Readings & Reflections: Seventh Sunday of Easter B & Our Lady of Fatima, May 13,2018
The Gospel of John contains no record of Jesus teaching the Lord’s Prayer. But if we read closely chapter 17 of John, several elements of the Our Father appear. The unity integral to that prayer compels Peter today to seek out someone to “become with us a witness to his resurrection.” The night before he dies, Jesus begs his Father, “Keep them in your name.” And the Psalmist proclaims, “All my being, bless his holy name.” We can do the same thanks to our belonging to the community Christ has given in his one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. (In those places where the observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord has been transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Mass and readings of the Ascension are used: Acts 1:1-11; Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13; Mk 16:15-20. Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: The Ascension of the Lord B, May 10,2018 click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2018/05/10/readings-reflections-with-cardinal-tagles-video-the-ascension-of-the-lord-b-st-damien-de-veuster-may-102018/).read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter & Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, May 12,2018
Jesus promises: “Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” Paul travels, “bringing strength to all the disciples.” Apollos “gave great assistance to those who had come to believe through grace.” Our joy is made complete in the companions God gives us.
Opening Prayer “Heavenly Father, your love knows no bounds and your mercies are new every day. Fill me with gratitude for your countless blessings and draw me near to your throne of grace and mercy. Give me confidence and boldness to pray that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In Jesus’ Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.read more
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Ignatius of Laconi, May 11,2018
In the Gospel (Jn 16:20-23) the night before he dies, Jesus says to his disciples, “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Sadness is but a transitory condition of our journey. We pass through spells of sadness so as to reach our journey’s end where the risen Jesus promises, “I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice.” Filled with certainty, we take as our own the Lord’s words to Saint Paul: “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.”read more
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: The Ascension of the Lord B & St. Damien de Veuster, May 10,2018
“The meaning of Christ’s Ascension,” writes Pope Benedict XVI, “expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way. It means that man has found an everlasting place in God.” It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as “the temporary absence of Christ from the world.” Rather, “we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him.” Heaven is a person: “Jesus himself is what we call ‘heaven.’” (Note: Regarding the Ascension of the Lord, the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia have retained its celebration on the proper Thursday, while all other provinces have transferred this Solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13,2018. If transferred, Thursday, May 10, 2018, is observed as an Easter Weekday). Readings & Reflections: Seventh Sunday of Easter B & Our Lady of Fatima, May 13,2018 click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2018/05/11/readings-reflections-seventh-sunday-of-easter-b-our-lady-of-fatima-may-132018/read more
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. John of Avila, May 9,2018
To the Athenians, Paul appeals to the human conviction that we are made in the image of God. No one can deny that “heaven and earth are full of God’s glory.” Yet, the fallen, rebellious human spirit needs the Spirit of truth to guide us. He comes to the docile.
Dear Jesus, bless us with an open heart and an open mind to accept your teachings. Give us the intellect and the wisdom to understand your Word according to your will and not according to the values of the sinful world that surrounds us. Send us your Spirit and bring us the Truth that will set us free. I your Name, we hope and pray. Amen.read more
Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Peter of Tarentaise, May 8,2018
The Holy Spirit comes to convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness. The jailer experiences this righteousness at the earthquake, when Paul and Silas refuse to escape. He begs to be saved, and “his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.” God’s name and promise prevail.
“Come Holy Spirit, and let the fire of your love burn in my heart. Let me desire only what is pure, lovely, holy and good and in accord with the will of God and give me the courage to put away all that is not pleasing in your sight.” Amen.read more
Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Rose Venerini, May 7,2018
Jesus promises that when he sends “the Spirit of truth,” the Spirit will testify to me.” The Spirit does not come to bring us something different from what Christ brought us, but rather to help us make Christ ours – to make it possible for everything that we have encountered in Jesus to become more and more our own. We beg the Spirit to open our hearts so that we can pay attention – so that we will not “fall away.”read more
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Sixth Sunday of Easter B & Sts. Marian and James, May 6,2018
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Jn 15:12-17), Jesus states the heart of his mission and his message: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love” (John 15:12-13). To love is to take risks, to expose our hearts. Sometimes it hurts! It hurt Christ, but He kept on loving, even at the cost of His life. “God sent his Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:9-10). Jesus tells us that he is our friend and he loves us whole-heartedly and unconditionally. If we open our hearts to his love and obey his command to love our neighbor, then we will bear much fruit in our lives, fruit that will last for eternity.read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Hilary of Arles, May 5,2018
“Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number.” This was due in large part to Paul and Timothy’s attentive docility and obedience to the Holy Spirit. They had been “chosen out of the world” by Jesus. When we act out of that belonging, conscious that we do not “belong to the world,” we change the world.
Lord Jesus, We find that it was the religious leaders and teachers of the law who persecuted You. Lord, bless those who are being “persecuted” by church/community leaders amidst differences in the way church affairs should be conducted. Give them your grace to be always faithful to what is right in your eyes. Hold their hands as they walk the path of righteousness and never let them fail in their faith amidst the onslaught of the enemy. I trust in You, O Lord that You will not forsake those who love You and abide by You. Deliver them from the hand of modern day persecutors and let Your face shine upon all!. In Your Mighty Name, we pray. Amen.read more
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