:32—5:8 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 13:10-17

"There was a woman there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit which drained her strength." —Luke 13:11

The American church may be the woman in today's gospel: possessed, drained, and stooped for eighteen years. In the Catholic community, we have been drained of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, drained of almost a whole ... More

Novena of Mary, "The Mother of Forgiveness"

10/27/2014 - 1:03am
It is absolutely necessary for us to accept God's grace to forgive immediately after we have been sinned against. Because we can be sinned against 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22), we usually need to forgive very frequently. Therefore, any time is a good time to pray this novena.

Ten Commandments of Intercession

10/27/2014 - 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.

LOVE LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 26, 2014

10/26/2014 - 1:08am
30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Exodus 22:20-26 | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 | Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 | Matthew 22:34-40

"I love You, O Lord." —Psalm 18:2

God is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16). Because He is Love, we are in the image of Love, for we were created in His image (Gn 1:27). Because He is Love, our sins against Him are very serious — so serious that the nature of all human beings was wounded due ... More

FRUITFULNESS OR DOOM - One Bread, One Body, Oct 25, 2014

10/25/2014 - 1:08am
Ephesians 4:7-16 | Psalm 122:1-5 | Luke 13:1-9

"Perhaps it will bear fruit. If not, it shall be cut down." —Luke 13:9

We must bear the fruit of evangelization and holiness. The alternative is to be cut down like an unfruitful tree (Lk 13:7, 9), and get thrown into the fire to be burnt (see Jn 15:5-6), possibly undergoing tragedies (see Lk 13:1-5) on this earth ... More

MANY-SPLENDORED UNITY - One Bread, One Body, Oct 24, 2014

10/24/2014 - 1:08am
St. Anthony Mary Claret
Ephesians 4:1-6 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 12:54-59

"Make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin." —Ephesians 4:3

To live lives worthy of our calling as Christians, we must become one as Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are One (see Jn 17:21). We are called to live in divine, Trinitarian, multi-faceted unity. There are seven major facets to our unity ... More

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY - One Bread, One Body, Oct 23, 2014

10/23/2014 - 1:08am
St. John of Capistrano
Ephesians 3:14-21 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 | Luke 12:49-53

"I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name." —Ephesians 3:14-15

Jesus has "come to light a fire on the earth" (Lk 12:49). He begins this by dismantling families held together by factors not according to His will (see Lk 12:51ff). For example, many marriages and families stay together because of fears, ... More

MORE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 22, 2014

10/22/2014 - 1:08am
Ephesians 3:2-12 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Luke 12:39-48

"When much has been given a man, much will be required of him. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." —Luke 12:48

Jesus spoke the above words to St. Peter and the apostles. We might not be expected to perform the works of St. Peter, but none of us are off the hook when it comes to serving the Lord. As Catholics, we have received the sacraments of Baptism, ... More

DRY WALL - One Bread, One Body, Oct 21, 2014

10/21/2014 - 1:08am
Ephesians 2:12-22 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Luke 12:35-38

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is He Who is our Peace, and Who made the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart." —Ephesians 2:13-14

The phrase rendered "barrier of hostility" above is literally "the dividing wall of the barrier." We all experience the pain of being separated by a dividing wall. Some experience this in troubled marriages; it feels like the Great Wall of ... More

CULTURE-WARS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 20, 2014

10/20/2014 - 1:08am
St. Paul of the Cross
Ephesians 2:1-10 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 12:13-21

"That is the way it works with the man who grows rich for himself instead of growing rich in the sight of God." —Luke 12:21

The man in today's Gospel reading decided to save for the future. He said to himself: "You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself" (Lk 12:19). In today's culture, we would call him a wise ... More

MISSION-MINDED? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 19, 2014

10/19/2014 - 1:08am
29th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 | Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 | Matthew 22:15-21

" that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that there is none besides Me." —Isaiah 45:6

On this World Mission Sunday, the Church asks us as Christians what our relationship is to the nations of the world. We must give the nations what belongs to them (see Mt 22:21). Especially, we must give Jesus to the nations, for He belongs to ... More

The Church, Mother To All - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

10/19/2014 - 1:05am
Jesus is "the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person" (Evangelii Guadium, 209) His solicitude, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized, invites all of us to care for the frailest and to recognize His suffering countenance, especially in the victims of new forms of poverty and slavery. More

CATHOLIC WORKERS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 18, 2014

10/18/2014 - 1:08am
St. Luke
2 Timothy 4:10-17 | Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 | Luke 10:1-9

"The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the Harvest-Master to send workers to His harvest." —Luke 10:2

Jesus needs many more workers to reach the more than four-billion people who don't know Him. He also needs many more workers to help the nearly two-billion Christians grow in holiness. Therefore, "take courage" and work for Jesus (see Hg 2:4). ... More

THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE DOWNPAYMENT - One Bread, One Body, Oct 17, 2014

10/17/2014 - 1:08am
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Ephesians 1:11-14 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13 | Luke 12:1-7

"When you heard the glad tidings of salvation, the word of truth, and believed in it, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit Who had been promised." —Ephesians 1:13

We're all going to rise from the dead. Those who believe in Jesus and have lived for Him will see Him face to face and be perfectly happy forever with Him in heaven. We know this because the Lord has revealed it to us through His Church and ... More

HEAD UP - One Bread, One Body, Oct 16, 2014

10/16/2014 - 1:08am
St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alocoque
Ephesians 1:1-10 | Psalm 98:1-6 | Luke 11:47-54

"God has given us the wisdom to understand fully the mystery, the plan He was pleased to decree in Christ, to be carried out in the fullness of time: namely, to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship." —Ephesians 1:9-10

God's plan is to "bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship." Jesus promised: "And I — once I am lifted up from earth — will draw all men to Myself" (Jn 12:32). We must let ourselves be drawn to Jesus and then ... More

FLESHING IT OUT - One Bread, One Body, Oct 15, 2014

10/15/2014 - 1:08am
St. Teresa of Jesus
Galatians 5:18-25 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 11:42-46

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires." —Galatians 5:24

By "the flesh," the Bible refers to our fallen human nature. "The tendency of the flesh is toward death" (Rm 8:6). "The flesh in its tendency is at enmity with God; it is not subject to God's law. Indeed, it cannot be; those who are in the flesh ... More