May 21st, 2015
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
The Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles gathered in Jerusalem
Psalm Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
God's Spirit renews the earth.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13
We are all one in Christ Jesus.
Speaking to the Apostles at
the Last Supper, Jesus said that after he left this world he would send
them the gift of the Father, that is, the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn
15:26). This promise was powerfully fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the
Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, who were gathered in the Upper Room.
This extraordinary outpouring was not limited solely to that moment, but was an
event that was renewed and still continues to be renewed. Christ glorified at
the right hand of the Father continues to fulfill his promise, sending upon the
Church the life-giving Spirit, who teaches us, reminds us,
and lets us speak. The Holy Spirit teaches us to
follow Jesus and to walk in his footprints. He reminds us of all that Jesus
said. He is the living memory of the Church, and when he reminds us, he helps
us to understand the words of the Lord. He lets us speak with God in prayer and
lets us speak to men through prophecy, making us humble and docile “channels”
of God’s Word. Prophecy is made with candour, to openly demonstrate the
contradictions and injustices, but always with compassion and constructive
May 13th, 2015
Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17,20a,20c-26
Matthias is chosen to take Judas' place among the apostles.
Bless the Lord who rules heaven and earth.
1 John 4:11-16
God is seen in our love for one another.
Today we celebrate the feast of Ascension. The
Ascension of Jesus reminds us that during our lives we are “only passing
through” on this earth, as we say. We are pilgrims on a journey. Just as Jesus’
earthly life was temporary, and he ascended to sit at the right hand of the
Father, so also our lives here are temporary, will come to an end, and we will
meet God in the next life. The Ascension of Jesus reminds us in all of our
busyness not to forget what life is all about. The Ascension of Jesus reminds
us that God has great plans for us that are out of this world. The Ascension
also reminds us what Jesus said before the ascension: “Go, therefore, make
disciples of all nations...”. It calls us to bear witness to Jesus through our
words and deeds. Be proud of you Catholic faith. Don’t be ashamed to practice
it in public.
May 7th, 2015
First Reading Acts of the
The gift of the Holy Spirit comes to Cornelius and his household, and they are
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4
A song of praise for God's salvation
Second Reading 1 John 4:7-10
God is love.
Jesus is talking of a very
special kind of love, love that does not think of oneself but sacrifices for
the sake of the other. This is unselfish love, loving the other for the other’s
sake without anything in it for oneself. As we read in Ephesians, “Christ
loved us and gave himself up for us” (Eph 5:2); “Christ loved the Church and
gave himself up for her.” (Eph 5:25). To make sure we would not confuse this
very special type of love with other types of love, which often are more lust
than love, the writers of the New Testament used a very special word to
describe the love of Jesus for us and the love of God for us. They said Jesus
loved us with agape love ἀγάπη (agape). That is love that does not
think of oneself but sacrifices for the sake of the other. Jesus is our model
for loving with this sacrificial love, agape love, loving the other for their
benefit without putting ourselves first. When does Jesus show us that agape
love most of all? When he died on the cross for us. That is why in the Gospel
today Jesus also says, “A man can have no greater love than to lay down his
life for his friends.” (John 15:13). May Jesus help us to live that agape
April 30th, 2015
First Reading Acts of the
Paul is accepted by the apostles at Jerusalem.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm
The whole world shall praise the Lord.
Second Reading 1 John 3:18-24
God commands us to believe in Jesus Christ and to love one another.
Jesus sets forth two
situations. The first is negative: The branch is dry, it bears no fruit, and so
it is cut off and thrown away. The second is positive: The branch is living and
healthy, and so it is pruned. This contrast already tells us that pruning is
not a hostile act to the branch. The vinedresser expects much from it; he knows
it can bear fruit; he has confidence in it. The same happens on the spiritual
plane. God intervenes in our lives with the cross. It does not mean he is
irritated with us but, in fact, the opposite. This is even truer in the
spiritual life. Holiness is like a sculpture. Leonardo da Vinci defined
sculpture as "the art of removing," i.e. of taking away the pieces of
marble that are in excess, so that the figure can emerge that one has in mind.
Christian perfection is also obtained like this, by removing and making useless
pieces fall off, namely, desires, ambitions, projects, carnal tendencies that
disperse us and do not let us finish anything. Thus God would take the chisel,
which is the cross, and begins to work on us. He takes the pruning shears, and
begins to prune us.
April 22nd, 2015
Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12
Peter announces an act of healing in the name of Jesus Christ.
A prayer of thanksgiving to God for his kindness
1 John 3:1-2
God revealed his love for us by calling us children of God.
Traditionally, this fourth Sunday of Easter is
known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” because each year the Church presents us with
our Lord’s beautiful description of himself as a shepherd who has tender,
merciful love for his sheep. For many years now, the Church has also designated
this Sunday as World Day of Prayer for Vocations. So we pray today in a special
way in this Holy Mass that God will call many more men to the great adventure
of being shepherds for his flock. Jesus the Good Shepherd carrying us on his
shoulders is symbolized in a beautiful way by the Pallium which archbishops
wear over their shoulders while celebrating Mass. The Pallium is made from
lamb’s wool. During the Mass for the inauguration of his Pontificate on Sunday
April 24th 2005 Pope Benedict explained the significance of the Pallium when he
said that the Pallium is an invitation to carry one another, we are all to be
shepherds to each other, to carry each other on our shoulders.
April 15th, 2015
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15,17-19
Peter preaches that Jesus has been raised from the dead and calls upon the
people to repent.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 4:2,4,7-8,9
A prayer seeking God's favour
Second Reading 1 John 2:1-5a
Those who know God keep his commandments.
In today’s Gospel we see how Jesus trys to help
the disciples understand that all that had taken place—his suffering, death and
resurrection—made sense. That was something that took the disciples a
while to get their heads around, as suffering never makes sense to any of
us. So Jesus had to help them understand not only that he was alive, but
that all that had taken place was meant to happen. They were meant to happen
and they fitted into God’s plan for the world. All of us are continually
faced with difficult situations of suffering. So often we cannot make
sense of why we have to suffer and we may even see it as a punishment. Even
though we don’t have a direct answer to this question, what Jesus says to his
disciples in this Gospel is a help, because it reminds us that everything that
happens fits into God’s bigger plan. The point is that God can bring good
out of every situation, even turning the evil work of people into good.
But for the most part we cannot see that. We are just faced with each
individual situation of suffering and that is hard. However, the Lord is
telling us that there is a bigger picture which makes sense of everything that
happens. When we die we will then see that picture and it will all make
sense to us.
April 7th, 2015
First Reading Acts of the
The first Christian community shared their possessions, and no one was needy.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm
The Lord's mercy endures forever.
Second Reading 1 John 5:1-6
Those who love God keep his commandments.
Thomas does not refuse the proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus
but simply insists that the risen Jesus must fulfil all his expectations. The following
Sunday Thomas is challenged by Jesus himself to come to the true peace which
only authentic faith can produce. Like Thomas, are we sometimes 'not there'
when Jesus comes, or, again like Thomas, do we want God to behave int he way
that might suit us best? The story of Jesus was written for us, so that we
might deepen our belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. such belief
March 26th, 2015
First Reading Genesis 1:1—2:2
God creates the heavens and the earth. (shorter form, Genesis 1:1,26-31a)
Second Reading Genesis 22:1-18 (shorter form, Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18)
God puts Abraham to the test.
Third Reading Exodus 14:15—15:1
The Israelites pass through the Red Sea.
Fourth Reading Isaiah 54:5-14
The Lord promises to redeem Israel.
Fifth Reading Isaiah 55:1-11
A call to return to the Lord who is merciful
Sixth Reading Baruch 3:9-15,32—4:4
Israel is told to follow the way of God's commandments.
Seventh Reading Ezekiel 36:16-17a,18-28
The Lord will cleanse Israel for the sake of his holy name.
Epistle Romans 6:3-11
Those who have been baptized have died with Christ.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23
God's mercy endures forever.
The significance of
Jesus' resurrection is that it offers for all believers the hope pf a new life
here and now. Yes, we will all rise from the dead one day and share in eternal
glory but even today, here and now we experience the power of Easter glory, the
effects of Jesus' rising from the dead. we all testify to the power of the
Resurrection among us when we don't let evil and death get the better of us but
let the way of Jesus triumph in our lives through our faith, hope and
March 26th, 2015
First Reading Is 52:13—53:12
Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Second Reading Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel Reading Jn 18:1—19:42
we venerate the wood of the Cross because it was by His Cross that Jesus
redeemed the world. No one can separate Jesus from His Cross: Where Christ is
there is the Cross and where there is the Cross there is Jesus. The world may
look at the Cross as a threat or as a curse or as a headache. But for a
Christian the Cross is the road to salvation and holiness. Pope St. John Paul
II said on the canonization of Bl. Padre Pio “difficulties and pain, is
accepted with love become a privileged path to sanctity”. Each one of us
has been given some type of a Cross. The presence of the Cross in our lives
tells us that we are in the surest road to sanctity. Therefore let us ask the
grace to embrace our little crosses with love. Because it is in the Cross that
we find forgiveness, healing and salvation
March 26th, 2015
First Reading Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Responsorial Psalm Ps 116:12-13,
Second Reading 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel Reading Jn 13:1-15
The Mass of the Lord's
Supper is characterized by the announcement of the commandment of love and the
gesture of washing the feet.What Jesus did at the last supper when he washed
the feet of his disciples, was not just an act of humility. It was an act of love
revealing our God who is ‘passionately loving in his self-giving service’. In
Johns Gospel, the Eucharistic meal is a celebration of the whole life of Jesus
Christ. The last supper is not separated from his other meals which he took
with the publicans and sinners and with Pharisees and with well to do people
and above all with his own disciples. Foot washing expresses what living
a life of self-emptying love looks like in imitation of the Lord who
emptied Himself for us and who still does in the Most Holy Eucharist. It has
been traditionally referred to as the Mandatum, the Command. It is an
invitation to become a man or woman poured out for others. A Christian who
lives the love of Charity (Caritas), the Love of Jesus Christ, makes
Jesus Christ real. In so doing, the Incarnation continues.
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