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TAKING RESPONSIBILITY - One Bread, One Body, Apr 27, 2017

13 hours 29 min ago
Acts 5:27-33 | Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20 | John 3:31-36

"Make us responsible for that Man's blood." —Acts 5:28

The high priest accused the apostles of being determined to make the religious leaders "responsible for that Man's blood." However, most of the religious leaders refused to take responsibility for Jesus' execution. Otherwise, they would not have ... More

ESCAPED, ARMED, AND DANGEROUS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 26, 2017

04/26/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 5:17-26 | Psalm 34:2-9 | John 3:16-21

"We found the jail securely locked and the guards at their posts outside the gates, but when we opened it we found no one inside." —Acts 5:23

The Sanhedrin thought the apostles were locked in jail, but actually they were in the Temple preaching "to the people all about this new life" in Jesus (Acts 5:20). The public school system thinks it has its teachers' faith and prayers locked up ... More

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO - One Bread, One Body, Apr 25, 2017

04/25/2017 - 1:08am
St. Mark
1 Peter 5:5-14 | Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 | Mark 16:15-20

"The church that is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greeting, as does Mark my son." —1 Peter 5:13

During the Easter season, the Church presents to us a gallery of resurrection-witnesses. We see Mary Magdalene, Thomas, Stephen, Philip, Peter, and now Mark. Each of these people were in the tomb of sin but miraculously rose from the dead into ... More

CHURCH MILITANT OR CHURCH DEFEATED? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 24, 2017

04/24/2017 - 1:08am
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Acts 4:23-31 | Psalm 2:1-9 | John 3:1-8

"They were filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's word with confidence." —Acts 4:31

The apostles were thrown into prison by the Jewish leaders for healing a crippled man and then "teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection of the dead in the person of Jesus" (Acts 4:2). They were then threatened by the leaders to ... More

Living in Reality

04/24/2017 - 1:03am

CONFESSION - One Bread, One Body, Apr 23, 2017

04/23/2017 - 1:08am
Second Sunday of Easter, Mercy Sunday
Acts 2:42-47 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 | John 20:19-31

"Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them." —John 20:22-23

In the evening of the day on which Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus came to His disciples, showed them His nail-scarred hands and wounded side, breathed on them, gave them the Holy Spirit, and sent them out (Jn 20:19-22). Jesus sent His disciples ... More

Called to Mission - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

04/23/2017 - 1:05am
Those who are drawn by God's voice and determined to follow Jesus soon discover within themselves an irrepressible desire to bring the Good News to their brothers and sisters through proclamation and the service of charity. All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel! More

GOING TO EXTREMES - One Bread, One Body, Apr 22, 2017

04/22/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Week
Acts 4:13-21 | Psalm 118:1, 14-21 | Mark 16:9-15

Jesus "took them to task for their disbelief and their stubbornness." —Mark 16:14

After Jesus' Resurrection, Mary Magdalene "went to announce the good news to His followers" (Mk 16:10). Yet "they refused to believe it" (Mk 16:11). "Later on, as two of them were walking along on their way to the country, He was revealed to ... More

THE SIN OF CHRISTLESSNESS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 21, 2017

04/21/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Week
Acts 4:1-12 | Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27 | John 21:1-14

"Simon Peter said to them, 'I am going out to fish.' " —John 21:3

St. Peter denied Christ three times. Most people think of these denials as Peter's worst sins. However, when Peter tried to go back into the fishing business, he may have committed his worst sin. Peter acted as if he had never met Jesus. He went ... More

CATALYTIC CONVERTER - One Bread, One Body, Apr 20, 2017

04/20/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Week
Acts 3:11-26 | Psalm 8:2, 5-9 | Luke 24:35-48

Jesus said: " 'Everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and psalms had to be fulfilled.' Then He opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures." —Luke 24:44-45

We recognize the risen Christ when:

  • Jesus opens our "minds to the understanding of the Scriptures,"
  • Jesus breaks bread with us (Lk 24:35), that is, gives Himself to us in Holy Communion,
  • we receive the Holy Spirit in a ... More

THE RISEN JESUS AND THE POPE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 19, 2017

04/19/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Week
Acts 3:1-10 | Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9 | Luke 24:13-35

"The Lord has been raised! It is true! He has appeared to Simon [Peter]." —Luke 24:34

The Holy Spirit inspired the authors of Scripture to testify that the risen Jesus appeared especially to St. Peter (also known in the New Testament as Simon, Simon Peter, Cephas, and Kephas) before appearing to the entire group of apostles. St. ... More

BODY LANGUAGE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 18, 2017

04/18/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Week
Acts 2:36-41 | Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 | John 20:11-18

"One was seated at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus' body had lain." —John 20:12

When two angels asked Mary Magdalene why she was weeping, she responded: "The Lord has been taken away" (Jn 20:13). She meant that the Lord's body was no longer in His tomb. Mary Magdalene was so preoccupied with Jesus' body that she seemed not ... More

"WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING" - One Bread, One Body, Apr 17, 2017

04/17/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Week
Acts 2:14, 22-33 | Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 | Matthew 28:8-15

"His disciples came during the night and stole him while we were asleep." —Matthew 28:13

The soldiers guarding the tomb were the first witnesses to the Resurrection. As they guarded the tomb of Jesus, "there was a mighty earthquake, as the angel of the Lord descended from heaven…The guards grew paralyzed with fear of him and ... More

RISEN JESUS, I DO! - One Bread, One Body, Apr 16, 2017

04/16/2017 - 1:08am
Easter Sunday
Romans 6:3-11 | Acts 10:34, 37-43 | Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 | (Vigil readings) | Matthew 28:1-10 | Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 | John 20:1-9

"Are you not aware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?" —Romans 6:3

To know the risen Christ in a life-changing, death-conquering way, we must be baptized in His name (Acts 2:38). If we are already baptized, we must renew our Baptisms and live them. In this way, we become aware that we "have been raised up in ... More

A DAY WITHOUT JESUS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 15, 2017

04/15/2017 - 1:08am
Holy Saturday
(no eucharistic readings) |

"I had rather one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere." —Psalm 84:11

The first Holy Saturday was a day without Jesus. He was buried in the tomb, and, because of the Sabbath, His body could not be anointed (Lk 23:56—24:1) or even visited (Mt 28:1).

Today the Church relives that first Holy Saturday without ... More

HE DIED FOR ME - One Bread, One Body, Apr 14, 2017

04/14/2017 - 1:08am
Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13—53:12 | Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 | Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25 | John 18:1—19:42

He was "smitten for the sin of His people." —Isaiah 53:8

Jesus died for my sins, I who consider myself among the worst of sinners (1 Tm 1:15). He was pierced for my offenses, crushed for my sins (Is 53:5). In the face of such sacrificial, redeeming, committed, unconditional love, I have sometimes ... More

A LIFE OF EUCHARISTIC LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 13, 2017

04/13/2017 - 1:08am
Holy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18 | John 13:1-15

"This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." —1 Corinthians 11:24

Through this book, One Bread, One Body, we encourage you to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion daily or as often as possible. By these teachings on the daily eucharistic readings, we hope to lead you not only to go to Mass but to live ... More

THE TRIDUUM - One Bread, One Body, Apr 12, 2017

04/12/2017 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9 | Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 | Matthew 26:14-25

"The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover supper." —Matthew 26:19

Today we celebrate the last Mass of Lent. We pray that these forty days of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice have prepared us for the Triduum. "The Easter Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the ... More

THE GORY IN <U>G</U>L<U>ORY</U> - One Bread, One Body, Apr 11, 2017

04/11/2017 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | John 13:21-33, 36-38

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

During Holy Week, we recall a week of extreme suffering, pain, and trauma for Jesus. As we reflect on Jesus' sufferings, we too may be having an extremely difficult week. As we look at our lives, we may feel we have "toiled in vain, and for ... More

HEY, WAITER! - One Bread, One Body, Apr 10, 2017

04/10/2017 - 1:08am
Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7 | Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14 | John 12:1-11

"Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord." —Psalm 27:14

We wait for what we cannot see; the return of the Master seems to take so long. We wait with courage, not in doubt. We wait not because there is no other alternative but because we faithfully choose to persevere in hope while waiting for the ... More