Category: Seventh Week

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MAY THE BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE (John 17:11)

⏰SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) WORLD COMMUNICATION SUNDAY 📕Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19 The unity of all believers is undoubtedly paramount in the mind of Jesus when he made his priestly prayer in John 17. This unity is one which comes through our common heritage in God through Christ. As we gradually draw to the close of the Easter season, we are presented with this theme because that is what would guarantee the success of the task which Jesus gives us to go into the world and make disciples of...

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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...

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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...