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DESPITE FAILURES - One Bread, One Body, Sep 25, 2017

Ezra 1:1-6 | Psalm 126:1-6 | Luke 8:16-18

"He puts it on a lampstand so that whoever comes in can see it." —Luke 8:16

Jesus said there were four groups of people in this world. He compared these groups to a footpath, rocky ground, ground that produces briers, and good ground (Lk 8:5ff). Only one of the four groups receives God's Word so as to bear fruit. This ... More

NOT FAIR? THANK GOD! - One Bread, One Body, Sep 24, 2017

25th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 55:6-9 | Philippians 1:20-24, 27 | Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 | Matthew 20:1-16

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord." —Isaiah 55:8

So often people think or say: "The Lord's way is not fair!" (Ez 18:25) The laborers in the vineyard who worked all day were saying, in essence, the same thing. Seemingly, God treats the weak, sinful, marginalized, forgotten ones better than He ... More

BROKEN FOR THE HARVEST - One Bread, One Body, Sep 23, 2017

St. Pio of Pietrelcina
1 Timothy 6:13-16 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 8:4-15

"The seed on good ground..." —Luke 8:15

The best soil for a good harvest is newly tilled soil. What does that soil look like to a gardener? The soil is completely turned upside-down. It is broken-up into clods. It is not at all smooth. Yet such soil is optimal for making seeds sprout ... More

THE PRIVILEGE AND COST OF DISCIPLESHIP - One Bread, One Body, Sep 22, 2017

1 Timothy 6:2-12 | Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20 | Luke 8:1-3

"The Twelve accompanied Him, and also some women..." —Luke 8:1-2

When we were baptized, we became disciples of Jesus. Disciples accompany Jesus. They help preach and proclaim "the good news of the kingdom of God" (Lk 8:1). Because Jesus' disciples have "been cured of evil spirits and maladies" (Lk 8:2), they ... More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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