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A Prophetic Lent

04/02/2015 - 1:03am

WHEN JESUS IS NOT LORD OF YOUR LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 1, 2015

7 hours 36 min ago
Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9 | Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 | Matthew 26:14-25

"Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" —Matthew 26:25

Notice that, in Matthew's account of the Passion, Judas addressed Jesus merely as "Rabbi," not as Lord (Mt 26:25; see also Mt 26:49). The other disciples all addressed Jesus as "Lord" (Mt 26:22). Calling Jesus "Rabbi," that is, ... More

The Secret of Confession

7 hours 41 min ago

TROUBLE-SHOOTERS - One Bread, One Body, Mar 31, 2015

03/31/2015 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | John 13:21-33, 36-38

"Jesus grew deeply troubled." —John 13:21

Especially in Holy Week, we may become deeply troubled. We are troubled by other people, by Judases who betray the Lord and us, and by Peters who deny the Lord and us after promising never to do such a thing (see Jn 13:21ff, 38). We may also be ... More

The Secret of Fasting

03/31/2015 - 1:03am
Almost all the great men and women of God throughout history have known a secret, the secret of fasting.

NEVER ENOUGH - One Bread, One Body, Mar 30, 2015

03/30/2015 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7 | Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14 | John 12:1-11

"The chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, because many Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in Him on account of Lazarus." —John 12:10-11

Jesus, the Life (Jn 14:6), will not even quench a smoldering wick (Is 42:3). In fact, when the smoldering wick, that is, Lazarus, was extinguished and was buried, Jesus raised him back to life (Jn 11:43ff).

The chief priests, however, were ... More

Lent and the Renewal of Our Baptismal Promises

03/30/2015 - 1:03am
A step-by-step lenten preparation for renewal of baptismal vows.

THE UNINTERRUPTED SANCTUS - One Bread, One Body, Mar 29, 2015

03/29/2015 - 1:08am
Passion (Palm) Sunday
Entrance Procession: Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 | Isaiah 50:4-7 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 | Mark 14:1—15:47

"Those preceding Him as well as those who followed cried out: 'Hosanna!' " —Mark 11:9

When Jesus entered Jerusalem shortly before His death, the great crowd "got palm branches and came out to meet Him. They kept shouting: 'Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!' " (Jn 12:13) Every time we go to Mass, the Church ... More

GOINGS-ON - One Bread, One Body, Mar 28, 2015

03/28/2015 - 1:08am
Ezekiel 37:21-28 | Jeremiah 31:10-13 | John 11:45-56

"If we let Him go on like this, the whole world will believe in Him. Then the Romans will come in and sweep away our sanctuary and our nation." —John 11:48

If we let Jesus go on, if we let it be done to us according to His Word (Lk 1:38), if we "let go and let God," we will lose our lives (Lk 9:24) and lifestyles. If we let Him be the Lord of our lives, He will turn the world upside down, or more ... More

ON THE THRESHOLD OF GOD'S GLORY - One Bread, One Body, Mar 27, 2015

03/27/2015 - 1:08am
Jeremiah 20:10-13 | Psalm 18:2-7 | John 10:31-42

"The Lord is with me, like a mighty Champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph." —Jeremiah 20:11

We are on the threshold of what may prove to be two of the most important weeks of our time on earth. In Holy Week, the Triduum, and the Easter octave, we will see Jesus do the works of His Father and come "to realize what it means that the ... More

GOD OR SOMETHING? - One Bread, One Body, Mar 26, 2015

03/26/2015 - 1:08am
Genesis 17:3-9 | Psalm 105:4-9 | John 8:51-59

"Jesus answered them: 'I solemnly declare it: before Abraham came to be, I AM.' " —John 8:58

Jesus is blunt. He does not beat around the bush. He is far from diplomatic. He called people "liars" (see Jn 8:55). Then He openly and clearly called Himself "God" by using the title "I AM," the name God had given to identify Himself (Ex 3:14). ... More

THE INCONCEIVABLE CONCEPTION - One Bread, One Body, Mar 25, 2015

03/25/2015 - 1:08am
Annunciation of the Lord
Isaiah 7:10-14 | Hebrews 10:4-10 | Psalm 40:7-11 | Luke 1:26-38

"A body You have prepared for Me." —Hebrews 10:5

Jesus is the eternal God. Before His Incarnation, He was Spirit (see Jn 4:24) and therefore invisible. To experience through our senses the full glory of the all-holy God would certainly have been more than we could bear (see Ex 33:20). ... More

FOOD POISON? - One Bread, One Body, Mar 24, 2015

03/24/2015 - 1:08am
Numbers 21:4-9 | Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21 | John 8:21-30

"The people complained against God and Moses...In punishment the Lord sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died." —Numbers 21:5-6

Hundreds and thousands of Israelites were repeatedly destroyed because of their sins (see 1 Cor 10:8-10; Nm 25:1-9; 14:37). Their basic sin was idolatry, and a significant part of this sin was their craving for the food of slavery. They wanted ... More

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CULTURE OF DEATH - One Bread, One Body, Mar 23, 2015

03/23/2015 - 1:08am
St. Toribio de Mogrovejo
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 | Psalm 23:1-6 | John 8:1-11

"The Lord heard her prayer. As she was being led to execution, God stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel, and he cried aloud." —Daniel 13:44-46

Susanna was "a very beautiful and God-fearing woman" (Dn 13:2). "Her pious parents had trained their daughter according to the law of Moses" (Dn 13:3). Susanna was happily married to Joakim, a very rich man who was the most respected of all the ... More

"THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT" (Mt 26:28) - One Bread, One Body, Mar 22, 2015

03/22/2015 - 1:08am
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Hebrews 5:7-9 | Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15 | John 12:20-33

"The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant." —Jeremiah 31:31

God, Who is Love (1 Jn 4:16), wants to love us in a permanent, faithful relationship, which is similar to marriage, only better. As married couples make a covenant with each other by exchanging marriage vows, so the Lord made covenants with ... More

CROSS-WORD PUZZLES - One Bread, One Body, Mar 21, 2015

03/21/2015 - 1:08am
Jeremiah 11:18-20 | Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12 | John 7:40-53

"No man ever spoke like that before." —John 7:46

"The crowd was sharply divided over Him." —John 7:43

The temple guards "forgot" to arrest Jesus, so impressed were they by His words. However, the Pharisees were unimpressed; they said the guards and the crowds that listened to Jesus had ... More

Presentation Ministries Newsletter, Vol. 16, Issue 1

03/21/2015 - 1:05am
Huge Donation Spurs Completion of Building Project
PM Bible Telephone Line Now Available in Three Ways
Shalom Ministry Videos Takes BI to India and Beyond!
Help Wanted for Internet Ministry
Praise Reports: We are Grateful for God's Words and Works Through PM
Faithful Volunteer Goes On to Her Eternal Reward
Coworkers' Corner: Challenging Opportunities for Spanish Outreach
GBC Celebrates 20 Years With Seven New Graduates
Presentation Picnic A Great Success
The Souls of the Just Are in the Hands of God..." —Wisdom 3:1

"SET FREE IN THE OPEN" (see Ps 18:20) - One Bread, One Body, Mar 20, 2015

03/20/2015 - 1:08am
Wisdom 2:1, 12-22 | Psalm 34:17-21, 23 | John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

"At this they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a finger on Him because His hour had not yet come." —John 7:30

Jesus repeatedly took His place publicly amid ferocious opposition and boldly proclaimed the Word of God. "This led some of the people of Jerusalem to remark: 'Is this not the One they want to kill? Here He is speaking in public and they don't ... More

Fathers and Families - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

03/20/2015 - 1:05am
Every family needs a father... I would like to begin ...with the Book of Proverbs, words that a father addresses to his own son ... "My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right" (Pr 23:15-16). More

NO FEAR - One Bread, One Body, Mar 19, 2015

03/19/2015 - 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

"Joseph, son of David, have no fear." —Matthew 1:20

Shortly before Jesus was crucified, He prayed: "O Father most holy, protect them with Your name" (Jn 17:11). "Guard them from the evil one" (Jn 17:15). We need to be on guard, for our "opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking ... More