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Archive for April, 2014

4-30-2014 Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter Gospel Jn 3:16-21

 

Glory of the Cross

 

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/043014.cfm

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. 

Even if you do not know the Bible chapter and verse, everyone knows John 3:16, believes it and can recite it from memory. But how many of us know the rest? If we did we would know we HAVE to believe what Jesus tells us. We HAVE to believe or we will be condemned. We cannot pick and choose the verses we want to believe. What choice have you made? Do you prefer darkness or light? You need to make that choice before it is too late. And later may be too late. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the grace of faith, that I have chosen to live in your light, instead of the darkness of the world. In Jesus’ name I pray I never choose darkness again. 

The Lord hears the cry of the poor, Alleluia!

 

4-29-2014 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Gospel Jn 3:7b-15

 

St. Catherine os Siena

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042914.cfm

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 

We have to have faith if we are to be born of the Spirit. They lacked the faith to believe what the saw, how could they have the faith to believe what they do not see? What kind of faith do you have? Do you believe that the Spirit can change your life, fill you in ways you have never experienced before? Believe as Jesus says and you will be. 

Prayer: Thank you Heavenly Father for your gifts. May I always be willing to believe in what I cannot see with the faith you have entrusted to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty, Alleluia!

4-28-2014 Monday of the Second Week of Easter Gospel Jn 3:1-8

he-is-risen

 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042814.cfm

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 

Have you been born again in the Spirit? Do you know what that means? The baptism of water cleanses us from our sin. Being born of Spirit is when you have opened yourself completely to Our Lord. You have allowed Him to enter your being and fill you with His love, joy and gladness. Can you give yourself to Him that way? Can you allow the Holy Spirit to do with you as He will, allow the wind to blow where it wills? Are you afraid? Do not be, you must if you want eternal life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. You have enlivened my life. You have filled me with a love, joy and happiness that I never knew before. May I always remember my life before and give praise for the life I have now. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord, Alleluia!

4-27-2014 Second Sunday of Easter Sunday of Divine Mercy Gospel Jn 20:19-31

Divine Mercy

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042714.cfm

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” 

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 

Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” 

Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name. 

Do you believe because you see or do you have faith in Christ without signs and wonders? If you can believe without any miracles, you will recognize the Lord when He comes. He gave us these signs so we would know who He is and believe. He still gives signs and wonders to those who believe. Do you see them?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always have the faith I need to see your signs and wonders today. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting, Alleluia!

4-26-2014 Saturday in the Octave of Easter Gospel Mk 16:9-15

Empty Tomb with women

 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042614.cfm

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. 

After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. 

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” 

Why do you not believe? What is it that keeps you from giving your life to Christ, from listening to those who speak of Him? Why do you not listen to Jesus? What are you afraid of? Why be afraid? He will never leave you if you will just trust Him. Open your heart to the heart that flames with love for you. Then you will be the one proclaiming the Gospel to the whole world. Fear not, love and trust Him and He will not fail you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask for your love and guidance always. Be with me, walk with me, protect me and keep me from harm. May my heart always be open to your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, Alleluia!

4-25-2014 Friday in the Octave of Easter Gospel Jn 21:1-14

 

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 Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042514.cfm

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead. 

They did not know it was Jesus, but somewhere in their soul they must have known something because they did what He said. They had been out all night, were probably very tired, yet they listened to that voice within. How often do you listen to that voice within? That voice that tells you to follow the Lord. The voice that is telling you to do something you do not want to do but know you should. It is the voice you need to listen to. Like the disciples, you will be rewarded with the presence of Jesus. 

Prayer, Heavenly Father, may I always listen to your voice and follow where you are leading. Help me to stay the path you have set for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone, Alleluia!

4-24-2014 Thursday in the Octave of Easter Gospel Lk 24:35-48

He is Risen 2

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042414.cfm

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread. 

While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. 

He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “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.” 

Jesus was standing right in front of them and they still did not believe. How can we believe when we do not see Him? By allowing Him to open our minds and hearts to His words and believing. Faith is believing even when you do not see – that is what Jesus is calling us to do. How is your faith? Strong with deep roots or shifting like the sands of a beach? If your faith is deep you too will witness many things. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help my unbelief, help me to strengthen my faith and allow it to set deep roots that will withstand the winds of change. In Jesus’ name I ask all this, Amen. 

O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! Alleluia.!

 

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