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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 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 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 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 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“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 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

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 April 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“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 1, 2012

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

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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MARK

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Mk 1  —  DIVINE AUTHORITY

"Here begins the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." —Mark 1:1

Mark's gospel is outlined in the first verse. The first half of the gospel culminates in the recognition of Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah) (8:29). The second half concludes with the centurion declaring: "Clearly this Man was the Son of God!" (15:39)

Mark begins to reveal Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God by focusing on Jesus' authority. He is more powerful than John the Bapt...


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