Daily Readings

Everything the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that
He will take from what is mine and declare it to you
.
All that belongs to Jesus by virtue of His Divine Nature, the Holy Spirit imparts to you as gift: Here are just a few examples:
1)  Jesus is the Only-Begotten Son of God. The Spirit takes that Sonship, gives it to you,
then, the Spirit himself bears witness with your spirit that you are children of God. Rom 8:16 2)    Just as The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him Jn3:35 
God’s love has been poured into your hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to you.   Rom 5:5
3)   Just as ALL the gifts of the Spirit belong to Jesus, so,
To each (of you) is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Cor 12:7
4)       the Spirit helps you in your weakness; when do not know how to pray as you ought, the Spirit himself intercedes for you with sighs too deep for words. Rom 8:26

Come Holy Spirit – take what belongs to the LORD and declare it to us!

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Today’s Readings

the world hates you.

WHY?
1. You witness by your words and actions that:
Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the world.
        •   but that God raised Him from the dead

2. You witness by your words and actions that:
Jesus Christ is Lord
        •   and there is no other Name in heaven or on earth
by which anyone can be saved

3. You witness by your words and actions that:
        •   among you there is neither Jew nor Greek
                 –   slave nor free
                 –   rich nor poor
                 –   male nor female
                 –   black nor white

4. You witness by your words and actions that among you:
        •   There remains only Faith, Hope and Love
                 –   Faith in Christ Jesus
                 –   Hope for the future
                 –   Love for God and neighbor . . .

 

Today’s Readings

In the last verse of the first reading, referring to Jesus, John the Baptist says:
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.
This was the one thing that a Jewish servant or slave did NOT have to do!

In the first verse of today’s Gospel:
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, He said to them,
no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
To think differently would be like the ass upon which Jesus sat entering Jerusalem,
thinking the praise and acclamation he heard was for him and not the Master!

Jesus said, I know those whom I have chosen.
What a grace, what a blessing it is to be chosen to serve or be a messenger
for the One who is I AM, for God Himself.

Pray for this gift: the grace of faithfulness . . .

Today’s Readings

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life

1) Belief in Jesus / having faith is a gift
•   There is nothing that you can do that grants you this gift!

2) First, you receive grace to believe the testimony of those to whom He appeared:
And, because Faith comes by hearing, God gave you grace to believe what His witnesses spoke about Him:
•   He came from heaven and (He) is above all;
•   He testified to what he had seen and heard from God, the Father;
•   Speaking to the Jewish leaders Peter said:
You had him killed by hanging Him on a tree.
But, on the third day, the God of our ancestors raised Him from the dead;
•   God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
and granted Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.

3) At the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
•    Jesus Himself proclaims to you the Scriptures;
•    and gives you His Flesh to eat and His blood to drink.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life!

God so loved the world
The world doesn’t deserve such love
Why?
1) Because the whole world is under the power of the evil one. 1Jn 5:19
2) And all that is in the world, is the lust of the flesh
and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life
, and,
3) the world hated me before it hated you.
4) and the world persecuted me, and they will persecute you.

But God didn’t just love the world,
God SO loved the world and so should you!

How should you love the world?
The same way God loved it!
1) God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world
And neither do you condemn the world!
2) Because you are in the world and NOT of it,
You can love those people who are in the world:
3) You serve them with love, you give yourself
so that none of your family, friends or neighbors perish.
4) You live in the light so that your works may be clearly seen as done in God.

 

Today there are two Gospels, the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and the Lord’s Passion. We’ll look at the interesting contrasts contained in these Gospels.

  • At first, people took off their cloaks to spread them on the road;
    But later, they stripped Him naked.
  • They cut tree branches to carry;
    He carried not the branch but the tree!
  • They proclaimed: Blessed is the king who comes . . .
    Then they clothed Him in purple and crowned Him with thorns.
  • First, they were cheering Hosanna!
    Later they were jeering Crucify Him!
  • Coming into Jerusalem they waved branches,
    But in the garden, they waved swords and clubs.
  • The Apostles promised fidelity,
    But before the cock crowed Peter denied Jesus three times.
  • It’s not just the crowds that were double-minded;
    we also are double-minded and oh so fickle.
  • Not only Peter and Apostles betrayed and abandoned Jesus;
    But with every sin, every refusal to forgive or ask forgiveness,
    all of us betray and abandon the LORD.

Let us spend Holy Week begging the Lord for the grace to open our eyes to the contradictions that live side by side in us,  along with our desire to follow Christ!

Today’s Readings

I will heal their defection, says the LORD, I will love them freely (Hos 14:5);
All of us have defected: humanity is guilty, shamed, broken, lost, and without hope.
But the LORD loves you freely! In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
How can you love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength?

How can you love your neighbor (your spouse, your children, your enemy ) as yourself?  
The answer is simple: you cannot . . . 
St. John the Evangelist says we love because he first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).
The only hope you have of fulfilling the Great Commandment is to love God and neighbor with the love by which He first loved you!
Grace, according to para # 1997 of the Catechism, is the participation in the life of God. God is Love. Participate in that Love and you’ll be given the grace to love . . .