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FIELD OF DREAMS? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 26, 2014

1 hour 58 min ago
Sts. Joachim & Ann
Jeremiah 7:1-11 | Psalm 84:3-6, 8, 11 | Matthew 13:24-30

"When the crop began to mature and yield grain, the weeds made their appearance as well." —Matthew 13:26

Some of you who are reading this have been serving the Lord in ministry for years. You have prayed and worked long and hard, toiling with all your heart in your desire to bear fruit for your Lord and Master. Perhaps you are beginning to see the ... More

THE HEAD OF THE CLASS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 25, 2014

07/25/2014 - 1:08am
St. James
2 Corinthians 4:7-15 | Psalm 126:1-6 | Matthew 20:20-28

"We believe and so we speak, knowing that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up along with Jesus." —2 Corinthians 4:13-14

James must have been one powerful apostle! When "King Herod started to harass" the Church, his first move was to cut off James' head (Acts 12:1, 2). "This pleased certain of the Jews" (Acts 12:3). Only after James was killed did Herod turn his ... More

ARE YOU LEAKING? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 24, 2014

07/24/2014 - 1:08am
St. Sharbel Makhluf
Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 | Psalm 36:6-11 | Matthew 13:10-17

"They have forsaken Me, the Source of living waters; they have dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water." —Jeremiah 2:13

Does your life hold water — the living waters of God's grace, baptism, and the Holy Spirit? The patterns that we develop in our lives can be likened to digging cisterns (see Jer 2:13). These patterns will either help us retain and grow in our ... More

RIGHT IN THE MOUTH - One Bread, One Body, Jul 23, 2014

07/23/2014 - 1:08am
St. Bridget of Sweden
Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | Matthew 13:1-9

"My mouth shall declare Your justice, day by day Your salvation." —Psalm 71:15

The Lord has promised to place His words in your mouth, as He did for Jeremiah (Jer 1:9; see also Mt 10:20). From that day, He will "set you over nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to ... More

DOING YOUR OWN THING? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 22, 2014

07/22/2014 - 1:08am
St. Mary Magdalene
Song of Songs 3:1-4 or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 | Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 | John 20:1-2, 11-18

"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

Many people think that living for themselves, doing their own thing, getting their way is the goal of life. However, after they try this for a while, they feel empty. At first, they think that the cause of their emptiness is failing to get their ... More

THE GREATEST - One Bread, One Body, Jul 21, 2014

07/21/2014 - 1:08am
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 | Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 12:38-42

"At the judgment, the citizens of Nineveh will rise with the present generation and be the ones to condemn it." —Matthew 12:41

At the Judgment Day, people who have made great commitments to mere human beings and activities will take the stand to testify against us, because they have shown more commitment in doing their thing than we have in serving Christ.

For ... More

How to Read the Bible

07/21/2014 - 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.

"PRAYING WRONG" - One Bread, One Body, Jul 20, 2014

07/20/2014 - 1:08am
16th Sunday Ordinary Time
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 | Romans 8:26-27 | Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 | Matthew 13:24-43

"We do not know how to pray as we ought." —Romans 8:26

Many Christians have the feeling that they're praying wrong (Jas 4:3), that they're not praying as they ought. They think they're saying the wrong words or that they need to pray more or say a certain series of prayers, but they are wrong about ... More

WILL YOU BE GENTLE OR WICK-ED? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 19, 2014

07/19/2014 - 1:08am
Micah 2:1-5 | Psalm 10:1-4, 7-8, 14 | Matthew 12:14-21

"The smoldering wick He will not quench." —Matthew 12:20

A man with a shriveled hand comes to the synagogue (Mt 12:10). This man is like a smoldering wick. One of his hands is almost useless. There's still a little life left in his hand, but it's just smoldering, barely alive.

How did the Pharisees ... More

HOUSE WORK - One Bread, One Body, Jul 18, 2014

07/18/2014 - 1:08am
St. Camillus de Lellis
Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 | Isaiah 38:10-12, 16 | Matthew 12:1-8

"Thus says the Lord: Put your house in order." —Isaiah 38:1

When King Hezekiah was terminally ill, Isaiah prophesied to him: "Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you shall not recover" (Is 38:1). Hezekiah ignored the first part of this message and prayed for the Lord to spare his life (Is ... More

UNEQUALLY YOKED? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 17, 2014

07/17/2014 - 1:08am
Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 | Psalm 102:13-21 | Matthew 11:28-30

"Take My yoke upon your shoulders." —Matthew 11:29

A yoke is a strong wooden beam with curved wooden circles that fit over the necks of two oxen so they will pull a plow in the same direction. We are yoked with Jesus, willingly or unwillingly. When we refuse to accept Jesus as Lord of our lives, ... More

My People, Vol. 27, Issue 7

07/17/2014 - 1:05am
Pope, Presidents Pray For Peace
Proclaim The Gospel With Joy
D-Day Sacrifices Are Lessons For Peace
Film Generates Strong Reactions
Fight Anxiety With Kindness
Light to the Nations

My People, Vol. 27, Issue 6

07/17/2014 - 1:05am
New Saints Are Men Of Courage
Prayers Intensify For Kidnapped Girls
Try A Little Love: It Couldn't Hurt
Ask Angels For Help
Fight All Forms Of Injustice
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

THANKS-LIVING - One Bread, One Body, Jul 16, 2014

07/16/2014 - 1:08am
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16 | Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15 | Matthew 11:25-27

"By my own power I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd." —Isaiah 10:13

The Lord let Assyria do a little work for Him. He let Assyria be His rod, staff (Is 10:5), axe, and saw (Is 10:15). However, the Assyrians claimed that they were doing their own thing by their own power rather than being used by God. It was like ... More

UNREAL - One Bread, One Body, Jul 15, 2014

07/15/2014 - 1:08am
St. Bonaventure
Isaiah 7:1-9 | Psalm 48:2-8 | Matthew 11:20-24

"Thus says the Lord: This shall not stand, it shall not be!" —Isaiah 7:7

Are you like King Ahaz? Are you unable to break out of the cycle of fretting and trembling over possibilities that never wind up taking place? Are you like the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida? Do you fail to break out of the comfort of ... More

MAKE THE CUT - One Bread, One Body, Jul 14, 2014

07/14/2014 - 1:08am
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Isaiah 1:10-17 | Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 10:34—11:1

"My mission is to spread, not peace, but division." —Matthew 10:34

One church marquee proclaims, "Jesus adds and multiplies; Satan subtracts and divides." That being so, how do we understand today's Gospel? Jesus is the "Prince of Peace" (Is 9:5), so how can He say he won't bring peace?

Satan divides and ... More

THE JOY OF SUFFERING - One Bread, One Body, Jul 13, 2014

07/13/2014 - 1:08am
15th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 55:10-11 | Romans 8:18-23 | Psalm 65:10-14 | Matthew 13:1-23

"I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us." —Romans 8:18

When we suffer, we may take a pill for pain relief. However, Paul recommends that we pray for a deeper awareness of God's glory. We need to increase our awareness of God's glory more than decrease our pain. Then we will consider our suffering as ... More

AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 12, 2014

07/12/2014 - 1:08am
Isaiah 6:1-8 | Psalm 93:1-2, 5 | Matthew 10:24-33

"Whoever acknowledges Me before men I will acknowledge before My Father in heaven." —Matthew 10:32

Jesus' disciples are slandered (see Mt 10:25) and persecuted (2 Tm 3:12). Nonetheless, they remain fearless (see Mt 10:26, 28, 31), bold, and free witnesses, acknowledging and proclaiming Jesus, even before the most hostile of men (Mt 10:32). ... More

I WILL IF YOU WILL - One Bread, One Body, Jul 11, 2014

07/11/2014 - 1:08am
St. Benedict
Hosea 14:2-10 | Psalm 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17 | Matthew 10:16-23

"You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings, to give witness before them and before the Gentiles on My account." —Matthew 10:18

We may have promised Jesus that we would speak up for Him if He would give us the words. Many times, however, He wants us to speak up first, and then He'll give us the words. Jesus said: "When they hand you over, do not worry about what you ... More

BABY STEPS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 10, 2014

07/10/2014 - 1:08am
Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 | Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16 | Matthew 10:7-15

"It was I Who taught Ephraim to walk, Who took them in My arms." —Hosea 11:3

When we were baptized, we received a new nature. We became new creations (Gal 6:15) and infants in Christ (1 Cor 3:1). Like all infants, we need to learn how to live. God our Father wants to teach us how to walk (Hos 11:3), eat, feel, think, ... More