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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.”
The Advocate came and if you believe what Jesus said, then you believe that He taught more than was written in the Bible. He taught from His traditions and His faith is based on that. If you cannot believe that then you are not following His word. You do not know Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I love the faith and tradition that you handed on to me. It gives me strength and keeps me close to you. In the name of your Son Jesus, I give you all the glory, Amen, Alleluia!
Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory, Alleluia!
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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 every one 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.”
Have you ever walked a beach and seen driftwood lying around? Or been in the desert and seen the desert driftwood that lies around? They are each beautiful in their own way. Battered by the sea, wind and sand they are pitted and smooth, making pieces of art that can be beyond description. But as beautiful as they are – they are dead. The have been pulled from the sap of life they received when on living trees. That is what happens to us if we allow ourselves to be pulled form the Lord. We may look beautiful, but inside we are dead and dry. Unless we remain on the vine we die. Are you beautiful but dead? Or are you attached to the vine of life.
Prayer; Heavenly Father the sap of life flows through my veins, as long as I stay with you. May I never lose that life giving vine. In Jesus holy name, Amen and Alleluia!
I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people, Alleluia!
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On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.”
The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole region. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
They condemned themselves by their disbelief and refusal to listen to the truth. Then Paul and Barnabas started speaking to the Gentiles – us – and we listened with joy and delight. Then. Our world has stopped listening to the truth and will also be condemned. Do you listen or are you condemned?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I hear your truth and proclaim it to those around me. Your salvation is what I need, not the false promises of the world. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, praise and glory, Amen and Alleluia!
All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God, Alleluia!
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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.”
Just follow Him, you do not have to know where you are going – He will lead you in the right way. Follow Him to eternal life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do not ask “where am I going” I say “Jesus, I am yours to lead”. In His holy name, Amen and Alleluia!
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you, Alleluia!
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When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
We are all equal. No one was created greater than another and Jesus is trying to emphasis this point, the point being that we need to be humble, treat others as we want to be treated. When we do this, we accept Him and the Father who sent Him. How are you doing on humility?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try very hard to always be humble and treat others as I know you would. Forgive me for the times I fail and help me, Lord, to do better each day. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia!
Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord, Alleluia!
Learn more about St. Mark: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042518.cfm
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.
With these words, Jesus gave us all our mission. We are to do as Mark did, go forth and do signs, wonders, and evangelize, all in the name of the Lord. He did it without a book. We have the words of God on paper and can share it with anyone. That means we all must be evangelizers for the Lord! Are you? Do you share His word? Do you listen to those who do? Read what Jesus tells us if we do not believe! Unlike those in today’s world, Jesus does not lie!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage and words as you did St. Mark. Help me to do your work here on earth, just as he did. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen, Alleluia!
Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042418.cfm
The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
If they knew their scriptures and prophecy, they would have known who Jesus was, and this is what He is telling them. If you study His word and get to know Him, you too will know when He comes again. You will know Him in the people you see every day and you will believe. Eternal life is your choice.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your gift of eternal life is for all. I pray that those who do not believe will open their hearts and mind to your word. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia!
All you nations, praise the Lord, Alleluia!