Category: Easter Season

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“FOR THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE, TO KNOW YOU THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND THE ONE YOU SENT, JESUS CHRIST” (John 17:3)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (28 April 2018) 📖Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 14:7-14 The Gospel of John cannot get tired of calling us into faith in Jesus as that is its primary project. Believing in Jesus is more important than our comfort since that is what guarantees eternal life for us (cf. John 20:31). You can then see that, in John’s Gospel, most of the works that Jesus did among the people are called SIGNS and not MIRACLES. They are signs that should point out the divinity of Jesus to us (see John 14:11)....

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“I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE” (John 10:10)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter (23 April 2018) 📕Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3, 4,(R. Mark 42:3ab); John 10:1-10 As we enter yet another working week and continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth, the message of Jesus as the good shepherd is continued today in order to remind us that with him by our side, we shall lack nothing. The picture that is painted in John 10:1-10 is one that presents the Good Shepherd as one who provides and protects. The sheepfold is a place of safety for the sheep. The Israelites normally make use of a...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP (John 10:11)

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) 📕Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 21-23, 26 and 28-29 (R.v.22); 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1 Sam 17:34-36). See...

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IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, THERE IS JOY AND PEACE (CF. PS. 16:11)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 📕Acts 3:13-15, 17-19ab; Ps 4:2, 4, 7 and 9 (R.v.7b); 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 Imagine the pains that the disciples had to bear at the death of Jesus. The experience must have been like that of the chicks that were separated from the mother hen. They were now exposed to persecution and so, they started hiding away for safety. That explains the setting of todays Gospel where Jesus came to meet them behind closed doors. That was also the reason why some of them were running away to Emmaus. So after calming the fears of...

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“HOLY SPIRIT, ENLIGHTEN AND SANCTIFY US”

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter (10 April 2018) 📕Acts 4:32-37; Ps 93:1abc, 1c-2, 5 (R.v.1a); John 3:7b-15 Do you really understand this drama between Jesus and Nicodemus? Consider what Jesus said to him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this?” (John 3:10). Notice that Jesus did not call Nicodemus a teacher of the Jews but Israel. Israel is the identity of the chosen people of God whereas Jews refer to a race. The Pharisees claim to uphold the Laws of Moses and save it from adulteration. The Laws and the Prophets are...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰Second Sunday of Easter (Year B) 📕Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118:2-4, 15c-16b, and 17-18m, 22-24 (R.v.1); 1 John 5:1-7; John 20:19-31 THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCYLast year, the liturgy of this very day brought to our view the role of faith in the life of every Christian. This year, while that role is still kept in view, the role of love in Christian life is also made more explicit. The First Reading and the Second point out how that love is lived and harnessed in the Christian community. In the First Reading, which is a summary statement,...

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“THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS, AND DARKNESS COULD NOT OVERPOWER IT” (John 1:5)

⏰Easter Vigil (31 March 2018) 📖Gen 1:1 – 2:2; Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 13-14 and 35c (R.v.30); Exod 14:15 – 15:1; Exod 15:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18 (R.v.1b); Ezek 36:16-17a, 18-25; Ps 42:3, 5bcd, 43:3, 4 (R. 42:2); Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118:1-2, 15c-17, 22-23; Mark 16:1-7 My dear fellow pilgrim! I welcome you joyfully to this most sacred night, the mother of all nights, the night that gave way to our freedom. On this night, we celebrate symbolically, the victory of light over darkness. In our lives as believers, darkness means a lot. But in summary, we can summarize...

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year A) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v.30); 1Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23 Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose – empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life, Jesus was constantly telling them...

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FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (03 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions) ????Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11:1-4, 5 and 7 (R.v.7b); John 21:20-25 ????FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS Most of the books of the New Testament were written to address different theological concerns. Obviously, there were many of such concerns in the Gospel of John but central among them is faith in Jesus Christ as one who is the same with God the Father. There were other minor concerns but all of them center around that want of proof for the...

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LET US FOLLOW PETER BACK TO JESUS

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter (02 June 2017) ????Acts 25:13b-21; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); John 21:15-19 Did you notice that after his resurrection, Jesus addressed Peter as Simon instead of Peter? Recall that after Peter’s Great Confession at Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16:13ff), Jesus changed his name to Peter, a symbol of the rock on which the Church would be built (cf. Matt 16:17-18). Peter continued to bear that name until he denied Jesus three times at the courtyard of the High Priest (cf. Matt 26:69-75). In other words, Jesus called him Peter by virtue of the great...