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"DAY BY DAY" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 23, 2017
Pope St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl. Miguel Augustín Pro
1 Maccabees 2:15-29 | Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 | Luke 19:41-44

"God forbid that we should forsake the law and the commandments." —1 Maccabees 2:21

How do we relate to the opposition in our daily life? What do we read? Who do we listen to? We are to kill the enemy, that is, the temptation within, by our zeal to obey God's law and be purified, to cast out that which leads us away from the ... More


THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT TERRORISM - One Bread, One Body, Nov 22, 2017
St. Cecilia
2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 | Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 | Luke 19:11-28

"Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother, who saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord." —2 Maccabees 7:20

The Seleucids who persecuted the Jewish people at the time of the Maccabean revolt were terrorists. They did not just kill seven Jewish brothers but scalped, dismembered, and fried them one by one, while forcing the remaining brothers and their ... More


WHAT DO THE SAVED DO? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 21, 2017
Presentation of Mary
2 Maccabees 6:18-31 | Psalm 3:2-7 | Luke 19:1-10

"Today salvation has come to this house, for this is what it means to be a son of Abraham." —Luke 19:9

When salvation came to Zacchaeus and his house, Zacchaeus was moved to say: "I give half my belongings, Lord, to the poor" (Lk 19:8). This expression of salvation has been common throughout Church history. Jesus loved and challenged a man by ... More


DON'T YOU SEE? - One Bread, One Body, Nov 20, 2017
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 | Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 | Luke 18:35-43

"Some from among the people promptly went to the king, and he authorized them to introduce the way of living of the Gentiles. Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the Gentile custom." —1 Maccabees 1:13-14

Some of the chosen people were so spiritually blind that they made an alliance with the Gentiles to introduce to Israel a pagan way of living (1 Mc 1:11). They even volunteered to help brainwash and pervert themselves. This alliance with pagans ... More


YOU ARE CALLED TO GREATNESS - One Bread, One Body, Nov 19, 2017
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Matthew 25:14-30

"Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs." —Matthew 25:21, 23

Some of you are burning with love for God and, therefore, with love for all people. You want all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4), families to be holy, neglected children to be loved, peace for the world, justice for the poor, and babies in the womb to be ... More


DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN - One Bread, One Body, Nov 18, 2017
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Dedication of Basilicas of Sts. Peter & Paul
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 | Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43 | Luke 18:1-8

"They beheld stupendous wonders." —Wisdom 19:8

The whole Israelite nation had been enslaved in Egypt for several hundred years. They had no way of ever being freed. Then the Lord did a series of "stupendous wonders" (Wis 19:8) by which He set His people free, "for all creation, in its ... More


THE LAST DAY - One Bread, One Body, Nov 17, 2017
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Wisdom 13:1-9 | Psalm 19:2-5 | Luke 17:26-37

"It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed." —Luke 17:30

Jesus will return and the world will end:

  • when we least expect it (Lk 12:40),
  • when it is "business as usual" (see Lk 17:27-28),
  • suddenly (see Lk 17:24, 31),
  • after a most severe persecution of the Church (Lk ... More

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