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MAKING YOUR MARK ON THE WORLD - One Bread, One Body, Apr 25, 2018

04/25/2018 - 1:08am
St. Mark
1 Peter 5:5-14 | Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 | Mark 16:15-20

"Proclaim the good news to all creation." —Mark 16:15

The early Church, and St. Mark, did their very best to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world (Mk 16:15). The apostles and disciples used every means available to them in the time of Christ: traveling on foot over many miles, ... More

THE "LOOK" OF SELFLESS LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 24, 2018

21 hours 54 min ago
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Acts 11:19-26 | Psalm 87:1-7 | John 10:22-30

"Then Barnabas went off to Tarsus to look for Saul." —Acts 11:25

A big temptation of being a disciple of Christ is to do it all ourselves, to be the leader of the pack. Yet St. Barnabas, who was in the position to be the main attraction in the church at Antioch, "was a good man" (Acts 11:24). "Filled with ... More

"WITHOUT ANY HINDRANCE WHATEVER" (ACTS 28:31) - One Bread, One Body, Apr 23, 2018

04/23/2018 - 1:08am
St. George, St. Adalbert
Acts 11:1-18 | Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4 | John 10:1-10

"Who was I to be able to hinder God?" —Acts 11:17, RNAB

St. Peter asks an excellent question: "Who was I to be able to hinder God?" It's God's plan to work through people like St. Peter and people like you and me. It's a great mystery that God, Who is all-powerful, would put Himself in such a ... More

FILL UP - One Bread, One Body, Apr 22, 2018

04/22/2018 - 1:08am
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:8-12 | 1 John 3:1-2 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29 | John 10:11-18

"Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke up." —Acts 4:8

At the first Christian Pentecost, "all were filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). After Peter and John were released from prison, the first Christian community gathered to pray, and "the place where they were gathered shook as they prayed. ... More

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... - One Bread, One Body, Apr 21, 2018

04/21/2018 - 1:08am
St. Anselm
Acts 9:31-42 | Psalm 116:12-17 | John 6:60-69

"Many came to believe in the Lord." —Acts 9:42

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8). Therefore, we must have faith. Moreover, the Lord wants us to have great and growing faith (see Mt 15:27ff). Consequently, we should pray: Lord, "increase our faith" (Lk 17:5) and "I have faith; ... More

I BELIEVE IN THE GREAT MYSTERY - One Bread, One Body, Apr 20, 2018

04/20/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 9:1-20 | Psalm 117:1-2 | John 6:52-59

"Let Me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you." —John 6:53

When we receive Holy Communion, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus. This is a great mystery. Like the Jews of Jesus' day, we cannot understand how He can "give us His flesh to eat" (Jn 6:52). Nevertheless, we believe Jesus' ... More

FULL-PHIL-MENT - One Bread, One Body, Apr 19, 2018

04/19/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 8:26-40 | Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20 | John 6:44-51

"The Spirit said to Philip, 'Go and catch up with that carriage.' Philip ran ahead and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. He said to him, 'Do you really grasp what you are reading?' 'How can I,' the man replied, 'unless someone explains it to me?' " —Acts 8:29-31

Before we recognize the risen Christ, we need our hearts to burn as the Scriptures are interpreted for us (Lk 24:32). Jesus interprets the Scriptures for us not only by calling us to read the Bible but also by sending into our lives people ... More

HIS BODY - One Bread, One Body, Apr 18, 2018

04/18/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 8:1-8 | Psalm 66:1-7 | John 6:35-40

"It is the will of Him Who sent Me that I should lose nothing of what He has given Me." —John 6:39

Creation, the human body, and the Body of Christ, the Church, are ecological. They are composed of many parts which inter-relate in very intricate ways. Therefore, "if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is ... More

ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR GOD'S FOOD? - One Bread, One Body, Apr 17, 2018

04/17/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 7:51—8:1 | Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21 | John 6:30-35

"God's bread comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." —John 6:33

The Israelites were stuck in the desert without food. In His mercy, God sent heavenly bread, which the Israelites called manna, to feed His people for forty years until they could eat of the produce of the promised land. The manna, Jesus ... More

PEACE ON A ROLLER COASTER - One Bread, One Body, Apr 16, 2018

04/16/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 6:8-15 | Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30 | John 6:22-29

"Throughout, Stephen's face seemed like that of an angel." —Acts 6:15

As the early Church received grace after grace, it received suffering after suffering. The first people to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost were falsely accused of being drunk (Acts 2:13). They were not stopped by this injustice, and ... More

MATTER OF FACT - One Bread, One Body, Apr 15, 2018

04/15/2018 - 1:08am
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 | 1 John 2:1-5 | Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9 | Luke 24:35-48

"In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, 'Why are you disturbed? Why do such ideas cross your mind?' " —Luke 24:37-38

Jesus is risen! This proves Jesus is God. This means we should live no longer for ourselves but for Him (2 Cor 5:15). Jesus' Resurrection and divinity mean that everything Jesus said is true, including His promise to raise His disciples from ... More

BOAT-PEOPLE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 14, 2018

04/14/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 6:1-7 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 | John 6:16-21

"They wanted to take Him into the boat." —John 6:21

Before Jesus gets into the boat, it is dark (Jn 6:16) "with a strong wind blowing" (Jn 6:18) and the sea "becoming rough" (Jn 6:18). The rowing is difficult, and progress is slow. But when we see the risen Jesus and want "to take Him into the ... More

Fake News, Truth, and Peace - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

04/14/2018 - 1:05am
Communication is part of God’s plan for us and an essential way to experience fellowship. Made in the image and likeness of our Creator, we are able to express and share all that is true, good, and beautiful. We are able to describe our own experiences and the world around us, and thus to create historical memory and understanding of events. But when we yield to our own pride and selfishness, we can also distort the way we use our ability to communicate. More

MULTIPLICATION TESTS - One Bread, One Body, Apr 13, 2018

04/13/2018 - 1:08am
Pope St. Martin I
Acts 5:34-42 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | John 6:1-15

"He knew well what He intended to do but He asked this to test Philip's response." —John 6:6

When Jesus saw several thousand people "coming toward Him, He said to Philip, 'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' " (Jn 6:5) "He asked this to test Philip's response" (Jn 6:6).

Jesus sees over four billion people who ... More

OBEDIENCE SCHOOL - One Bread, One Body, Apr 12, 2018

04/12/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 5:27-33 | Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20 | John 3:31-36

"Better for us to obey God than men!" —Acts 5:29

Sin and death entered the world through disobedience (Rm 5:15, 19). Salvation and eternal life came to us through the obedience of Jesus, Who obeyed His Father even to "death on a cross" (Phil 2:8). Thus, life is a matter of being obedient to ... More

DARKNESS TO LIGHT - One Bread, One Body, Apr 11, 2018

04/11/2018 - 1:08am
St. Stanislaus
Acts 5:17-26 | Psalm 34:2-9 | John 3:16-21

"He who acts in truth comes into the light, to make clear that his deeds are done in God." —John 3:21

The apostles, when released from prison, didn't run away in order to save themselves from future danger and legal trouble. Rather, they placed their trust in God and obeyed His command to teach in the Temple (Acts 5:20-21). Many heard the ... More

OUR NEED FOR BARNABASES - One Bread, One Body, Apr 10, 2018

04/10/2018 - 1:08am
Acts 4:32-37 | Psalm 93:1-2, 5 | John 3:7-15

"There was a certain Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (meaning 'son of encouragement'). He sold a farm that he owned and made a donation of the money, laying it at the apostles' feet." —Acts 4:36-37

To witness powerfully "to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 4:33), we need people like Mary who will continue steadfastly praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14). We also need faithful people like Matthias to replace ... More

OUR ONLY HOPE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 9, 2018

04/09/2018 - 1:08am
Annunciation of the Lord
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 | Hebrews 10:4-10 | Psalm 40:7-11 | 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

Christianity is the only religion which believes that God became man. Some religions would even consider the idea of God's Incarnation blasphemous. Nonetheless, we Christians believe the Incarnation is the only hope for the world.

For ... More

Unforgiveness is the Cause

04/09/2018 - 1:03am
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