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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


SERIOUS BUSINESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 19, 2017
St. Januarius
1 Timothy 3:1-13 | Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6 | Luke 7:11-17

"In the same way, deacons must be serious." —1 Timothy 3:8

The first characteristic listed as a requirement for deacons is "seriousness." This characteristic is also the first requirement listed for their wives (1 Tm 3:11). This same trait is expected of bishops, that is, overseers of communities. The ... More


THE HOLY ORDERS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 18, 2017
1 Timothy 2:1-8 | Psalm 28:2, 7-9 | Luke 7:1-10

"I too am a man who knows the meaning of an order." —Luke 7:8

Jesus is Lord! A lord gives orders. The way to please a lord is to ask for an order. For example, the centurion sent the message to Lord Jesus: "Just give the order and my servant will be cured" (Lk 7:7). This man understood what it meant to be ... More


FALSE FORGIVENESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 17, 2017
24th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sirach 27:30—28:9 | Romans 14:7-9 | Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 | Matthew 18:21-35

"My heavenly Father will treat you in exactly the same way unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart." —Matthew 18:35

Many Christians don't forgive others because they have been deceived into thinking they have already forgiven. This deception about forgiveness results in our being handed over to the torturers (Mt 18:34) and not being forgiven ourselves (Mt ... More


THE FUTURE FLOODS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 16, 2017
Pope St. Cornelius, St. Cyprian
1 Timothy 1:15-17 | Psalm 113:1-7 | Luke 6:43-49

"He may be likened to the man who, in building a house, dug deeply and laid the foundation on a rock." —Luke 6:48

Our lives are like houses which are about to face the tremendous force of floods. Only the houses with solid foundations will stand (Lk 6:48). We are well founded if we hear and do God's Word (Lk 6:47). We must lay no "foundation other than the ... More


THE MOTHER OF FORGIVENESS - One Bread, One Body, Sep 15, 2017
Our Lady of Sorrows
Hebrews 5:7-9 | Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20 | Luke 2:33-35 | or John 19:25-27

"Seeing His mother there with the disciple whom He loved, Jesus said to His mother, Woman, there is your son.' " —John 19:26

A few moments before Jesus died, He commanded His mother Mary to adopt all His disciples for all time, who were represented at the cross by a nameless, beloved disciple (Jn 19:26). In effect, Jesus told Mary to adopt those who were accomplices ... More


CROSS-FIRE - One Bread, One Body, Sep 14, 2017
Exaltation of the Cross
Numbers 21:4-9 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 | John 3:13-17

"Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in Him." —John 3:14-15

"When I behold the wondrous cross on which the King of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride." These words from a traditional hymn are my prayer for you today.

May you see in a new way the cross and ... More


Faith and Mission - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth
GATHER AROUND JESUS
... World Mission Day gathers us around ... Jesus, "the very first and greatest evangelizer" (Paul VI ...) who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Day invites us to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith. More

How to Read the Bible
Have you told yourself a thousand times you were going to read the Bible? Do you fall asleep when you try? Are your bewildered by the Bible, feel lost, and confused? Have you stuffed yourself with the things of the world and become spiritually anorexic so as to have little appetite for the Bible? Then this is the pamphlet for you.


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