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LIFE LINES - One Bread, One Body, Sep 27, 2016

09/27/2016 - 1:08am
St. Vincent de Paul
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 | Psalm 88:2-8 | Luke 9:51-56

"Why is light given to the toilers, and life to the bitter in spirit?" —Job 3:20

Nearly all of us can identify in some way with Job's misery. Sometimes life is bitter (Jb 3:20) and full of drudgery (Jb 7:1). Relief eludes us (Jb 3:13), and death seems better than any hidden treasure the future could possibly hold (Jb 3:21). ... More

THE ONE-TWO PUNCH - One Bread, One Body, Sep 26, 2016

18 hours 44 min ago
Sts. Cosmas & Damian
Job 1:6-22 | Psalm 17:1-3, 6-7 | Luke 9:46-50

"The Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your power.' " —Job 1:12

Satan is the father of lies (Jn 8:44). He is the expert in tempting us. For example, he tried to get Job to say something "disrespectful of God" (Jb 1:22) and to curse God (Jb 2:9). Job, however, did not fall for Satan's series of temptations. ... More

THE GULF WAR - One Bread, One Body, Sep 25, 2016

09/25/2016 - 1:08am
26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Amos 6:1, 4-7 | 1 Timothy 6:11-16 | Psalm 146:6-10 | Luke 16:19-31

"Between you and us there is fixed a great abyss, so that those who might wish to cross from here to you cannot do so, nor can anyone cross from your side to us." —Luke 16:26

The rich man, traditionally known as Dives, spent eternity staring across a great chasm separating himself from the Lord (Lk 16:26). How ironic! Dives spent his lifetime constructing this chasm (or gulf) to isolate himself from the poor. Now ... More

DESTROYING DEATH (1 Cor 15:26) - One Bread, One Body, Sep 24, 2016

09/24/2016 - 1:08am
Ecclesiastes 11:9—12:8 | Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17 | Luke 9:43-45

"You make an end of them in their sleep." —Psalm 90:5

The author of Ecclesiastes, living centuries before the revelation of Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25), is naturally pessimistic about life. For example, he goes on and on about growing old. Then he speaks of death in six ways. ... More

CROWDED CONDITIONS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 23, 2016

09/23/2016 - 1:08am
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 | Psalm 144:1-4 | Luke 9:18-22

Jesus "put the question to them, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?' " —Luke 9:18

Before Jesus asked His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" (Lk 9:20), He asked: "Who do the crowds say that I am?" (Lk 9:18) Jesus did this to show we must separate ourselves from the crowd if we are to truly acknowledge Him as the Messiah, ... More

World Youth Day 2016 - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

09/23/2016 - 1:05am
To celebrate Jesus Who is living in our midst! To say that Jesus is alive means to rekindle our enthusiasm in following Him, to renew our passionate desire to be His disciples. More

Mission and Mercy - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

09/23/2016 - 1:05am
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016 (October 16): it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material... All are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God's tenderness and compassion to the entire human family... More

THE MISERY OF MONEY, POWER, AND SEX - One Bread, One Body, Sep 22, 2016

09/22/2016 - 1:08am
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 | Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17 | Luke 9:7-9

"Vanity of vanities!" —Ecclesiastes 1:2

The book of Ecclesiastes is traditionally attributed to Solomon because its author, Qoheleth, is identified as David's son (Eccl 1:1). This association makes the message of Ecclesiastes more poignant. Qoheleth, or possibly Solomon, announced ... More

A TRAITOR CONVERTS! - One Bread, One Body, Sep 21, 2016

09/21/2016 - 1:08am
St. Matthew
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Matthew 9:9-13

"Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his post where taxes were collected." —Matthew 9:9

Matthew was a tax collector. To a Jew, this was one of the most despicable jobs possible (see Mt 18:17). Tax collectors usually perpetrated violence and injustice against the poor. Worse than that, however, they sold out to the enemy, the ... More

WATER FOUNTAIN - One Bread, One Body, Sep 20, 2016

09/20/2016 - 1:08am
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon,, Paul Chong Hasang,, & the Korean Martyrs
Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13 | Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44 | Luke 8:19-21

"Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the Lord; wherever it pleases Him, He directs it." —Proverbs 21:1

The Lord wants our hearts to become like water in His hand. With our hand, we can sprinkle, splash, stir, hold, throw, or pour water. Water offers little resistance. We can almost do anything we want with it.

Is your heart like water in ... More

Unforgiveness is the Cause

09/20/2016 - 1:03am
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PRIVILEGED POSITION - One Bread, One Body, Sep 19, 2016

09/19/2016 - 1:08am
St. Januarius
Proverbs 3:27-34 | Psalm 15:2-5 | Luke 8:16-18

"No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel basket or under a bed; he puts it on a lampstand so that whoever comes in can see it." —Luke 8:16

Jesus commanded us to put His light on the lampstand and proclaim the gospel to the whole world (Lk 8:16). He also said His Word would get out to people even if we failed to proclaim it. "There is nothing hidden that will not be exposed, nothing ... More

Seek the Gifts of the Spirit

09/19/2016 - 1:03am
To seek the gifts of the Spirit we must know what they are. Although the Spirit has poured out thousands of gifts, there are at least thirty which the Bible describes. The Lord commands us to seek these thirty gifts by prayer, Bible study, and use in ministry.

ARE YOU SAVED? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 18, 2016

09/18/2016 - 1:08am
25th Sunday Ordinary Time
Amos 8:4-7 | 1 Timothy 2:1-8 | Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8 | Luke 16:1-13

"Prayer of this kind is good, and God our Savior is pleased with it, for He wants all men to be saved." —1 Timothy 2:3-4

The Lord wants us to pray that the world be governed so as to promote the best conditions for accepting His salvation. He wants all to be saved. He even became a human being and died on the cross so that all could be saved. "The grace of God has ... More

WORD WORK - One Bread, One Body, Sep 17, 2016

09/17/2016 - 1:08am
St. Robert Bellarmine
1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49 | Psalm 56:10-14 | Luke 8:4-15

"This is the meaning of the parable...hear the word in a spirit of openness, retain it, and bear fruit through perseverance." —Luke 8:11, 15

Ground is valued by its fertility, that is, how productive and fruitful it is. Jesus tells us exactly how to bear fruit:

  1. "Hear the word in a spirit of openness" (Lk 8:15). To hear the Word of God, we must eliminate any background noise. ... More

LIVING THE CHANGE - One Bread, One Body, Sep 16, 2016

09/16/2016 - 1:08am
Pope St. Cornelius, St. Cyprian
1 Corinthians 15:12-20 | Psalm 17:1, 6-8, 15 | Luke 8:1-3

"We should then be exposed as false witnesses of God." —1 Corinthians 15:15

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central event in our faith. Our response to Jesus' Resurrection makes a total difference in the world around us. If we do not live as a risen people, living a risen life to the full (Jn 10:10), ... More

OUR LADY OF FORGIVENESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 15, 2016

09/15/2016 - 1:08am
Our Lady of Sorrows
Hebrews 5:7-9 | Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20 | John 19:25-27 | or Luke 2:33-35

"Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother." —John 19:25

Because Mary is honored as our Lady of Sorrows, she is our Lady of Forgiveness. She forgave the innkeeper who refused to give her a room in which to have her Baby and forced her to give birth in a stable (Lk 2:7).

Our Lady of Sorrows ... More

"NEAR THE CROSS, NEAR THE CROSS" - One Bread, One Body, Sep 14, 2016

09/14/2016 - 1:08am
Exaltation of, the Holy Cross
Numbers 21:4-9 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 | John 3:13-17

"Yes, God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life." —John 3:16

"When I behold the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride." This traditional hymn simply says that when we look at the cross, we can change dramatically.

"They ... More

Conversion Conversations

09/14/2016 - 1:03am

SEEK THE GIFTS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 13, 2016

09/13/2016 - 1:08am
St. John Chrysostom
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 7:11-17

"God has set up in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, healers, assistants, administrators, and those who speak in tongues." —1 Corinthians 12:28

Jesus "ascended high above the heavens, that He might fill all men with His gifts" (Eph 4:10). He commands us to set our hearts on spiritual gifts (1 Cor 14:1), especially on the greater gifts (1 Cor 12:31), "those that build up the Church" (1 ... More