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I HOPE SO - One Bread, One Body, Jul 22, 2017

5 hours 35 min ago
St. Mary Magdalene
Exodus 12:37-42 | Psalm 136:1, 23-24, 10-15 | John 20:1-2, 11-18 or Matthew 12:14-21

"In His name, the Gentiles will find hope." —Matthew 12:21

As we begin the third millennium, with much of the world ensconced in the culture of death after ending the last with the only two world wars in history, the Lord is calling us to hope in Him. The Church through Pope Pius XII defined the ... More

THE PASSOVER - One Bread, One Body, Jul 21, 2017

07/21/2017 - 1:08am
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Exodus 11:10—12:14 | Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18 | Matthew 12:1-8

"It is the Passover of the Lord." —Exodus 12:11

Through the Passover, the Lord freed the Israelite nation from centuries of slavery. The Lord chose to do one of His greatest works through a family meal accompanied by prayer. This Passover meal was so important that it became "a memorial ... More

REST STOP - One Bread, One Body, Jul 20, 2017

07/20/2017 - 1:08am
St. Apollinaris
Exodus 3:13-20 | Psalm 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27 | Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you." —Matthew 11:28

Imagine yourself coming to Jesus with this huge burden on your back. Jesus takes the burden off your shoulders (see Ps 81:7). Before you even can thank Him and walk away unburdened, He takes a humongous burden off of His back and puts it on ... More

MOUNTAIN RANGE - One Bread, One Body, Jul 19, 2017

07/19/2017 - 1:08am
Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12 | Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7 | Matthew 11:25-27

"He came to Horeb, the mountain of God." —Exodus 3:1

There are many mountains in life. For example, Mount Gerizim is the mountain of blessings for God's obedient people, while Mount Ebal is the mountain of curses (Dt 27:12-13). Mount Sinai (Horeb) is the mountain of the commandments (Ex 19:2ff), ... More

''I DO NOT NEED YOU'' (1 Cor 12:21) - One Bread, One Body, Jul 18, 2017

07/18/2017 - 1:08am
St. Camillus de Lellis
Exodus 2:1-15 | Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34 | Matthew 11:20-24

"There was a baby boy, crying!'' —Exodus 2:6

When we support the elimination of babies by abortion and contraception, we say to these unwanted members of Jesus' body, "I do not need you'' (1 Cor 12:21). Can we even call ourselves Christians if we have so much disdain for Jesus' Body that ... More

DEATH-DEFYING? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 17, 2017

07/17/2017 - 1:08am
Exodus 1:8-14, 22 | Psalm 124:1-8 | Matthew 10:34—11:1

"Look how numerous and powerful the Israelite people are growing, more so than we ourselves! Come, let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their increase." —Exodus 1:9-10

Pharaoh tried to decimate the chosen people by commanding "all his subjects, 'Throw into the river every boy that is born to the Hebrews' " (Ex 1:22). Satan is trying to decimate the Christian people by commanding us to contracept and not have ... More

The Secret of the Rosary

07/17/2017 - 1:03am

SOW THE WORD CONSTANTLY - One Bread, One Body, Jul 16, 2017

07/16/2017 - 1:08am
15th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 55:10-11 | Romans 8:18-23 | Psalm 65:10-14 | Matthew 13:1-23

"A farmer went out sowing." —Matthew 13:4

How often have you heard a Scripture passage twenty times and on the twenty-first time you hear it, the Holy Spirit makes the passage finally "jump off the page"? You receive a profound new insight into the meaning of the passage. The Word of ... More

TRASH-TALK - One Bread, One Body, Jul 15, 2017

07/15/2017 - 1:08am
St. Bonaventure
Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26 | Psalm 105:1-4, 6-7 | Matthew 10:24-33

"Every hair of your head has been counted." —Matthew 10:30

Today is haircut day. The apron I wear as I sit in the barber chair is covered with little shavings of white hair. When the haircut is over, the barber removes the apron and shakes it out, spreading those hairs all over the floor. Then he sweeps ... More

GETTING READY TO DIE - One Bread, One Body, Jul 14, 2017

07/14/2017 - 1:08am
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30 | Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 | Matthew 10:16-23

"At last I can die, now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive." —Genesis 46:30

Simeon prayed: "Now, Master, You can dismiss Your servant in peace" (Lk 2:29). Simeon was ready to die because he had seen Christ.

St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was ready to die because shortly before his death he saw "an ... More

The Church of Martyrs - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

07/14/2017 - 1:05am
"HEROIC WITNESSES"
We have come as pilgrims to this Basilica ... where the ancient history of martyrdom unites with the memory of the new martyrs, of the many Christians killed by the demented ideologies of the last century — and today too — and killed solely for being disciples of Jesus. The memory of these ... heroic witnesses confirms us in the knowledge that the Church is Church if she is the Church of Martyrs. More

Transformed by the Spirit - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

07/14/2017 - 1:05am
"COURAGEOUS WITNESSES"
The coming of the Holy Spirit changes fearful men, enclosed behind shut doors, into courageous witnesses of Jesus. More

A CLOSE CALL - One Bread, One Body, Jul 13, 2017

07/13/2017 - 1:08am
St. Henry
Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 | Psalm 105:16-21 | Matthew 10:7-15

"Come closer to me." —Genesis 45:4

The conversation between the powerful Joseph, second-in-command in all Egypt, and his estranged brothers was not going well. Joseph broke through the communication gap by setting aside his glory (cf Phil 2:7), emptying himself of his power (see ... More

THE WORST WORLDWIDE FAMINE - One Bread, One Body, Jul 12, 2017

07/12/2017 - 1:08am
Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24 | Psalm 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19 | Matthew 10:1-7

"In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world." —Genesis 41:57

A worldwide famine is one of the worst tragedies. It is even worse than the hundreds of millions of people, especially children, starving at this moment in our world. A worse tragedy than a worldwide famine for food is a famine "for hearing the ... More

CONTENDING OR TENDING? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 11, 2017

07/11/2017 - 1:08am
St. Benedict
Genesis 32:23-33 | Psalm 17:1-3, 6-8, 15 | Matthew 9:32-38

"You have contended with divine and human beings." —Genesis 32:29

Jacob contended with a messenger of God in a wrestling match and prevailed (Gn 32:25, 29; Hos 12:5). "As a man he contended with God" (Hos 12:4). A Jacob lurks inside each of us. Jesus calls us to beg the Father for laborers for the harvest and ... More

THE LANDSCAPE OF HOLINESS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 10, 2017

07/10/2017 - 1:08am
Genesis 28:10-22 | Psalm 91:1-4, 14-15 | Matthew 9:18-26

"Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a memorial stone, and poured oil on top of it. He called that site Bethel." —Genesis 28:18-19

Jacob came upon a pagan shrine. There he fell asleep and had a dream in which he met God and received special revelation. "He called that site Bethel," that is, "the house of God" (Gn 28:19).

The Lord wants each of us to have several ... More

SEEK MEEKNESS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 9, 2017

07/09/2017 - 1:08am
14th Sunday Ordinary Time
Zechariah 9:9-10 | Romans 8:9, 11-13 | Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 | Matthew 11:25-30

"See, your King shall come to you; a just Savior is He, meek..." —Zechariah 9:9

Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem "meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt" (Zec 9:9). Jesus continues to invite us: "Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart" (Mt 11:29, our transl). Jesus promises: "Blessed are ... More

A FAST BUCK - One Bread, One Body, Jul 8, 2017

07/08/2017 - 1:08am
Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29 | Psalm 135:1-6 | Matthew 9:14-17

"Then they will fast." —Matthew 9:15

Jesus' disciples did not fast, while the Pharisees and John's disciples did fast (Mt 9:14). Jesus explained that His disciples would fast later after they had received a new life in the Spirit. This was necessary because fasting in Jesus' name ... More

LIVING AND DYING BY FAITH - One Bread, One Body, Jul 7, 2017

07/07/2017 - 1:08am
Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 | Psalm 106:1-5 | Matthew 9:9-13

"She died." —Genesis 23:2

Sarah died at the age of one hundred and twenty-seven (Gn 23:1). Abraham, her husband, died thirty-eight years later at the age of one hundred and seventy-five (Gn 25:7). God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of nations and ... More

"MY PRECIOUS'' - One Bread, One Body, Jul 6, 2017

07/06/2017 - 1:08am
St. Maria Goretti
Genesis 22:1-19 | Psalm 115:1-6, 8-9 | Matthew 9:1-8

"I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from Me your own beloved son." —Genesis 22:12

Abraham was willing to give up his son for God, Who sent His Son for us. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

Would you give up your son, life, ... More