Category: Easter Season

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WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter (01 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Justin) ????Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); John 17:20-26 As we continue to pray for the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, let us pray for the gift of fortitude and wisdom. Fortitude is one of the four cardinal virtues and it enables one who receives it to be calm and steadfast even in the face of oppression and persecution. This calmness and steadfastness is governed by a fear of God and complete trust in his omnipotence. This is the virtue...

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SURRENDER YOURSELF AND YOUR WORRIES TO GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter (30 May 2017) ????Acts 20:17-27; Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 (R.v.33a); John 17:1-11a As St Paul rounds up his third missionary journey, he gave an account of his stewardship to the people and was ready to move ahead (cf. Acts 20:17-27). He was not sure of what the future holds in stock for him but he entrusted himself to the care of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 20:22). He was not afraid of the future even when it looked unpromising to him. That is the mark of someone who is fulfilled with his relationship with...

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YOU ARE A VICTOR IN CHRIST JESUS

⏰Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter (29 May 2017) ????Acts 19:1-8; Ps 68:2-3, 4-5ac, 6-7b (R.v.33a); John 16:29-33   My dear, we surely need the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to courageously offer ourselves to be crucified at the foot of the Cross of Jesus so that we may reap the benefits of his resurrection without any obstruction. The Holy Spirit enables us to understand the words that Christ speaks to us just like the disciples in the Gospel of John 16:29-33 so that we may have a share in his victory over the...

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ALL GLORY IS FOR GOD AND FROM GOD

Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A) Acts 1:12-14; Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8a (R.v.13); 1 Pet 4:13-16; John 17:1-11a As the end of his earthly life becomes even more imminent, Jesus is more conscious about sustaining the faith of his disciples. Hence, at the beginning of his long priestly prayer, he asked the Father to glorify him with that glory they had shared together from the beginning (cf. John 17:5), knowing that his disciples, who has a share in him, would share in that glory. With his ascension into glory with the human body, we are glorified with him. But we...

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DO WE GATHER SOULS FOR CHRIST OR SCATTER THEM?

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter (20 May 2017) ????Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5 (R.v.1); John 15:18-21 Do you know that what constitutes a scandal may not really be something sinful? That is the point that St Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 concerning the food offered to idols. That is also why he had Timothy circumcised before he could follow him to a mission (cf. Acts 16:2-3) even after the gentiles had been dispensed of it by the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). How do you treat matters that could affect the faith of other people negatively? Remember...

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STAND FOR THE TRUTH!

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter (19 May 2017) ????Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-9, 10-12 (R.v.10a); John 15:12-17 Truth! The Scripture says that the knowledge of the truth will set us free (cf. John 8:32). See how the acknowledgement and appreciation of the truth (Acts 15:24-29) brought so much joy to the gentile-converts in Antioch (Acts 15:31). The apostles and elders did not mind that their judgement would not go down well with their fellow Jews who were at helm of the oppression of the gentiles. They must have been governed by the zeal to bear the fruit of love...

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ABIDE IN JESUS SO THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE (cf. John 15:11)

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (17 May 2017) ????Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10 (R.v.3); John 15:9-11 Whenever the followers of Jesus are faced with serious crisis, they always refer it to the disciples in Jerusalem. With the circumcision-associated crisis that rocked the early Church, they made recourse to the disciples which led to the convoking of the First Jerusalem Council (cf. Acts 15:1-21). Beyond the matters of crisis, most important decisions and clarification of the matters of faith were also left at the feet of the apostles and elders of the early Christians (see Acts 2:37). These...

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STRIVE TO REMAIN WITH JESUS

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (02 May 2018 – Memorial of St. Athanasius) 📕Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R.v.1); John 15:1-8 The devil is not happy when the house of God thrives in faith and enjoys great peace. Consider that in the light of the contributions of the Jews towards the building of the early Christian community (Acts 15:1). They know that their insistence on circumcision would hinder more gentiles from embracing the faith. Remember that for an average Jew, salvation is prerogative of the Jews only (cf. Acts 11:2-3 – Peter was accused of feasting with...

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BE CONVINCED OF YOUR FAITH; JESUS IS IN CHARGE!

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (16 May 2017) ????Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21 (R.v.12a); John 14:27-31a Imagine St. Paul going back into the same city that stoned him close to death (cf. Acts 14:19-20). That was quite a display of an uncommon courage. For you to be able to bear authentic and courageous witness to God, you need to encounter Christ and be convinced of the message you carry. It is only then that one can begin to see the cross and sufferings as pathways to eternal life (cf. Acts 14:22). The important question for us today...

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“NOT TO US, O LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY” (Ps 115:1)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter (15 May 2017) ????Acts 14:5-18; Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16 (R.v.1ab); John 14:21-26 The time that Jesus had to spend with his disciples was getting shorter and so he had to prepare them for that time that he would no longer with them. One important thing that they need to do, which we too need to do as this working week begins, is to surrender all to Jesus and love him because that guarantees the Father’s love for us (John 14:23). Remember that we can love Jesus by being faithful to all that he...