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CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 23, 2018

St. Marianne Cope St. Vincent of Saragossa
2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19 | Psalm 24:7-10 | Mark 3:31-35

"David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities." —2 Samuel 6:12

When David brought the ark of God to Jerusalem, he gave the distinct impression that God was really present at the ark. After every six steps of the procession with the ark, David "sacrificed an ox and a fatling" (2 Sm 6:13). Then David, the ... More

WATER AND BLOOD - One Bread, One Body, Jan 22, 2018

2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10 | Psalm 89:20-22, 25-26 | Mark 3:22-30

"Here we are, your bone and your flesh." —2 Samuel 5:1

David became king of the tribes of Israel because they were his flesh and blood. They considered it desirable to have their own kin as their ruler, for "blood is thicker than water."

However, in the new covenant, the waters of baptism ... More

Life-Decisions

Life-decisions are those that relate to vocation, ministry, employment, education, residence, etc.

DROP EVERYTHING - One Bread, One Body, Jan 21, 2018

3rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 | 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 | Psalm 25:4-9 | Mark 1:14-20

"Jesus said to them, 'Come after Me.' " —Mark 1:17

Jesus is here. Drop everything. Imitate the Ninevites who stopped the workings of their whole society in order to fast, put on sackcloth, and repent (Jon 3:5). When Simon and Andrew met Jesus, they dropped their fishing business (Mk 1:18). ... More

A MIRACLE OF UNSELFISHNESS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 20, 2018

Pope St. Fabian St. Sebastian
2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27 | Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7 | Mark 3:20-21

"David seized his garments and rent them, and all the men who were with him did likewise. They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan." —2 Samuel 1:11-12

David had experienced a very eventful week. Ziklag, the city in which David resided, had been "burned to the ground" by the Amalekites (1 Sm 30:3). The wives, sons, and daughters of David and his followers had been taken captive (1 Sm 30:3). ... More

THE ANOINTIANS ARE COMING - One Bread, One Body, Jan 19, 2018

1 Samuel 24:3-21 | Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11 | Mark 3:13-19

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

Saul was hunting David down to kill him (1 Sm 24:12). Despite this, David refused to kill Saul when Saul was defenseless before him (1 Sm 24:8). Although David had no reservations about killing his enemies, even when defenseless, he did not ... More

JEALOUS RAGE - One Bread, One Body, Jan 18, 2018

1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7 | Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13 | Mark 3:7-12

"Saul was jealous of David." —1 Samuel 18:9

Saul went to sleep jealous; he woke up demon-possessed (1 Sm 18:10). Cain also slept on his jealousy (Gn 4:5). He later committed the first homicide and fratricide. The religious leaders of Jesus' time were jealous of Him. They refused to ... More

THE LORD OF THE GIANTS - One Bread, One Body, Jan 17, 2018

St. Anthony the Abbot
1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 | Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10 | Mark 3:1-6

"Go and fight." —1 Samuel 17:32

How many giants have you killed? If the answer is "none," ask yourself another question: "How many giants have you fought?" Usually the answer to the second question is the same as the first. We've killed no giants because we haven't had the ... More