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THE JOHN THE BAPTIST AWARD - One Bread, One Body, Jun 24, 2018

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Birth of St. John the Baptizer
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Acts 13:22-26 | Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 | Luke 1:57-66, 80

"[John] made his public appearance in Israel." —Luke 1:80

At a recent Mass, the priest revealed his dream during the homily. He wants to see an annual award, called the St. John the Baptist Courage Award. He envisioned that it would be awarded to that Catholic bishop who has most courageously ... More

NOT A WORRY IN THE WORLD? - One Bread, One Body, Jun 23, 2018

06/23/2018 - 1:08am
2 Chronicles 24:17-25 | Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34 | Matthew 6:24-34

"Stop worrying, then, over questions like, 'What are we to eat, or what are we to drink, or what are we to wear?' " —Matthew 6:31

Many people today are learning about stress management. The Lord wants to do better than that. He teaches us stress banishment. He commands us: "Do not worry about your livelihood, what you are to eat or drink or use for clothing" (Mt 6:25, ... More

HOW TO DEFEAT THE TYRANT - One Bread, One Body, Jun 22, 2018

06/22/2018 - 1:08am
St. Paulinus of Nola, St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More
2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 | Psalm 132:11-14, 17-18 | Matthew 6:19-23

"When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she began to kill off the whole royal family." —2 Kings 11:1

Athaliah, the queen mother, massacred the rest of the royal family so she could take over the kingdom of Judah. Seven years later, she was dethroned and killed. This victory of justice was achieved by God's grace through four people or groups ... More

My People, Vol. 31, Issue 6

06/22/2018 - 1:05am
God Works Wonders
Ordination Class Gives Reasons For Hope
Are Quotes True?
Slavery Continues Today
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

"THE GREATEST THING IN ALL MY LIFE IS..." - One Bread, One Body, Jun 21, 2018

06/21/2018 - 1:08am
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Sirach 48:1-14 | Psalm 97:1-7 | Matthew 6:7-15

"Then Elisha, filled with a twofold portion of his spirit, wrought many marvels." —Sirach 48:12

Elijah humbled Israel's economy by stopping the rain for three-and-a-half years. "Three times [he] brought down fire" (Sir 48:3). He slit the throats of several hundred false prophets (1 Kgs 18:19, 40). He "brought a dead man back to life" ... More

OUT ON A LIMB - One Bread, One Body, Jun 20, 2018

06/20/2018 - 1:08am
2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 | Psalm 31:20-21, 24 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

"Your Father Who sees what is hidden will repay you." —Matthew 6:18

We are in the middle of three weeks of reading Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. In the first ten days, He set a standard of holiness that was "out of this world." He teaches us to regard lowliness and persecution as blessed (see Mt 5:3, 10). We ... More

FOUND OUT - One Bread, One Body, Jun 19, 2018

06/19/2018 - 1:08am
St. Romuald
1 Kings 21:17-29 | Psalm 51:3-6, 11, 16 | Matthew 5:43-48

"Have you found me out, my enemy?" —1 Kings 21:20

May our enemies find us out, that is, find out that we genuinely love them in truth. May our enemies find us out, that is, find out that we are praying and fasting for them, and offering Masses and sacrifices for them. May our enemies find us ... More

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE - One Bread, One Body, Jun 18, 2018

06/18/2018 - 1:08am
1 Kings 21:1-16 | Psalm 5:2-7 | Matthew 5:38-42

"His fellow citizens — the elders and the nobles who dwelt in his city — did as Jezebel had ordered them." —1 Kings 21:11

To get Naboth's property, Jezebel, the queen of Samaria, ordered the elders and nobles of Naboth's city to get two scoundrels to falsely accuse Naboth and then to stone him to death (1 Kgs 21:11ff). Many people obeyed Jezebel and thereby ... More

TREES - One Bread, One Body, Jun 17, 2018

06/17/2018 - 1:08am
11th Sunday Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 17:22-24 | 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 | Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16 | Mark 4:26-34

"And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the Lord, bring low the high tree, lift high the lowly tree, wither up the green tree, and make the withered tree bloom." —Ezekiel 17:24

The Bible begins with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gn 2:9). It ends with the trees of life on the banks of the river of life-giving waters in heaven (Rv 22:1-2). Ezekiel described the Messianic kingdom as a ... More


06/16/2018 - 1:08am
1 Kings 19:19-21 | Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-10 | Matthew 5:33-37

FULLNESS AND FAILURE "Then [Elisha] left and followed Elijah as his attendant." —1 Kings 19:21

The culmination of Elijah's earth-shaking ministry was when he heard God whisper to him to anoint Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha (1 Kgs 19:15-16). Personally, Elijah anointed only Elisha. The other two anointings were done by Elisha, Elijah's ... More

"THE SOUND OF SILENCE" - One Bread, One Body, Jun 15, 2018

06/15/2018 - 1:08am
1 Kings 19:9, 11-16 | Psalm 27:7-9, 13-14 | Matthew 5:27-32

"There was a tiny whispering sound." —1 Kings 19:12

God communicates in myriad ways. On occasion, the Lord roars (Am 1:2; 3:8) and thunders (Ps 29:3, 7-9). However, a major characteristic of God's communication with mankind is His whisperings and His silence. The Lord often whispers, as He did ... More

AGAIN! - One Bread, One Body, Jun 14, 2018

06/14/2018 - 1:08am
1 Kings 18:41-46 | Psalm 65:10-13 | Matthew 5:20-26

"Seven times he said, 'Go look again!' " —1 Kings 18:43

Elijah prayed seven times for something that was good, something that was promised: the rain necessary to end a famine of three-and-a-half years. It took more than one prayer. Sometimes we must persevere in prayer.

God certainly hears ... More

"MAKE DISCIPLES" - One Bread, One Body, Jun 13, 2018

06/13/2018 - 1:08am
St. Anthony of Padua
1 Kings 18:20-39 | Psalm 16:1-2, 4-5, 8, 11 | Matthew 5:17-19

"Answer me, Lord! Answer me, that this people may know that You, Lord, are God and that You have brought them back to their senses." —1 Kings 18:37

The Lord gave Elijah the job of bringing down the idolatrous kingdom of the wicked Ahab and Jezebel. Elijah prophesied that it would not rain for three years (1 Kgs 17:1), and no rain fell. This crippled the economy, but Ahab and Jezebel ... More

FOR GOD'S SAKE! - One Bread, One Body, Jun 12, 2018

06/12/2018 - 1:08am
1 Kings 17:7-16 | Psalm 4:2-5, 7-8 | Matthew 5:13-16

"Know that the Lord does wonders for His faithful one." —Psalm 4:4

Do you want to see the wonders of God? Then forget about them! The more we concentrate on being faithful servants of God — serving Him purely out of obedient love with no interest in being rewarded — the more He does wonders for His faithful ... More

ENCOURAGING YOURSELF OUT OF A JOB - One Bread, One Body, Jun 11, 2018

06/11/2018 - 1:08am
St. Barnabas
Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3 | Psalm 98:1-6 | Matthew 10:7-13

"Barnabas went off to Tarsus to look for [Paul]." —Acts 11:25

Whenever a lowly underdog needed an advocate, the apostle Barnabas stepped forward. Barnabas was a champion for those who needed a second chance. Barnabas took Paul under his protection when Paul risked his life to return to Jerusalem (see ... More

Who Am I in Christ?

06/11/2018 - 1:03am

FAMILY MATTERS - One Bread, One Body, Jun 10, 2018

06/10/2018 - 1:08am
10th Sunday Ordinary Time
Genesis 3:9-15 | 2 Corinthians 4:13–-5:1 | Psalm 130:1-8 | Mark 3:20-35

"...gazing around Him at those seated in the circle..." —Mark 3:34

Jesus came to earth as a Man, and His experience of family was the love flowing through the Holy Family (Lk 2:39-40) and, later, through His relatives (Mk 3:31-32). Jesus has an unimaginably rich family history.

Today's Gospel ... More

"STAY WITH THIS TASK" (2 TM 4:2) - One Bread, One Body, Jun 9, 2018

06/09/2018 - 1:08am
Immaculate Heart of Mary
2 Timothy 4:1-8 | Psalm 71:8-9, 14-17, 22 | Luke 2:41-51 | or Mark 12:38-44

"I will always hope." —Psalm 71:14

"The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but, following their own desires, will surround themselves with teachers who tickle their ears. They will stop listening to the truth and will wander off to fables" (2 Tm ... More

THE BACKGROUND OF LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Jun 8, 2018

06/08/2018 - 1:08am
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8-9 | Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | John 19:31-37

"They shall look on Him." —John 19:37

I'm looking at a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Behind Jesus is a cloudy sky and some trees. The Sacred Heart occupies perhaps two percent of the area of the picture. Yet when I first look at the picture, all I see is His heart with ... More

ORTHO-DOXOLOGY - One Bread, One Body, Jun 7, 2018

06/07/2018 - 1:08am
2 Timothy 2:8-15 | Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14 | Mark 12:28-34

"Try hard to make yourself worthy of God's approval, a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, following a straight course in preaching the truth." —2 Timothy 2:15

A more exact translation of the end of the above verse is "rightly dividing the word of truth." This means that we must interpret and teach God's Word accurately. Without orthodox teaching, the faith of some people is upset (see 2 Tm 2:18), ... More