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Archive for April, 2017

4-30-2017 Gospel Lk 24:13-35

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/043017.cfm

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread. 

He gave His life for us, He gave us life so we may live, He gave His life so we may have eternal life. He gave us His body and blood so we could share in His salvation. If you do not believe in His body and blood, you cannot recognize Him in the breaking of bread. He is there at Mass where you too can partake His body and blood daily.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, for His body and blood. I pray all become believers in your truth and come home to your altar, In Jesus’ name, Amen and Alleluia!! 

Lord, you will show us the path of life, Alleluia!

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4-29-2017 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Gospel Jn 6:16-21

St. Catherine os Siena

Learn more about St. Catherine of Siena: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=9

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042917.cfm

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading. 

Jesus comes to us in the middle of our storms. He calms the storm and brings us to shore safely, if we let Him. Do you invite Jesus into your storms? If not, why not? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for calming the storms of my life and helping me to find my way home. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen. 

Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you, Alleluia!

4-28-2017 Friday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042817.cfm

A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time, and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed, and all those who were loyal to him were disbanded and came to nothing. After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census. He also drew people after him, but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered. So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him. After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus. 

“But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Famous last words! 2,000+ years and the followers of Jesus did not scatter or perish. It has, and continues, to grow! Those who fight against Him and His truth are the ones who eventually scatter. Where do you stand? Do you preach His word or continue to fight against the truth? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth stands the test of time. I one time fought against your truth, but the seed planted in all our hearts eventually won through and I saw your truth. And in your generosity and grace, you brought me home. In Jesus’ holy name, I offer praise, honor and glory! Amen and Alleluia!

One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord, Alleluia!

4-27-2017 Thursday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042717.cfm

When the court officers had brought the Apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” 

When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death. 

The Apostles knew they must obey the Lord. They could not stop preaching any more than they could stop breathing. We are also called to do the same thing. We are called by Jesus to proclaim His word, no matter what! Do you deny Him or claim Him? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I will tell your story to anyone I can. Your love, mercy and forgiveness has made my life filled with joy and I am forever grateful. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen, Alleluia! 

The Lord hears the cry of the poor, Alleluia!

4-26-2017 Gospel Jn 3:16-21 Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042617.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. 

Jesus came to save us. He did not have to die to do that, but He was willing. Jesus Himself said that no one was taking His life, He gave it willingly. Why? For us, for our sins, for you and me and our sins. To save us and give us a chance of eternal life. If you do not believe, reread this passage! If you do believe, make yourself right with Him. God to Reconciliation, receive His body and blood. Show Him you love Him as much as He loved you. You probably will not have to physically die, but you will have to die to sin. It is worth it. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I offer my sin to you for healing and wholeness. I love you for all that you have already forgiven me Lord, and I continue to need that forgiveness. In joy and happiness, I offer you praise, honor and glory through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen, Alleluia! 

The Lord hears the cry of the poor, Alleluia!

4-25-2017 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14

 St. Mark

  Learn more about St. Mark: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042517.cfm

Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: 

God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. 

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. 

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen. 

I write you this briefly through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 

God stands with us – as long as we stand with Him. He will never desert you or leave you. But He asks for your faith and belief in Him through His Son. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us in the battle, do you call on him or do you try to do it on your own? If you do, you will fail in the end, because it is your eternal life that you will lose.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace, blessing and love you have given to me. When I turned my heart over to you Lord, my life changed. I have never been alone since then. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, praise and glory, Amen, Alleluia!

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

4-24-2017 Gospel Jn 3:1-8

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042417.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.”

We must be baptized and then again reborn in the Spirit. What does that mean for you? We must accept that the power of the Holy Spirit that came upon the Apostles is for us also. He is there for us to accept or deny. If we accept, we have a wonderful helper who brings us closer to the Lord than we can ever do on our own. Accepting the gifts of the Holy Spirit and believing in the power you are given when you do is vital to your eternal life. Are you ready to receive all that the Lord has for you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the gifts you have given to me and I am ready to receive more. You tell us to ask and you shall receive. I am asking Lord and thanking you in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

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