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Archive for April, 2015

4-30-2015 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:13-25

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From Paphos, Paul and his companions set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the synagogue officials sent word to them, “My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” 

So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said, “Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.  With uplifted arm he led them out, and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert. When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance at the end of about four hundred and fifty years. After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king. God gave them Saul, son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.  Then he removed him and raised up David as their king; of him he testified, I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish. From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’” 

Listen. The history that Paul is recounting is our history also. We are the “others who are God-fearing” that he is addressing. He reminds us that we share the Old Testament history, just as we share the New Testament. We are all God’s people, His chosen ones. We have a history, we have a family, the same Father who gave us His Son. Are you listening? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am so grateful that I am part of your family. Help me to always listen when you speak to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord, Alleluia!


4-29-2015 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Gospel Jn 12:44-50

St. Catherine os Siena

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Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.  And I know that his commandment is eternal life.  So what I say, I say as the Father told me.” 

Jesus did not come to condemn us for how we live. He came to show us the right way to live and to love. His salvation is for all who learn to live as He taught. He came to save you and me, He came to show us how to live the life we were given by the Father. Have you listened? Do you love as Jesus loved? Do you live as He taught us to live?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, trying to walk the path your Son has shown us is hard, but with your help, grace and love I will continue to follow your ways. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this grace, Amen. 

O God, let all the nations praise you! Alleluia!

4-28-2015 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26

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Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord. Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. 

They did what we are all called to do, evangelize and spread the word of the Lord. Our call from the Lord is to be like these disciples, go out of our comfort zone. He will give us the words we need, we just need to have the courage of these men and step out in faith. Are you willing to trust in the Lord? Are you willing to share His word? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage and strength to preach your word, even when it is not popular. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

All you nations, praise the Lord, Alleluia!

4-27-2015 Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Gospel Jn 10:1-10

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Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them. 

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” 

The voice of God, our Shepherd, is part of our makeup. We are born knowing His voice. When we follow the voice of others, it is like the thief that steals and destroys. We lose our soul to them. If we follow the voice that is in our soul, we will have eternal life. Whose voice do you follow? The true Shepherd or the thief? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know your voice and try to follow only you. When I tried to follow others, my soul became dead to sin, your voice gave me life. I praise you and thank you and in the name of Jesus I give you glory, Amen. 

Athirst is my soul for the living God, Alleluia!

4-26-2015 Fourth Sunday of EasterReading 2 1 Jn 3:1-2

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Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 

You are a child of God, a child of the King. No one knows the Father as a child does. Today we see that the world does not know who Christ is, what He does for us and would do for them, if they would just give their hearts to Him. Where is your heart? What will be revealed to you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that those who do not know you will open their hearts an minds to you. You saved my life, Lord and I praise your holy name, Amen. 

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

4-25-2015 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Gospel Mk 16:15-20

 St. Mark

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Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs. 

Do you believe that these things still happen today? I do. Jesus gave the authority to do all these things to His Disciples and they passed that authority down to our current Pope and Priests. The Disciples believed and were able to do all that Jesus told them they would do. Those who believe and speak in His name can also do these miracles. All it takes is faith that the Lord will work through you. Are you ready? I am. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to believe so that I will preach your word and be open to all the signs and wonders you have in store for me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord, Alleluia!

4-24-2015 Friday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20

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Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”  He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength. 

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 

Have you ever had Jesus knock you down to get your attention? I have and it is always a wake up call to get back on the path the Lord has set for me. Like Saul many times we are blinded by what we think is the truth, only to have the scales fall from our eyes. In that moment we look for someone to instruct us, to guide us and help us. The Lord will send those people to help you, just as He sent Ananias to Saul. Place your trust in them and grow in the wisdom and love of Our Lord. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I keep my eyes and my heart focused on you. May I be guided by those you have placed in my life to lead me an guide me closer to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!  

Go out to all the world and tell the Good News, Alleluia!


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