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PASS THE SALT? - One Bread, One Body, Feb 23, 2017
St. Polycarp
Sirach 5:1-8 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Mark 9:41-50

"Everyone will be salted with fire." —Mark 9:49

Jesus says that you and I "will be salted with fire" (Mk 9:49). The scriptural uses for salt reveal several possible meanings:

  • Salt was used to seal a covenant (2 Chr 13:5; Lv 2:13). We need to continually be sprinkled with the salt of ... More

FINDING ELUSIVE CHURCH UNITY - One Bread, One Body, Feb 22, 2017
Chair of St. Peter
1 Peter 5:1-4 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Matthew 16:13-19

"I for My part declare to you, you are 'Rock,' and on this rock I will build My Church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven." —Matthew 16:18-19

Because the Church, the body of Christ, is not united, it has not been successful in upholding the permanence of marriage for millions of married couples in the Western world. Moreover, the Church, in her disunity and consequent weakness, has ... More


"HOPE IN HIM" (Sir 2:6) - One Bread, One Body, Feb 21, 2017
St. Peter Damian
Sirach 2:1-11 | Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 | Mark 9:30-37

"Study the generations long past and understand; has anyone hoped in the Lord and been disappointed?" —Sirach 2:10

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and then imprisoned, losing at least ten of the best years of his life (Gn 37:1ff). Yet he never wavered in his hope, and God restored him far beyond what he could have imagined. Abraham, Joshua, ... More


DISTRESS MANAGEMENT - One Bread, One Body, Feb 20, 2017
Sirach 1:1-10 | Psalm 93:1-2, 5 | Mark 9:14-29

Jesus said "to the crowd, 'What an unbelieving lot you are! How long must I remain with you? How long can I endure you?' " —Mark 9:19

A lack of faith distresses Jesus (Mk 6:6). Jesus came into the midst of a crowd which lacked faith and expressed His exasperation quite openly (Mk 9:19, 23). Many of us are surrounded by crowds of people who lack faith. What is our comfort ... More


LOVING THOSE WHO HURT YOU - One Bread, One Body, Feb 19, 2017
7th Sunday Ordinary Time
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 | 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13 | Matthew 5:38-48

"Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord." —Leviticus 19:18

Jesus was asked: "Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest?" (Mt 22:36) Jesus surprised His questioner by mentioning not one commandment but two. He surprised all of Judaism by maintaining that loving one's neighbor as oneself is ... More


"INCREASE OUR FAITH" (Lk 17:5) - One Bread, One Body, Feb 18, 2017
Hebrews 11:1-7 | Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11 | Mark 9:2-13

"Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see." —Hebrews 11:1

Faith is confidence, assurance, conviction. "Because of faith the men of old were approved by God" (Heb 11:2). Without faith, we don't understand the origins of creation or life, for "what is visible came into being through the invisible" (Heb ... More


"ONE NATION, UNDER GOD" - One Bread, One Body, Feb 17, 2017
Seven Founders of, the Order of Servites
Genesis 11:1-9 | Psalm 33:10-15 | Mark 8:34—9:1

"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves." —Genesis 11:4

The future of a nation which excludes God is dispersion (Gn 11:9), not unity. If a nation's faith in God is not firm, that nation shall not be firm (Is 7:9). "A nation of firm purpose [God keeps] in peace; in peace, for its trust in" the Lord ... More




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