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And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, In : Daily Meditations 

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One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below.

Ideally, night prayer should include acts of thanksgiving and praise to God along with repentance f...


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On the Virtue of Holy Silence Before the Mysteries of God -- A Meditation on the Silence Imposed upon Zechariah

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, In : Daily Meditations 

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As we move toward the conclusion of the Advent season, we ponder the events surrounding Christ's birth. The penultimate focus is the events leading up to the birth of St. John the Baptist, and in particular, the narrative of Zechariah and Elizabeth. While there are certainly many teachings to be drawn from this passage, there is value in pondering the imposition of silence upon Zechariah. This aspect of the story is particularly applicable to us be...


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Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, In : Daily Meditations 

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One of the great and often-missed moments in the Mass is the opening prayer, also known as the “collect.” It is called this because after priest says to the faithful, “Let us pray,” he waits a moment as they do so and then “collects” their prayers and directs them to God.

Most of the collects (pronounced káh’-lects) are quite ancient and are minor masterpieces. They are succinct, like most of the prayers of the Roman Rite, and make use of creative...


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24 Quotes About Purity That Every Young (& Old) Catholic Should Know

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, In : Daily Meditations 

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
-- Matthew 5:8

 

“Holy Purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.”
-- Saint John Bosco

“We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions.”
-- Saint Peter Julian Eymard
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Prayers to the Blessed Virgin for Every Day of the Week

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 15, 2013, In : Daily Meditations 

For Sunday

MOTHER of my God, look down upon a poor sinner, who has recourse to thee and puts his trust in thee. I am not worthy that thou shouldst even cast thine eyes upon me; but I know that thou, beholding Jesus thy Son dying for sinners, dost yearn exceedingly to save them. O Mother of Mercy, look on my miseries and have pity upon me.
Men say thou art the refuge of the sinner, the hope of the desperate, the aid of the lost; thou art, then, my refuge, hope and aid. It is th...
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Daily Prayers

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 12, 2013, In : Daily Meditations 

MORNING OFFERING

O JESUS,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, and sufferings of this day. For all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart.  In union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. In reparation for all my sins. For the intentions of all our associates, and in particular, for the Pope's intentions. Amen.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father,
wh...

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Daily Offering of the Most Precious Blood

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Daily Meditations 

With a contrite and a pure and loving heart say:

MARY, Immaculate Mother of Jesus, offer, we beseech thee, to the Eternal Father, the Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, to prevent at least one mortal sin from being committed somewhere in the world this day (night). 

"If every night, before we went to sleep," says Father Faber, "we begged our dear Lady to offer up to God the Precious Blood of her Divine Son for grace to hinder one mortal sin somewhere in the world, during that night, an...


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CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 18, 2013, In : Daily Meditations 
O, my beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as thy child, take care of my salvation, watch over me day and night, preserve me from the occasion of sin, obtain for me purity of soul and body! Through thy intercession with Jesus grant me a spirit of sacrifice, of humility and self-denial, a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet tender love for Mary, my Mother. St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying and obtain for me a favorable judgment from Jesus, my merciful Savior. Ame...
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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“In him we have redemption … in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Imagine you have just arrived home after a long day and you fum­ble to unlock the door. When you step in the house you hear an erup­tion of voices calling out “Surprise!” The house is filled with family and friends, balloons, and more food than you’ve ever seen. Suddenly your plans for the evening have changed, and nothing else matters.

This ima...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Do not be afraid.” (Matthew 10:26)

If Jesus were to ask you to do something, as he did when he sent his apostles out to preach and heal, it wouldn’t be unusual to find yourself suddenly afraid. Fear is a natural reaction.

Maybe you’re afraid because you’re having a hard time under­standing what he is asking of you. Or maybe you understand just enough to see potential difficulties or unpleasant consequences. Maybe you feel unprepared and unquali­fied, and s...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Whoever endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)

There are times when life is a joy­ful sprint, when you sense the wind of the Spirit propelling you along. But there are other times when it feels like a hard slog down a barren, endless road.

If you’re facing the hostility that Jesus mentions in today’s Gospel, you may well feel worn and weary. You may also feel this way if you’re unemployed, deployed, disabled, caregiving, or working two jobs to ma...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks.” (Hosea 11:4)

Those of us who have been loved and cared for by our parents have some understanding of what it’s like to receive love from God the Father. Yet we understand even more when we ourselves become parents. Jesus invites us to reflect on this when he asks: “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? … How much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spir...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 10:7)

It’s no exaggeration to say that St. Benedict (480–547), whose feast we celebrate today, changed the course of history. At a time when Western society was falling apart, the monas­teries that followed his rule became oases of stability and hope. People were attracted by the monks’ peace­ful presence, and many decided to move to be closer to them. In some cases, whole towns sprang up around these centers of ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

They may not be the most intelli­gent of all God’s creatures, but when it comes to the spiritual life, sheep do have some character traits in com­mon with us. Like us, they know that they depend on their shepherd for their provision and protection. Like us, they are capable of learning how to hear and follow their master’s voice. And again like us, they also tend to wander away f...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I will espouse you to me forever. ” (Hosea 2:19)

Have you noticed how many businesses have begun to offer “24/7” service? This means that they will be available all the time, every hour of every day. The con­cept has become popular because people want to know that they can do their shopping any time they want or need to.

Well maybe this isn’t as new as we may think. After all, our heav­enly Father has been offering 24/7 help since the dawn of creation. Wh...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel.” (Amos 9:14)

A young mother and father look on their newborn child, and they are filled with love. They have big dreams for this child’s future. Surely he or she will be the most lovely, the most brilliant, the most gifted of all children! Nothing else is possible, because this is their child, the result of their love for each other.

How much greater must God’s hopes and dreams be for our future! We are m...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They shall wander … in search of the word of the Lord.” (Amos 8:12)

It’s hard to think of anything worse than a “famine” of the word of God. What if you lived in a country where you were forbidden to worship the Lord, own a Bible, or even speak the name of Jesus? Scripture tells us that something like this did happen to the Israelites of the Northern King­dom around 721 b.c. It seems that Amos’ prophecy was indeed fulfilled when the Assyrian army overran...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I was no prophet.” (Amos 7:14)

When we get sick, have legal con­cerns, or want investment advice, we consult professionals with expertise in those areas. In a similar way, we may refer religious matters to trained specialists who have spent years studying theology and Scripture.

That’s what it was like in ancient Israel as well. Groups of profes­sional prophets worked together and even formed communities with each other. They supported themselves by providing ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“They cried out to him.” (Matthew 8:29)

When Jesus entered the region Gadara, two men inexplicably ran toward him, crying out to him. It may have looked similar to the way the disciples had just rushed to Jesus and begged him to save them from a violent storm at sea (Matthew 8:25). But something was very different.

These two men were possessed by demons who saw Jesus as a threat to the hold they had over their victims. By contrast, the disciples saw him as the one...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

St. Thomas

My Lord and my God! (John 20:28)

The apostle Thomas has an unfortunate reputation as the “Doubting Thomas.” For some of us, the first and only thing we remember about him is his statement: “Unless I see … I will not believe” (John 20:25). But earlier on, when Jesus told the Twelve that he was going back to a hostile Judea to help his friend Lazarus, Thomas rallied the other disciples to join him. “Let us also go to die with him” (11:16), he sa...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8:22)

These words can make us cringe. Does Jesus really expect us to leave the corpses of loved ones to rot while we go off and follow him? Does he really want us to show such callous disregard for our families? Of course not. Jesus used extreme statements like this to make it clear that he wants us to take the call to follow him seriously.

Jesus wasn’t telling this fellow not to bury his father. How could h...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for July 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“He looked around to see who had done it.” (Mark 5:32)

Sometimes our prayer life can feel a little like a gumball dispenser. We put a quarter in the slot, turn the handle, and expect a gumball to drop out. If we say our prayers, attend church, or do good works, we may think we automatically receive God’s grace. We put in the time, and God dispenses his grace.

But God wants so much more for us! He wants prayer to be a time when we have a personal encounter with hi...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.” (Communion Rite)

Across the English-speaking world, people are stumbling through a new translation of the Mass, relearning phrases and prayers that have been in place for decades. More than a few people have exchanged sheepish glances as they have caught themselves saying something like: “And also with your Spirit!”

But this new translation includes...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Saints Peter and Paul

The angel of the Lord … delivers all who fear God. (Psalm 34:8)

This scene sounds a lot like a suspenseful movie, doesn’t it? A hostage languishes in captivity until a heli­copter is heard in the distance. The chopper brings a group of highly-skilled forces who enter and snatch the hostage out of the mouth of dan­ger, whisking him to safety.

In today’s readings, both Peter and Paul rejoice in being rescued by God. Peter’s story in the ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Matthew 7:27)

The citizens of Jerusalem expe­rienced just such a collapse. After numerous infidelities to God, he permitted Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to conquer them. He dashed their city to the ground, deposed their king, and dragged him into exile along with all the powerful and skilled people of the land.

In the face of such devastation, there are two equally disastro...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The king made a covenant before the Lord.” (2 Kings 23:3)

Josiah wasn’t your average eighteen-year-old learning to be responsible. He already had too much responsibility—he was king of Judah! What’s more, the odds were against him. His father, Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh, had been terrible rulers. Manasseh revived idol worship and various occult practices. He even murdered his own son. Amon continued with more of the same, until he himself was murdere...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Enter through the narrow gate.” (Matthew 7:13)

That narrow gate! It’s tighter than the gap between the do’s and don’ts that we’re all familiar with. So you don’t lie, injure or kill—but what about forgiving a person who has grievously hurt you? You steer clear of coveting, cheating, and stealing— but what about giving financially, even though finances are tight? That’s a constricted road, for sure.

And how do you take time to encourage someone else...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
"Stop judging, that you may not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

We find the defendant guilty as charged. The judge’s gavel strikes: Crack! Crack! Crack! Bailiff, take him away. This scene is repeated count­less times on countless television shows. It is splashed over newspaper headlines and is a hot topic in books and blockbuster movies. In case you haven’t noticed, crime-and-punish­ment justice gets a lot of attention. And that side of justice isn’t a bad thing. It...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday June 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Reading 1, First Kings 21:17-29

17 Then the word of Yahweh came to Elijah the Tishbite,

18 'Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth's vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it.

19 You are to say this to him, "Yahweh says this: You have committed murder and now you usurp as well. For this -- and Yahweh says this -- in the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, the dogs will lick your blood too." '

20 Ahab said to Elijah, 'So you have cau...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Lord called me from birth. (Isaiah 49:1)

What do you think is the most amazing thing about John the Bap­tist? His zeal for the Lord? His pas­sionate preaching? Maybe his gift of self-denial or the humility he dis­played despite his fame?

How about this instead: Even as a fetus, John leapt for joy in the pres­ence of the Virgin Mary because she was carrying the Son of God. John was still an unborn baby, barely aware of life outside of the womb, and yet th...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Do not worry.” (Matthew 6:31)

Father, when I think of who you are, I am amazed. You created every­thing, and you have authority and power over all you have made. Yet you call me child, and invite me to call you Father. I can turn to you anytime, anywhere, about anything, and you will hear and answer me. I am never alone, but always in the palm of your hand.

As I go about my day today, Father, I will remember who you are. You order the movement of the stars, you probe the depth of seas, an...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Jesus spoke these words to a people whose eyes might be drawn occasionally to their neighbor’s house or crops or cattle. But today he speaks them to a people whose eyes are constantly bombarded with images from television, the Internet, billboards, and movies. Because we are subjected to so much visual clut­ter...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8)

What a comfort to know that God understands not only what we want in the heat of the moment but what we truly need! What we need to sustain our human life, yes: “daily bread,” no more, no less. But more fundamentally, what we need to live at peace with each other: divine power to give and receive forgiveness. Even what we need but are unable to achieve on our own: protection and deliverance from the forces that would a...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6:4)

Knowing that his time was short, Elijah asked Elisha to request any­thing he wanted. Elisha wasted no time in asking for a “double por­tion” of Elijah’s spirit (2 Kings 2:9). This may sound like a huge request, but not when you consider the true Giver of this gift. Almighty God, the Lord and giver of life, delights in showering his children with gifts. He is so generous that every day he actively looks for ways to bless...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

How many times have you heard these words from Jesus, and felt completely helpless? We all have someone in our lives that we simply can’t love or forgive—someone who has hurt us so deeply that we have resigned ourselves to bearing the wound for the rest of our lives.

It is precisely these memories, these fears, even these resentments that the Lord wants to heal. He knows that we will never find the strength to dea...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Go on, take possession of the vineyard.” (1 Kings 21:15)

Just thinking about the way Naboth was treated by Jezebel and Ahab can make your blood boil. What a horrendous injustice! They completely ignored his rights and used false accusations to stir up a murderous mob to get rid of him. And their scheme worked. Naboth was put to death, and Ahab and Jezebel got what they wanted.

Sadly, Naboth is one of a long line of righteous victims in the Scriptures. Think of Uriah, deprived of his wife B...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“The seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (Mark 4:27)

When you were a child, you may have been given a model for a present—perhaps a model airplane or boat. Can you remember looking at the picture on the box and getting excited to see that model in its fin­ished state? However, you found that if you didn’t follow the directions and assemble the pieces in the right order, your model didn’t come out quite right.

This is a useful analogy for think­ing about Jesus’ parables ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51)

Today’s Gospel reading makes it clear that whatever the Immaculate Heart of Mary means, it doesn’t mean that Mary was serene and untroubled. It doesn’t mean that she was devoid of questions about what God was asking of her and how her son’s special vocation was to unfold. The question she asks of Jesus here even sounds like a reproach. Why have you done this to us? We have been very worried about you...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Immediately blood and water flowed out. (John 19:34)

On the biological level, the heart is an organ that pumps oxygen-rich blood to all parts of the body, sustaining life and activity. On the spiritual level, Jesus’ Sacred Heart continuously pumps life into our souls, supplying us with all the grace we need to stay close to the Lord and walk in his ways.

That’s the “function” of Jesus’ heart. But there is so much more to this feast than a remembrance of what h...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” (Matthew 5:22)

At first glance, these words seem very harsh. Surely Jesus wouldn’t put my anger on the same level as murder! Wouldn’t he understand if I received Communion today, but put off reconciling with my brother or sister for a while longer?

For the answer, we have to look inside our hearts. Anger is a normal human emotion, but as with all other emotions, we should never let it con­trol us. Just a brief look at the ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13)

The late Pentecostal preacher David du Plessis was once approached by a congregant who complained that people do not seem thirsty for the Lord these days. Without missing a beat, du Plessis replied: “It’s not that they are not thirsty enough. It’s that we are not salty enough!” This reply might take us aback and put us on the defen­sive, but let’s look at it from a differ­ent angle. Instead of thinking about how “unsalty” we m...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
St. Barnabas

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said … . (Acts 13:2)

You almost can’t help being in awe of stories from the days of the early church. Power from heaven comes down to earth. Amazing mir­acles happen. Heroes and heroines of faith overcome major obstacles as people flock to the church by the hundreds or even thousands. God’s glory seemed to shine so brightly back then.

But what about us? Most of the time, our experiences don’t match up with wha...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Body and Blood of Christ

Take it; this is my body. (Mark 14:22)

Have you ever had the experience of recalling a past event, or a person whom you once knew, and having that memory be so vivid that it’s as if you were reliving the event, or encountering that person all over again? This is how powerful our capacity for memory can be, and it gives us a glimpse into what can happen whenever we celebrate the Eucharist.

Jesus promised that anyone who eats his flesh and drinks his blood abides in ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“This poor widow put in more… . ” (Mark 12:43)

What a contrast! Jesus had just finished warning his disciples against the scribes who liked to parade around in long robes and be treated with honor. He even accused them of devouring “the houses of widows” (Mark 12:40). And in the very next scene, we see a poor widow giving generously to the Temple treasury— donating “her whole livelihood” (12:44). In just a few short verses, we are shown both the oppressor and the oppressed, the...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“The great crowd heard this with delight.” (Mark 12:37)

Suppose you’re an expert on a particular subject, something you have studied and taught for years. But your students just don’t seem to get it. How do you make them understand? You could dazzle—and intimidate—them with your supe­rior knowledge. But instead, you choose to reason with them on their level. You help them to grasp it for themselves.

This is what Jesus does in today’s Gospel reading. He wants to clarify the people...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Stir into flame the gift of God that you have.” (2 Timothy 1:6)

Stop, drop, and roll. For decades, this fire safety mantra has been taught to schoolchildren so that they can have a quick way to remember what to do if their clothes ever catch fire. Fire needs fuel and heat, but without air, it can’t burn for long. So one of the best ways to put out a fire is to get rid of its source of oxygen.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have St. Paul telling Timothy—and all of us—to fan i...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Whose image and inscription is this?” (Mark 12:16)

There are times when talking with Jesus can be like taking an ele­vator from the ground floor of our earthly thinking to the penthouse of divine thought. Jesus has this knack for elevating topics both mundane and magnificent so that we can get a glimpse into his Father’s heart. And this is just what he did with the Pharisees who asked him a trick question about paying taxes.

The Pharisees thought they had Jesus cornered. If he said yes,...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
… so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:4)

Imagine you have just received an invitation to a birthday party, baby shower, or wedding from someone close to you. Your heart is filled with excitement as you open the invitation to find out the date and time of the celebration. You eagerly look forward to the event, a time of celebration when your friend isn’t asking much—just that you show up so that you can enjoy the conver-sations, the food, and the...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Most Holy Trinity

Go, therefore… (Matthew 28:19)

Have you ever started to leave a friend’s house, but then turned turn back to say: “Oh, and one more thing… .” That’s kind of what Jesus does here. Just before he ascends into heaven, he turns to his apostles and tells them one more thing: “Go … and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Teach them. Tell them what you know. Make them students of my life, my Father’s love, and the power of the Spirit. Baptize them...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Keep yourselves in the love of God.” (Jude 21)

That’s quite a tall order, isn’t it? How in the world are we supposed to keep ourselves in God’s love? Isn’t that more something God does for us?

Well, yes and no. It’s true that only God can sustain us. It’s true that we can’t earn God’s love or do anything to make him love us any more—or any less, for that mat­ter. But Jude isn’t telling us to keep working hard to make sure that our Father still loves us. Instead, his wo...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 1, 2012

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“He looked around at everything and … went out to Bethany.” (Mark 11:11)

Picture the scene. Jesus, just arrived at the Temple, is confronted with a spectacle that makes him boil with anger. Right there in its outer court, a place intended for prayer, merchants and money changers are doing a brisk business. And what about the religious authorities who should be keeping the Temple holy? They’re lining their pockets with the revenues. You can imagine Jesus’ dis­ciples poking each other...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 30, 2012

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“Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” (Mark 10:37)

It’s Friday night—family night at home, when everyone sits together to play a game or watch a movie on TV. As the mother sits on the sofa, two of her kids rush to join her, eager to have her arms around them as the movie starts. But the other three kids protest: “That’s not fair! They got to sit with you last week!” It may seem selfish of the two children to try to get the privileged ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 29, 2012

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“As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.” (1 Peter 1:15)

At any other time in the church year, we might find this exhortation intimidating. There’s no way I can be as holy as Jesus, certainly not in every single thing I do! It’s just not humanly possible, no matter how pure my inten­tions and strong my willpower. I can’t possibly eliminate selfishness from my nature. I can’t love the way God loves.

True enough. This...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 28, 2012

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“… A new birth to a living hope.” (1 Peter 1:3)

“Yes,” your doctor says. “The test results confirm it. You are preg­nant.” The excitement you feel on hearing these words is indescribable. You’re having your first child!

As the months progress, you find yourself focusing less on yourself and more on the little person you are carrying. It’s all about the baby now. At fleeting moments you may think about the pain of childbirth or the nighttime feedings...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 26, 2012

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“With complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 28:31)

Imagine being the soldier guard­ing Paul during his house arrest in Rome! He would have seen this great apostle and evangelist toward the end of his life. He has been tested by trials and proved faith­ful through all his journeys. Now Paul could take advantage of two years of relative peace to wrap up his affairs. He wrote many ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 25, 2012

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“There is a man here left in custody by Felix.” (Acts 25:14)

If you were talking about the apos­tle Paul, is it likely that you’d refer to him simply as “a man”? Probably not. To us, Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles, an ardent ambassador for Christ, an eminent teacher, and a glorious hero of the faith. But to Festus, the Rome-appointed official who was holding him in prison, Paul is just a jailbird with odd ideas of no special interest.

As Festus discu...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 24, 2012

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I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word.” (John 17:20)

When we enter into a time of intercessory prayer, it’s not uncom­mon to bring our own priorities to the forefront of our minds. We bring to God the issues that concern us and challenge us on a regular basis. How will I pay these bills? Can I trust my teenager to drive? How can I maintain a happy marriage? But if we look at Jesus’ prayer on the night before he d...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 23, 2012

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“I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely.” (John 17:13)

What would you pray for if you were facing a brutally painful, lin­gering death? Strength? Peace? The grace to endure it faithfully? Jesus prayed for his friends. He was con­cerned for what he had begun in their hearts. He wanted it to con­tinue and bear fruit until the day they were reunited with him. And guess what? He included us in his prayer. Us! With love and compas­sion, ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 22, 2012

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"This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3)

In this wonderful prayer of Jesus, we get a glimpse of eternity: not harps and jewels but intimacy with God. Nor do we have to wait until we die to experience this. Jesus knows us inside and out, and he longs for us to know him too, to let his love begin to transform us here and now.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me,” he says t...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 21, 2012

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“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2)

These Ephesians were almost completely in the dark! But while they were innocently unaware of the Holy Spirit, he was, of course, well aware of them. You could even say that the Spirit sent Paul as a spokes­man to “introduce” himself. And the new friends quickly made up for lost time.

Think about your best friend. Do you remember when you met? Would you say that you’re better friends now ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 20, 2012

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The Ascension of the Lord

Go into the whole world and pro­claim the gospel. (Mark 16:15)

What a simple, but immense, charge Jesus gave to his disciples! He even told them that those who accepted their message would be saved, while those who didn’t would be condemned.

Imagine their reaction: Really, Lord? We’re just fishermen. You can’t expect us to go out and save the whole human race! But Jesus made this a win-win situation. He did send his apostles out to pr...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 19, 2012

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“All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries.” (Psalm 47:2)

Have you ever given the Lord a rousing round of applause? When we’ve enjoyed a great concert, we clap exuberantly to show our appreciation. Sometimes we cheer. We may even give the performers a standing ovation and keep on applauding until they give us an encore. So let’s take the advice of the psalmist today and join him in a round of applause and loud shouts of acclamation for t...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 18, 2012

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“No one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)

Suppose you were to find a very old locket that was engraved inside. The words on the inscription may not mean much to you, but they were probably very special to the original owner of the locket. That is, after all, the nature of an engrav­ing: to convey a lasting message to a loved one.

Do you know that God has been engraving your heart with words of love since the day he created you? These declarations a...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 17, 2012

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“Greet Prisca and Aquila.” (Romans 16:3)

With all of its sermons, conver­sions, miracles, and travels, the Book of Acts gives us a bird’s eye view of the early church. It doesn’t give us the full stories of all the heroes and heroines of that first generation of Christians. To paraphrase what John said about his Gospel, “there wouldn’t be enough books in the entire world” to write down all those stories (John 21:25)!

Think, for example, about Barnabas....


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 16, 2012

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“What … you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.” (Acts 17:23)

Athens: one of the great cities of the classical world. It was a cultural center and home to the philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as many renowned dramatists and artists. Athens was one of the first known democracies in history, and inspired the foundation of democ­racies in our own time. Above all, Athenians were an intellectually curi­ous people. As St. Luke tells us, they ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 15, 2012

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"About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earth­quake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open.” (Acts 16:25-26)

Paul and Silas had no idea what God was up to. They were pretty sure God didn’t want them to languish in prison for the rest of their lives, but they didn’t know whether to pray for a miraculous release, dismissal of the charges again...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 14, 2012

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St. Matthias

It is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us … become with us a witness to his resurrection. (Acts 1:21,22)

Peter, new head of the infant church, was thinking long-term. His concern, St. John Chrysostom tells us, “was to have eyewitnesses, even though the Spirit was to come upon all. It had to be someone who had lived with Jesus, not simply some­one who was a disciple.” It had to be someone who could look people in the eye and declare wit...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 13, 2012

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“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

It was one o’clock in the morning when the couple received news that their two sons would be returning home from the war in two months’ time. They were so excited that they stayed awake all the rest of the night reminiscing about their boys and making plans for their eventual reunion. They knew their sons were still in harm’s way, but there was no room for doubt an...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 12, 2012

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“The Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.” (Acts 16:7)

Have you ever planned a trip? Maybe you’ve arranged transporta­tion, lodging, even meal plans. You’re packed and ready to go, tickets in hand, itinerary ready. Imagine what would happen if, at the last min­ute, everything falls through. Your transportation is canceled, the hotel is full, or your money is stolen. It’s hard to overcome your aggravation to see how it might be for the best. Paul’s second...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 11, 2012

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“Some … have upset you … and disturbed your peace of mind.” (Acts 15:24)

It’s a common frustration. You buy something on eBay or an online retailer, or even at the local hardware store. Then when you begin to use the item, you discover that it’s defec­tive—nicked, outdated, or missing a crucial bolt. The product can’t do the job you thought it could do.

In a way, this is why the new Christians of Antioch were upset. However, their disappointment cen­...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 10, 2012

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“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” (John 15:9)

How many times have we heard these words, felt warmed by them, and yet not really grasped the radi­cal truth behind them? Let’s take a look, for instance, at what Jesus means when he says, “As the Father has loved me.” Let’s consider a few instances in Jesus’ life where we get a glimpse into how much the Father loves his Son.

When Jesus was baptized by John, the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit d...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 9, 2012

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” (John 15:1)

In Japanese culture, the art of growing a Bonsai tree is a lifelong and rewarding experience for the grower. The spectator is also greatly rewarded by the beauty of the tree’s appearance and shape. Each tree is carefully trimmed, pruned, clamped, defoliated, and grafted for the grower’s purpose and delight. The grower carefully removes unnecessary leaves, branches, or needles that hinder its beau...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 8, 2012

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

If you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you know how easy it is to let frightening images get stuck in your imagination. A movie, with its spe­cial effects and dramatic music, can make you forget you’re in the safety of your living room. Suddenly, you’re transported to a dangerous and scary place where everything seems malevolent.

The example may sound trite, but spiritually, there are always things ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 7, 2012

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“When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out.” (Acts 14:11)

A man who had never walked before in his life had jumped up and was standing right in front of the crowd. What an amazing miracle! It’s no wonder that the people couldn’t contain their excitement. So Barnabas and Paul seized this oppor­tunity to tell them about the One who healed this man.

Even in the midst of our own uncertainties and unresolved ques­tions, today should be a day of rej...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 5, 2012

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“They shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.” (Acts 13:51)

When Paul and Barnabas arrived in Pisidian Antioch, they followed their usual custom and went first to the town’s synagogue. There, the “children of the family of Abraham” listened attentively to Paul’s preach­ing about Jesus. Some became believers, while others invited him back to explain further. However, some of the Jewish leaders managed to turn many of their...


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Ou Daily Bread Meditation for May 6, 2012

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“Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)

How comforting it is to know that we do not walk alone through this life! No matter how isolated or weak we may feel, the truth is that Jesus is with us and will never abandon us. With Jesus as “the vine,” we can be assured that we will receive every­thing we need to nourish and sustain us. With the Father as the “vine grower,” all the circumstances of our lives—both pleasant and difficult— becom...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 4, 2012

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“We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you.” (Acts 13:32)

Do you recognize this story? Most likely, you do. In these few verses, through his account of St. Paul’s preaching, Luke has penned the heart of the gospel message. He managed to cram years of Jesus’ ministry into a few short sentenc­es—along with a backdrop, a plot, and a climax!

Let’s see… . Jesus came to the people he and his Father created, but we didn’t recognize him. And though he was an inno...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 3, 2012

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Sts. Philip and James

Show us the Father. (John 14:8)

Philip and James, whose mem­ory we are honoring today, were among those Jesus had specially chosen as his apostles. So they had been with him for a few years already when Jesus told them and the rest of the twelve: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father” (John 14:7). But despite all their time together, they didn’t understand what he was talking about. So Philip asked: “Master, show us the Father” (14:8).

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 2, 2012

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“I came into the world as light.” (John 12:46)

My brothers and sisters, I came to earth so that everyone who believes in me may not remain in the dark­ness. So come! Come into my light!

Come into my light so that you can see the path you should follow. Many of you are facing important decisions right now. You don’t have to make these decisions all on your own. Come into my light so I can help you find the way. Let me show you my hopes, plans, and dreams for you. So often, ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 1, 2012

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“How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24)

The Jews gathered around Jesus, demanding to know, once and for all, whether he really was the Messiah. That kind of plea surfaces in every­one at times. We all want assurances from God—both about who he is and about our own lives. What job should I take? Whom should I marry? How should I manage my finances? We all want to do the right thing, to please him, and to trust him w...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 30, 2012

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“Peter began and explained it to them step by step.” (Acts 11:4)

This is an interesting reading to have for a Mass! Rather than read the actual story of the conversion of Cornelius, the first Gentile (a power­fully dramatic account in Acts 10), the church asks us to meditate on Peter’s re-telling of the story to the believers in Jerusalem. Why should we ponder only a second-hand ver­sion of one of the most historic events in the church’s life?

Perhaps the answer is because...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 29, 2012

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“We are God’s children.” (1 John 3:2)

What a radical statement! How awesome it is that we mere mortals are children of the eternal, almighty God! What could be more wonder­ful than having the Creator of the universe as your own dad?

Being a child of God is not just a matter of doctrine or intellectual faith but of relationship—a relation­ship founded on love: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God” (1 John 3:1).

Being his d...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 28, 2012

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“Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, ‘Tabitha, rise up.’” (Acts 9:40)

Throughout the Book of Acts, we see Peter acting confidently by the power of the Holy Spirit. He preaches powerful sermons that convert thousands. He heals a lame beggar at the Temple gate (Acts 3:1-10). He says boldly to the para­lyzed Aeneas, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up” (9:34). This is quite an impressive man!

Today’s reading gives us a glim...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 27, 2012

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“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4)

Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road has all the ele­ments of a dramatic film. A villainous lead character is sud­denly stopped in his tracks by a light from the sky. A voice comes from heaven, and this villain undergoes an amazing transforma­tion and embarks on a whole new adventure.

What about your own conver­sion story? More than likely, it wasn’t so dramatic. Perhaps a friend spoke to you, or maybe you started re...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 26, 2012

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“Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)

Philip might have been worried. An angel from God told him to approach the chariot of a powerful official from a foreign country. But how could he cut through the cul­tural barriers? How could he come up with an effective presentation of the gospel that would change this man’s heart? Wasn’t God asking too much of him this time?

As it turned out, God had already laid a lot of the groundwork for Philip...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 25, 2012

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St. Mark

Your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. (1 Peter 5:9)

Let’s face it. Suffering is a part of life in this world. No one can escape it, not even the greatest saints. So let’s take the opportunity on this feast of St. Mark, to see how one of the church’s shining lights handled life’s slings and arrows.

Tradition tells us that St. Mark is the same John Mark who accompa­nied Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. For s...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 24, 2012

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“It was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven… . I am the bread of life.” (John 6:32,35)

The Israelites were yearning for a romantic past. Selectively forget­ting the thirst and weariness of their long desert wanderings, they focused on remembering the miraculous manna that sustained them. Since Jesus was talking somewhat mysteri­ously to them about “true bread,” they demanded a sign similar to the manna their ancestor...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 23, 2012

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“What can we do to accom­plish the works of God?” (John 6:28)

Jesus had just fed a multitude of people, and the disciples had just seen him walking on water. Take a moment to think about the immensity of these two feats. First, Jesus was able to feed thousands of hungry people with just five loaves of bread and a couple of fish. Then, he completely overrode the laws of gravity and buoyancy by striding atop a stormy sea. And he did it all so casually, so matter-of-factly, as if...


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Daily Readings for Sunday April 22, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

13 It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after he had given his verdict to release him.

14 It was you who accused the Holy and Upright One, you who demanded that a murderer should be released to you

15 while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 22, 2012

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“He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)

We all love to have our minds stretched in new directions. There is nothing more exciting than listen­ing to someone who can open up new horizons in our understanding. This is one way to describe how the apostles must have felt after Jesus appeared and “opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). But something more than human learning was going on here.

When Jesus opened the apostles’ m...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 21, 2012

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“It is I.” (John 6:20)

The disciples were rowing in a strong wind. They were working hard, keeping the boat afloat despite the wind and the waves. The situ­ation wasn’t desperate. These were able watermen who knew the sea and had determined that they could make it to the other shore in these conditions. Still, something hap­pened, “and they began to be afraid” (John 6:19).

It wasn’t the wind or the waves that caused their fear. It was Jesus, appearing at a place they ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 20, 2012

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“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” (John 6:12)

The miracle of the loaves and fishes is one of the best examples of how Jesus works in our lives. In the story, Jesus put Philip to the test when, looking at the crowd that had gathered, he asked: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” (John 6:5). Jesus knew what he was going to do, but he wanted Philip and the others to feel some sense of the responsibility that Jesus constantly felt as h...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 19, 2012

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“The one who comes from above is above all.” (John 3:31)

O Lord, sometimes I feel trapped by all the pressure and stress of life. All I can see are my problems, my struggles, my challenges. I feel like I am drowning in a sea of trials. It’s so hard to look above all the things that are pressing on me, demanding my immediate attention!

But you, Jesus, are from above, and you are above all. You have the serenity that comes from your divine perspective, overseeing the raging se...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 18, 2012

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“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” (John 3:16)

Imagine a holy card that pic­tures God the Father—blazing with wrath—poised to blast this sinful world to oblivion. And next to him, straining to hold back the aveng­ing arm, God the Son, whose heart burns with love for fallen humanity.

Hopefully, you’re not carrying such an image in your prayer book! But are you carrying some version of it in your head? Do you some­times see the Father as severe and conde...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 17, 2012

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“There was no needy person among them.” (Acts 4:34)

How idyllic the early church sounds! Everything was held in com­mon. The gospel was preached in power. Everyone enjoyed the favor of God. The wealthy liquidated their assets and gave the money to the apostles. This is quite a model of what a truly Christian community looks like—or would look like if such a community were comprised of genuine, true believers.

But look again. At the top of his list, St. Luke tells us that the ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 16, 2012

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“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)

Only after being filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost did Peter and the apostles feel con­fident enough to share the gospel message and invite other people to join them in the church. Only then did they feel compelled to move into the world evangelizing with the reckless abandon of those who knew they were miraculously redeemed and completely, uncondi­ti...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 15, 2012

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Divine Mercy Sunday

This is the one who came through water and blood. (1 John 5:6)

“Throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation … to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that human­ity will experience in the years to come.” Twelve years ago, Pope John Paul II used these words to inaugu­rate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast to be celebrated every year on the sec­ond Sunday...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 14, 2012

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“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” (Mark 16:16)

Imagine that you’re Mary Magdalene, and you are just encoun­tering the risen Jesus for the very first time. Your heart is pounding. Your eyes are wide with wonder. Your breath comes in gasps of amazement. In a combination of joy and shock, you fall at his feet and worship him.

In the Gospel readings all this week, we have seen story after story of how disciples like Mary reacted when they discovered that Jesus ha...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 13, 2012

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It is the Lord.” (John 21:7)

What a puzzling time this must have been in the disciples’ lives! They’ve followed Jesus on the way to the cross, only to hear reports that he has come alive again. Then he is suddenly in their midst with words of comfort and mission—but then he vanishes as quickly as he appeared. What’s next?

Not surprisingly, some of them go back to their work as fisher­men—something stable. But after a long night, they have caught noth­ing. Then a stra...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 12, 2012

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“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment.” (Acts 3:19-21)

Have you ever been so thirsty that when you took a drink of water you felt energized? Maybe you were working outside for a long time, and when you came in for a break, you finally realized how much you had perspired. That first glass of water really felt good!

This is the kind of refresh­ment that God wants to give us every day as we examine our con­s...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 11, 2012

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“Their eyes were opened.” (Luke 24:31)

Suppose you are an archaeologist who discovers a great city hidden in the jungle for centuries. Or a police detective who finds the crucial clue that will unlock a stubbornly difficult case. Or a scientist who stumbles onto something so amaz­ing that it promises to revolutionize your field. There are few words to describe these moments—except perhaps astounding, extraordinary, and incredible!

The two disciples in today’s Gospel readin...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 9, 2012

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“God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.” (Acts 2:32)

So how are you going to celebrate the Easter season? Here’s one way the church will do it: From now until Pentecost, we will be reading from the Book of Acts every day at Mass. That means that for the next fifty days, we will be following the first believers as they spread the news of the resurrection all the way to Rome. We will be reading story after story of how the Holy Spirit empowered these men and women ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 8, 2012

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The resurrection of the Lord

They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (John 20:9)

What a humble statement! Here is John, the beloved apostle, admit­ting that he hadn’t yet grasped the truth that Jesus would rise from the dead. And not only John but Peter and the other apostles doubted that possibility. Even Mary Magdalene, who saw the empty tomb, supposed that someone had stolen Jesus’ body (John 20:2).

Now, Jesus had told his apostles that t...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 7, 2012

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Easter Vigil

Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. (Isaiah 55:2)

There are so many powerful symbols during the Easter Vigil! We gather in darkness as a brand-new fire is ignited. That light spreads from the Paschal candle to our own tapers, swallowing up darkness and isolation in its radiant glow.

We hear how our father Abraham sacrificed a lamb caught in a thorn-bush in place of his only son, and we stand in awe before the Father who offers up his thorn...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 6, 2012

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Good Friday

It is finished. (John 19:30)

What was finished? Jesus’ mission!

If we want to understand that mission we have to go back to the very beginning of the Bible. We have to start in Genesis, with its story of the fall of our first parents. From that point on, the human race was sepa­rated from God. Subject to sin and death, all Adam’s descendants would now live under a cloud. But God did not abandon us. He established a personal covenant with Abraham to form a people w...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 4, 2012

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“My appointed time draws near.” (Matthew 26:18)

We are only two days away from Good Friday. Each year this bitter­sweet occasion moves us to focus on the injustice, humiliation, and the suffering that Jesus endured. At the same time, Jesus’ death can cause us to rejoice as we focus on all the blessings that flow from his cross.

When Jesus said that his appointed time was fast approach­ing, he was preparing his disciples for the sacrifice he was about to make for them—and ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 3, 2012

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“I thought I had toiled in vain …” (Isaiah 49:4)

At the Last Supper, Jesus would certainly have had every reason to be disappointed. For the past three years, he had devoted his life to persuasive preaching; to giving an example of self-sacrifice and uncon­ditional love; and to bringing about dramatic victories over sickness, demonic powers, and even death. Yet no matter how hard he worked, God’s reign on earth still seemed like a distant dream.

Political leaders still dis...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 2, 2012

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“They gave a dinner for him.” (John 12:2)

Doesn’t it seem odd that Jesus would start the final week of his earthly life by attending a dinner party? You might have expected him, with good reason, to have spent extra time in prayer and conversation with his Father, or in some other way strengthening himself for the ordeal ahead. But no, he had dinner with his friends. He received their gener­osity and love. And he loved them back by spending time with them, even at a time whe...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 1, 2012

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Passion Sunday

Crucify him! (Mark 15:13)

St. Francis de Sales once wrote: “I especially commend earnest mental prayer … upon the life and Passion of our Lord. If you contemplate him frequently in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with him, you will grow in his likeness, and your actions will be molded on his.” Francis knew that if we want to see real transformation in our lives, we need to dwell deeply on the cross.

One of the best ways to do this is to imagine your...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 31, 2012

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“It is better for you.” (John 11:50)

Like missing a new exit ramp on a familiar highway, the high priest Caiaphas was about to miss the new work God was doing in Jesus. Both he and Jesus began well, with a deep respect for the Temple and the Law of Moses. As part of a priestly family, Caiaphas or a rel­ative may have presided when Joseph and Mary presented their infant son at the Temple. Perhaps he was acquainted with or even among those who, a dozen years later, marveled at ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 29, 2012

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“I am.” (John 8:58)

When Moses asked God his name in the burning bush, God replied: “I am who am”—a phrase that can also be translated as: “I will cause to be what I will cause to be” (Exodus 3:14). Ultimately, no translation is entirely satisfactory, because “this divine name is mysterious just as God is mystery … infinitely above everything that we can understand” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 206). And yet, in telling Moses his name, God gave the Israel...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 28, 2012

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“He … cast them into the white-hot furnace.” (Daniel 3:20)

If we just look at the basic story outline of this tale of Daniel and the fiery furnace, we could easily get lost in the excitement. Nebuchadnezzar is king of almost the entire known world. He commands everyone in his kingdom to worship his statue—and only three men refuse. They assert that only Yahweh, the God of Israel, is worthy of worship and adoration. Nebuchadnezzar has these three men thrown alive into a blaz...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 27, 2012

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“If anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover.” (Numbers 21:8)

How wonderful is God’s plan! Centuries before the actual event, God foreshadowed his plan to save his people through the lifting up of his Son on the cross. He was also teaching his people that through repentance, faith, and trust they could be freed from the effects of their sin.

The Israelites had been traveling through the desert for many years; their children—who knew only a nomadic life—wer...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 26, 2012

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The annunciation of the Lord

I will not tempt the Lord! (Isaiah 7:12)

In today’s first reading, King Ahaz is being offered something that he may not want—a victory that comes not from fighting but from passive waiting. Commissioned by God, the prophet Isaiah has given him an unexpected set of directions about a dangerous military threat: Sit tight, and wait for God to act. Don’t be afraid. In fact, don’t do anything! (Isaiah 7:4,7-9). But with enemies massing on his norther...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 25, 2012

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“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it pro­duces much fruit.” (John 12:24)

Have you ever seen a seed ger­minate? While it is in the soil, the skin encasing it splits open. Next, the seed itself splits in two, and the stem and root unfurl. Gradually, the seed grows smaller as it nourishes the new plant. Eventually, the seed disappears altogether. If you were to look at the plant after a while, you probably wo...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 24, 2012

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“Then each went to his own house.” (John 7:53)

The chief priests and Pharisees are stressed out. It’s the Feast of Tabernacles, and Jesus has been drawing crowds—captivating many people but agitating others. His opponents are buzzing like angry bees. But for now, they are in total disarray—divided, confused, and powerless to sting.

By the end of the day, these reli­gious leaders have been disobeyed by the Temple police (John 7:44-46), have argued over a basic point of ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 23, 2012

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“We know where he is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” (John 7:27)

The conflict about the origins of Jesus arose because of a popu­lar belief that the Messiah’s origins would be hidden. Since the people at the Temple claimed to know Jesus’ family and hometown, they con­cluded that he could not possibly be the Messiah. The problem was that the people were thinking about Jesus’ human and earthly origins, but Jesus was referring to his divin...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 22, 2012

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“Search the Scriptures.” (John 5:39)

Have you ever picked up your Bible, read a passage from it, and then sat back and wondered what in the world God was trying to say to you? It’s possible that you may have walked away and decided that the passage didn’t have any consequence for your life. But somewhere inside your heart, you probably also sensed that there was something in that pas­sage for you, but you just couldn’t place your finger on it.

God wants to reveal himself...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 21, 2012

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“… So that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.” (John 5:23)

During his earthly life, Jesus repeatedly declared that his pri­mary purpose was to do only what the Father wanted of him and to speak only the words that the Father gave him (John 4:34; 6:38; 8:28). His whole life was dedicated to bringing honor to his Father—to the point that on the night before he was arrested, he asked the Father to glorify him through his death only “so that your son may glo...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 20, 2012

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“Their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.” (Ezekiel 47:12)

In a vision, the prophet Ezekiel saw a stream of water flowing from the Temple in Jerusalem through the Arabah and into the Dead Sea. The Arabah is a geological rift that encompasses the Sea of Galilee at its northern end, the Jordan River in the middle, and the Dead Sea in the south. In this vision, the water flowed into the Dead Sea with such abundance and vitality that it fresh­ened that whole body of stagn...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for March 19, 2012

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St. Joseph

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him. (Matthew 1:24)

In a world where so many say, “My will be done,” St. Joseph is a refreshing example of one who said to God, “Thy will be done.” Like his faithful spouse, Mary, Joseph’s yes to God was of great importance in the divine plan. We are blessed that his life was yielded to doing God’s will, no matter what the cost to himself or his reputation.

Joseph’s holiness and obedience were...


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Daily Meditation for March 18, 2012

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“God, who is rich in mercy.” (Ephesians 2:4)

Heavenly Father, how great is your love! I am amazed at the depth of your mercy toward me. Your love is perfect and unchanging, and you never take your eyes off of me. You are all I need, for you sustain me with the bread of life and the cup of salvation. You are worthy of all praise and honor and glory!

From the very beginning, Father, your arms have always been open wide, ready to receive me whenever I return to you in repentance a...


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Daily Meditation for March 17, 2012

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“The one who humbles him­self will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)

The Pharisee in this parable came to God with his hands full. He had gathered his fasting, tithing, and obe­dience to the Mosaic law and held them up to the Lord. “See Lord,” he said. “Look at all my goodness.” And God could see it. He couldn’t deny all that the Pharisee presented to him. But there was a problem. This man’s hands were full. He had no room for God’s mercy. Indeed, focused on his own good...


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Daily Meditation for March 16, 2012

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“I will love them freely.” (Hosea 14:5)

In Hosea’s time, more than seven centuries before Christ, the north­ern kingdom of Israel was locked in a power struggle with the Assyrian empire. For long years, Israel repeat­edly put its trust in political solutions and military alliances instead of trust­ing in God. Making matters worse, they also began to worship false gods, hoping that these idols would make them more prosperous. Thus, they broke their covenant with God and rem...


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Daily Meditation for March 15, 2012

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“They did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own coun­sels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not for­ward.” (Jeremiah 7:24, RSV)

The Christian life is sometimes compared to a journey. On a journey, we are headed toward a destination, and we go forward to arrive there. But in this passage, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, God talks about his people going backward and not forward. They were walking away from their destination...


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Daily Meditation for March 14, 2012

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I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

Imagine being called upon to do something that seems overwhelm­ing, if not downright impossible. It can be quite intimidating to ponder how—or even if—you will do it. But thanks be to God, when you actually got into the project, you found that it wasn’t so hard after all. In fact, it actually became simple! Sometimes, the Christian life is that way.

Jesus lived under the Mosaic law, with its rich layers of observances...


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Daily Meditation for March 13, 2012

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“As many as seven times?” (Matthew 18:21)

Peter thought he was being quite generous. Forgiving someone seven times sure does seem like a lot, doesn’t it? The truth is, forgiving repeated offenses goes against our nature. Just look at Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant. He had just been forgiven a debt he could never repay, and even in the afterglow of such generosity, he couldn’t find it in himself to forgive a fellow servant a mere pittance.

Jesus ...


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Daily Meditation for March 12, 2012

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“Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal.” (2 Kings 5:10)

Doesn’t Elisha’s method of heal­ing sound like the infomercials that tend to populate late-night tele­vision? All we have to do is drink a cup of tea with an exotic fruit extract from the Amazon, and fifteen pounds of fat will immediately melt off our bodies! No wonder Naaman found it hard to believe! Besides, he was very sick. Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, as we now know it, is a tragic d...


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Daily Meditation for March 11, 2012

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“He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple area.” (John 2:15)

Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus was angry. But just a little more than a week ago, we read how Jesus told us not to get angry. So, did Jesus commit a sin here? Did he lose his temper? Or is there a place for anger?

Maybe St. Paul can help out here. “Be angry,” he wrote, “but do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). So there is a type of anger that isn’t sinful. In fact, there are times when ange...


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Daily Meditation for March 10, 2012

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“He became angry.” (Luke 15:28)

The prodigal has returned to a red-carpet welcome, and the older son is fuming. But what would he rather have happened to his younger brother?

Did he want to see the scoundrel suffer? To have the door slammed shut in his face? Maybe he hoped to see him humiliated in front of the whole village. Or might he have pre­ferred to hear that his brother had starved to death in a foreign land?

Such mean-spiritedness seems pretty extreme, doesn’t it? B...


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Daily Meditation for March 9, 2012

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“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” (Matthew 21:42)

When we think of cornerstones, we may think of noble figures like Abraham, David, or Jeremiah. We may think of heroic saints like Mother Teresa or John of the Cross. And, of course, we think of Jesus. All of these figures stand out in our imagination as people with almost superhuman talents, skills, and dedication to their causes. But sal­vation history is also filled with the stories of many peop...


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Daily Meditation for March 8, 2012

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“… Like a tree planted near streams of water.” (Psalm 1:3)

Spring may not be here yet, but today is still a good time to think about planting—not flowers and vegetables but yourself. Plant your­self near the river of life, the river that flows from the throne of God (Revelation 22:1). Send roots down deep into the rich soil of faith—soil that will produce life in you.

Do you want to know the best way to do this? Root yourself in the Scriptures. Spend time each day readin...


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Daily Meditation for March 7, 2012

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“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)

Talk about completely missing the point! Jesus lets the apostles in on the biggest news in history—that he was going to die and rise for all sin, and James and John have the nerve to respond by asking for places of honor and glory. It’s a wonder Jesus didn’t bang his head against the wall out of frustration! And the other apostles don’t come off much better. They were “indignant” all right, but ...


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Daily Meditation for March 6, 2012

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“You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you… . When you do these things, should I be silent?” (Psalm 50:17,21)

As teenagers, many of us turned a deaf ear to our parents’ advice, cast­ing their warnings behind us. But when we run into challenges down the road, we often find these pearls of wisdom echoing in our memory! “A person is known by the company he keeps.” “To have a friend, you must be a friend.” “Planned deceit is a lie.” “A stitch in time saves...


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Daily Meditation for March 5, 2012

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“Be merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

Imagine going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and pouring out your heart in repentance, only to have the priest withhold absolution. This sounds absurd, since we know our sincere confession will result in for­giveness from God and his church. At the same time, we can’t expect God to forgive us if we aren’t will­ing to forgive other people. Jesus did tell us: “Forgive and you will be for­given” (Luke 6:37).

But how difficul...


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Daily Meditation for March 4, 2012

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“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

With these ten words, Paul begins to summarize the points he has been making so far in his Letter to the Romans. In fact, all of chapter 8 can be seen as a summary—a rousing, inspiring conclusion to the expla­nation of the gospel message Paul wrote about in chapters 1 through 7. So let’s take a look at some of these summary points.

First, Paul says that we are no less than beloved, adopted children of G...


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Daily Meditation for March 3, 2012

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“He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)

Hang on a minute! Isn’t that unfair? Why don’t the good and the just get special treatment? At the very least, the bad and the unjust should get the shorter end of the stick. If God is perfectly just, then shouldn’t that be the way things go? Well, not really. God’s justice encompasses something much more profound than a heavenly balance sheet....


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Daily Meditation for March 2, 2012

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“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” (Matthew 5:22)

Let’s face it. It’s hard not to get angry—even with those who are closest to us! And yet here Jesus is, telling us to resist sin and turn away from anger. And as difficult as it sounds, it does make sense. After all, our eternal destiny is heaven, where we will live in peace and unity with each other and Almighty God.

But we don’t have to wait until the Second Coming for unity to ...


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Daily Meditation for March 1, 2012

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“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

Most of us probably know this verse as “The Golden Rule.” But the Golden Rule did not originate with Christianity. The idea that we should treat others as we would want to be treated is found in the teachings of many religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. It’s even embraced by those who don’t hold any particular religious beliefs at all. It seems to be something that many under...


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Daily Meditation for February 29, 2012

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“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” (Jonah 3:1)

Jonah wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice. After all, spend­ing a few nights in a fish’s gut can be very persuasive. With a little imagi­nation, you can picture him trudging off in the direction of Nineveh— still dripping with seawater, but now determined to follow the leading of God.

For Jonah, it took radical mea­sures to convince him to respond to God’s call. Let’s hope it doesn...


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Daily Meditation for February 28, 2012

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“If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6:15)

Someone causes you to be late for an important meeting. Someone accidentally dents your car while you are stopped at a traffic light. Your husband forgets your birthday. Your son talks back to you in a disrespect­ful manner. In situations like these, you might find it easy to forgive. After all, they are understandable, and no one was hurt too badly.

But what if yo...


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Daily Meditation for February 27, 2012

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“Inherit the kingdom pre­pared for you.” (Matthew 25:34)

The sheep are puzzled. “What did we do to deserve such a won­derful thing as the kingdom?” they ask. “When did we ever see you hun­gry, thirsty, naked, sick, or in prison? When did we ever minister to your needs?” (Matthew 25:37-39).

Jesus’ answer is simple: “Do you remember all the times when you served the hungry? When you visited the sick in the hospital? When you donated to the food bank or...


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Daily Meditation for February 26, 2012

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“It is … an appeal to God for a clear conscience.” (1 Peter 3:21)

While St. Peter is describing the Sacrament of Baptism here, he could just as easily be talking about Reconciliation. For what could pos­sibly be a better way to experience a clean conscience than going to con­fession? When we confess our sins, we are forgiven—completely!

But as we all know, the real chal­lenge is keeping our consciences clear after we have received abso­lution. It’s one thi...


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Daily Meditation for February 25, 2012

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“Follow me.” (Luke 5:27)

These two words changed every­thing for Levi, for Simon and Andrew, for Philip, for unnamed disciples—and for us. Jesus is not pleading or begging. He is inviting, earnestly and lovingly. Follow him, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Follow him, who is the light in the darkness, the spring of water that never fails, the One who promises to guide you always.

Follow me. Not because you’re par­ticularly good or talented or holy. A...


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Daily Meditation for February 24, 2012

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“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?” (Isaiah 58:3)

Well-known film director Woody Allen once quipped that 90 percent of success is just showing up. Well, if that’s the case, then the other 10 percent must be absolutely crucial! There are many people who “just show up”—maybe at work, with their families, or in their neighbor­hoods—but don’t go much further, and the results are evident.

Think about the Israelites in today’s first reading. “Why do w...


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Daily Meditation for February 23, 2012

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“If anyone wishest to come after me … ” (Luke 9:23)

Don’t you find it amazing that Jesus Christ, the all-holy Son of God, would give us, mere mortals, a choice? He won’t force us to follow him; he simply calls us and hopes we will respond.

But what is this choice? Is it a choice to live a life of continual suf­fering, of “taking up our cross” day after day by passively accept­ing whatever trials come our way? Not at all! The real choice is to fix our eye...


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Our Daily Bread for February 22, 2012

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An Ordinary Man

Steve was just an ordinary guy. He quietly served in a church I attended years ago. He helped prepare communion, shoveled the church sidewalks in the winter, and mowed the lawn in the summer. He spent time with teenage boys who had no fathers in the home. I often heard him telling people at church in his quiet way how good the Lord was to him. During prayer meeting he didn’t talk much about himself but would ask us to pray for those he was telling about Jesus’ forgive...


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Our Daily Bread for February 21, 2012

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Slacker?

While studying the book of Proverbs in my small-group Bible study, our leader suggested that we change the description of a lazy person from a sluggard to a slacker (6:6,9). Ah, now he was speaking my lingo. I immediately started thinking of all the people I consider to be slackers.

Like the men and women who fail to teach and discipline their children. Or that guy who refuses to help around the house. Or those teenagers who neglect their studies and play Internet games...


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Our Daily Bread for February 20, 2012

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The Remedy for Fear

In his first inaugural speech in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the newly elected president of the US, addressed a nation that was still reeling from the Great Depression. Hoping to ignite a more optimistic outlook regarding that economic crisis, he declared, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

Fear often shows up in our lives when we are at risk of losing something—our wealth, health, reputation, position, safety, family, friends. It reveals our inn...


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Our Daily Bread for February 19, 2012

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A Word From the Lord

Noted preacher and theologian Helmut Thielicke (1908–1986) endured great opposition from the Nazi regime in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Yet he remained committed to proclaiming God’s presence and power in Jesus Christ during a difficult and perplexing time. Scholar Robert Smith said that as Thielicke addressed modern issues and problems in his sermons, “he sought to answer the question, ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’”

Isn’t that w...


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Our Daily Bread for February 18, 2012

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Invite Questions

When I teach, I sometimes use the motto “Question Authority” to get the attention of my students. I am not inviting them to challenge my authority; I am encouraging them to ask me questions. Some education experts say that more learning takes place when teachers answer questions than when they impart information. By nature, we all place a higher value on what we want to know than on what someone wants to tell us.

There is, of course, a place for both types...


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Our Daily Bread for February 17, 2012

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Side by Side

In my family scrapbook is a picture of my daughter at age 4 working next to me, using a toy hammer to repair the siding on the house. Side by side we worked that day; she imitated my every action, absolutely convinced that she too was fixing the house. Rarely have I enjoyed a chore more. In the picture, it’s obvious that she’s enjoying it too.

That photo reminds me that our children mimic most of what they see in us—words and deeds. They also form their imag...


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Our Daily Bread for February 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Knocked Off Your Feet?

Because I’ve written many articles and a book about dealing with life’s losses, I have the privilege of being introduced to a number of fellow strugglers along life’s journey. One of my new friends is a mom whose 21-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2009, which sent her reeling. She told me, “I feel like an outcast from the normal world. I feel crushed and my soul is in so much pain.”

Indeed the losses that visit us can knock us off our feet—whether a ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

MORE, MORE, MORE

Now that my daughter is learning to talk, she has adopted a favorite word: more. She will say “more” and point to toast with jam. She held out her palm and said “More!” when my husband gave her some coins for her piggy bank. She even exclaimed, “More Daddy!” one morning after her father left for work.

Like my little one, many of us look around and call for “more.” Unfortunately, enough is never enough. We need the power of Christ to break the cycle so that w...


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Our Daily Bread for February 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Benefits Of Friendship

Cicero was one of the greatest thinkers of the Roman Empire. He was a skilled orator, lawyer, politician, linguist, and writer. Still today he is quoted for his clear prose and practical wisdom.

For instance, of having friends he wrote: “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” He understood the double benefits of friendship along life’s journey.

Nearly a millennium earlier, King Solomon had w...


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Our Daily Bread for February 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Wings Like A Dove

David sighed, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Ps. 55:6). As for me, I’d build a cabin in the Sawtooths, or take a permanent post in a fire-lookout tower. When life weighs on me, I too yearn to fly away and be at rest.

David wrote freely about his circumstances: Violence, oppression, and strife surrounded him on all sides, stirred up by the disloyalty of an old friend (55:8-14). Fear and terror, pain and trembling, anxiety and r...


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Our Daily Bread for February 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

Unanswered Prayer

The apostle Paul had one overriding desire: that fellow Jews would embrace the Messiah he had encountered. “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,” he said. “For I could wish that I myself were . . . cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers” (Rom. 9:2-3 NIV). Yet in city after city his fellow Jews rejected him and the Christ he preached.

In his most elegant letter, Paul set as his centerpiece (Rom. 9–11) a passionate passage in which he ...


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Our Daily Bread for February 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A Covenant With My Eyes

Our friend is a computer “techie.” One night when our family was at his house, I noticed a verse taped to his monitor: “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1). Evidently, he understood the potential danger of spending hours alone in front of a computer with easy access to indecent images.

Our friend’s “reminder verse” is a quote from Job, and it continues, “Why then should I look upon a young woman?” Like many of us, Job had p...


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Our Daily Bread for February 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
FLAWED

A well-known actor commented that he enjoyed playing “flawed” characters in movies because people could relate better to an imperfect character. Most of us would agree that it’s easier for us to understand people who aren’t perfect because we know that we are imperfect.

God included stories in the Bible of people who were deceitful, weak, unreliable, and angry. Take Jacob, for example, who deceived his father so that he would receive a blessing (Gen. 27:1-29). Then there wa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

AN "IDOL" MIND IS THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP

"They served their idols, which became a snare for them." –Psalm 106:36

Solomon, the wisest man in the world, became such a fool as to set the stage for a civil war and the massive deterioration of God's people. Solomon's downfall was the sin of idolatry. He adored false gods, such as Astarte, Milcom, Chemosh, and Molech (1 Kgs 11:5-7).

Many people aren't too upset to hear about idolatry. They may realize they have committed many sins, but they d...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

SUCCESS IS SPELLED C-R-O-S-S

"Blessed be the Lord, your God, Whom it has pleased to place you on the throne of Israel." –1 Kings 10:9

Solomon was the wisest person who had ever lived or will ever live (1 Kgs 3:12). He was amazingly rich and lived in such majesty as to leave even the sophisticated queen of Sheba breathless (1 Kgs 10:5).

The Lord made Solomon so awesome to confirm His promise that the Davidic dynasty would last forever (2 Sm 7:16) and bring forth the Messiah (1 Sm 16:1; Mi...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

JESUS, THE ULTIMATE TRADITIONALIST

"For example, Moses said..." –Mark 7:10

Christianity is based on divine traditions, that is, the handing on of what the Holy Spirit has revealed to God's people. The Bible itself is written to hand on some divine traditions (see 2 Thes 2:15). Therefore, without respect for tradition, the very basis of Christianity is undermined.

One of the main ways the devil tries to ruin our respect for tradition is by tempting us to place human traditions ahead of di...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

TEMPLE TANTRUMS

"Advance, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your majesty." –Psalm 132:8

God was untouchable. Even if you touched the mountain that God was on, you would instantly die (Ex 19:12). God later restrained His glory enough so that people could be in the Temple with Him, although He was still untouchable as He dwelt in a dark cloud (1 Kgs 8:12).

Almost a thousand years after God first became present in the Temple, He did what is still unbelievable for much of the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LIFE-LINES

"Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?" –Job 7:1

Most people can relate to Job, for they have endured tragedies, deaths in their families, sicknesses, pain, and sufferings. Even those who have so far had easier lives know that life can be, and almost inevitably will be, hard. We all have the question of Job: "Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?" We feel as if we "have been assigned months of misery" (Jb 7:3). Our days and nights drag on ever so slowly (Jb 7:4), while at the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

WILD ABOUT WISDOM

"God said, 'Ask something of Me and I will give it to you.' " –1 Kings 3:5

The Lord wants to lovingly provide for us and meet our needs, even more than we want them met. The Lord is especially generous and ungrudging in giving us wisdom (Jas 1:5). For instance, Solomon asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart. The Lord "went wild" and made Solomon the wisest human being that has ever lived or will ever live (1 Kgs 3:12).

The Lord will also lavish wisdom on us b...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

HUMAN RIGHTS

"John had told Herod, 'It is not right for you to live with your brother's wife.' " –Mark 6:18

Like John the Baptizer, we need the love and courage to say:

"It is not right to have sexual relations outside of marriage."

"It is not right to abort babies."

"It is not right to have homosexual relations."

"It is not right to use artificial means of contraception."

"It is not right to look lustfully at a person."

"It is not right to masturbate."

"It is not right to tell 'di...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PERSEVERANCE AND THE PRESENTATION SPIRIT

"He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit." –Luke 2:27

"The Holy Spirit was upon" Simeon (Lk 2:25). He had long awaited the consolation of Israel and the coming of the Messiah (Lk 2:25-26). The Holy Spirit had even revealed to Simeon that he would personally see the Christ before he died (Lk 2:26).

The Holy Spirit also was upon Anna. Though Luke's Gospel doesn't explicitly link Anna and the Spirit, it calls her a prophetess (Lk 2:36). She...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH" (Rm 6:23)

"I said, 'I confess my faults to the Lord,' and You took away the guilt of my sin." –Psalm 32:5

How bad is sin? Seventy-thousand people died during a three-day pestilence because of one of David's less serious sins (2 Sm 24:15). The sin of disbelief in Jesus resulted in many staying sick and only a few being healed when Jesus visited His hometown (Mk 6:5). Sin is bad enough that God became a human being and died on the cross to save us from it. Sin is...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"I'LL RUN YOU OUT OF TOWN"

Jesus "gave the word, and with it the unclean spirits came out." –Mark 5:13

Absalom ran his father, David, out of Jerusalem (2 Sm 15:14). Later, David's army defeated Absalom's troops and ran them out of Jerusalem.

Jesus ran a legion of demons out of Gerasene territory, but then the inhabitants of that land ran Jesus out of town (Mk 5:17).

The devil used the sin of Adam and Eve to drive them and all their descendants out of Paradise and thus become the princ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PROPHET-ABLE

"If a prophet presumes to speak in My name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die." –Deuteronomy 18:20

If prophets prophesy something God did not tell them to say, they shall die. This makes prophets feel like being quiet. However, if prophets "do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he [the wicked man] shall die for his guilt, but [God] will hold [them] responsible for his death" (Ez 33:8). If we ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

DEEP KNEE BENDS?

"Who can this be that the wind and the sea obey Him?" –Mark 4:41

The wind and sea obey Jesus. Demons and diseases obey Jesus (see Mk 5:13, 29). Even death obeys Jesus (Mk 5:41ff). Every knee must bend and acknowledge Jesus as Lord (Phil 2:10-11), and a number of knees have already bent – but many human beings have not yet bent their knees to Jesus.

We all realize that many people do not obey Jesus. Before we call these people to repentance, however, we must repent our...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THINK BIG

The kingdom of God "is like mustard seed which, when planted in the soil, is the smallest of all the earth's seeds, yet once it is sown, springs up to become the largest of shrubs, with branches big enough for the birds of the sky to build nests in its shade." –Mark 4:31-32

For centuries, Christians have talked and heard about the parable of the mustard seed. However, the point of the parable in Mark's Gospel is not only the smallness of the mustard seed, but also the largeness ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THE HEART OF A PASTOR

"My purpose in leaving you in Crete was that you might accomplish what had been left undone." –Titus 1:5

Paul and Titus had apparently been on a missionary journey to Crete, a large island south of Greece. Paul decided to leave Titus in Crete to accomplish "what had been left undone" (Ti 1:5), which apparently was quite a lot. The people of Crete, as one of their own prophets testified, "have ever been liars, beasts, and lazy gluttons" (Ti 1:12). With a reputation li...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

MEET YOUR ENEMY

"Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man." –Acts 9:13

David encountered his enemy, King Saul, in a cave while Saul was going to the "bathroom." Saul was hunting down David to kill him. David found his enemy in a vulnerable position, and refused to harm him (1 Sm 24:4ff). "For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?" (1 Sm 24:20) The implied answer is "No."

Ananias encountered his enemy, Saul of Tarsus. Saul was hunting down Ananias and all C...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LET THEM TALK

"David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon." –2 Samuel 6:14

A characteristic of David's life is that he gave himself to "the Lord with abandon" (2 Sm 6:14). David didn't hold back on giving to God, no matter what others said about him.

David was upset that Goliath was insulting God (1 Sm 17:26) and was determined to defend God's honor by fighting the giant. David's brothers "grew angry with David," insulting and belittling him (1 Sm 17:28). ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
CAN'T CANT

"David was told, 'You cannot enter here.' " –2 Samuel 5:6

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion. This precipitated the development in the USA of what Pope John Paul II called the "culture of death." We are so entrenched in this culture of death, violence, and the degradation of the human person that it seems impossible to change the situation. We have been told we cannot stop Planned Parenthood, cannot change the "politicall...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

A NEW BEGINNING

"This is the time of fulfillment. The reign of God is at hand! Reform your lives and believe in the gospel!" –Mark 1:15

The Lord doesn't want us to go on with this new year without repenting, that is, reforming our lives. When we hear the Lord's call to repentance, we agree that many people need to hear that call. However, the Lord is saying that each of us needs to repent – to remove the plank from our eyes before trying to remove the splinters from the eyes of others (...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

MIND GAMES

"He is out of His mind." –Mark 3:21

When Jesus' family and friends said He was "out of His mind," this was a Jewish way of saying that Jesus was possessed by the devil. Some religious leaders concurred with this judgment when they "asserted, 'He is possessed by Beelzebul' " (Mk 3:22).

Have you ever been accused of being possessed by the devil? If so, you may understand how Jesus felt. Jesus' Passion did not begin on Calvary. Even at the early part of His public ministry, Jesu...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

ARE YOU PRO-CHOICE?

David said: "I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.' " –1 Samuel 24:11

David spared Saul's life when he had a perfect chance to kill his tormentor. David was a seasoned warrior who had killed many opponents (e.g. see 1 Sm 23:5; 30:17ff). The only reason he held back his hand was because Saul carried the anointing of leadership from God. Saul had been chosen by God (1 Sm 10:1).

Jesus "summoned the men He Himself had decided...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

TRUE HUMILITY IS GLADNESS

"Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: 'They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.' " –1 Samuel 18:8

King Saul won a great victory in battle through the catalyst of young David's courageous defeat of the fierce Goliath. When the cheerleaders greeted the victors with the fight song, Saul was given opening honors and credit for thousands (1 Sm 18:7). Because of his pride, however, all Saul could focus on was that David receive...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE SWORD IN THE STONE"

"Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war." –Psalm 144:1

David killed the giant Goliath with a stone and a sword (1 Sm 17:49, 51). Jesus is "the Stone Which the builders rejected" and "the Keystone of the structure" (Mt 21:42; Ps 118:22). The Holy Spirit, working through the Word of God and prayer (Eph 6:17-18), is the Sword. We will be victorious over giants – such as Planned Parenthood, secular humanism, materialism, rac...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"A LIVING SACRIFICE" (Rm 12:1)

"I have come to sacrifice to the Lord." –1 Samuel 16:5

Sacrifice is defined as "a giving up of something for the sake of something or someone else." We Catholics are used to making sacrifices, but do we make our whole life "a living sacrifice," as Jesus would have us do? (Rm 12:1) We can do so by:

  • participating frequently in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, fully aware that we are sacrificially giving our all to Jesus,
  • attending Mass to give back to the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

RUNNING A RED LIGHT

"Samuel said to Saul: 'Stop!' " –1 Samuel 15:16

As we begin a new year, the Lord may be saying to us what He said to Saul. He may be saying: "Stop!" The Lord told Saul to stop disobeying Him, stop deceiving himself, and stop hating himself (1 Sm 15:17ff). However, Saul went right through the stop sign. He attempted murder, became involved in the occult, and finally crashed by committing suicide.

Will we go through a stop sign as Saul did? Will we run a red light tell...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THE SLEEPING GIANT

"Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was." –1 Samuel 3:3

When Samuel was a child, God's people were spiritually asleep. Their leaders were weak, fat (1 Sm 4:18), lustful (1 Sm 2:22), greedy (1 Sm 2:14ff), and almost blind (1 Sm 3:2). "A revelation of the Lord was uncommon and vision infrequent" (1 Sm 3:1). When God would move and someone occasionally woke up, they were told to go back to sleep (1 Sm 3:6).

The Church, God's people in our ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

CATHOLIC RELATIONSHIPS

"Why does He eat with such as these?" –Mark 2:16

We are God's chosen people. This means not only that God has chosen us, but He has also chosen the people with whom we are to spend our time and lives. For instance, God chooses whom we marry and how many children we have. His is the only "planned parenthood" we need. We should not join a parish we like but the one God chooses for us. God may want us to eat "with tax collectors and offenders against the law," rather t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

ONE MORE WAY TO REJECT GOD

"He prayed to the Lord, however, Who said in answer: 'Grant the people's every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting Me as their King.' " –1 Samuel 8:6-7

The Lord is very concerned about the structures in which we live. He made us to live in certain interconnected ways. So, if we make any unauthorized changes, the whole system gets messed up. For example, the chosen people were called to be a loose federation of tribes with God as their King. Ho...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 12, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

"It was a disastrous defeat." –1 Samuel 4:10

I've been gazing at a statue of the Pieta. Mary has just suffered a disastrous loss. Before her very eyes, her Son Jesus was brutally tortured and crucified. She stood near His cross (Jn 19:25), pierced with a sword of sorrow (Lk 2:35) far more painful than any spear. Now she is holding the body of her Son, looking heavenward in a gaze of docility tinged with unspeakable suffering. Though Mary suffered a disastrous loss, she...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

P.U.I.

"In her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously." –1 Samuel 1:10

Hannah was having a bad day. In fact, she was having several bad years. She wept in her bitterness and misery (1 Sm 1:10-11). Even Hannah's prayer became a problem. Eli the priest misunderstood her condition and accused her of Praying "while Under the Influence" of alcohol (see 1 Sm 1:14). Everything seemed to be going wrong for Hannah, but the Lord changed her barrenness into fruitfulness, her weeping in...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 9, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW"

"A voice came from the heavens: 'You are My beloved Son. On You My favor rests.' " –Mark 1:11

On this last day of the glorious Christmas season, the Lord wants us to do as He did: go about "doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the devil" (Acts 10:38). The Lord calls us to establish "justice on the earth" (Is 42:4), "to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness" (Is...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

WHEN THE STAR FADES...

"We observed His star at its rising..." –Matthew 2:2

In their homeland, the Magi saw a great star at its rising. Greatly impressed, they set out on their journey to follow the star to greet the newborn King at Whom they believed the star pointed. After they had traveled for a time, they could no longer see the star. They were past the point of no return, and were not sure where God was now leading them. But the Magi did not give up on God's leading; they did not qui...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 7, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"BIG CHRISTMAS"

"Jesus performed this first of His signs at Cana in Galilee. Thus did He reveal His glory, and His disciples believed in Him." –John 2:11

Tomorrow, in many countries throughout the world, we celebrate the greatest day of the Christmas season, Epiphany. Sometimes Epiphany is called "little Christmas," but it is actually "big Christmas." Epiphany may be one of the greatest days in our lives and the beginning of one of our greatest years ever. However, the glory of Epiphany i...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

GIFTED AND GIVING

"God gave us eternal life." –1 John 5:11

Throughout much of the world, today is the highlight of the Christmas season, the celebration of the Epiphany. Even if we are in a country which celebrates Epiphany on Sunday, the Lord will let us be part of the glories of Epiphany today.

The wise men gave Jesus three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Mt 2:11). We too can give the Lord the gifts of our finances, prayers (see Rv 5:8), and sacrifices. We can give the Lord our ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LOVE LETTERS

"This, remember, is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another." –1 John 3:11

Love is laying down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 Jn 3:16). If we have this love, we know we have passed from death to life (1 Jn 3:14). If we do not love, we are "among the living dead" (1 Jn 3:14). Love is not just talk, but actions (1 Jn 3:18). If we have love in action, we know "we are committed to the truth and are at peace before" God (1 Jn 3:19). Therefor...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

LOOK OUT

"When Jesus turned around and noticed them following Him, He asked them, 'What are you looking for?' " –John 1:38

As we celebrate the last few days of the Christmas season and begin the New Year, Jesus turns around and asks us point blank: "What are you looking for?" What do we hope for in this Christmas season? What do we hope 2012 will bring? Some of what we are looking for is straight from the heart of God, but some of it is against the heart and will of God. We should differe...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

SEEKING RECOGNITION

"I confess I did not recognize Him." –John 1:31

While in the womb, John the Baptizer was baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus, Who was in the womb of Mary (Lk 1:41, 15). John was a relative of Jesus. He was leading a great prophetic ministry and calling people to be baptized in repentance (Lk 3:3). John was the greatest person who had ever lived up to that time (Mt 11:11).

Nevertheless, John did not recognize Jesus, although Jesus was "the very reason" John was bapti...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

QUESTION BOX

"Who, then?" –John 1:21

We begin this new year with the question: "Who are you?" (Jn 1:19). This is a good question. How can we be what the Lord wants us to be this year unless we know who we are? However, the question of our identity is most difficult. One voice says we are God's children (see Mt 3:17; Jn 1:12; 1 Jn 3:2). We are called "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own" (1 Pt 2:9). But we don't feel like God's children or look ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for January 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

PEACEMAKING

"The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!" –Numbers 6:24-26

For almost fifty years, the popes have been calling us to devote this first day of the year to praying for peace and justice. Few Catholics have listened to the popes, and we have reaped the wages of our disobedience in war and death (see Rm 6:23).

May this New Year's Day be new. May we obey and be peacemakers (se...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

DESIGNATED DRIVERS AND DESIGNATED DRUNKS

"My reason for having written you is not that you do not know the truth but that you do, and that no lie has anything in common with the truth." –1 John 2:21

On this last day of the year, many people try to escape from reality by drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or staring at TV. Some feel so miserable they don't even think of not drinking. They resign themselves to despair and only hope they won't drive when they drink. They even promote "designate...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE PAIN AND PROMISE OF FAMILY

"The Child's father and mother were marveling at what was being said about Him." –Luke 2:33

Many people idealize the Holy Family. Because Jesus is God, Mary is immaculate, and Joseph is holy, their family relationships must have been almost perfect. However, that's not the picture the Bible gives us of the Holy Family. The only scene from Jesus' childhood that we are told about is when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus for three days. You can imagine the peasant co...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

CHRISTMAS AND DEATH

"It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed of the Lord." –Luke 2:26

At Christmas we remember loved ones who have died. These memories may be painful, but we can't help remembering. At Christmas we can experience accelerated growth in our relationship with the Lord. Because of our love for Him, the sting of death can be taken out of our lives (1 Cor 15:55). We no longer dread the memories of past Christma...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HERODS CAN BECOME "HOLY INNOCENTS"

"...Rachel bewailing her children; no comfort for her, since they are no more." –Matthew 2:18

Why does the Lord permit evil? Why did He allow "the massacre of all the boys two years old and under in Bethlehem and its environs"? (Mt 2:16) One explanation is that He loves the Herods of the world so much and wants to save them all (see 1 Tm 2:4). The suffering of these innocents is the most powerful means in God's plan of salvation for changing the most har...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LOVE SUPREME

"This fellowship of ours is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ." –1 John 1:3

Christmas is a special time to begin or deepen our personal relationship with Jesus. Like John, we are running to Jesus and hope to end this Christmas season with a deeper faith in Jesus than ever before (Jn 20:8). We want Jesus to become so real to us that by faith we have heard His voice, seen His face, and touched His nail-scarred hands (1 Jn 1:1). Our Christmas prayer is "to grasp ful...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD" (Jn 1:1)

"When they hand you over, do not worry about what you will say or how you will say it. When the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say." –Matthew 10:19

Christmas is a celebration of God's Word. On the first day of Christmas, the Church proclaims twelve readings at the various liturgies of the Christmas Masses. On the second day of Christmas we remember St. Stephen, who preached God's Word so powerfully he became the first martyr, and who...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

YOU'RE SUCH A BABY

"The Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations." –Isaiah 52:10

As the father of six, I have been privileged to wake up on six Christmas mornings and hold my infant child. I would stare at my baby in wonder, knowing that the Lord Jesus came to earth looking just like the infant in my arms. Despite all this experience with infants and Christmas, I have never been able to fathom the truth that God came to earth as a Baby.

Before the first Christmas, no ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

'TWAS THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

"Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, uttered this prophecy: 'Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel because He has visited and ransomed His people.' " –Luke 1:67-68

Today may literally be one of the most important days of your life. This is Christmas Eve. The Lord in His love has planned this day for you before He created the world. Today you may be on the threshold of the fulfillment of ancient prophecies in your life. Today is probably a very...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A DUMB CHRISTMAS?

"At that moment his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God." –Luke 1:64

Are you spiritually dumb? This Christmas, will you talk about your love for Jesus freely and openly? Or are you tongue-tied like Zechariah?

Zechariah's tongue was loosed to praise the Lord when he obeyed the archangel Gabriel by naming his son "John" (Lk 1:63). If you want your tongue loosed, go back to a point in your life where you disobeyed the Lord. You m...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FAITH-PRAISING

"My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior." –Luke 1:46-47

Mary's Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55) should be compared with the songs of praise by Hannah (1 Sm 2:1-10) and Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79). While Mary's prophetic praises stand out in many ways, the greatest difference is in their contexts. Hannah praised the Lord at the presentation of Samuel. She had been through the shame of barrenness (1 Sm 1:7). The birth of Samuel had changed all th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS _____"

"Arise, My beloved, My beautiful one, and come!" –Song of Songs 2:10, 13

Despite the constant hype the world gives to Christmas, the world only wants a minimal Christmas. People are programmed to be happy with "two front teeth," a new PlayStation, fur coat, diamond ring, Barbie doll, power tool, or even a new car. The world proclaims that getting this for Christmas is a maximum Christmas. When you focus on the gifts instead of the Giver of the gifts, yo...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SIGN LANGUAGE

"Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God." –Isaiah 7:11

When we want a sign from the Lord, He often says: "This is an evil age. It seeks a sign. But no sign will be given it" (Lk 11:29). However, when we don't want a sign because we already have our minds made up, the Lord often commands: "Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!" (Is 7:11)

We may already have our Christmas made up. We've planned it to go a certain way....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A COMMON FAITH?

"But now you will be mute – unable to speak – until the day these things take place, because you have not trusted my words. They will all come true in due season." –Luke 1:20

Both Manoah and Zechariah had wives who were "barren and had borne no children" (Jgs 13:2; Lk 1:7). In a message from an angel, God promised each of these men that he would miraculously become a father of a son (Jgs 13:7; Lk 1:13). God also revealed to these men that their sons would be lifelong n...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"MAN-IFESTED" (Rm 16:26)

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." –Luke 1:35

King David wanted to build a temple for God so the Lord could have a house on earth in which to dwell (2 Sm 7:2ff). God told King David that He never asked for a house on earth (2 Sm 7:7), and besides, no house or temple on earth could contain Him anyway (see 1 Kgs 8:27). In fact, the earth isn't big enough to hold even the books which would have to be written about...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

PROPHET-ABLE

"Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary. It was of her that Jesus Who is called the Messiah was born." –Matthew 1:16

The coming of Jesus the Messiah was the fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies over hundreds of years. For example, it was prophesied centuries before Christ that the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah and the line of David. The coming of Jesus into the world this Christmas is also preceded by prophecy.

We find many "dry bones" in this worl...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SUNDAY AND CHRISTMAS DAY

"My salvation is about to come, My justice, about to be revealed." –Isaiah 56:1

This Christmas, the Lord's salvation is about to come, and His justice about to be revealed. To receive His salvation and justice, we must "observe what is right, do what is just" (Is 56:1). We must especially keep the sabbath free from profanation (Is 56:2, 6). We must obey the Third Commandment and keep holy the Lord's Day, Sunday, the sabbath of the new covenant (see Ex 20:8). In do...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DON'T RUIN GOD'S PLANS FOR CHRISTMAS

"The Pharisees and the lawyers, on the other hand, by failing to receive his baptism defeated God's plan in their regard." –Luke 7:30

God is all-powerful and all-loving. He wills to love us with an everlasting love (see Jer 31:3). However, God has given us the freedom to defeat His plan in our regard. We can deprive ourselves from receiving God's love by refusing to be baptized in, that is, immersed in repentance (Lk 7:30).

This Christmas season, the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DESIGNER-GOD

"...God, the Designer and Maker of the earth Who established it, not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in." –Isaiah 45:18

Even as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are living in a culture of death, which discourages birth. It sees people not as gifts from God but as the cause of "over-population." It views children not as joys but as burdens and attacks on our freedom. Our culture of death makes contraception and abortion its virtues, and c...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

"But afterward he regretted it and went." –Matthew 21:30

We're halfway through Advent and some of us have not even started to prepare the way of the Lord. About two weeks ago, when the Spirit asked us to watch and pray, to fast and give alms, to repent and believe, many refused and said: "No, I will not" (Mt 21:30). Some are beginning to realize they made a terrible mistake and are regretting these past two weeks.

Repent! The Lord is merciful. Decide to enter into...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE CONQUERING QUEEN-MOTHER

"Blest are you among women and blest is the Fruit of your womb. But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" –Luke 1:42-43

The title "Guadalupe" is probably a misunderstanding of the Indian word, "Tecoatlaxope," meaning: "she will crush the serpent of stone." This is a prophetic revelation that Mary is "a great sign...a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rv 12:1). Mary leads all Chr...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul." –Isaiah 61:10

The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday, or Rejoice Sunday. Turn off the football games; put off that trip to the mall; set aside the Christmas decorations. It's time to "rejoice in the Lord"! (Phil 4:4)

On Christmas, many people receive various articles of clothing as presents: ties, socks, sweaters, and warm winter clothes. Today, God has better clothes to give us: garments o...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

PREPARING TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

"Elijah has already come, but they did not recognize him." –Matthew 17:12

The prophetic ministry of Elijah prepared the way for John the Baptizer's prophetic ministry. John prophesied "in the spirit and power of Elijah" (Lk 1:17). Jesus even stated that John "is Elijah" (Mt 11:14). Elijah prepared the way for John, who came to "prepare the way of the Lord" (Mt 3:3).

God prepared the way for His Son's coming for centuries. He sent prophet after prophet....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

WOMAN-LIBERATION

"The woman answered, 'The serpent tricked me into it.' " –Genesis 3:13

In the wake of the first sin, on the worst day in history, the Lord said to the serpent: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel" (Gn 3:15). God's curse of the serpent is a promise of mercy for us. The woman and the snake will hate each other and be at war. The offspring of the woman will have a decided...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Y'ALL COME

"To whom can you liken Me as an equal? says the Holy One." –Isaiah 40:25

No one equals God in anything. Consider God's strength; He is unequaled in strength. Almighty God is so strong that He made and sustains the millions of stars which span light-years in space (Is 40:26).

Almighty God is willing to share His unlimited strength with us. "He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak He makes vigor abound" (Is 40:29). When God strengthens old or weak people, they can outru...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FREE-GIFTS

"Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her slavery is at an end." –Isaiah 40:2, our transl.

St. Nicholas is famous not just for giving gifts, but for gift-giving that set people free. His gifts freed three young women from beginning lives of prostitution. What about the gifts you will give this Christmas? Will these gifts set people free, merely distract them from their slavery, or even be one more enslaving factor in their lives? Jesus came and will come this C...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SPECIAL EFFECTS

"We have seen incredible things today!" –Luke 5:26

Our society, and our human nature, is fascinated with the sensational. Movie and TV producers understand this, and so they frequently substitute special effects for substance and quality content, knowing that sensationalism attracts people.

The Lord, on the other hand, Whose ways are so high above our ways (Is 55:8-9), focuses on internals rather than on the outward appearance (1 Sm 16:7). He knows that the most spectacu...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

ARE YOU COMMITTED TO REPENTANCE?

"John the Baptizer appeared in the desert, proclaiming a baptism of repentance which led to the forgiveness of sins." –Mark 1:4

During Advent, we "prepare the way of the Lord" (Is 40:3) as we await His Christmas coming. Today, the Church proclaims that a major way to prepare is to repent.

John the Baptizer could never be accused of dabbling in repentance. Anyone watching John live day after day in a hot, arid desert, wearing camel-hair shirts and eating ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE LOVE CONNECTION

Jesus "proclaimed the Good News of God's reign, and He cured every sickness and disease. At the sight of the crowds, His heart was moved with pity." –Matthew 9:35-36

In a world of bad news, God's Word is Good News. In His Word today, the Lord promises to answer our prayers, provide all our needs, give us clear direction, make us fruitful, be our light, and heal our wounds (Is 30:19-21, 25-26). The Lord loves us and expresses His love in many personal and practical ways...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LET'S OBEY GOD IN DETAIL

"Jesus warned them sternly, 'See to it that no one knows of this.' But they went off and spread word of Him through the whole area." –Matthew 9:30-31

Jesus healed two blind men, and "warned them sternly" not to let this healing be known (Mt 9:30). It wasn't yet the right time in God's plan to spread the news of Jesus' works. The groundwork for revealing Jesus' identity hadn't yet been fully laid, and without the foundation, misunderstanding could result. Nonethele...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for December 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HARD ROCK

"Anyone who hears My words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock." –Matthew 7:24

On this fifth day of Advent, the Church reads to us about "a strong city" (Is 26:1), "a nation of firm purpose" (Is 26:3), and a house "solidly set on rock" (Mt 7:25). God's Word is calling us to be strong, firm, and solid by building our lives on obedience to the Lord, the "eternal Rock" (Is 26:4). If we are totally committed to Jesus and obey His Word, our li...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FISH STORY

"Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men." –Matthew 4:19

After Andrew met Jesus, "the first thing he did was seek out his brother Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah!' " (Jn 1:41) With his first cast, Andrew caught not just a man but the fisher of men and women, Simon Peter. Andrew, on his first try at evangelism, caught the man who would later catch three thousand on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Moreover, that was just the beginning. Because of this ex...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

"Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit." –Luke 10:21

God's plan, including His plan for Christmas, is hidden from the learned and the clever, and revealed to the merest children (Lk 10:21). This does not mean that Christmas is for kids. "Merest children" are not people young in age; they are adults who completely depend on the Lord and have become "merest children" by the Spirit (see Mt 18:3). Thus, Christmas is neither for kids nor adults, but for people of any age ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

CLIMBING ADVENT MOUNTAIN

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

Advent is a time for mountain-climbing. It is climbing with all nations (Is 2:2) the highest mountain so that the Lord "may instruct us in His ways, and we may walk in His paths" (Is 2:3). Advent is being like Moses. We climb Mt. Sinai, receive the Ten Commandments, descend radiant with God's glory, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus (see Ex 19:2ff). As more and more people climb God's holy mountain this Advent t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HEART-RENDING

"Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down!" –Isaiah 63:19

When we see gross injustices in our society, we cry out for God to intervene. When we see people literally getting away with murder, even of infants in the womb, we beg God to put a stop to our world's perversity and wickedness. We pray in desperation: "Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before You" (Is 63:19). We pray for the Lord to come accompanied by an earthquak...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HAPPY OLD YEAR!

"I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its sheath of flesh, and I was terrified by the visions of my mind." –Daniel 7:15

Today is the last day of the Church year. As we look back over the year or years, we may be confused and even disappointed. The writer of the book of Daniel assures us that the Lord knows beforehand all that has happened or will happen (Dn 7:16). The Lord is in control. Out of respect for our freedom and in His infinite wisdom, He allows things...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MAN AND THE BEASTS

"As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a Son of Man coming, on the clouds of heaven." –Daniel 7:13

The writer of the book of Daniel apparently believed that history is not so much human as beastly. Our rulers have been like lions, bears, leopards, or monsters (see Dn 7:3ff). In their power, they were often inhuman. Of course, all governments give the impression of being human, but they don't always act that way (see Dn 7:8). Their behavior shouts...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THANK YOU, JESUS

"May your God, Whom you serve so constantly, save you." –Daniel 6:17

Daniel and Jesus shared several striking things in common. They both were arrested, convicted, and given the death sentence. King Darius unsuccessfully worked to free Daniel (Dn 6:15), while Pontius Pilate was equally unsuccessful in freeing Jesus. Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, and the stone blocking the opening of the den was sealed (Dn 6:18). The stone blocking Jesus' tomb was also sealed (Mt ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL"

"Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king's palace." –Daniel 5:5

"King Belshazzar gave a great banquet" (Dn 5:1). At this banquet, a hand wrote on the wall. This hand was not part of a body, but was just floating in space. Tomorrow, most of us in the United States will also have a banquet: Thanksgiving dinner. Very likely there will be "handwriting on the wall." For instance, after ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

INSECURE?

"The great God has revealed to the king what shall be in the future." –Daniel 2:45

The gold Babylonian, silver Median, bronze Persian, and iron Hellenistic kingdoms have crumbled (Dn 2:36ff). The great Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed with not one stone left on another (Lk 21:6). The U.S.A. is a young country which may not grow old. "The world as we know it is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). "The heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire" (2 Pt 3:10). ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

NO-KNOW?

"In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom." –Daniel 1:20

We all need to know things which are humanly impossible to know. We need to know things about the future and about our hearts and those of others. Otherwise, we will make very poor decisions in marriage, work, parenting, ministry, finances, etc. Yet, we can't know the future or the hearts of people (Jer 17:9).

Many...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

RIGHT

Jesus "will sit upon His royal throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. Then He will separate them into two groups." –Matthew 25:31-32

When Christ the King returns in glory at the end of the world and on Judgment Day, we will hear King Jesus say to us one of the following two statements (Mt 25:31). Those whom King Jesus has placed at His right hand will hear the words: "Come. You have My Father's blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

YOURDEATH

"All seven died." –Luke 20:31

How will you die? Will it be at your home or at a nursing home? Will you die suddenly or slowly? Will you die in pain or in peace or in both? Will you die alone or surrounded by family and friends? Will you live to see Jesus' Second Coming and thereby not die?

These are good questions. A more important question, however, is: "Will we die as sons and daughters of the resurrection?" (see Lk 20:36) Or will we die in sin (Jn 8:21, 24), spiritually bli...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

"Judas and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel decreed that the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with joy and gladness on the anniversary." –1 Maccabees 4:59

We remember anniversaries of both good and bad events. The Maccabees celebrated "the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled" the Temple (1 Mc 4:54). "On that very day it was reconsecrated with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals. All the people prostrated themsel...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE COST OF FAITHFULNESS

"Mattathias answered in a loud voice...'We will not obey the words of the king nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree.' " –1 Maccabees 2:19, 22

Mattathias would not be manipulated or intimidated into compromising his faith. He refused to be a hypocrite and a phony. He refused to be lukewarm and sickening to God (Rv 3:16). For Mattathias to be uncompromised and faithful, he had to flee "to the mountains with his sons, leaving behind in the city ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

REAL FAITH

"Seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king." –2 Maccabees 7:1

The members of this family were maimed, scalped, amputated, fried, and murdered one by one while the remaining family members were forced to watch. This family's courage was supernatural. The basis of their courage was faith in God, our Creator and our Resurrection. At his death, the second brother said: "You are depriving us of this present life, but the Kin...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

TREED?

"He first ran on in front, then climbed a sycamore tree which was along Jesus' route, in order to see Him." –Luke 19:4

The world is full of Zacchaeuses: people not so much small of stature (Lk 19:3) as small of heart. We are surrounded by petty, mean-spirited, little people. We are sometimes that way ourselves. We need to see Jesus to become big-hearted, great-souled men and women of God.

Like Zacchaeus, we need a tree to climb so we can see Jesus. We are too petty to see over...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"I WANT TO SEE"

"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' 'Lord,' he answered, 'I want to see.' " –Luke 18:40-41

Spiritual blindness may be more common in our Western culture than spiritual sight. So many have been blinded by secular humanism, "the god of the present age" (2 Cor 4:4). If we are not totally blinded to our condition, we will cry out: "Jesus, Son of David, have pity" on us (Lk 18:38). No matter if we are as blind as the self-righteous Pharisee (Lk 18:9ff), ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

USE OR LOSE

"His master said to him, 'Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!' " –Matthew 25:21

The Lord expects us to be good stewards not only of the money He has given us, but also of our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and graces. Our greatest responsibility as stewards is to be "servants of Christ and administrators of the mysteries of God" (1 C...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE WORD ON DELAY

"Will He delay long over them, do you suppose?" –Luke 18:7

Because the Lord is outside of time, His perspective on timing is far different than ours (see 2 Pt 3:8; Is 55:8-9). In our humanity, we might "consider it 'delay' " on God's part (2 Pt 3:9) when it seems He's doing nothing. However, if God seems to be moving slowly or not at all, it's because He is showing "generous patience" (2 Pt 3:9) either to us or for the sake of others. If He "delays, wait for" Him (H...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

FOR NATURE LOVERS

"For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?" –Wisdom 13:9

Many people are nature-lovers. They are impressed by the "might and energy" (Wis 13:4), "the greatness and the beauty of created things" (Wis 13:5), such as "fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water, or the luminaries of heaven" (Wis 13:2).

Nature-lovers will either become idol wors...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BUILDING BLOCKS

"I laid a foundation as a wise master-builder might do." –1 Corinthians 3:10

The international outreach of the Pope and the Vatican has probably never been greater than the present. Pope John Paul II was a prolific missionary pope. We have more dioceses and parishes than at any time in the two-thousand-year history of the Church. Geographically, the Church has never been as "catholic" (universal) as today. Nevertheless, the Church is struggling, especially in Western Europ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"ALWAYS PREPARED"

"Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the reign of God would come, [Jesus] replied..." –Luke 17:20

At the end of the world, there will be terrible suffering. Jesus said: "A time will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man but will not see it" (Lk 17:22). "Those times will be more distressful than any between God's work of creation and now" (Mk 13:19).

At the end of the world, many will be confused. "They will tell you He is to be found in this p...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE CULTURE OF DEATH"

"By the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it." –Wisdom 2:24

Pope John Paul II called© our Western, secularized culture "the culture of death." Married couples refuse to conceive children; we abort babies; we withdraw food from terminally ill patients so that they will die; masses commit suicide through alcohol and other drugs; we entertain ourselves by watching people kill each other on TV. We are a cul...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE EUCHARIST, FOOD OF WISDOM

"He manifests Himself to those who do not disbelieve Him." –Wisdom 1:2

As I read the above passage, I felt goose bumps form on my body. Today Almighty God manifested Himself to me in His eucharistic presence (see Wis 1:2). I rejoiced to receive Him in Holy Communion at Mass. Jesus, Wisdom Incarnate (1 Cor 1:30), bounded out of heaven (Wis 18:15; Jn 6:33) to fill me with the Food of Wisdom.

People spend years obtaining knowledge through education and tr...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LIFE AFTER DEATH

"We would have you be clear about those who sleep in death, brothers." –1 Thessalonians 4:13

We can become clear on life after death by listening to the Church. It has listened to the Spirit, prayed over the Bible, and will give us a clear understanding of life after death.

When we die, we are judged and our spirits immediately go to heaven, hell, or purgatory. Heaven is God's home where we perpetually worship the Holy Trinity, see Jesus face to face, and share pe...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

BIG THINGS AND LITTLE THINGS

"If you can trust a man in little things, you can also trust him in greater; while anyone unjust in a slight matter is also unjust in greater." –Luke 16:10

Priscilla and Aquila literally "risked their necks" for the sake of St. Paul and the Gospel (see Rm 16:3-4, RSV-CE). This is no exaggeration; Paul was martyred when Roman soldiers severed his neck. Risking thousands of dollars is a little thing in comparison to risking your life for the Gospel. Paul...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MISSION TO THE UNBELIEVERS

"It has been a point of honor with me never to preach in places where Christ's name was already known." –Romans 15:20

Paul focused on proclaiming Christ to people who had never heard of Jesus. We may not have the same call, but we should maximize opportunities to share our faith with unbelievers. For example, we should discern if God is calling us to join groups in which unbelievers participate. This would give us a forum in which to share our faith.

W...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

KNOW JESUS; NO FEAR

"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's Refuge; of whom should I be afraid?" –Psalm 27:1

In the Bible, the Lord says 365 times: "Do not fear." Pope John Paul II repeatedly prophesied: "Do not fear." Satan is trying to make us his slaves forever through our fear of death (Heb 2:15). However, we need not be afraid, for:

  • "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation" (Ps 27:1; see also Is 12:2).
  • "The Lord is my life's Refuge" (Ps 2...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE BIBLE ON PRAYING FOR THE DEAD

"Those who trust in Him shall understand truth." –Wisdom 3:9

It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead (2 Mc 12:44-45). Because those in heaven or in hell don't benefit from our prayers, this implies that not everyone immediately goes to heaven or hell after they die. Therefore, when we pray for the dead, we must be praying for people in some other place, usually called purgatory (Catechism, 1031). It is a place of purging and purification...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

HOLINESS,THE HOLY SPIRIT,AND THE HOLY FATHER

"Who are these people all dressed in white? And where have they come from?" –Revelation 7:13

Some of the most important questions in life are: "Will I grow in holiness, go to heaven, and see Jesus face to face?" (see 1 Jn 3:2) "Will I be at the everlasting family reunion in heaven?" "How do I become holy and go to heaven with all the holy ones?"

The Church teaches that we become holy by living the Beatitudes. This comes as quite a shock ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A CHRISTIANITY THAT DOESN'T PAY

"No, when you have a reception, invite beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind. You should be pleased that they cannot repay you." –Luke 14:13-14

How many begging, crippled, lame, or blind people have you had over for supper lately? Most people would probably answer: very few or none. Most Christians in Western culture don't take Jesus' command literally. However, considering the historical and Biblical context of this passage, it is very l...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MESSENGER

"We thank God constantly that in receiving His message from us you took it, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God." –1 Thessalonians 2:13

As a teenager, I attended daily Masses said by Father O'Hare (not his real name). His style rubbed me the wrong way; it was hard for me to concentrate on his homilies. God used him to teach me to concentrate on the message, not the messenger (1 Thes 2:13). Here are some words of God from vario...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A "KNOW IT ALL"

"I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery." –Romans 11:25

Sometimes we feel like despairing because life seems to make no sense. We wonder if God is there or if He knows what He's doing. NevertFcheless, despite severe disruptions due to our sins, the Lord has everything under control. For instance, He knows that large numbers of Jewish people will be saved after the full number of Gentiles has entered into God's kingdom (Rm 11:25-26). This will mean "riches ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

"A CHOSEN RACE" (1 Pt 2:9)

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

Jesus called a number of disciples together and chose twelve of them to be His apostles (Lk 6:13), the ones He would specially form and mold to be the foundation of His Church (Eph 2:20; Rv 21:14). The entire basis for the Church rests on the fact that Jesus selected some for special leadership. This means that the Church is not a democracy, nor did Jesus intend for it to...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

UNSTOPPABLE

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" –Romans 8:31

St. Paul asks: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?" (Rm 8:35) This was no mere rhetorical question for Paul. He had experienced firsthand all of these dangers and more (see 2 Cor 11:23ff). He knew for "certain" that nothing could separate him from the love of God (Rm 8:38, 39). This certain knowledge of God's personal l...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE PRAYER OF A LIFETIME

"The Spirit intercedes for the saints as God Himself wills." –Romans 8:27

For more than twenty-five years, Pope John Paul II called us to great, growing, and intense prayer (The Redeemer of Man, 22). The Pope taught: "A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and Lover of life, from every Christian community, fr...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

GROANERS

"Yes, we know that all creation groans and is in agony even until now." –Romans 8:22

After the first sin was committed, a groan was heard for the first time. Adam groaned in his labors; Eve groaned in her labor pains (see Gn 3:16, 19). Both groaned when they saw the first dead body ever; the body of their son Abel, murdered by his brother Cain (Gn 4:8). These groanings grew increasingly worse until the whole world groaned.

Eventually, there came a Man Who groaned like the r...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

REPENTANCE OR FEAR?

"You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption through which we cry out 'Abba!' (that is, 'Father')." –Romans 8:15

Because we inherited a fallen nature, we were in fear from the first moment of our conception. We lived in fear (see Lk 12:32) no matter how hard we tried to be free. We would have lived in fear our whole lives (Heb 2:15), but we were set free when we received a new nature by being baptized into Jesus....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A "WHOLE" IN MY HEART

"You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart." –Matthew 22:37

We disciples are called to holiness. We are also called to "whole-liness." We are to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole mind (Mt 22:37).

It all begins with God's love for us. "The love of God [is] poured out in our hearts" (Rm 5:5). God's poured-out love fills our hearts with love for Him and for others (Mt 22:37). So "we, for our part, love because He first love...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

I'M EXHAUSTED FOR HIM

"Why should it exhaust the soil?" –Luke 13:7, RNAB

Most plants pull nutrients out of the soil. Repeated growing of certain crops can literally exhaust the soil over a period of time (see Lk 13:7, RNAB). Every few years, farmers rotate a crop of leguminous plants, which replenish the soil with nutrients, to make the soil more fertile.

Jesus calls us to be good soil, bearing thirty-, sixty-, or a hundredfold for Him (Mk 4:20). Part of being good soil for Jesus ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

SETTLERS

"When you are going with your opponent to appear before a magistrate, try to settle with him on the way." –Luke 12:58

If we can know the time when it will rain or get hot, we can know the time to settle with our opponent (Lk 12:54-58). The verses which immediately follow this passage indicate that we settle with our opponent by repenting of not bearing fruit, that is, of not leading people to Jesus (Lk 13:3, 5, 6). We either repent of not leading people to Christ or be han...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

"I have come for division." –Luke 12:51

Jesus came to divide families, "three against two and two against three" (Lk 12:52). These divisions are tragic because they are due to the refusal by family members to give their lives to Jesus and love Him.

However, divisions are not all bad. "There may even have to be factions among you for the tried and true to stand out clearly" (1 Cor 11:19). Through divisions, those who are lukewarm in their faith turn cold. And Jes...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

NO LIMITS

"More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." –Luke 12:48

Jesus has come that we might have abundant life, life to the full (Jn 10:10). He plans to fill our cup to overflowing (Ps 23:5) and lavish the Holy Spirit upon us without measure (Jn 3:34; Ti 3:6), just as He changed water into a huge amount of wine (Jn 2:6ff). God will open the floodgates of heaven to bless us with a superabundance if we obey Him in generous trust (see Mal 3:10).

In view of God's ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

WITH IT OR WITH HIM?

"I have no one with me but Luke." –2 Timothy 4:11

St. Luke was a disciple of St. Paul, a missionary, one of the four evangelists, the author of Acts of the Apostles, and a doctor (Col 4:14). On Luke's feast day, however, the Church has not chosen readings to emphasize any of these claims to fame. Our first reading simply notes that Luke was with Paul. That doesn't sound like much until we remember Jesus' last words in Matthew's Gospel: "Know that I am with you ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

DAILY BREAD IS DAILY LOVE

"Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself." –Luke 12:19

Jesus didn't encourage the man who had "blessings in reserve for years to come" (Lk 12:19). Instead, He called him a fool (Lk 12:20). Jesus usually calls us to live from "day to day." He taught us to pray: "Give us today our daily bread" (Mt 6:11). Similarly, after the Exodus the Lord commanded His people not to save th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

G.P.

"Grace and peace be yours." –1 Thessalonians 1:1

Paul almost always began his letters by wishing the churches "grace and peace." Grace is the presence and power of God. We need grace because we cannot live for Christ by our natural power. We need God's supernatural power. We accept grace because we have faith in the God of grace, because we have a personal relationship with Him.

Peace in the Bible is not what our culture means by peace. Many people consider peace to be a sens...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 15

First: Romans 4:13,16-18
Resp: Psalm 105:6-9,42-43
Gospel: Luke 12:8-12

FAITH-FULL

"All depends on faith, everything is grace." –Romans 4:16

Because all depends on faith, we pray: "Lord, 'increase our faith' " (Lk 17:5). However, Jesus wondered if He would find any faith on the earth when He would return (Lk 18:8). We must either move mountains by faith or be moved and manipulated by the forces of the mass apostasy preceding Jesus' s...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 
Mass Readings: October 14
First: Romans 4:1-8
Resp: Psalm 32:1-2,5,11
Gospel: Luke 12:1-7

KNOW JESUS; NO FEAR

"Fear nothing, then." –Luke 12:7

Three-hundred and sixty-five times, once for each day of the year, the Lord commands us in the Bible: "Do not be afraid" (Lk 12:4). Pope John Paul II repeatedly proclaimed, prayed, and prophesied: "Do not be afraid." Although Satan tries to use fear to manipulate and even to enslave us (Heb 2:15), we can overcome the t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 13

First: Romans 3:21-30
Resp: Psalm 130:1-6
Gospel: Luke 11:47-54

JUST NOW

"He did so to manifest His own justice." –Romans 3:25

"Just yesterday, I was just just, just as he was." The preceding sentence contains grammatically correct English. It shows the many usages of the word "just." The sentence can be more clearly stated: "As recently as yesterday, I was merely fair, exactly as he was." The English word "just" is just plain confus...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 12

First: Romans 2:1-11
Resp: Psalm 62:2-3,6-7,9
Gospel: Luke 11:42-46

DOCILITY, NOT HOSTILITY

"Teacher, in speaking this way You insult us too!" –Luke 11:45

Jesus speaks strongly of lifestyle changes in today's Gospel reading. He gives the Pharisees and lawyers a direct warning of the consequences of their hypocrisy and pride (Lk 11:42ff). The lawyers disregarded Jesus' loving and expert warning and claimed He was insulting them (Lk 11...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 11

First: Romans 1:16-25
Resp: Psalm 19:2-5
Gospel: Luke 11:37-41

USE AS DIRECTED

"These men...exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator." –Romans 1:25

From the garden of Eden to the present day, man and woman have been captivated by God's good and beautiful creations. He created things to point to Himself (Rm 1:20; Wis 13:5). Many are unable to get past the beauty of creation to f...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 10

First: Romans 1:1-7
Resp: Psalm 98:1-4
Gospel: Luke 11:29-32

STRIVE FOR HOLINESS (Heb 12:14)

"...called to holiness..." –Romans 1:7

We are "called to holiness" (Rm 1:7). The secular culture cherishes the idea that holiness restricts our desires, implying that holy people are not free to do what they "really" want. However, "God has not called us to immorality but to holiness" (1 Thes 4:7). Only the holy "live in freedom – but not a...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 9

First: Isaiah 25:6-10
Resp: Psalm 23:1-6
Second: Philippians 4:12-14,19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

THE ULTIMATE FINANCIAL SECURITY

"My God in turn will supply your needs fully, in a way worthy of His magnificent riches in Christ Jesus." –Philippians 4:19

The Philippians had contributed financially to Paul's ministry on several occasions. Paul called their financial contributions a kindness (Phil 4:14), a share in his hardships (Phil 4:1...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 8

First: Joel 4:12-21
Resp: Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,11-12
Gospel: Luke 11:27-28

BLEST

" 'Rather,' He replied, 'blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it.' " –Luke 11:28

Because you are hearing and living God's Word, you are more blest than Mary was in being the physical mother of God. However, this does not mean you are more blest than Mary. Mary is blest among women (Lk 1:28, 42) and called blest by all ages (Lk 1:48) not primarily b...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 7

First: Acts 1:12-14
Resp: Luke 1:46-55
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

RE-POSSESS THE RE-POSSESSED

"When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it wanders through arid wastes searching for a resting-place; failing to find one, it says, 'I will go back to where I came from.' " –Luke 11:24

Pope John Paul II seemed to be preoccupied with what he called the "new evangelization." This means leading to Christ the people of formerly Christian countri...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 6

First: Malachi 3:13-20
Resp: Psalm 1:1-4,6
Gospel: Luke 11:5-13

SELF-CLEANING OVEN

"Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him." –Malachi 3:18

In the prophet Malachi's time, prosperity was considered a sign of divine approval. Malachi lamented that evildoers prospered at the expense of those who were just. Malachi wondered why God would bless evil...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 5

First: Jonah 4:1-11
Resp: Psalm 86:3-6,9-10
Gospel: Luke 11:1-4

WORMING OUR WAY OUT

"I would be better off dead than alive." –Jonah 4:8

Jonah was so despondent that he became suicidal because 120,000 Ninevites repented and were spared destruction. Jonah wanted them to get what they deserved.

The next thing that made Jonah despondent was a worm. He seemed to be more upset by the worm than by spending three days in a fish's belly. He wa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 4

First: Sirach 50:1,3-4,6-7
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,11
Second: Galatians 6:14-18
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30

BETTERING YOURSELF

"Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it." –Luke 10:42

In yesterday's Scripture reading, Jesus told us to be good neighbors like the Samaritan who gave hands-on service to the beaten man whom he found on the road (Lk 10:33-36). In today's reading, we meet another good neighbor, Mart...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 3

First: Jonah 1:1-2:2,11
Resp: Jonah 2:3-5,8
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

LISTENING TO EVERYBODY BUT...

"This is the word of the Lord that came to Jonah." –Jonah 1:1

Jonah is both strikingly similar and dissimilar to Jesus. Jonah and Jesus are the only two people in the Bible who fell asleep in a boat during a storm (Jon 1:5). Jonah's storm was stopped by "sacrificing" him, throwing him overboard (see Jon 1:14-15). By Jesus' sacrificial death...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 2

First: Isaiah 5:1-7
Resp: Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20
Second: Philippians 4:6-9
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43

REJECTED!

"The Stone Which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure." –Matthew 21:42; Psalm 118:22

It is so easy to reject Jesus. Our lives are like houses (see Mt 7:24). If we have the opportunity to make Jesus the Cornerstone of our lives, but do not do so, then we have rejected Him. If we refuse to provide for an...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 1

First: Baruch 4:5-12,27-29
Resp: Psalm 69:33-37
Gospel: Luke 10:17-24

"SEEK YE FIRST"

"Turn now ten times the more to seek Him." –Baruch 4:28

Our hearts have been disposed to stray from God (Bar 4:28), that is, we have been tempted to sin. Some of these temptations have been very strong. However, the Lord calls us to seek Him with a zeal ten times stronger than our strongest temptations. When we seek the Lord this zealously, we will h...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 30

First: Baruch 1:15-22
Resp: Psalm 79:1-5,8-9
Gospel: Luke 10:13-16

VOICE LESSONS

"We have been disobedient to the Lord, our God, and only too ready to disregard His voice." –Baruch 1:19

Jesus commented that His sheep "recognize His voice" and "follow Him" (Jn 10:4). Jesus' followers "will not follow a stranger; such a one they will flee, because they do not recognize a stranger's voice" (Jn 10:5).

Sometimes the Lord's voice is not eas...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 29

First: Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
Resp: Psalm 138:1-5
Gospel: John 1:47-51

ANGELS NOW MORE THAN EVER

"Thousands upon thousands were ministering to Him." –Daniel 7:10

Today's feast day honors the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the only angels mentioned by name in the Bible. We thank God for these three archangels. We need them now more than ever.

The only way to understand nearly forty years of killing millions of babies through ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 28

First: Nehemiah 2:1-8
Resp: Psalm 137:1-6
Gospel: Luke 9:57-62

I SIMPLY LOVE TO REPAIR

"How could I not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been eaten out by fire?" –Nehemiah 2:3

Nehemiah was noticeably sad because Jerusalem and its walls needed major repairs. Those promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus have repeatedly emphasized the need for reparation, that is, repairin...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 27

First: Zechariah 8:20-23
Resp: Psalm 87:1-7
Gospel: Luke 9:51-56

LIGHTEN UP!

"In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.' " –Zechariah 8:23

Jesus always attracted people to Himself. The rich, poor, pagans, religious, sinners, and other groups of people flocked to ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 26

First: Zechariah 8:1-8
Resp: Psalm 102:16-21,29,22-23
Gospel: Luke 9:46-50

THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

"Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in My eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?" –Zechariah 8:6

The people of Jerusalem had been disobeying God for centuries. Zechariah prophesied the impossible: that the people of that city and maybe even our cities would...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 25

First: Ezekiel 18:25-28
Resp: Psalm 25:4-9
Second: Philippians 2:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32

"OBEDIENCE IS BETTER..." (1 Sm 15:22)

"Which of the two did what the father wanted?" –Matthew 21:31

We Christians have told God we will obey Him, but many of us haven't. We have persisted in mass disobedience for years. Unbelievers have told God they will not obey Him, but many of them have changed their minds and do what God wants. Jesus ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 24

First: Zechariah 2:5-9,14-15
Resp: Jeremiah 31:10-13
Gospel: Luke 9:43-45

THE CIRCLE OF FIRE

"I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows." –Jeremiah 31:13

The chosen people had sinned. Thereby, they had been defeated, debased, and exiled. Jerusalem, its Temple, and the people's lives were in ruins. After generations of degradation, the people could hardly conceive of anything but further...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 23

First: Galatians 2:19-20
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5-8,11
Gospel: Matthew 16:24-27

THE COURAGE TO WORK

"Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?" –Haggai 2:3

It's discouraging to see how bad things have become. It's discouraging to think that even our best efforts are very inadequate and possibly inferior to what we've done before (see Hg 2:3). It's discouraging to have your best work be overshadowed by the damage inflicted for years b...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 22

First: Haggai 1:1-8
Resp: Psalm 149:1-6,9
Gospel: Luke 9:7-9

THE PLEASURES OF GOD

"Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Consider your ways! Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the house that I may take pleasure in it.' " –Haggai 1:7-8

If you asked yourself: "Am I happy?", what would be an honest answer? Many people are more busy than blessed (see Hg 1:6), more stuffed than nourished, and more jaded than exhilarated (see H...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 21

First: Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13
Resp: Psalm 19:2-5
Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13

I'D LOVE TO ...

"As He moved on, Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his post where taxes were collected. He said to him, 'Follow Me.' " –Matthew 9:9

We hear the Lord knocking on the door and calling us by name (Rv 3:20). We sense something inside drawing us to Jesus. He is still calling today's "Matthews" to follow Him. Nonetheless, we are afraid to say "Yes." We'...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 20

First: Ezra 6:7-8,12,14-20
Resp: Psalm 122:1-5
Gospel: Luke 8:19-21

CHURCH, SACRIFICE, AND PASSOVER

"They finished the building according to the command of the God of Israel." –Ezra 6:14

For the work on the house of God to be completed, we must build the building, make the sacrifices, and celebrate the Passover (Ezr 6:14, 17, 19). We have usually been successful in physically building the building. We have met in homes, built parish...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 19

First: Ezra 1:1-6
Resp: Psalm 126:1-6
Gospel: Luke 8:16-18

OUTSIDE THE BOX

"The Lord inspired King Cyrus of Persia to issue this proclamation..." –Ezra 1:1

The greatest tragedy in the history of the Jewish people is the fall of Jerusalem and exile to Babylon in 587 B.C. For decades, Jews lived in Babylon with no temple and no hope of liberation. Then King Cyrus became the new king of Persia. Cyrus was a pagan who worshipped the fal...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 18

First: Isaiah 55:6-9
Resp: Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18
Second: Philippians 1:20-24,27
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

LIFE MEANS...

"For, to me, 'life' means Christ." –Philippians 1:21

What does life mean to you? Some of us would answer: "Life" means family, friends, and work. Life means church on Sunday, Thanksgiving dinners, a new car, or a wedding in the family.

Paul doesn't talk like this. He bluntly asserts: "Life" means Christ. Paul had "c...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 17

First: 1 Timothy 6:13-16
Resp: Psalm 100:1-5
Gospel: Luke 8:4-15

A STIFLING TRIO

"Their progress is stifled by the cares and riches and pleasures of life and they do not mature." –Luke 8:14

Jesus identifies three things that stifle the Word's progress in our lives if we don't surrender them to His lordship:

  1. cares. We are to cast our cares upon Jesus, because He cares for us (1 Pt 5:7). He is more than "able" (Heb 7:25) to deal with o...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 16

First: 1 Timothy 6:2-12
Resp: Psalm 49:6-10,17-20
Gospel: Luke 8:1-3

FLEE MARKET

"Man of God that you are, flee from all this." –1 Timothy 6:11

Paul commanded Timothy to do four things (1 Tm 6:11-12): 1) flee, 2) seek, 3) fight, and 4) hold. Christians encourage each other to "hold on," "hang in there," and persevere. Sometimes we realize that to hold our ground, we must obey Paul's third commandment to Timothy. We must fight the e...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 15

First: Hebrews 5:7-9
Resp: Psalm 31:2-6,15-16,20
Gospel: John 19:25-27
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY

"With sorrow my eye is consumed; my soul also, and my body. For my life is spent with grief." –Psa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 14

First: Numbers 21:4-9
Resp: Psalm 78:1-2,34-38
Second: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: John 3:13-17

THE CROSS, THE FATHER, AND LOVE

"He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death." –Philippians 2:8

"God put Abraham to the test" (Gn 22:1). Abraham obediently brought his son Isaac to offer him up to the Lord (Gn 22:3). "Abraham took the wood for the holocaust and laid it on his son Isaac's shoulders" (Gn 22:6). He placed Isaac upon t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 13

First: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Resp: Psalm 101:1-3,5-6
Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

DADS WITH DIGNITY

"He must be a good manager of his own household, keeping his children under control without sacrificing his dignity." –1 Timothy 3:4

A major qualification for a bishop or deacon in the early church was for a man to be a "good manager" of his children (1 Tm 3:4, 12). He had to keep "his children under control without sacrificing his dignity" (1 Tm...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 11

First: Sirach 27:30-28:9
Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,9-12
Second: Romans 14:7-9
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE STREAM OF MERCY

"Moved with pity, the master let the official go and wrote off the debt." –Matthew 18:27

Al...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 10

First: 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Resp: Psalm 113:1-7
Gospel: Luke 6:43-49

HEART-BURN

"Each man speaks from his heart's abundance." –Luke 6:45

The next time you encounter someone who is in love, pay close attention to what they say. What do they talk about? They talk incessantly about the person they love. He tells all his friends about how wonderful she is. She says that he's always on her heart. They are speaking from their heart's abunda...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 9

First: 1 Timothy 1:1-2,12-14
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,11
Gospel: Luke 6:39-42

EYE-BEAM

"How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,' yet fail to see the plank lodged in your own?" –Luke 6:42

St. Paul is a living example of Jesus' parable of a person failing to see the beam in their own eye. Paul describes his pre-conversion years as follows: "I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a man filled w...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 8

First: Micah 5:1-4
Resp: Psalm 13:6
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16,18-23
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

IN HIS IMAGE

"…to share the image of His Son…" –Romans 8:29

Mary certainly was conformed to the image of the Son of God (see Rm 8:29, RNAB)....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 7

First: Colossians 3:1-11
Resp: Psalm 145:2-3,10-13
Gospel: Luke 6:20-26

LUKE TO MATTHEW TO JESUS

"Then, raising His eyes to His disciples, [Jesus] said: 'Blest are you poor.' " –Luke 6:20

In Matthew's Gospel, the Beatitudes are addressed to Jesus' disciples in the third person (Mt 5:3-10). In Luke's Gospel, they are in the second person. Therefore, in Luke, it's harder to assume that the Beatitudes are meant for someone else.

In Matth...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 6

First: Colossians 2:6-15
Resp: Psalm 145:1-2,8-11
Gospel: Luke 6:12-19
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

SIN-SNATCHER

"He pardoned all our sins. He canceled the bond that stood against us with all its claims, snatching it up and nailing it to th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 5

First: Genesis 2:4-9,15
Resp: Psalm 90:2-5,12-14,16
Gospel: Matthew 6:31-34

LOVING TO SUFFER

"Even now I find my joy in the suffering I endure for you." –Colossians 1:24

Naturally we want to avoid suffering. Supernaturally we can and must embrace certain sufferings, which are a share in Christ's sufferings. Love is the only thing stronger than our natural aversion to suffering. Those who choose suffering in the pattern of Jesus' deat...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 4

First: Ezekiel 33:7-9
Resp: Psalm 95:1-2,6-9
Second: Romans 13:8-10
Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

BIG MOUTH

"If your brother should commit some wrong against you, go and point out his fault, but keep it between the two of you." –Matthew 18:15

If we have been wronged, it's absolutely essential to keep it to ourselves. Only after having talked to the other person are we free to bring someone else into the situation or refer it to the Church...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 3

First: Colossians 1:21-23
Resp: Psalm 54:3-4,6,8
Gospel: Luke 6:1-5
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

ERODING FAITH?

"You must hold fast to faith, be firmly grounded and steadfast in it, unshaken in the hope promised you by the gospel you have he...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 2

First: Colossians 1:15-20
Resp: Psalm 100:2-5
Gospel: Luke 5:33-39
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

COMING FAST

"When the days come that the Groom is removed from their midst, they will surely fast in those days." –Luke 5:35

Jesus taught that ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 1

First: Colossians 1:9-14
Resp: Psalm 98:2-6
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

PRAYING THE BIBLE

"Ever since we heard this we have been praying for you unceasingly." –Colossians 1:9

The Lord calls us not only to read the Bib...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 31

First: Colossians 1:1-8
Resp: Psalm 52:10-11
Gospel: Luke 4:38-44

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

HEALING THE MIND

Jesus "stood over her and addressed Himself to the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them." –Luke 4:39...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 30

First: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6,9-11
Resp: Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Gospel: Luke 4:31-37

BODY BUILD

"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 "build one another up" (see 1 Thes 5:11, RSV-CE...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 29

First: Jeremiah 1:17-19
Resp: Psalm 71:1-6,15,17
Gospel: Mark 6:17-29
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

HEAD-LINES

"Stand up and tell them all that I command you." –Jeremiah 1:17

John the Baptizer called the religious leaders of his time a "brood...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 28

First: Jeremiah 20:7-9
Resp: Psalm 63:2-6,8-9
Second: Romans 12:1-2
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

SUPER DUPER

"You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped." –Jeremiah 20:7

God doesn't really dupe us. It just seem...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 27

First: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Resp: Psalm 98:1,7-9
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

TOTAL STEWARDSHIP

" 'Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant.' " –Matthew 25:21

On Judgment Day, we will be held account...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 26

First: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Resp: Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,10-12
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

YOU'RE FIRED

"The foolish ones said to the sensible, 'Give us some of your oil. Our torches are going out.' But the sensible ones re...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 25

First: 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
Resp: Psalm 90:3-5,12-14,17
Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE LAST WORD

"Who is the faithful, farsighted servant whom the Master has put in charge of His household to dispense food at need...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 24

First: Revelation 21:9-14
Resp: Psalm 145:10-13,17-18
Gospel: John 1:45-51

KNOW BODY

"Do you believe just because..." –John 1:50

"When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, He remarked: 'This man is a true Israelite. There is no guile in him' " (Jn 1:47). Nathanael asked Jesus, "How do You know me?" (Jn 1:48) This is a revealing response. The typical response to a total stranger would be to ask: "How do you know this information abou...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 23

First: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Resp: Psalm 139:1-3,4-6
Gospel: Matthew 23:23-26

GULP!

"You strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!" –Matthew 23:24

The Pharisees have long been gone, but many still swallow camels today. You may be a modern-day Pharisee if:

  • You lead the fight to have kneelers in your church but continue to vote for pro-abortion politicians.
  • You often hint that you want your spouse to lose weight but neglect for months at a...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 22

First: Isaiah 9:1-6
Resp: Psalm 113:1-8
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

THE PROOF IS IN THE FAITH

"We constantly are mindful before our God and Father of the way you are proving your faith, and laboring in love." –1 Thessalonians 1:3

The Christians of Thessalonica were proving their faith so well that their proven faith was celebrated "not only in Macedonia and Achaia" but "throughout every region" (1 Thes 1:8). Could your faith be accurately ca...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 21

First: Isaiah 22:19-23
Resp: Psalm 138:1-3,6,8
Second: Romans 11:33-36
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE KEYS

"I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven." –Matthew 16:19

Eliakim was given "the key of th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 20

First: Ruth 2:1-3,8-11; 4:13-17
Resp: Psalm 128:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

GLEANER-GOD

"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, but whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." –Matthew 23:12

The Lord will event...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 19

First: Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22
Resp: Psalm 146:5-10
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE PRICE OF FAITHFULNESS

"Ruth said, 'Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will l...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 18

First: Judges 11:29-39
Resp: Psalm 40:5,7-10
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

BAPTISMAL, EUCHARISTIC VICTORY

"Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. 'If You deliver the Ammonites into my power,' he said, 'whoever comes out of th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 17

First: Judges 9:6-15
Resp: Psalm 21:2-7
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

MERCY WATCH

"Begin with the last group and end with the first." –Matthew 20:8

Let's look at the parable of the laborers through the lens of discipl...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 16

First: Judges 6:11-24
Resp: Psalm 85:9,11-14
Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30
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"SUNDAY OBLIGATION"

"While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to save it from the Midianites, the angel of the Lord appeared ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 15

First: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6,10
Resp: Psalm 45:10-12,16
Second: 1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
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"IN JOYFUL HOPE"

"He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places." ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 14

First: Isaiah 56:1,6-7
Resp: Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8
Second: Romans 11:13-15,29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

IS YOUR CATHOLIC CHURCH CATHOLIC?

"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." –Isaiah 56:7

Is your church filled with members who are young and old, black and white, male and female, poor and rich, U.S. citizens and internationals? Many Catholic churches in the USA are filled with old, white, upper-middle class, Amer...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 13

First: Joshua 24:14-29
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,11
Gospel: Matthew 19:13-15
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WITNESS STAND

"This stone shall be our witness." –Joshua 24:27

One of the most important words in the Bible is "witness." Joshua said t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 12

First: Joshua 24:1-13
Resp: Psalm 136:1-3,16-18,21-22,24
Gospel: Matthew 19:3-12
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MY DIVORCE

"Because of your stubbornness Moses let you divorce your wives." –Matthew 19:8

Jesus considered a culture that permitted...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 11

First: Hosea 2:16,17,21-22
Resp: Psalm 45:11-12,14-16
Gospel: John 15:4-10

A PITY PARTY

"Moved with pity, the master let the official go and wrote off the debt." –Matthew 18:27

The Lord God is "moved with pity" when we humbly beg Him to have mercy on us (Mt 18:27). He is so moved when someone asks Him for forgiveness that He celebrates (Lk 15:23) and rejoices (Lk 15:10). Father Al Lauer, longtime author of One Bread, One Body, was fon...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 10

First: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Resp: Psalm 112:1-2,5-9
Gospel: John 12:24-26
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"HE MUST INCREASE" (Jn 3:30)

"Increase your generous yield." –2 Corinthians 9:10

The Church has been fiercely attacked in the last decade...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 9

First: Deuteronomy 31:1-8
Resp: Deuteronomy 32:3-4,7-9,12
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

A DIPLOMA IN THE SCHOOL OF MERCY

"If he succeeds in finding it, believe Me he is happier about this one than about the ninety...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 8, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 8

First: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Resp: Psalm 37:3-6,30-31
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
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PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP

"Think!" –Deuteronomy 10:14

One of the shortest sentences in the Bible is: "Think!" We are to think about how the L...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 7

First: 1 Kings 19:9,11-13
Resp: Psalm 85:9-14
Second: Romans 9:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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THE "WANT-TO"

"My conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that there is great grief and constant pain in my heart." ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 6

First: Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
Resp: Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9
Second: 2 Peter 1:16-19
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
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A LUMINOUS FIGURE

"He was transfigured before their eyes. His face became as dazzling as the sun, His clothes as rad...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 5

First: Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Resp: Psalm 77:12-16,21
Gospel: Matthew 16:24-28
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

ON THE VERGE

"You led Your people like a flock." –Psalm 77:21

In today's first eucharistic reading, Moses has led the Israelites throug...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, August 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 4

First: Numbers 20:1-13
Resp: Psalm 95:1-2,6-9
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-23
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ROCK OF AGES

"Order the rock to yield its waters." –Numbers 20:8

The Israelites complained about not having water. Then "Moses struck the roc...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 3

First: Numbers 13:1-2,25-14:1,26-29,34-35
Resp: Psalm 106:6-7,13-14,21-23
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
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FAITH-CRIMES

"Forty years shall you suffer for your crimes." –Numbers 14:34

Today's eucharistic readings strongly ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 2

First: Sirach 24:1-4,16,22-24
Resp: Psalm 34:5,7,9-10,18-19
Second: Galatians 4:3-7
Gospel: Luke 1:26-33
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

GOD HATES JEALOUSY

"Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses." –Numbers 12:1

Moses, Aaron, and Miriam were the t...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, August 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 1

First: Numbers 11:4-15
Resp: Psalm 81:12-17
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

DISGUSTED WITH YOUR PARISH?

"Moses asked the Lord, 'Why are You so displeased with me that You burden me with all this people?' " –Numbers 11:11...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 31

First: Isaiah 55:1-3
Resp: Psalm 145:8-9,15-18
Second: Romans 8:35:37-39
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

DAILY BREAD

"Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare." –Isaiah 55:2

Isaiah prophesied "rich f...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 30

First: Leviticus 25:1,8-17
Resp: Psalm 67:2-3,5,7-8
Gospel: Matthew 14:1-12

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

PARTY LINE

"This fiftieth year you shall make sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for y...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 28

First: Exodus 40:16-21,34-38
Resp: Psalm 84:3-6,8,11
Gospel: Matthew 13:47-53

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

WHERE IS GOD, AND WHO AM I?

"Moses did exactly as the Lord had commanded him. On the first day of the first month of the second year the D...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 27

First: Exodus 34:29-35
Resp: Psalm 99:5-7,9
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

IN YOUR FACE

"The skin of [Moses'] face had become radiant while he conversed with the Lord." –Exodus 34:29

In the Old Covenant, the unclean and ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 26

First: Sirach 44:1,10-15
Resp: Psalm 132:11,13-14,17-18
Gospel: Matthew 13:16-17

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

IMPORTANT PEOPLE

"At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise." –Sirach 44:15

The Spirit has inspir...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 
Mass Readings: July 25
First: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Resp: Psalm 126:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 20:20-28

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

EARTHEN VESSELS AND BLOOD-VESSELS

"This treasure we possess in earthen vessels." –2 Corinthians 4:7

Part of today's first reading is very po...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 24

First: 1 Kings 3:5,7-12
Resp: Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-130
Second: Romans 8:28-30
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52

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FINISH LINE

"We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love God and are call...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 23

First: Exodus 24:3-8
Resp: Psalm 50:1-2,5-6,14-15
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

FOREVER FREE

"His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go out and pull them up?' " –Matthew 13:28

In His kingdom, God lets the wheat and...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 22

First: Exodus 20:1-17
Resp: Psalm 19:8-11
Gospel: John 20:1-2,11-18
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

"MARY-ED" LOVE

"I found Him Whom my heart loves." –Song of Songs 3:4

In His love, Jesus became a human being and even died on the cross for us. B...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 21

First: Wisdom 8:9-16
Resp: Psalm 67:2-5,7-8
Gospel: Luke 9:1-6

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

THE COMMANDMENTS ARE BEATITUDES, THE BEATITUDES ARE COMMANDMENTS

"To you has been given a knowledge of the mysteries of the reign of God." –Matthew 13:1...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 20

First: Exodus 16:1-5,9-15
Resp: Psalm 78:18-19,23-28
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE COST OF FREEDOM

"Would that we had died at the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt, as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!"...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 
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TAKE A WALK

"The Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left." –Exodus 14:22

Moses and the Israelites walked between two walls of water at the Red Sea. Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha stopp...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 18

First: Exodus 14:5-18
Resp: Exodus 15:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

LIVING ON MIRACLES

"And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the Israelites may pass through ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 17

First: Wisdom 12:13,16-19
Resp: Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16
Second: Romans 8:26-27
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

DO YOU WANT TO BE HOLY?

"Let them grow together until harvest." –Matthew 13:30

If you are living for Jesus, y...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 16

First: Exodus 12:37-42
Resp: Psalm 136:1,23-24,10-15
Gospel: Matthew 12:14-21

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

"LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, FREE AT LAST"

"At the end of four hundred and thirty years, all the hosts of the Lord left the land of Egypt." –Exod...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 15

First: Wisdom 8:2-7,16-18
Resp: Psalm 16:5-9,11
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-19
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MASS EXODUS

"To You will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving." –Psalm 116:17

Try skipping all three meals today. How will your body feel tomorro...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 14

First: Exodus 3:13-20
Resp: Psalm 105:1,5,8-9,24-27
Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

SENT AND SENSIBILITY

"I AM sent me to you." –Exodus 3:14

Throughout Scripture and Church history, the Lord is constantly sending people...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 13

First: Exodus 3:1-6,9-12
Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,6-7
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-27
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

HOW TO RECEIVE DIVINE REVELATION

"Father, Lord of heaven and earth, to You I offer praise; for what You have hidden from the learned and the c...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 11

First: Exodus 1:8-14,22
Resp: Psalm 124:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 10:34-11:1
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE WORD AND WORDS OF GOD

"He who brings himself to nought for Me discovers who he is." –Matthew 10:39

God's ways and thoughts are very differ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 10

First: Isaiah 55:10-11
Resp: Psalm 65:10-14
Second: Romans 8:18-23
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

SOW THE WORD CONSTANTLY

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

How often have you heard a Scripture passage twenty times...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 9

First: Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26
Resp: Psalm 105:1-4,6-7
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

RERUNS

"Suppose Joseph has been nursing a grudge against us." –Genesis 50:15

When Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, he ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 8, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 8

First: Genesis 46:1-7,28-30
Resp: Psalm 37:3-4,18-19,27-28,39-40
Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

GOD MOVED

"Not only will I go down to Egypt with you; I will also bring you back here." –Genesis 46:4

Jacob needed a special r...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 7

First: Genesis 44:18-21,23-29,45:1-5
Resp: Psalm 105:16-21
Gospel: Matthew 10:7-15

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

"Now do not be distressed, and do not reproach yourselves for having sold me here. It was really for the sake of ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 6

First: Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7,17-24
Resp: Psalm 33:2-3,10-11,18-19
Gospel: Matthew 10:1-7
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE CROSS OF COMMUNITY

"The names of the twelve apostles are these..." –Matthew 10:2

Jesus shared the last three years of H...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 5

First: Genesis 32:23-33
Resp: Psalm 17:1-3,6-7,8,15
Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

A FAMILY OF LIARS

"Jacob arose, took his two wives, with the two maidservants and his eleven children..." –Genesis 32:23

Jacob's family wa...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 4

First: Isaiah 58:6-11
Resp: Psalm 107:2-9
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

SLEEPING ON ROCKS

"Taking one of the stones at the shrine, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep at that spot." –Genesis 28:11

Jacob used a ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 
Mass Readings: July 3

First: Zechariah 9:9-10
Resp: Psalm 145:1-2,8-11,13-14
Second: Romans 8:9,11-13
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE YOKE'S ON YOU

"Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me...My yoke is easy and My burden light." ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: July 2

First: Genesis 27:1-5,15-29
Resp: Psalm 135:1-6
Gospel: Luke 2:41-51
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DANGER! EXPLOSIVES!

"People do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined." ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for July 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

BE-LOVED

"Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God." –1 John 4:7

God calls us "beloved" (1 Jn 4:7, 11). This not only means that He loves us; it also means that He loves us every moment forever. We can live on in His love (Jn 15:10). "Trial, ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 30

First: Genesis 22:1-19
Resp: Psalm 115:1-6,8-9
Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8
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IF YOU KNEW WHAT HE KNOWS...

"Jesus was aware of what they were thinking." –Matthew 9:4

Jesus can read people's minds. Probably He read not only ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 29

First: Acts 12:1-11
Resp: Psalm 34:2-9
Second: 2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

DYING TO LIVE

"Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel to rescue me." –Acts 12:11

The Lord sent an angel...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 28

First: Genesis 19:15-29
Resp: Psalm 26:2-3,9-12
Gospel: Matthew 8:23-27
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

WAY OUT NOW

"As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, 'On your way!' " –Genesis 19:15

The Lord warns us to disassociate ourselves...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 27

First: Genesis 18:16-33
Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,8-11
Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE SUPREMACY OF DISCIPLESHIP

"Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go." –Matthew 8:19, RSV-CE.

Discipleship is very dear to the heart of...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 26

First: Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16
Resp: Psalm 147:12-15,19-20
Second: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Gospel: John 6:51-58
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COMMUNION DISTRIBUTORS?

"I Myself am the living Bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread h...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 25

First: Genesis 18:1-15
Resp: Luke 1:46-50,53-55
Gospel: Matthew 8:5-17
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

WAITER ON THE LORD

"She got up at once and began to wait on Him." –Matthew 8:15

"They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they sh...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 24

First: Isaiah 49:1-6
Resp: Psalm 139:1-3,13-15
Second: Acts 13:22-26
Gospel: Luke 1:57-66,80
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PROPHET-SHARING

"At that moment his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God." –Luk...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, June 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 23

First: Genesis 16:1-12,15-16
Resp: Psalm 106:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 7:21-29
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PICK ON ME

Jesus said: "None of those who cry out, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of My Father ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 21

First: Genesis 13:2,5-18
Resp: Psalm 15:2-5
Gospel: Matthew 7:6,12-14
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WHERE THERE'S HIS WILL, THERE'S A WAY

"Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth, for to you I will give it." –Genesis...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 20

First: Genesis 12:1-9
Resp: Psalm 33:12-13,18-20,22
Gospel: Matthew 7:1-5
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

LIFE BEGINS AT 75

"Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran." –Genesis 12:4

Scripture makes it clear that the latter years of our...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 19

First: Exodus 34:4-6,8-9
Resp: Daniel 3:52-55
Second: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Gospel: John 3:16-18
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

3 IN 1 IN ME

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 18

First: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Resp: Psalm 34:8-13
Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE LORD OF LIFESTYLE

"Stop worrying, then, over questions like, 'What are we to eat, or what are we to drink, or what are we to wear?' The un...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 16

First: 2 Corinthians 11:1-11
Resp: Psalm 111:1-4,7-8
Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

STUDYING FOR THE FINAL EXAM

"Subject us not to the trial." –Matthew 6:13

The phrase in the Our Father that we commonly say, "Lead us not ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 15

First: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Resp: Psalm 112:1-4,9
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

ONLY THE FATHER'S LOVE

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

When we give alms, pray, or fast, we can be ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 14

First: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Resp: Psalm 146:2,5-9
Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48

THE GREATEST LOVE

"My command to you is: love your enemies." –Matthew 5:44

Loving our enemies means to treat them as well as or better than we treat our friends (see Mt 5:45; Lk 15:29).

Loving enemies means praying for them (Mt 5:44) to be blessed by the Lord and then answering our own prayer by bountifully giving to them (see 2 Cor 8:4-5; see also Lk 15:22ff).

Lovi...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 13

First: Wisdom 7:7-14
Resp: Psalm 40:3-4,10-11,17
Gospel: Mark 16:15-20
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

LOVING TO WORK

"As your fellow workers we beg you not to receive the grace of God in vain." –2 Corinthians 6:1

The Lord calls us to be active,...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 12

First: Acts 2:1-11
Resp: Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
Second: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
Gospel: John 20:19-23
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

FIERY TONGUES

"Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them." –Acts 2:3

Can yo...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 11

First: Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3
Resp: Psalm 98:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 10:7-13
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

ENCOURAGING RENEWAL

"He encouraged them all to remain firm in their commitment to the Lord." –Acts 11:23

Barnabas was sent by the church of J...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 10

First: Acts 25:13-21
Resp: Psalm 103:1-2,11-12,19-20
Gospel: John 21:15-19
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

UNCHAINED AND FREE

"I issued orders that he be kept in custody until I could send him to the emperor." –Acts 25:21

"There is no chaining th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, June 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 9

First: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11
Gospel: John 17:20-26
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

I'D RATHER SWITCH THAN FIGHT

"A dispute arose between Pharisees and Sadducees which divided the whole assembly. (The Sadducees, of course, ma...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 7

First: Acts 20:17-27
Resp: Psalm 68:10-11,20-21
Gospel: John 17:1-11

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

THE COST OF PENTECOST

"I am on my way to Jerusalem, compelled by the Spirit and not knowing what will happen to me there." –Acts 20:22

Paul said ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 6

First: Acts 19:1-8
Resp: Psalm 68:2-7
Gospel: John 16:29-33

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

HOW IS PEACE PRODUCED?

"I tell you all this that in Me you may find peace. You will suffer in the world. But take courage! I have overcome the world." –John...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 5

First: Acts 1:1-11
Resp: Psalm 47:2-3,6-9
Second: Ephesians 1:17-23
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community.

LIFT OFF

"Wait, rather, for the fulfillment of My Father's promise." –Acts 1:4

We have been in intense prayer for eighty ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 4

First: Acts 18:23-28
Resp: Psalm 47:2-3,8-10
Gospel: John 16:23-28
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

PENTECOST BEGINS AT HOME

"They took him home." –Acts 18:26

"Within a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:5) or, if you have a...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 3

First: Acts 18:9-18
Resp: Psalm 47:2-7
Gospel: John 16:20-23

ASK FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT

"I give you My assurance, whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name." –John 16:23

Today begins nine days of prayer, the Pentecost Novena, to ask God to prepare our hearts to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. God pours out the Holy Spirit beyond measure and without ration (Jn 3:34; Eph 3:20). Nevertheless, we need t...


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One Bread, One Body Acknowledgement

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, June 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Acknowledgement

Our Lady's Promise would like to acknowledge that One Bread, One Body is reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community. Their ministries include:

· One Bread, One Body
· Daily Bread Radio Program
· Annual Bible Institute
· Discipleship Retreats
· Guadalupe Bible College


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, June 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 2

First: Acts 18:1-8
Resp: Psalm 98:1-4
Gospel: John 16:16-20

"OUR TOWN"

"Paul left Athens and went to Corinth." –Acts 18:1

St. Paul had been flogged and jailed during his evangelization in Philippi. Then he was run out of town (Acts 16:39). Next, after some initial success in the cities of Thessalonica and Berea, he was again forced to leave town (Acts 17:6-10, 13-15). After that, Paul was escorted to Athens, the major city in Greece,...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for June 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: June 1

First: Acts 17:15,22-18:1
Resp: Psalm 148:1-2,11-14
Gospel: John 16:12-15

TRUE BLUE

"When He comes, however, being the Spirit of truth He will guide you to all truth." –John 16:13

Jesus calls Himself "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6). He promises that the truth will set us free (Jn 8:32). He prays for us to be consecrated in truth (Jn 17:19). Jesus asks the Father to send the Spirit of truth (Jn 14:16-17).

The Lord is c...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 31

First: Zephaniah 3:14-18
Resp: Isaiah 12:2-6
Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

VISITING PRIVILEGES

"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." –Luke 1:41

On this feast of the Visitation, the Lord reveals to us that even infants in the womb can receive the Holy Spirit by the Lord's sovereign power (Lk 1:15). Old women can receive the Spirit merely by hearing the greeting of a Spirit-...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 30

First: Acts 16:11-15
Resp: Psalm 149:1-6,9
Gospel: John 15:26-16:4

NEXT WITNESS

"You must bear witness as well." –John 15:27

The Holy Spirit witnesses on Jesus' behalf (Jn 15:26), and we must do the same. The world is wrong about Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is calling us to the witness stand to prove this (Jn 16:8). Our testimony will convict the world on three counts – that it is wrong about sin, justice, and condemnation (Jn 16:...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 29

First: Acts 8:5-8,14-17
Resp: Psalm 66:1-7,16,20
Second: 1 Peter 3:15-18
Gospel: John 14:15-21

THE WORLD READS YOUR HEART

"Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts." –1 Peter 3:15, RNAB

Moments after I heard the above passage from the second reading proclaimed at Mass, the priest announced the Gospel reading, and everyone traced the sign of the cross on their hearts, as well as their foreheads and lips. Everyone at Mass was asking the L...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 28

First: Acts 16:1-10
Resp: Psalm 100:1-3,5
Gospel: John 15:18-21

PLAN B

"They next traveled through Phrygia and Galatian territory, because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia." –Acts 16:6

The Holy Spirit is Lord (2 Cor 3:17, 18). The Holy Spirit, being God, gives orders to us (see Acts 8:29ff) rather than taking orders from us. Paul and his fellow missionaries had to go to Gal...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 27

First: Acts 15:22-31
Resp: Psalm 57:8-10,12
Gospel: John 15:12-17

HOW TO KNOW GOD WELL

"It is the decision of the Holy Spirit, and ours too." –Acts 15:28

Do you know God well enough to say what His decisions are? The way to know the Lord is first to become His slave. In this state, you do not know what the Lord is doing (Jn 15:15). Later, however, He will call you His friend after having made known to you all that He has heard from G...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 26

First: Acts 15:7-21
Resp: Psalm 96:1-3,10
Gospel: John 15:9-11

JESUS, JOY, AND US

"All this I tell you that My joy may be yours and your joy may be complete." –John 15:11

Jesus offers us His complete joy. The question is: do we really want Jesus' type of joy, that is, "complete joy," or would we rather have a cheap, temporary joy? To answer that question, let's look at what constitutes Jesus' joy:

  • Jesus finds "joy" when we faithfully ...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 25

First: Acts 15:1-6
Resp: Psalm 122:1-5
Gospel: John 15:1-8

TO YIELD FRUIT, YIELD

"The fruitful ones He trims clean to increase their yield." –John 15:2

Disciples of Jesus bear a lot of fruit, and they can grow weary. They need energy, because they are consumed as they live out their calling. A major battleground of a veteran disciple is the temptation to invest time in people or things they enjoy, which "give them life" and re-energi...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 24

First: Revelation 21:1-5
Resp: Psalm 95:1-7
Gospel: John 10:22-30

COME-BACKS

"I go away for a while, and I come back to you." –John 14:28

Jesus went away for a while when He was crucified and put to death. Then He came back when He rose from the dead.

Jesus went away for a longer while when He ascended into heaven. He will come back at the end of the world to take us with Him.

Paul went back into Lystra (Acts 14:20) after its people had s...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 23

First: Acts 14:5-18
Resp: Psalm 115:1-4,15-16
Gospel: John 14:21-26

"SEEK, AND YOU WILL FIND" (Mt 7:7)

"Lord, why is it that You will reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?" –John 14:22

Jesus had told His disciples the world would not accept His revelation (Jn 14:17), but He would reveal Himself to His disciples (Jn 14:21). His disciple Jude asked Jesus why He would reveal Himself to the disciples, but not to the world (Jn 14:22)...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 22

First: Acts 6:1-7
Resp: Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,18-19
Second: 1 Peter 2:4-9
Gospel: John 14:1-12

BODY-BUILDING

"Look around among your own number, brothers, for seven men acknowledged to be deeply spiritual and prudent, and we shall appoint them to this task. This will permit us to concentrate on prayer and the ministry of the word." –Acts 6:3-4

When priests are truly priests, we need more deacons. When deacons are truly deacons, it helps...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 21

First: Acts 13:44-52
Resp: Psalm 98:1-4
Gospel: John 14:7-14

TRIUNE LOVE

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?" –John 14:10

  • If we really know Jesus, we know His Father also (Jn 14:7).
  • If we see Jesus, we see the Father (Jn 14:9).
  • The Father is in Jesus, and Jesus is in the Father (Jn 14:10).
  • The words of Jesus are from His Father (Jn 14:10).
  • The words and works of Jesus are to help us believe that the Fat...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 20

First: Acts 13:26-33
Resp: Psalm 2:6-11
Gospel: John 14:1-6

PLACEMENT AGENCY

"I am indeed going to prepare a place for you." –John 14:3

Many times throughout our lives we have told people: "Do not let your hearts be troubled" (Jn 14:1). We've followed this word of encouragement with such words as: "Cheer up," "Things will get better," or even "I'll pray for you." After Jesus told us not to be troubled, He said something different. He...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 19

First: Acts 13:13-25
Resp: Psalm 89:2-3,21-22,25,27
Gospel: John 13:16-20

"THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION" (2 Cor 5:18)

"There John left them and returned to Jerusalem." –Acts 13:13

John Mark left Paul and Barnabas at the beginning of the first missionary journey. Later, John Mark regretted his decision and wanted to go on the second missionary journey. "But Paul insisted that, as he had deserted them at Pamphylia, refusing to join th...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 18

First: Acts 2:44-47
Resp: Psalm 131:1-3
Gospel: Luke 12:22-31

THE FAST LANE

"They were engaged in the liturgy of the Lord and were fasting...the Holy Spirit spoke to them: 'Set apart Barnabas and Saul for Me to do the work for which I have called them.'" –Acts 13:2

The leaders of the church of Antioch called a communal fast, which resulted in the first missionary journey (Acts 13:2-3). The prophet Joel also proclaimed a communal fast...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 17

First: Acts 11:19-26
Resp: Psalm 87:1-7
Gospel: John 10:22-30

"I DO"

"You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep hear My voice. I know them." –John 10:26-27

Many people are waiting for God to reveal Himself to them by doing great works or giving them special spiritual experiences. However, the Lord has already revealed Himself through His incarnation, death, and resurrection. He has loved us faithfully and perfectly ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 16

First: Acts 11:1-18
Resp: Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Gospel: John 10:1-10

"WITHOUT ANY HINDRANCE WHATEVER"(Acts 28:31)

"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?" (Acts 11:17) It's God's plan to work through people like St. Peter and like you and me. It's a great mystery that God, Who is all-powerful, would put Himself in such a position that we humans h...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 15

First: Acts 2:14,36-41
Resp: Psalm 23:1-6
Second: 1 Peter 2:20-25
Gospel: John 10:1-10

CHURCH WORKERS

"The one who enters through the gate is shepherd of the sheep." –John 10:2

The sheepfold is the Church. We must enter the Church through the Gate, that is, Jesus (Jn 10:7). We must also enter ministry in the Church through Jesus. This not only means that all members and ministers in the Church must be baptized. It also means we all mu...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 14

First: Acts 1:15-17,20-26
Resp: Psalm 113:1-8
Gospel: John 15:9-17

THE SKELETON CREW

"The choice fell to Matthias, who was added to the eleven apostles." –Acts 1:26

During the first Pentecost novena, Jesus' disciples "devoted themselves to constant prayer" (Acts 1:14). As they prayed, they realized they had to bring out some skeletons from their closets. They needed to sift through Judas' betrayal of Jesus, their abandonment of Jes...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 13

First: Acts 9:1-20
Resp: Psalm 117:1-2
Gospel: John 6:52-59

STRAIGHT STREET IS MAIN STREET

"Go at once to Straight Street." –Acts 9:11

The Bible mentions thousands of proper names for cities, countries, and territories, but I know of only one street that Scripture names. The Lord told Ananias to go to Straight Street. This may be more than an incidental detail, for Ananias not only went to Straight Street but straight to a leader in ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 12

First: Acts 8:26-40
Resp: Psalm 66:8-9,16-17,20
Gospel: John 6:44-51

EVERY MASS IS SUNDAY

"This is the bread that comes down from heaven for a man to eat and never die." –John 6:50

We are in the middle of celebrating the Easter season, what St. Athanasius called the "fifty-day Sunday." We are very excited because Jesus has risen from the dead and has promised to raise us also. Death, which previously had cast its shadow over life, no ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 11

First: Acts 8:1-8
Resp: Psalm 66:1-7
Gospel: John 6:35-40

BLESSED ARE THOSE PERSECUTED...

"That day saw the beginning of a great persecution of the church in Jerusalem." –Acts 8:1

Jesus says the persecuted are happy and the kingdom of God is theirs (Mt 5:10). We should be glad and rejoice if insulted, persecuted, or slandered because of our faith in Jesus (Mt 5:11-12). "Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 10

First: Acts 7:51-8:1
Resp: Psalm 31:3-4,6-8,17,21
Gospel: John 6:30-35

LIFE WITH JESUS

"I Myself am the Bread of Life." –John 6:35

I received a note yesterday from my mother. She mentioned that she had visited the parish of my teenage years, which I attended over thirty years ago. At that time, the parish had just erected a new building, offered many programs, and consisted of a large number of families. After moving out of state, I'...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 9

First: Acts 6:8-15
Resp: Psalm 119:23-24,26-27,29-30
Gospel: John 6:22-29

"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?" (Jn 1:38)

"Though princes meet and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes." –Psalm 119:23

Stephen did the work of God, believing in the One He sent (Jn 6:29). Because Stephen was looking for Jesus, he was able to persevere and concentrate on what was happening in heaven rather than on earth (Col 3:2), even though powe...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 8, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 8

First: Acts 2:14,22-33
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11
Second: 1 Peter 1:17-21
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

EMMAUS MASS

"Were not our hearts burning inside us?" –Luke 24:32

The pattern used by Jesus in the Emmaus walk is the pattern of the Mass: Notice the sequence of events Jesus uses as He walks to Emmaus with His disciples and then stays with them afterward. The Church follows the same pattern to this very day in the Mass:

  1. Liturgy of the Word. ...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 7

First: Acts 6:1-7
Resp: Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,18-19
Gospel: John 6:16-21

RISE TO THE OCCASION

"Look around among your own number, brothers, for seven men acknowledged to be deeply spiritual and prudent." –Acts 6:3

"The community of believers," which was "of one heart and one mind" (Acts 4:32), was in danger of dividing. "The ones who spoke Greek complained that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food, as compared...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 6

First: Acts 5:34-42
Resp: Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Gospel: John 6:1-15

WHIPPED OR CREAM?

"The Sanhedrin called in the apostles and had them whipped." –Acts 5:40

You start a Bible study at work, and people are coming to Jesus. Then the boss calls you into his office. He says your witness to Jesus is a violation of company policy, suspends you without pay for a week, and tells you the next offense will result in your termination. You've just ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 5

First: Acts 5:27-33
Resp: Psalm 34:2,9,17-20
Gospel: John 3:31-36

THE OBEDIENT REBEL

"We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those that obey Him." –Acts 5:32

We Christians rejoice (see Ps 40:9) in living lives of obedience (1 Pt 1:2). We realize that "whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure the wrath of God" (Jn 3:36). We especially realize that if we truly love Jesus, we will obey ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 4

First: Acts 5:17-26
Resp: Psalm 34:2-9
Gospel: John 3:16-21

DARKNESS TO LIGHT

"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. No, they placed their trust in God and obeyed His command to teach in the Temple (Acts 5:20-21). Many heard the Good News as a result of...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 3

First: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Resp: Psalm 19:2-5
Gospel: John 14:6-14

ONLY PENTECOST

"After I have been with You all this time, you still do not know Me?" –John 14:9

Philip and James followed Jesus for years but abandoned Him in His hour of need (Mk 14:50). Even after seeing the risen Jesus on several occasions (see 1 Cor 15:7), they remained locked up because of the weakness of their faith (Jn 20:26). Eventually, they strongly believed ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 2

First: Acts 4:23-31
Resp: Psalm 2:1-9
Gospel: John 3:1-8

CHURCH MILITANT OR CHURCH DEFEATED?

"They were filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's word with confidence." –Acts 4:31

The apostles were thrown into prison by the Jewish leaders for healing a crippled man and then "teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection of the dead in the person of Jesus" (Acts 4:2). They were then threatened by the leaders to nev...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for May 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: May 1

First: Acts 2:42-47
Resp: Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
Second: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: John 20:19-31

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

"One of the twelve, Thomas (the name means 'Twin'), was absent when Jesus came. The other disciples kept telling him: 'We have seen the Lord!' His answer was, 'I will never believe it.' " –John 20:24-25

This world of "doubting Thomases" is profoundly unimpressed by our church services and Easter decorations...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 30

First: Acts 4:13-21
Resp: Psalm 118:1,14-21
Gospel: Mark 16:9-15

A STUBBORN STREAK

"He took them to task for their disbelief and their stubbornness, since they had put no faith in those who had seen Him after He had been raised." –Mark 16:14

Everyone is a believer and unbeliever, open and stubborn. We can believe Jesus and His Church and disbelieve the voices of Satan and the world, or we can do the opposite. We can be open to the L...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 29

First: Acts 4:1-12
Resp: Psalm 118:1-2,4,22-27
Gospel: John 21:1-14

JUMPING SHIP

"Simon Peter said to them, 'I am going out to fish.' " –John 21:3

Peter had given up on Easter. He had even given up on Christ. Although Jesus had initially called Peter to be a fisher of men and no longer a fisherman (Mk 1:17), Peter decided to go back into the commercial fishing business. Peter went back to B.C., that is, to his state before He had ev...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 28

First: Acts 3:11-26
Resp: Psalm 8:2,5-9
Gospel: Luke 24:35-48

THE GRATEFUL DEAD?

"You disowned the Holy and Just One and preferred instead to be granted the release of a murderer." –Acts 3:14

Satan deals death and introduced death into the human race (Catechism, 407). You'd think getting humans to accept death would be a hard sell for Satan, but it's actually easy for him. All he must do is divert people's attention away from Jesus,...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 27

First: Acts 3:1-10
Resp: Psalm 105:1-4,6-9
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

DIVINE APPOINTMENT

"They recounted what had happened on the road and how they had come to know Him in the breaking of bread." –Luke 24:35

Alleluia! Jesus lives forever! The tomb is empty! The stone is rolled away! Jesus has risen from the grave! Alleluia!

Many people, even Christians, find the above praises odd. For them, Easter ended Sunday or never actually began. Ea...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 26

First: Acts 2:36-41
Resp: Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22
Gospel: John 20:11-18

EASTER EXPRESS

"Mary Magdalene went to the disciples. 'I have seen the Lord!' she announced." –John 20:18

The apostles took fifty days to be confirmed in the risen Christ and have Easter. For almost two months Jesus "opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures" (Lk 24:45), opened their eyes in the breaking of the bread (Lk 24:31), and appeared to the...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 25

First: Acts 2:14,22-33
Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11
Gospel: Matthew 28:8-15

THE BETTER HALF

"They hurried away from the tomb half-overjoyed, half-fearful." –Matthew 28:8

"Jesus said to them: 'Do not be afraid!' " –Matthew 28:10

When the first followers of Jesus learned that He had risen, some were half-fearful and half-overjoyed (Mt 28:8). This divided reaction still occurs today. When we first encounter the risen Jesus, we rejoice wi...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 24

First: Acts 10:34,37-43
Resp: Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23
Second: Colossians 3:1-4
Gospel: John 20:1-9

DEEP-KNEE BENDS

"He saw and believed." –John 20:8

Happy Resurrection Day! Alleluia! Jesus is risen! Alleluia!

While John was waiting at Jesus' tomb for Peter to arrive, the Bible says he "bent down to peer in" (Jn 20:5). This is not a trivial detail; it indicates the spiritual posture of those who believe in the risen Jesus. If we ar...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 23

First: Genesis 1:1-2:2
Resp: Psalm 104:1-2,5-6,10,12-14,24,35
Second: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: Mark 16:1-7

VICTORY GARDEN

"In the place where He had been crucified there was a garden." –John 19:41

Holy Saturday is a unique day liturgically. During the day, there is no Mass and no Eucharist. Jesus isn't in the tabernacle; He's in the tomb. The agony and apparent defeat of the cross is etched deeply in our minds. Baptized into Jesus' d...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 22

First: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Resp: Psalm 31:2,6,12-13,15-17,25
Second: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42

FINISHING TOUCH

"If He gives His life as an offering for sin, He shall see His descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through Him." –Isaiah 53:10

This Good Friday will be "good" if we repent of our sins, totally commit ourselves to Jesus, and lead others to Christ. Good Friday will ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 21, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 21, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 21

First: Exodus 12:1-8,11-14
Resp: Psalm 116:12-13,15-18
Second: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: John 13:1-15

THE BLOOD-COVENANT

"This cup is the new covenant in My blood." –1 Corinthians 11:25

Holy Communion is not only communion with the Lord but also with each other. When we receive Holy Communion, we commit ourselves to serve each other, to wash each other's feet (see Jn 13:5). We make a covenant in Jesus' blood even to lay down ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 20, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 20

First: Isaiah 50:4-9
Resp: Psalm 69:8-10,21-22,31,33-34
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-25

THE KISS OF DEATH

"One of you is about to betray Me." –Matthew 26:21

It's easy to picture Jesus saying: "I gave My back to those who beat Me, My cheeks to those who plucked My beard" (Is 50:6). Jesus could also say that He gave His cheeks to those who kissed Him in betrayal (Lk 22:48). He did not shield His face from buffets, spitting, and kisses of ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 19

First: Isaiah 49:1-6
Resp: Psalm 71:1-6,15,17
Gospel: John 13:21-33,36-38

ALL FOR JESUS

"You are My servant...through whom I show My glory." –Isaiah 49:3

I'm writing this teaching on my birthday, two years before you read it. So at Mass today, when I heard the passage: "The Lord called me from birth, from my mother's womb He gave me my name" (Is 49:1), it gave me chills to hear that He "formed me as His servant from the womb" (Is 4...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 18, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 18

First: Isaiah 42:1-7
Resp: Psalm 27:1-3,13-14
Gospel: John 12:1-11

AROMA THERAPY

"The house was filled with the ointment's fragrance." –John 12:3

My daughter has a bottle of perfume weighing four ounces. As a test, I asked her to fill the room with the perfume's fragrance. She only had to press the spray button twice and you could smell a strong fragrance clear across the room. Mary of Bethany poured the equivalent of four such b...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 17, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 17, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 17

First: Isaiah 50:4-7
Resp: Psalm 22:8-9,17-20,23-24
Second: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66

SOUNDING BOARD

"The groups preceding Him as well as those following kept crying out: 'Hosanna to the Son of David!' " –Matthew 21:9

Today begins "Holy Week." The Lord wants this week to be unlike any other week in our lives – a week of grace, sorrow, repentance, and love. The week begins with the praises of Palm Sunday, chan...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 16, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 16

First: Ezekiel 37:21-28
Resp: Jeremiah 31:10-13
Gospel: John 11:45-56

DYING TO BE ONE

"I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one Prince for them all." –Ezekiel 37:22

The Lord promised to make the two nations of Israel one nation under one prince, who would be a descendant of David. This promise is being more than fulfilled in Jesus, a Descendant of David. In fact, the Father's p...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 15, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 15, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 15

First: Jeremiah 20:10-13
Resp: Psalm 18:2-7
Gospel: John 10:31-42

JOHN THE BAPTIZER ON JESUS

"Whatever John said about this Man was true." –John 10:41

At the time of his birth, John the Baptizer was the greatest man ever born (Mt 11:11). Thus his words carried a lot of weight. John had a number of things to say about Jesus, and all of it was true (Jn 10:41). Let's examine the truths John has spoken about Jesus:

  • Jesus is the Lamb o...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 14, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 14, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 14

First: Genesis 17:3-9
Resp: Psalm 105:4-9
Gospel: John 8:51-59

I AM OR I?

"I solemnly declare it: before Abraham came to be, I AM." –John 8:58

When Jesus called Himself I AM, that is, God, the people picked up rocks to throw at Him (Jn 8:59). Because they did not believe Jesus was God, they tried to kill Him for blaspheming.

In ten days, you will be asked whether you believe Jesus is God. On Easter Sunday, at every Mass in ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 13, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 13

First: Daniel 3:14-20,91-92,95
Resp: Daniel 3:52-56
Gospel: John 8:31-42

A FREE LENT

"That is why, if the Son frees you, you will really be free." –John 8:36

Jesus is the only Way to true freedom. Thus, we would expect large numbers of Christians to be free in comparison to non-Christians. However, Christians often aren't clearly recognized as being the world's most free people. Some reasons for this are:

  1. Non-Christians unknowingl...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 12, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 12

First: Numbers 21:4-9
Resp: Psalm 102: 2-3,16-21
Gospel: John 8:21-30

PUTTING WORDS IN OUR MOUTHS

"Because He spoke this way, many came to believe in Him." –John 8:30

More than anything else in the world, we want people to believe in Jesus. Therefore, we're interested in understanding what John meant when he said that many people believed in Jesus because He spoke in a certain way. What is "this way of speaking" that leads many to...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 11

First: Daniel 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62
Resp: Psalm 23:1-6
Gospel: John 8:1-11

JESUS MAKES IT RIGHT FOR ALL

"Nor do I condemn you. You may go." –John 8:11

Today's Gospel account focuses on the woman caught in adultery, and Jesus refusing to condemn her. What about this woman's husband and children? Did anyone consider the impact upon their suddenly shattered lives? Did anyone care that they too were in pain? What about the parents...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 10, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 10

First: Ezekiel 37:12-14
Resp: Psalm 130:1-8
Second: Romans 8:8-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45

RAISING THE DEAD AND RAISING FAITH

"Whoever believes in Me, though he should die, will come to life; and whoever is alive and believes in Me will never die." –John 11:26

Most people want to be present at the deathbed of people they love, but Jesus said He was glad not to have been present when His friend Lazarus died. Jesus was glad not to have ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 9, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 9

First: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Resp: Psalm 7:2-3,9-12
Gospel: John 7:40-53

COWARDICE AND APATHY

"Do not tell us you too have been taken in!" –John 7:46

The temple guards were very impressed with Jesus. They said: "No man ever spoke like that before" (Jn 7:46). Nicodemus knew Jesus was a Teacher Who came from God (Jn 3:2), and wanted to give Him a fair hearing (Jn 7:50ff). The chief priests and Pharisees admitted that many of the common ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 8

First: Wisdom 2:1,12-22
Resp: Psalm 34:17-21,23
Gospel: John 7:1-2,10,25-30

NOT WELCOME IN HIS OWN HOME

"After this, Jesus moved about within Galilee. He had decided not to travel in Judea because some of the Jews were looking for a chance to kill Him." –John 7:1

Why was Jesus, the Holy One, traveling about in "heathen Galilee" (Mt 4:15), the pagan territory? It was because His life was in danger in the "holy" territory. Jesus had...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 7, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 7

First: Exodus 32:7-14
Resp: Psalm 106:19-23
Gospel: John 5:31-47

I DESIRE MERCY

"Then He spoke of exterminating them, but Moses, His chosen one, withstood Him in the breach to turn back His destructive wrath." –Psalm 106:23

The scene described in Psalm 106:23 above might leave the impression that God is angry, vengeful, and eager to punish. A more complete interpretation is that God is perfectly just. Sins, both personal and nati...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 6

First: Isaiah 49:8-15
Resp: Psalm 145:8-9,13-14,17-18
Gospel: John 5:17-30

THE MOST REJECTED PERSON

"But Zion said, 'The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.' Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you." –Isaiah 49:14-15

The Israelites were so traumatized by their defeat at the hands of the Babylonian army and subsequent exile into Bab...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 5, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 5

First: Ezekiel 47:1-9,12
Resp: Psalm 46: 2-3,5-6,8-9
Gospel: John 5:1-16

DEPTH CHARGE

"The water had risen so high it had become a river." –Ezekiel 47:5

Ezekiel's miraculous river symbolizes the Christian life. Jesus promised: "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never be thirsty; no, the water I give shall become a fountain within him, leaping up to provide eternal life" (Jn 4:14).

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 4, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 4

First: Isaiah 65:17-21
Resp: Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13
Gospel: John 4:43-54

LET YOUR VOICE REJOICE

"There shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create." –Isaiah 65:18

Sadly, in our modern secular culture, there isn't always rejoicing and happiness in what God creates. Many groan when God creates a new life in the womb. The following comments are routinely heard these days: "You're pregnant again?" "That baby has birth defect...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for April 3, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: April 3

First: 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13
Resp: Psalm 23:1-6
Second: Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel: John 9:1-41

BAPTISM AND BLINDNESS

"So the man went off and washed, and came back able to see." –John 9:7

Three weeks from today will be Easter Sunday. On this most holy day, in every Catholic Church throughout the world, the Lord will call us to renew our baptismal promises by renouncing Satan and professing our faith in God the Father, Son, and Spir...


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One Bread, One Body - Saturday, April 2, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 2, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

UP-FRONT HUMILITY
 
"The other man, however, kept his distance, not even daring to raise his eyes to heaven." —Luke 18:13

 

The humble tax collector in today's Gospel passage did not presume he was worthy to approach God. He saw his position in relation to God correctly and realized his only option was to throw himself upon the mercy of God. He hoped in God; otherwise he would not have entered the Temple to pray, but knowing his unworthiness he remained at a distance. Jesus was pleased with th...
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One Bread, One Body - Friday, April 1, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 1, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

ADULTERY
 
"Return, O Israel, to the Lord, your God; you have collapsed through your guilt." —Hosea 14:2
 

Hosea married Gomer, who publicly committed adultery and made him the laughingstock of the town (Hos 1:2). The Lord says we do the same thing to Him by our sins (see e.g. Jer 3:9). The normal reaction to an adulterous spouse is anger and hatred (e.g. Hos 2:4ff). The Lord's reaction, however, is forgiveness and unconditional love (Hos 2:16-25). God says to us in our unfaithfulness: "I will ...
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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 31, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 31

First: Jeremiah 7:23-28
Resp: Psalm 95:1-2,6-9
Gospel: Luke 11:14-23

THE MYTH OF NEUTRALITY

The man "who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." –Luke 11:23

When some people accused Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, Jesus said: "He who is not with Me is against Me." In the context of spiritual warfare, we are enemies of Jesus if we aren't on His side. There is no neu...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 30

First: Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9
Resp: Psalm 147:12-13,15-16,19-20
Gospel: Matthew 5:17-19

JESUS' IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets." –Matthew 5:17

In the Old Testament, the Lord told us to obey 612 commandments. In the New Testament, Jesus did not abolish even the smallest part of any of the letters of these commandments (Mt 5:18). In fact, Jesus added several hundred other commandmen...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 29

First: Daniel 3:25,34-43
Resp: Psalm 25:4-9
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

QUESTIONS ON FORGIVENESS?

"Peter came up and asked Him, 'Lord, when my brother wrongs me, how often must I forgive him? Seven times?' " –Matthew 18:21

Most of us are like Peter. We have many questions about forgiveness.

  1. "How often must I forgive?" Seven times, that is, indefinitely, or, as Jesus emphatically states, seventy times seven times, that is, indefinitely...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 28, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 28

First: 2 Kings 5:1-5
Resp: Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Gospel: Luke 4:24-30

PROSPERITY GOSPEL?

"Naaman set out, taking along ten silver talents, six thousand gold pieces, and ten festal garments." –2 Kings 5:5

Naaman, the army commander of Aram, was a leper. He brought a great treasury of wealth (2 Kgs 5:5) to the prophet Elijah, hoping to obtain a cure for his leprosy. Elijah sent his servant Gehazi to tell Naaman to wash seven times in...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 27

First: Exodus 17:3-7
Resp: Psalm 95:1-2,6-9
Second: Romans 5:1-2,5-8
Gospel: John 4:5-42

DRINK AND TELL

"The woman then left her water jar and went off into the town." –John 4:28

A Samaritan woman brought her water jar to the town well to fill it with water (Jn 4:7). Jesus, sitting by the well, offered her living water instead (Jn 4:10). Jesus told her: "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never be thirsty; no, the water I gi...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 26

First: Micah 7:14-15,18-20
Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,9-12
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3,11-32

ROBED IN MERCY

"Quick! bring out the finest robe and put it on him." –Luke 15:22

Did you ever notice the similarity between this story of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11ff) and Old Testament stories? When Jesus said, "A man had two sons" (Lk 15:11), His Jewish listeners would have latched onto that right away. Adam had two sons, Cain and Abel (Gn 4:1-2). Abra...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 25

First: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Resp: Psalm 40:7-11
Second: Hebrews 10:4-10
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

HO-HUM?

"How can this be?" –Luke 1:34

So many astonishing things occurred at the Incarnation:

  • A virgin conceived without having sexual relations (Lk 1:35).
  • Almighty God has loved sinful humanity so much that He decided to become fully human, and took residence in the womb of a human mother.
  • The Baby conceived by Mary is Emmanuel, God-with-us, Who would save us from our...

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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 24

First: Jeremiah 17:5-10
Resp: Psalm 1:1-4,6
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

HEART ATTACK

"More tortuous than all else is the human heart." –Jeremiah 17:9

More tortuous, twisted, and deceitful than all else is the human heart. The human heart is so tortuous that it will repeatedly murder millions of babies in the wombs of their mothers. The human heart is so self-deceived that it will call apathy "innocence," as we let the worst holocaust i...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 23, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: March 23

First: Jeremiah 18:18-20
Resp: Psalm 31:5-6,14-16
Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

CRUCIFYING SELFISHNESS

"It cannot be like that with you." –Matthew 20:26

There is an attitude, a way of reasoning, which comes natural to us. This attitude is steeped in selfishness and is very displeasing to the Lord. It is expressed in the words of Jeremiah's persecutors. They thought this way: "Let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean t...


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