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LET YOUR VOICE REJOICE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 27, 2017

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Isaiah 65:17-21 | Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 | John 4:43-54

"There shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create." —Isaiah 65:18

Sadly, in our modern secular culture, there isn't always rejoicing and happiness in what God creates. Many groan when God creates a new life in the womb. The following comments are routinely heard these days: "You're pregnant again?" "That baby ... More

SIGHT FOR SORE EYES - One Bread, One Body, Mar 26, 2017

03/26/2017 - 1:08am
Fourth Sunday of Lent
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Psalm 23:1-6 | John 9:1-41

"Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart." —1 Samuel 16:7

There is a human way of seeing and a divine way of seeing. Because we have been baptized into Christ Who is God, we can share in God's divine way of seeing (see 2 Pt 1:4). However, we will have "the eyes of our hearts" (Eph 1:18, our transl) ... More

THE PEOPLE OF THE INCARNATION - One Bread, One Body, Mar 25, 2017

03/25/2017 - 1:08am
Annunciation
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 | Hebrews 10:4-10 | Psalm 40:7-11 | Luke 1:26-38

"The angel answered her: 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God.' " —Luke 1:35

Nearly two thousand years ago, God became man. This made it possible for God to die. Dying made it possible for Him to rise from the dead. In this way, God saved us from sin, slavery, self-deception, self-hatred, alienation, death, Satan, ... More

UNINHIBITED LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 24, 2017

03/24/2017 - 1:08am
Hosea 14:2-10 | Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17 | Mark 12:28-34

"I will love them freely." —Hosea 14:5

The Lord wants to love us freely. However, many of us are not open to the overflowing intimacy of God's love. Our sins have made us afraid of love. We are afraid to be encompassed in the consuming fire of God's love (Heb 12:29). Consequently, ... More

BODY LANGUAGE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 23, 2017

03/23/2017 - 1:08am
St. Toribio de Mogrovejo
Jeremiah 7:23-28 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 | Luke 11:14-23

"They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to Me." —Jeremiah 7:24

The prophet Jeremiah has described for us the physiology of sinners. In our sinful rebellion against the Lord, we harden our hearts, turn our backs to God, turn away our faces from God, and stiffen our necks (Jer ... More

CAREFUL OBEDIENCE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 22, 2017

03/22/2017 - 1:08am
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 | Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 | Matthew 5:17-19

"Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations." —Deuteronomy 4:6

Because of their disobedience, the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. They may have assumed they were obeying God, but Moses warned them that they were not obeying carefully enough (Dt 4:6). Jesus' disciples probably thought ... More

"THE PATH TO PEACE" (Lk 19:42) - One Bread, One Body, Mar 21, 2017

03/21/2017 - 1:08am
Daniel 3:25, 34-43 | Psalm 25:4-9 | Matthew 18:21-35

"Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me Your paths." —Psalm 25:4

God first taught His ways to His people by giving them His Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1ff). His people lost their way, so God "tried again" (Jer 18:4). He sent them prophets to teach them His ways, and promised to write His laws and ways upon their ... More

JOSEPH, THE "IMPETUS" - One Bread, One Body, Mar 20, 2017

03/20/2017 - 1:08am
St. Joseph
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16 | Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 | Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 | Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 | or Luke 2:41-51

"When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord had directed him and received her into his home as his wife." —Matthew 1:24

In 1870, "a difficult time in the Church's history, Pope Pius IX, wishing to place her under the powerful patronage of the holy patriarch Joseph, declared him 'Patron of the Catholic Church' " (Guardian of the Redeemer, Pope St. John Paul ... More

DRINK AND TELL - One Bread, One Body, Mar 19, 2017

03/19/2017 - 1:08am
Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 17:3-7 | Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 | John 4:5-42

"The woman then left her water jar and went off into the town." —John 4:28

A Samaritan woman brought her water jar to the town well to fill it with water (Jn 4:7). Jesus, sitting by the well, offered her living water instead (Jn 4:10). Jesus told her: "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never be thirsty; no, the ... More

THE PRODIGAL BROTHER - One Bread, One Body, Mar 18, 2017

03/18/2017 - 1:08am
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 | Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 | Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

"The son grew angry at this and would not go in; but his father came out and began to plead with him." —Luke 15:28

We always hear about the prodigal son, but his older brother was at least as prodigal. The older brother looked good but was just as alienated from his father as the younger brother. The younger brother did not feel worthy to be called his ... More

HOPING WHEN LIFE IS THE WORST - One Bread, One Body, Mar 17, 2017

03/17/2017 - 1:08am
St. Patrick
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28 | Psalm 105:16-21 | Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

"The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure. It was the Lord Who did this and we find it marvelous to behold." —Matthew 21:42

If we repent in our sinfulness, slavery, and misery, the Lord will take the worst in our lives and make it the best. The Lord manifests His almighty power not just by doing great works but by making the greatest miracles out of the worst sins, ... More

THE HEART SPECIALIST - One Bread, One Body, Mar 16, 2017

03/16/2017 - 1:08am
Jeremiah 17:5-10 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 16:19-31

"More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?" —Jeremiah 17:9

Because the human heart is more tortuous, twisted, and deceitful than all else and is beyond remedy, we should:

  • give our hearts to the Lord, Who alone probes the mind and tests the heart (Jer 17:10),
  • receive a new heart through ... More

"THE GREATEST TREASON"? - One Bread, One Body, Mar 15, 2017

03/15/2017 - 1:08am
Jeremiah 18:18-20 | Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16 | Matthew 20:17-28

"Let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets." —Jeremiah 18:18

Those who persecuted Jeremiah were very "religious." They were concerned about teachings from the priests, counsel from the wise, and messages from the prophets. James and John were also very "religious." Motivated by their mother, they were not ... More

PRIDE AND PRAISE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 14, 2017

03/14/2017 - 1:08am
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 | Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 23:1-12

"He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies Me; and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God." —Psalm 50:23

The Lord commands us to praise Him (Ps 50:14); it is a due sacrifice we offer to God (Ps 96:8), just as the other sacrifices we owe Him. It takes humility to praise God, humility to recognize our sinfulness before Him (Is 1:16ff).

We ... More

ABBA'S CHILDREN - One Bread, One Body, Mar 13, 2017

03/13/2017 - 1:08am
Daniel 9:4-10 | Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 | Luke 6:36-38

"Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate." —Luke 6:36

The Church emphasizes that we, God's children, must be like God our Father. We must be compassionate and merciful as is God our Father (Lk 6:36). We must be "good to the ungrateful and the wicked" as is God our Father (Lk 6:35).

God the ... More

ARE YOU HARDLY WORKING FOR THE GOSPEL? - One Bread, One Body, Mar 12, 2017

03/12/2017 - 1:08am
Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 12:1-4 | 2 Timothy 1:8-10 | Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 | Matthew 17:1-9

"Bear your share of the hardship which the gospel entails." —2 Timothy 1:8

As a baptized child of God, you have a share in the blessings of the gospel (1 Cor 9:23; Eph 1:3). Likewise, you also have a share in the hardship the gospel of Christ requires (2 Tm 1:8).

Jesus in His mercy brings His disciples hope in ... More

FORGIVENESS IS CLEARLY IMPOSSIBLE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 11, 2017

03/11/2017 - 1:08am
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 | Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 | Matthew 5:43-48

"You have heard the commandment, 'You shall love your countryman but hate your enemy.' My command to you is: love your enemies." —Matthew 5:43-44

Alexander Pope captured in a few words a great Biblical insight when he wrote: "To err is human; to forgive divine." It is humanly impossible to forgive. Yet God, Who forgives by His divine power, offers us the grace to forgive. This is obvious ... More

Conversion Gifts - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

03/11/2017 - 1:05am
URGENT CALL
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts" (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with Jesus. More

A WORLD OF ANGRY MEN AND WOMEN - One Bread, One Body, Mar 10, 2017

03/10/2017 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 18:21-28 | Psalm 130:1-8 | Matthew 5:20-26

"What I say to you is: everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment." —Matthew 5:22

Although there is such a thing as righteous anger, most people are not righteously angry, but sinfully angry. By God's grace, we must repent of anger immediately, or we will "be liable to judgment" and risk "the fires of Gehenna" (Mt 5:22). ... More

PRAYING ON THE EDGE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 9, 2017

03/09/2017 - 1:08am
St. Frances of Rome
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 | Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 | Matthew 7:7-12

"When I called, You answered me; You built up strength within me." —Psalm 138:3

Queen Esther's whole race was scheduled to be exterminated. The Jewish people were so pitifully weak that they couldn't do anything politically or militantly to stop the genocide. They had "their backs to the wall." They were alone and had no ... More