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SPIRIT-FILLED BABIES - One Bread, One Body, Dec 19, 2018

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Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 | Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17 | Luke 1:5-25

"He will be filled with the Holy Spirit from His mother's womb." —Luke 1:15

The Holy Spirit filled St. John the Baptist even while he was in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth. The Spirit stirred young Samson as he grew into manhood (Jgs 13:25). As a youth, "the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David" (1 Sm 16:13). ... More

JOSEPH, AN EXPERT ON CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 18, 2018

12/18/2018 - 12:08am
Jeremiah 23:5-8 | Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 | Matthew 1:18-25

"Joseph, son of David, have no fear about taking Mary as your wife. It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this Child. She is to have a Son and you are to name Him Jesus." —Matthew 1:20-21

To prepare us for Christ's Christmas coming, the Church introduced us yesterday to Judah (Gn 49:8). We have already been introduced to John the Baptizer, Elijah, Francis Xavier, Juan Diego, Lucy, John of the Cross, and other Advent saints. Of ... More

INTERRUPTING THE CIRCLE OF LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 17, 2018

12/17/2018 - 12:08am
Genesis 49:2, 8-10 | Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17 | Matthew 1:1-17

"A family record of Jesus Christ..." —Matthew 1:1

Family was everything to the Jews. The bloodline was of extreme importance. Each family line carried significant meaning. The Jews committed their genealogies to memory and recited them to one another. This verbal transmission was the norm, ... More

The Book on Forgiveness

12/17/2018 - 12:03am
When I was first ordained a priest, I believed that over 50 percent of all problems were due to unforgiveness. After ten years in ministry, I revised my estimate and maintained 75 to 80 percent of all health, marital, family, and financial problems came from unforgiveness. Now, after more than twenty years in ministry, I have concluded that over 90 percent of all problems are rooted in unforgiveness.

WHEN DADDY SINGS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 16, 2018

12/16/2018 - 12:08am
Third Sunday of Advent
Zephaniah 3:14-18 | Philippians 4:4-7 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Luke 3:10-18

"Sing joyfully." —Zephaniah 3:14

The Lord, through St. Paul, commands and graces us to rejoice in Him always (Phil 4:4). No matter how many problems we have, no matter how bad we feel — the fact that we are "in the Lord" dwarfs everything else. How can we let a little cloud ... More

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 15, 2018

12/15/2018 - 12:08am
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 | Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 | Matthew 17:9-13

"Why do the scribes claim that Elijah must come first?" —Matthew 17:10

Before the Messiah comes, Elijah must come and restore everything (Mt 17:11). Before Christ's Christmas coming, people like Elijah and John the Baptizer must come into our lives. Before we will be ready for Christmas, we need to hear ... More

PREGNANT FOR CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 14, 2018

12/14/2018 - 12:08am
St. John of the Cross
Isaiah 48:17-19 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Matthew 11:16-19

"He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season." —Psalm 1:3

The Lord wants to teach us what is good for us. He desires to lead us on the way we should go this Christmas (Is 48:17). If we hearken to His commandments, this Christmas we will be "like a river,...the waves of the sea," and the sand of the ... More

VIOLENCE AND THE KINGDOM - One Bread, One Body, Dec 13, 2018

12/13/2018 - 12:08am
St. Lucy
Isaiah 41:13-20 | Psalm 145:1, 9-13 | Matthew 11:11-15

"The kingdom of God has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force." —Matthew 11:12

Halfway through Advent, the Lord brings up the subject of violence in relation to His kingdom. Jesus tells us that His kingdom has suffered violence, and the violent are taking it by force (Mt 11:12). This could have several meanings.

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MARY'S EVANGELIZATION SEMINAR - One Bread, One Body, Dec 12, 2018

12/12/2018 - 12:08am
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zechariah 2:14-17 | Judith 13:18-19 | Luke 1:39-47

"Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country." —Luke 1:39

Mary was the first and is the greatest evangelizer. As soon as she conceived Jesus in her womb, she shared Jesus with Elizabeth and John, the baby in Elizabeth's womb (Lk 1:39ff). They both were filled with the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:41). After ... More

TWICE AS NICE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 11, 2018

12/11/2018 - 12:08am
Pope St. Damasus I
Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13 | Matthew 18:12-14

"Indeed, she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins." —Isaiah 40:2

The prophet Isaiah addresses Jerusalem, the holy city of God. Jerusalem had turned its back on the Lord, despite all the great blessings He had showered upon it for centuries. Finally, in 587 B.C., Babylon invaded Jerusalem, conquered the ... More

"I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" - One Bread, One Body, Dec 10, 2018

12/10/2018 - 12:08am
Isaiah 35:1-10 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Luke 5:17-26

"Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing." —Isaiah 35:10

The Lord promised that the desert would bloom with abundant flowers (Is 35:1-2). The Lord was not referring to just any desert but to the desert separating the Israelites exiled in Babylon from their homeland. In other words, the Lord ... More

An Isaiah Advent

12/10/2018 - 12:03am

GORGED? - One Bread, One Body, Dec 9, 2018

12/09/2018 - 12:08am
Second Sunday of Advent
Baruch 5:1-9 | Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 | Psalm 126:1-6 | Luke 3:1-6

"For God has commanded that every lofty mountain be made low, and that the age-old depths and gorges be filled to level ground, that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God." —Baruch 5:7

We are walking a path through the millennia to our heavenly home. Our path is obstructed by rough, winding, mountainous terrain (Lk 3:5; see also Mt 7:14). Possibly the most difficult obstacles we face are "age-old depths and gorges" (Bar ... More

GOD-MAN IS NOT A CONTRADICTION - One Bread, One Body, Dec 8, 2018

12/08/2018 - 12:08am
Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 | Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 1:26-38

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God." —Luke 1:35

Ever since the Son of God, the second Person of the blessed Trinity, God Himself, became a man, many people have refused to believe Jesus is God. They find it difficult to believe that God Himself could have been conceived by Mary through ... More

AN EYE-OPENING CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 7, 2018

12/07/2018 - 12:08am
St. Ambrose
Isaiah 29:17-24 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | Matthew 9:27-31

"He touched their eyes and said, 'Because of your faith it shall be done to you'; and they recovered their sight." —Matthew 9:29-30

In today's Scripture readings, the Church is proclaiming God's promise that "the eyes of the blind shall see" (Is 29:18). She implies that Jesus will heal blind people this Christmas season. This is great news for the physically blind, those ... More

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 6, 2018

12/06/2018 - 12:08am
St. Nicholas
Isaiah 26:1-6 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 | Matthew 7:21, 24-27

"It is trampled underfoot by the needy, by the footsteps of the poor." —Isaiah 26:6

Before Jesus' birth, Mary praised and prophesied: God "has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry He has given every good thing, while the rich He has sent empty away" (Lk 1:52-53). Before this ... More

NOT MUCH, BUT ALL - One Bread, One Body, Dec 5, 2018

12/05/2018 - 12:08am
Isaiah 25:6-10 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Matthew 15:29-37

Jesus "took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks He broke them and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. All ate until they were full." —Matthew 15:36-37

Because Jesus is the same today as yesterday (Heb 13:8), this Christmas season will be a mountain-top experience. "The Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples" a great feast (Is 25:6). The result of this Christmas season will be "great ... More

YOUR BLESSED EYES - One Bread, One Body, Dec 4, 2018

12/04/2018 - 12:08am
St. John of Damascus
Isaiah 11:1-10 | Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 | Luke 10:21-24

"I tell you, many prophets and kings wished to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." —Luke 10:24

The prophet Isaiah, who gave us today's first reading, had extraordinary visions of the future kingdom of God (e.g. Is 6:1ff; 11:1ff). No doubt Isaiah would have done anything to trade places with us so he could attend just one Mass. He could ... More

SHAKERS AND MOVERS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 3, 2018

12/03/2018 - 12:08am
St. Francis Xavier
Isaiah 2:1-5 | Psalm 122:1-9 | Matthew 8:5-11

"Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain." —Isaiah 2:3

Isaiah prophesied that God's people will be mountain climb­­ers who will scale the mountain of war and attain peace. "One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again" (Is 2:4). In choosing this ... More

THE NECESSITY OF ADVENT - One Bread, One Body, Dec 2, 2018

12/02/2018 - 12:08am
First Sunday of Advent
Jeremiah 33:14-16 | 1 Thessalonians 3:12-–4:2 | Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14 | Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

"May He strengthen your hearts, making them blameless and holy before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus." —1 Thessalonians 3:13

Happy New Year! This is the first day of the Church's year and the beginning of the Advent season. "This holy season teaches us that Christ's coming was not only for the benefit of His contemporaries; His power has still to be communicated to ... More