Category Archives: Daily readings with reflections

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Fourth Sunday of Easter B & St. Adalbert of Prague, April 22,2018

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Fourth Sunday of Easter B & St. Adalbert of Prague, April 22,2018

To take refuge in the Lord, the Good Shepherd, we must face the predicament of our powerlessness, our extreme limitations, and our need to follow someone if we want to experience true fulfillment in our life. We read in the gospel today (Jn 10:11-18) that Christ is our Good Shepherd who leads his flock to the joy of heaven. As St. Peter said, “Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save” (Acts 4:12). We cannot make the journey of life alone on the right road without Christ. read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Anselm of Canterbury, April 21,2018

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Anselm of Canterbury, April 21,2018

A native of Aosta, Italy, Anselm desired to enter the Benedictines at the age of fifteen. His father’s strong opposition kept him from the monastery until he was twenty-seven. Only three years later he was made abbot. He led his brothers at Bec in Normandy until he went to Canterbury, England, where he was elected archbishop. An able statesman in a time of tense Church-state relations, Anselm was at heart a monk. During times of exile, he gave himself to prayer and study. His motto, “Faith seeking understanding,” demonstrates how he did philosophy: on his knees. He died in 1109 A.D. and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1720 A.D. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Conrad of Parzham, April 20,2018

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Conrad of Parzham, April 20,2018

In encountering Saul on the Damascus road, Jesus identifies himself with the persecuted Church. This makes perfect sense to those who embrace the claim of Jesus: “Whoever eats my flesh… remains in me and I in him.” “The fidelity of the Lord endures forever” in Christ’s personal association with the needy.

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Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, Often times, I make decisions and plan my work for You according to my whims and desires. I set my own expectations and goals without considering your Word and your plan for me. Lord the path I need to take is not up for me to determine but should be according to your Will. Often times, I become so wrapped up in my own life, dilemmas, crises or even pride that I forget my true calling in life. Lord make me realize always that it is not me that should be glorified in what I do but for us me to be transparent to you so that You may shine through me. Just as Saul was physically blinded by your Light, shed your Light upon me and let me see beyond the darkness of my life so that I may always realize my true purpose as I journey back to my true home with the Father. In your Mighty Name I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Gianna Beretta Molla, April 19,2018

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Gianna Beretta Molla, April 19,2018

“Everyone who listens to my Father comes to me.” The Father guarantees our ability to listen to him by blessing the Church with preaching and teaching. The Ethiopian asks, “How can I understand unless someone instructs me?” The God-sent Philip gives life to the man’s soul by “proclaiming Jesus to him.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus, you are the living bread which sustains me in this life. May I always hunger for the bread which comes from heaven and find in it the nourishment and strength I need to love and serve you wholeheartedly. May I always live in the joy, peace, and unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and in the age to come”. In your Name, I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter & Blessed James Oldo, April 18,2018

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter & Blessed James Oldo, April 18,2018

“A severe persecution” broke out and “all were scattered throughout the countryside.” But that crisis turns into an occasion of grace: “Those who had been scattered went about preaching the Word.” Thanks to that scattering, the Bread of Life is also scattered to “many possessed people, and many paralyzed and crippled people.” “Whoever comes to me will never hunger.” Those rejected by the world respond by offering Christ’s own promise: “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Benedict Joseph Labre, April 17,2018

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Benedict Joseph Labre, April 17,2018

In the Gospel, the crowd asks Jesus, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?” The Lord responds that the Father will give them the true bread from heaven. This is the Presence that Stephen sees as “the heavens opened.” It infuriates those who “oppose the Holy Spirit.” We long for the spirit that makes us beg, “Give us this bread always.”

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Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, April 16,2018

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Easter & St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, April 16,2018

The Lord Jesus knows the persistent longing of our hearts: “You are looking for me.” In order to satisfy that longing, Jesus tells us, “Work for the food that endures for eternal life.” That food is “the wisdom and Spirit with which Stephen spoke.” May we never be able to “withstand” that wisdom and Spirit.

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, you alone can satisfy the deepest longing and hunger in our hearts. May I always hunger for the imperishable bread, that I may be satisfied in you alone as the True Bread of Heaven. Nourish and strengthen me that I may serve you with great joy, generosity, and zeal all the days of my life”. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday of Easter B & Blessed Caesar de Bus, April 15,2018

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday of Easter B & Blessed Caesar de Bus, April 15,2018

In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus the meaning and purpose of his resurrection for our salvation through the Paschal Mystery of his death and resurrection. Then the Risen Christ asks, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself” (Lk 24:38-39). This is the Lord’s commandment to us. “The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments”(1 Jn 2:3). When we are in distress, we beg with the Psalmist, “Let the light of your countenance shine upon us!” (Ps 4:7). God answered that prayer, for “God raised the author of life from the dead”(Acts 3:15). The Lord will hear and have pity. “Touch and see” (Lk 24:39). But our salvation will be completed when we rise with Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit to everlasting glory in the home of our heavenly Father. In our journey home to the Father, the Lord gives us the mission, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Lk 24:46-48). St. Peter obeyed the Lord and preached, “The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.… Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3: 15-19). St. John Climacus (605 AD) clarified this challenge of repentance as “reconciliation with the Lord by the performance of good deeds, which are the opposite of sin. It is the purification of conscience and the voluntary endurance of affliction.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & Blessed Peter Gonzalez , April 14,2018

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & Blessed Peter Gonzalez , April 14,2018

In the Gospel (Jn 6:16-21), Jesus chooses an impossible time and place – the middle of the storm-tossed sea – to come to his disciples. Their first impulse: “They wanted to take him into the boat.” The twelve appoint the seven deacons so that they themselves can be free to offer the Presence of Jesus to others who contend with their own storms. “The Word of God continued to spread.” That Word is: “It is I, Do not be afraid.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Martin I, April 13,2018

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week of Easter & St. Martin I, April 13,2018

“A large crowd followed” Jesus because “they saw the signs he was performing.” However, when the Sanhedrin members see similar signs in the Apostles who speak “in the name of Jesus,” it makes them want to “destroy” the Apostles. Thank God for the hunger in our life that moves us to proclaim of “Christ, Jesus:” “This is truly the Prophet.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Ps 81:16). Fill us with gratitude and give us a generous heart that we may freely share with others what you have given to us.” In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray. Amen. read more