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"JESUS WEPT" (see Lk 19:41) - One Bread, One Body, Jul 26, 2016

07/26/2016 - 1:08am
Sts. Joachim & Ann
Jeremiah 14:17-22 | Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 | Matthew 13:36-43

"Let my eyes stream with tears day and night." —Jeremiah 14:17

Many people couldn't care less about the condition of the world, the state of the Church, the destruction of human lives, the breakdown of marriage and family, etc. They just stare at the TV and try to escape from reality through constant ... More

Mission Impossible?

07/26/2016 - 1:03am
The very fact that this pamphlet is in your hands may be a sign that you are called for a special mission in God's plan of salvation.

"LIFT HIGH THE CROSS!" - One Bread, One Body, Jul 25, 2016

17 hours 49 min ago
St. James
2 Corinthians 4:7-15 | Psalm 126:1-6 | Matthew 20:20-28

"Death is at work in us, but life in you." —2 Corinthians 4:12

Peter, James, and John were the three major apostles chosen by Jesus. Only they were chosen by Jesus to be present when He raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead (Mk 5:37), when He was transfigured (Mt 17:1-2), and when He suffered His ... More

Leading Your Loved Ones to Christ

17 hours 54 min ago
If you are brokenhearted because your loved ones don't know the Lord, be thankful that you have faith enough and love enough to care. The Lord will not forsake you.

PRAYER CHANGES<U> </U>? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 24, 2016

07/24/2016 - 1:08am
17th Sunday Ordinary Time
Genesis 18:20-32 | Colossians 2:12-14 | Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8 | Luke 11:1-13

"One of His disciples asked Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray.' " —Luke 11:1

Sometimes our prayer is a projection of our own self-hatred rather than a communication with God. For instance, Abraham began interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah by saying: "See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord, though I am but dust and ... More

WEED LOVERS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 23, 2016

07/23/2016 - 1:08am
St. Bridget
Jeremiah 7:1-11 | Psalm 84:3-6, 8, 11 | Matthew 13:24-30

"Do you want us to go out and pull them up?" —Matthew 13:28

The farmer in Jesus' parable of the wheat and weeds says something I've never heard a farmer or gardener say before. He says that you shouldn't pull up the weeds because "you might take the wheat along with them" (Mt 13:29). It seems that Jesus' ... More

PERSEVERANCE - One Bread, One Body, Jul 22, 2016

07/22/2016 - 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

"I will rise then and go about the city; in the streets and crossings I will seek Him Whom my heart loves." —Song of Songs 3:2

When we think of Mary Magdalene, we recall her intense love for Jesus. She received this love from the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22; Rm 5:5). She received the Holy Spirit in such a powerful way because of her perseverance. Just as Elisha received a ... More

IN LOVE AGAIN - One Bread, One Body, Jul 21, 2016

07/21/2016 - 1:08am
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 | Psalm 36:6-11 | Matthew 13:10-17

"I remember the devotion of your youth, how you loved Me as a bride, following Me in the desert, in a land unsown." —Jeremiah 2:2

Remember when you first fell in love with Jesus? Remember what a joy it was to pray? How you loved to be with God and with His people! How you would praise Him in English and other languages! Remember when...

Many, however, have lost their ... More


07/20/2016 - 1:08am
St. Apollinaris
Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | Matthew 13:1-9

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you." —Jeremiah 1:5

For the next two weeks at daily Mass, the Church reads to us from the prophet Jeremiah. Initially, Jeremiah balked at accepting God's call to prophesy. He tried the excuse that he was too young (Jer 1:6). God did not accept this excuse (Jer ... More

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 19, 2016

07/19/2016 - 1:08am
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 | Psalm 85:2-8 | Matthew 12:46-50

"Show us wonderful signs." —Micah 7:15

The Lord wants to show us signs. One sign for our guilt-ridden world is that the Lord will not only remove our guilt, but also tread it underfoot (Mi 7:18-19). Guilt has a way of weighing on us, but Jesus has a way of stomping on it and thereby ... More

WHO IS REALLY ON TRIAL? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 18, 2016

07/18/2016 - 1:08am
St. Camillus de Lellis
Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 | Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 12:38-42

"God Himself is the Judge." —Psalm 50:6

In all three eucharistic readings today, a type of courtroom scene is portrayed. The prophet Micah announces a cosmic court session. "The Lord has a plea against His people, and He enters into trial with" them (Mi 6:2). He demands to know why ... More

M & M - One Bread, One Body, Jul 17, 2016

07/17/2016 - 1:08am
16th Sunday Ordinary Time
Genesis 18:1-10 | Colossians 1:24-28 | Psalm 15:2-5 | Luke 10:38-42

"Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him to her home. She had a sister named Mary." —Luke 10:38-39

Some people say they are like Martha; others say they are like Mary. However, the Lord is not calling us to be Martha or Mary, but Martha and Mary.

We should imitate Abraham, Sarah, and Martha by making great sacrifices in ... More

THE MEETINGS OF THE MINDS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 16, 2016

07/16/2016 - 1:08am
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Micah 2:1-5 | Psalm 10:1-4, 7-8, 14 | Matthew 12:14-21

"Woe to those who plan iniquity, and work out evil on their couches." —Micah 2:1

At this moment, groups of intelligent and gifted people are meeting to "plan iniquity and work out evil." International institutions and CEOs of mass media conglomerates are planning a "conspiracy against life." Pope St. John Paul II called this ... More

"A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS" (Ex 19:6; see Rv 1:6) - One Bread, One Body, Jul 15, 2016

07/15/2016 - 1:08am
St. Bonaventure
Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 | Isaiah 38:10-12, 16 | Matthew 12:1-8

"Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry, how he entered God's house and ate the holy bread, a thing forbidden to him and his men or anyone other than priests?" —Matthew 12:3-4

Something greater than what meets the eye was taking place in today's Gospel reading. The hungry apostles were snacking on grain on the Sabbath. The Pharisees (who were working on the Sabbath as self-appointed law enforcement officers) accused ... More

LOVE ALONE - One Bread, One Body, Jul 14, 2016

07/14/2016 - 1:08am
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 | Psalm 102:13-21 | Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to Me." —Matthew 11:28

Come to Jesus, "all you who are weary and find life burdensome" (Mt 11:28). He will give you not necessarily what you want or think you need; rather, He will give you His way and His judgments (Is 26:8). The Lord Jesus will give you the desire ... More

BATHED IN THE LIGHT - One Bread, One Body, Jul 13, 2016

07/13/2016 - 1:08am
St. Henry
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16 | Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15 | Matthew 11:25-27

"Father, Lord of heaven and earth, to You I offer praise; for what You have hidden from the learned and the clever You have revealed to the merest children." —Matthew 11:25

The minds of little children are like sponges. They absorb and remember so much of what's going on around them. We Christians can be like little children in our receptivity to divine revelation. We can be sensitive to, and pregnant with, God's ... More

CONVERTING THE PERVERTING - One Bread, One Body, Jul 12, 2016

07/12/2016 - 1:08am
Isaiah 7:1-9 | Psalm 48:2-8 | Matthew 11:20-24

"If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Sodom, it would be standing today." —Matthew 11:23

The cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum did not convert despite the many miracles Jesus worked within their borders (Mt 11:20ff). However, Jesus said that Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom, some of the most wicked cities in history, would have ... More

ADDICTED TO SELF? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 11, 2016

07/11/2016 - 1:08am
St. Benedict
Isaiah 1:10-17 | Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 10:34—11:1

"He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin, whereas he who brings himself to nought for Me discovers who he is." —Matthew 10:39

To be disciples of Jesus, we must love Jesus more than we love our fathers, mothers, sons, or daughters (Mt 10:37). To some this seems difficult, but many people feel so upset with their family members that it wouldn't be hard to love them ... More

My People, Vol. 29, Issue 7

07/11/2016 - 1:05am
Food Loss Needs To Be Tackled
Water Is Big Challenge
Christianity Growing In Nepal
God And Stress
Prison To Praise
Support Local Aid Workers
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

DO YOU LOVE? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 10, 2016

07/10/2016 - 1:08am
15th Sunday Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 30:10-14 | Colossians 1:15-20 | Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 | Luke 10:25-37

"Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers?" —Luke 10:36

Life is not just a matter of loving God but of loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength, and all our minds (Lk 10:27).

How do we know whether we are loving God with all our being? A good indication is ... More