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SUPPER TIME - One Bread, One Body, Sep 21, 2017

7 hours 16 min ago
St. Matthew
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Matthew 9:9-13

"Matthew got up and followed Him. Now it happened that, while Jesus was at table in Matthew's home, many tax collectors and those known as sinners came to join Jesus and His disciples at dinner." —Matthew 9:9-10

After Matthew decided to leave his job and follow Jesus, he had Jesus over for supper (Mt 9:9-10). We too need to have supper with Jesus after our conversion. In fact, we need to have supper with Jesus frequently, even daily. At this supper, ... More

THE KEY TO TRUE FREEDOM - One Bread, One Body, Sep 20, 2017

09/20/2017 - 1:08am
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon,, Paul Chong Hasang, & Companions
1 Timothy 3:14-16 | Psalm 111:1-6 | Luke 7:31-35

"I am writing you about these matters so that if I should be delayed you will know what kind of conduct befits a member of God's household, the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of truth." —1 Timothy 3:14-15

Human beings cannot help but be under authority. If we are not under the authority of God, we may be under the authority of Satan — even if we think we are "doing our own thing" (as if we had an "own thing"). If we are not under the authority of ... More

SERIOUS BUSINESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 19, 2017

09/19/2017 - 1:08am
St. Januarius
1 Timothy 3:1-13 | Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6 | Luke 7:11-17

"In the same way, deacons must be serious." —1 Timothy 3:8

The first characteristic listed as a requirement for deacons is "seriousness." This characteristic is also the first requirement listed for their wives (1 Tm 3:11). This same trait is expected of bishops, that is, overseers of communities. The ... More

THE HOLY ORDERS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 18, 2017

09/18/2017 - 1:08am
1 Timothy 2:1-8 | Psalm 28:2, 7-9 | Luke 7:1-10

"I too am a man who knows the meaning of an order." —Luke 7:8

Jesus is Lord! A lord gives orders. The way to please a lord is to ask for an order. For example, the centurion sent the message to Lord Jesus: "Just give the order and my servant will be cured" (Lk 7:7). This man understood what it meant to be ... More

Faith and Mission - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

09/18/2017 - 1:05am
GATHER AROUND JESUS
... World Mission Day gathers us around ... Jesus, "the very first and greatest evangelizer" (Paul VI ...) who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Day invites us to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith. More

How to Read the Bible

09/18/2017 - 1:03am
Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.

FALSE FORGIVENESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 17, 2017

09/17/2017 - 1:08am
24th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sirach 27:30—28:9 | Romans 14:7-9 | Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 | Matthew 18:21-35

"My heavenly Father will treat you in exactly the same way unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart." —Matthew 18:35

Many Christians don't forgive others because they have been deceived into thinking they have already forgiven. This deception about forgiveness results in our being handed over to the torturers (Mt 18:34) and not being forgiven ourselves (Mt ... More

THE FUTURE FLOODS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 16, 2017

09/16/2017 - 1:08am
Pope St. Cornelius, St. Cyprian
1 Timothy 1:15-17 | Psalm 113:1-7 | Luke 6:43-49

"He may be likened to the man who, in building a house, dug deeply and laid the foundation on a rock." —Luke 6:48

Our lives are like houses which are about to face the tremendous force of floods. Only the houses with solid foundations will stand (Lk 6:48). We are well founded if we hear and do God's Word (Lk 6:47). We must lay no "foundation other than the ... More

THE MOTHER OF FORGIVENESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 15, 2017

09/15/2017 - 1:08am
Our Lady of Sorrows
Hebrews 5:7-9 | Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20 | Luke 2:33-35 | or John 19:25-27

"Seeing His mother there with the disciple whom He loved, Jesus said to His mother, Woman, there is your son.' " —John 19:26

A few moments before Jesus died, He commanded His mother Mary to adopt all His disciples for all time, who were represented at the cross by a nameless, beloved disciple (Jn 19:26). In effect, Jesus told Mary to adopt those who were accomplices ... More

CROSS-FIRE - One Bread, One Body, Sep 14, 2017

09/14/2017 - 1:08am
Exaltation of the Cross
Numbers 21:4-9 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 | John 3:13-17

"Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in Him." —John 3:14-15

"When I behold the wondrous cross on which the King of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride." These words from a traditional hymn are my prayer for you today.

May you see in a new way the cross and ... More

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW - One Bread, One Body, Sep 13, 2017

09/13/2017 - 1:08am
St. John Chrysostom
Colossians 3:1-11 | Psalm 145:2-3, 10-13 | Luke 6:20-26

"You must put that aside now…put aside your old self with its past deeds and put on a new man, one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator." —Colossians 3:8, 9-10

Today's Eucharistic readings address two opposite ways of life. St. Paul calls these two ways the "old self" and the "new self" (see Col 3:9-10). The old self is our life without Jesus, ruled by the world, the flesh, and the devil (see 1 Jn ... More

THE TWELVE - One Bread, One Body, Sep 12, 2017

09/12/2017 - 1:08am
Most Holy Name of Mary
Colossians 2:6-15 | Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11 | Luke 6:12-19

"At daybreak He called His disciples and selected twelve of them to be His apostles." —Luke 6:13

Jesus chose twelve apostles, in whom He invested the last three years of His life. We, as followers of Jesus, are also called to invest our lives in not just a nuclear family or a circle of friends, but in a small Christian community. By virtue ... More

LIFE TO THE FULL - One Bread, One Body, Sep 11, 2017

09/11/2017 - 1:08am
Colossians 1:24—2:3 | Psalm 62:6-7, 9 | Luke 6:6-11

"We admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ." —Colossians 1:28

Jesus came that we "might have life and have it to the full" (Jn 10:10). Today's first reading reveals the fullness Jesus wants us to have:

  • full sufferings. We "fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ" in our own flesh (Col ... More

WARNING SIGNS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 10, 2017

09/10/2017 - 1:08am
23rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 33:7-9 | Romans 13:8-10 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 | Matthew 18:15-20

"You shall warn them for Me." —Ezekiel 33:7

Millions of parents are killing their newly-conceived children by the "pill," Depo-provera, Norplant, and other abortifacient methods. If we don't speak out to dissuade these people from sinning and killing, we will be partially responsible for ... More

JESUS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 9, 2017

09/09/2017 - 1:08am
St. Peter Claver
Colossians 1:21-23 | Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8 | Luke 6:1-5

"But now Christ has achieved reconciliation for you." —Colossians 1:22

Without Jesus, we would die doomed to alienation from God, other people, the world, and ourselves (Col 1:21). Without Jesus, we would nourish hostility in our hearts (Col 1:21). "We went our way in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating ... More

NOT ON THE MAP - One Bread, One Body, Sep 8, 2017

09/08/2017 - 1:08am
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30 | Psalm 13:6 | Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

"But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One Who is to be Ruler in Israel." —Micah 5:1

The "little town" of Bethlehem was too small to be on the map of the tribe of Judah, even though it lay within Judah's borders. God, however, has a different map, and Bethlehem was big in His plans, for it would be the birthplace of the Ruler ... More

MORE AND MORE FRUIT - One Bread, One Body, Sep 7, 2017

09/07/2017 - 1:08am
Colossians 1:9-14 | Psalm 98:2-6 | Luke 5:1-11

"They caught such a great number of fish that their nets were at the breaking point." —Luke 5:6

Spiritual fruitfulness is based on obeying Jesus, especially when He commands us to do something beyond our human understanding. When we obey the Lord for no reason other than that He said so, we will see the glory of God (see Lk ... More

HOPE-CHEST - One Bread, One Body, Sep 6, 2017

09/06/2017 - 1:08am
Colossians 1:1-8 | Psalm 52:10-11 | Luke 4:38-44

"...moved as you are by the hope held in store for you in heaven." —Colossians 1:4

How does a Christian keep keepin' on in the midst of trials and persecutions? Hope. How can we have the courage to face death for the sake of the gospel? Hope. How can we rejoice even in adversity and consider it a privilege to suffer for ... More

My People, Vol. 30, Issue 9

09/06/2017 - 1:05am
Hear The Cry Of The Poor
Tourism Can Assist Development
Fellowship And Feast
Vatican Astronomer Addresses Faith, Science
Celebrate Baptism
Teach Through Living
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

BODY BUILD - One Bread, One Body, Sep 5, 2017

09/05/2017 - 1:08am
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11 | Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 | Luke 4:31-37

"Build one another up." —1 Thessalonians 5:11, RSV-CE

I am attending morning Mass in an older church building. Laborers are repairing the roof, and the steady pounding of their hammers makes it difficult to hear the lector as he proclaims today's first reading. Then the lector proclaimed the phrase ... More