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FEAR, GOD'S PROMISES, ANDOUR BAPTISMAL COVENANT - One Bread, One Body, Jun 28, 2017
St. Irenaeus
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 | Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9 | Matthew 7:15-20

"This word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: 'Fear not, Abram!' " —Genesis 15:1

When the Lord promises something very great, He often announces His promise by commanding us not to fear (see Lk 1:13, 30; Mt 1:20). The implication is that when we give in to fear, we may sabotage God's work in our lives.

A covenant is ... More


THE GATE, WAY, TRUTH, AND LIFE - One Bread, One Body, Jun 27, 2017
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Genesis 13:2, 5-18 | Psalm 15:2-5 | Matthew 7:6, 12-14

"Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it." —Matthew 7:13

There are two gates in life: the narrow gate and the wide gate. Many choose to enter through the wide gate because it is easy to do so. You would think we would choose a gate based on what's behind it rather than on how easy it is to get through ... More


NOT YET - One Bread, One Body, Jun 26, 2017
Genesis 12:1-9 | Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22 | Matthew 7:1-5

"To your descendants I will give this land...Then Abram journeyed on." —Genesis 12:7, 9

As Abram passed through the land of Canaan, God promised him that his descendants would inherit that land. However, the Canaanites were still living in the land at the time (Gn 12:6). Abram then continued his journey south many miles more to the ... More


KNOW JESUS — NO FEAR - One Bread, One Body, Jun 25, 2017
12th Sunday Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 20:10-13 | Romans 5:12-15 | Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 | Matthew 10:26-33

"Do not fear." —Matthew 10:28

Jesus gives us at least four commandments in today's Gospel reading:

  1. "Do not let them intimidate you" (Mt 10:26).
  2. "Do not fear those who deprive the body of life but cannot destroy the soul" (Mt 10:28).
  3. "Do not be ... More

HALFWAY TO JESUS' BIRTHDAY - One Bread, One Body, Jun 24, 2017
Nativity of St. John the Baptizer
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Acts 13:22-26 | Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 | Luke 1:57-66, 80

"Look for the One Who comes after me. I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals on His feet." —Acts 13:25

We celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptizer for the same reason we celebrate the birthday of Mary. The significance of John the Baptizer, Mary, and each of us is due to our relationship with Jesus. We celebrate John's birthday because it ... More


THE HEALER OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED (see Ps 34:19) - One Bread, One Body, Jun 23, 2017
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Deuteronomy 7:6-11 | 1 John 4:7-16 | Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10 | Matthew 11:25-30

"We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us." —1 John 4:16

On the day before the feast of the Sacred Heart, I visited a man in a hospital who was close to death. The doctors had called the family to the bedside of the dying man. At that point, the man rallied slightly and did not die. When I was talking ... More


A FALLEN AWAY JUMP SHOT - One Bread, One Body, Jun 22, 2017
St. Paulinus of Nola, Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More
2 Corinthians 11:1-11 | Psalm 111:1-4, 7-8 | Matthew 6:7-15

"My fear is that, just as the serpent seduced Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted and you may fall away from your sincere and complete devotion to Christ." —2 Corinthians 11:3

Most American Catholics who have registered in a parish are "fallen away" from fulfilling the obligation of attending Mass on every Sunday and Holy Day. Furthermore, how many are fallen away from meeting the standard that Paul enunciated? Paul ... More




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