Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052319.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
When you truly accept God for who He is and spend time learning who He is, you will have complete joy and happiness! Life is never complete until you know His joy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are my joy and my salvation, Amen and Alleluia!
Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052219.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
Take a look at the branches that lay on the ground after a storm. They are dead and broken because they have been separated from the main trunk of the tree. These branches no longer receive the sap of life. That is what happens to us when we break from God, we no longer have His life blood flowing through our veins. We lose the reason for our life. But unlike the dead branches, if we go to God, we are reconnected to His living blood. Come back to the Lord, He is just waiting for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are my life, you keep me alive and joyful. Thank you for taking me back and restoring my life when I broke away! In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise!! Amen and Alleluia!
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052119.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
Jesus does not give as we do. He gives without reservations, no condition. All He wants is for us to accept Him and His word and live it. When people say “Jesus would not do that, or He cannot do that” they have no understanding of who He is and what He can and will do. Do you know Jesus and His words? How you follow Him shows how well you know Him! Do you have His peace?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you word is truth and life for me. I pray that when others see and hear me, they see and hear you. In Jesus’ holy name Amen and Alleluia!
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052019.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name– he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
Do you love Jesus? Do you keep His word, or do you believe the word of the world? They will and do preach the wrong words just so they can have their way and indulge in their whims. Believe in what Christ tells you and do not go astray.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, the world is so wrong, I pray for those who do not believe in you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051919.cfm
When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
How well do we do that loving one another? It has become so bad that the ones that call themselves Christians do not always have good words for those who disagree with them! There is so much hate in the world. Are you Christian? If so, how do you promote God’s love? If you were arrested, would you be judged guilty or innocent of being a Christian by your actions?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to love as you do. It is not always easy, so I beg you to lead me back to your path. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia!
I will praise your name forever, my king and my God, Alleluia!
Jesus said to his disciples: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
Jesus is God and God is Jesus. We must know them to be complete. God is our creator and the creator of all living things. Without Him we would not be. How can someone not love and acknowledge His existence? If you do not follow Him, you follow a false God. Have you found the only true God? I pray you will receive the breath of life from Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me life! Your love and mercy are all I have ever needed and all I want. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051719.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We have to go to Jesus to be with His Father. No matter what we do, Jesus welcomes us home and when He does, so does His Father. Feel like you cannot? There is nothing Jesus will not forgive if we truly repent. Come home and come to the Father.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your love and mercy have brought me home. My joy is in you, and in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you, Alleluia!