Category: Easter Season

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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...

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JESUS, THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

⌚Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A) ????Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 (R.v.22); 1Pet 2:4-9; John 14:1-12 As the end of his earthly life continued to draw nearer, Jesus continued his teachings to his disciples which were geared towards consolidating their faith and strengthening their will to remain with God. In the second major division of the Gospel of St. John, which is also referred to as the Book of Glory, he teaches his apostles the reality of life without him physically with them, thus preparing them for the time they will not see him. In the first division, the...

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“DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU” (John 2:5)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (13 May 2017 – Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima) ????Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 14:7-14 Today is a very important day in the life of the Church. Today is exactly the centenary anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the 3 shepherd kids at Fatima. To mark this celebration, the Pope shall canonise two of those kids – Jacinta and Francisco today. The message of our Lady to the kids had been summarised into three – repentance, prayer and penance. She preached the conversion of the...

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“LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED” (John 14:1)

⏰Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter (12 May 2017) ????Acts 13:26-33; Ps 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-12a (R.v.7bc); John 14:1-6 In two days to come, precisely on Sunday, we shall have the privilege of hearing Jesus say that to us once more. He goes on to reassure us that once we place ourselves in him, we can be rest assured that all would be fine again. He tells us, “Let your hearts not be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). Indeed, St. Paul tells us in 2 Cor 5:17 that, “anyone who is in Christ is a...

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“I WILL SING FOREVER OF YOUR MERCIES, O LORD” (Ps 89:2)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (11 May 2017) ????Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20 Even if the only thing you can say about God is about his love and mercy, you can be sure that you know all about him, after all, his name is love (cf. 1 John 4:16). That knowledge helped Paul and Barnabas a lot to kick-start their mission in a foreign land that they had been sent to. In order to prove his point on everlasting love of God, Paul reminded them of how faithful God had been to...

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“AS THE FATHER SENT ME, SO AM I SENDING YOU” (John 20:21)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (10 May 2017) ????Acts 12:24 – 13:5a; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.4); John 12:44-50 My dear, in the Gospel, Jesus reiterates the kind of relationship that exists among him, his mission and the Father who sent him. It is such an unbreakable union, and that is because Jesus has the authority of the Father and also understands the mission he is given. He would not depart from that mission because he has not come for any selfish interest. As disciples of Jesus, everyone of us has a mission he has been...

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CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1Pet 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10 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 1Sam 17:34-36). See how this attitude reflects the action of the shepherd in the parable...