Thursday, October 27, 2016

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DON'T BUDGE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 27, 2016
Ephesians 6:10-20 | Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10 | Luke 13:31-35

"Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm." —Ephesians 6:11

Christians put on the armor of God so that we "may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil" (Eph 6:11). Our goal in battle is to hold our ground and stand fast (Eph 6:13-14). The devil's goal in battle is to get us to move, to ... More

WORK IT OUT - One Bread, One Body, Oct 26, 2016
Ephesians 6:1-9 | Psalm 145:10-14 | Luke 13:22-30

"Slaves, obey your human masters with the reverence, the awe, and the sincerity you owe to Christ." —Ephesians 6:5

When the Bible uses the word "slave," it means "employee" according to our language. God's Word commands us to obey our bosses with the reverence, awe, and sincerity we owe to Christ. This applies even to unreasonable employers. "You household ... More

VOCATION SHORTAGE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 25, 2016
Ephesians 5:21-33 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Luke 13:18-21

"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church. He gave Himself up for her." —Ephesians 5:25

Much attention and prayer is devoted to the priest shortage in the Church. The Church in her wisdom has resisted watering down the requirements for the priesthood. A vocation crisis also exists in Christian marriage. In the USA, the very ... More

THE SLIDE RULES? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 24, 2016
St. Anthony Mary Claret
Ephesians 4:32—5:8 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 13:10-17

"Make no mistake about this: no fornicator, no unclean or lustful person — in effect an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." —Ephesians 5:5

Years ago before there were electronic calculators, there were slide rules by which certain types of computations could be easily made. Today, possibly more than ever, we have a different kind of slide rule. Many people have let rules, laws, ... More

"I MUST DECREASE" (Jn 3:30) - One Bread, One Body, Oct 23, 2016
30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 | 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 | Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 | Luke 18:9-14

Jesus "spoke this parable addressed to those who believed in their own self-righteousness..." —Luke 18:9

The Pharisee's piety was admirable. He tithed ten percent of his gross income. He fasted two days a week, probably a very severe fast. How many of us tithe and fast to that extent? However, St. Luke points out specifically that his "prayer" was ... More

HYPOCRITICAL LEAVES - One Bread, One Body, Oct 22, 2016
Pope St. John Paul II
Ephesians 4:7-16 | Psalm 122:1-5 | Luke 13:1-9

"Look here! For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground?" —Luke 13:7

We don't hear of Jesus cursing straggly, leafless trees. Rather, He cursed good-looking trees with lots of foliage but no fruit (Mt 21:19). Likewise, in Jesus' letters to the churches in Revelation, He does not threaten to close bad-looking ... More

FREE ONE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 21, 2016
Ephesians 4:1-6 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 12:54-59

"There is but one body and one Spirit." —Ephesians 4:4

We must "make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force" (Eph 4:3). Without a deep, Trinitarian unity, the world will not have faith that Jesus has been sent by the Father (Jn 17:21). ... More

Saint Teresa of Calcutta - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth
Following Jesus is a serious task, and at the same time, one filled with joy; it takes a certain daring and courage to recognize the divine Master in the poorest of the poor and those who are cast aside, and to give oneself in their service. More


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