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NOW IS THE TIME - One Bread, One Body, Jul 20, 2018

St. Apollinaris
Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 | Isaiah 38:10-12, 16 | Matthew 12:1-8

"I will heal you: in three days you shall go up to the Lord's temple; I will add fifteen years to your life." —Isaiah 38:5

God is the Lord of time. He can add to our time here on earth. He added fifteen years to Hezekiah's life. The Lord can even stop time, as He did for Joshua for a day (Jos 10:13). The Lord, of course, can multiply time, as He multiplied the ... More

LIGHTENING - One Bread, One Body, Jul 19, 2018

Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 | Psalm 102:13-21 | Matthew 11:28-30

"As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in Your presence, O Lord." —Isaiah 26:17

Maimonides, a Jewish rabbi in the twelfth century, listed 613 commandments in the Old Testament. Moreover, the commands in the New Testament are much more challenging than those of the Old (see Mt 5:22, 28, etc.). We are obligated to obey ... More

WE ARE HIS INSTRUMENTS AND CHILDREN - One Bread, One Body, Jul 18, 2018

St. Camillus de Lellis
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16 | Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15 | Matthew 11:25-27

"Will the axe boast against Him Who hews with it?" —Isaiah 10:15

We are instruments and tools in God's hands. Our loving Father employs us according to who we are and what gifts we have. We can experience this both in the present and through hindsight, seeing how the Father has directed our lives. Our ... More

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON JUDGMENT DAY? - One Bread, One Body, Jul 17, 2018

Isaiah 7:1-9 | Psalm 48:2-8 | Matthew 11:20-24

"I assure you, it will go easier for Tyre and Sidon than for you on the day of judgment." —Matthew 11:22

Although many people don't want to talk or think about it, it is a fact that "we shall all have to appear before the judgment seat of God" (Rm 14:10). After dying (Heb 9:27) and at the end of the world (Mt 25:31), each person will be "judged ... More

NOTHING BUT THE CROSS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 16, 2018

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Isaiah 1:10-17 | Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 10:34—11:1

"He who will not take up his cross and come after Me is not worthy of Me." —Matthew 10:38

We are Christians, disciples of Christ. We follow Jesus, Who saved us not so much through His power or wisdom, but through His ministry of suffering. Jesus came to earth to die on the cross to atone for our sins, pay the price for our ... More

CUSTOM-MADE FOR PRAISE - One Bread, One Body, Jul 15, 2018

15th Sunday Ordinary Time
Amos 7:12-15 | Ephesians 1:3-14 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Mark 6:7-13

"Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." —Ephesians 1:3

Before we were created, the Lord destined us to "praise His glory" (Eph 1:12). Our bodies are not ideal for thinking, working, or running. Our human limitations are obvious when we forget information, stumble over our words, stumble over our ... More

ENOUGH - One Bread, One Body, Jul 14, 2018

St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Isaiah 6:1-8 | Psalm 93:1-2, 5 | Matthew 10:24-33

"It is enough for the disciple to be like his Teacher." —Matthew 10:25, RSV-CE

In the original temptation, Adam and Eve were tempted to become like gods (Gn 3:5), knowing what was good and what was evil. They sinfully succumbed to that temptation, and soon it was not enough for them to have this knowledge. In a sense, ... More