Posted on 04/28/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Multiplication of the Loaves John 6:1-15 The theme of the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel is centered on Jesus as the bread of life. It begins with the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, the only miracle recounted in all four of the Gospels. As we see in the Eucharist, those gathered along the Sea of Galilee recognized one sent by God through the sign of the breaking of the bread. Prayer: I do not ever have to feel hungry if I only trust myself to your word and your presence. I am called to remember and to serve those who are hungry, physically and spiritually.
Posted on 04/27/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The One from Heaven John 3:31-36 The final passages of in John Chapter Three reflect on the two previous scenes: Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus and John the Baptist’s final witness. To believe in Jesus, as the one sent from the Father above, is to believe in the Father. It is only through that belief that one gains eternal life. Prayer: To really believe is not always easy. Help me with my unbelief, Lord. It is sometimes even more difficult to profess belief. Please give me the courage I need to proclaim your glory.
Posted on 04/26/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Nicodemus John 3:16-21 Jesus instructs Nicodemus with the heart of his message about the Father. God is love, and that love is the dynamic that will bring about salvation. The absolute truth is that God loves creation so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to save humankind from itself. Prayer: I pray to be a visible sign of God’s love, especially for those whose hearts are hardened.
Posted on 04/25/2017 11:10 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Commissioning of the Eleven Mark 16:15-20 On this feast of Saint Mark, we hear the Great Commission in the longer ending of Mark’s Gospel. Jesus’ mission is now the disciples’ mission. They are to go out and proclaim the Good News to everyone. Though Jesus returned to the Father, his Spirit remained with them and worked through them. Prayer: Lord, thank you for choosing me to serve you and for sending me out to serve my sisters and brothers.
Posted on 04/24/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Nicodemus John 3:1-8 Nicodemus is drawn to Jesus but has not yet come fully to faith. The signs seem to point to Jesus’ divine origin, but what Jesus says about being “born again” confuses him. Nicodemus hears what Jesus is saying in a literal sense. To be born again means to live less in flesh and more in spirit, to turn from vice to virtue, to live in the spirit of charity, joy, peace, and mercy. Prayer: Holy Spirit, I need you to help me to avoid temptation, to turn away from sin. Show me the way and sustain me in living a virtuous life.
Posted on 04/23/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Appearance to the Disciples/Thomas John 20:19-31 The appearance of Jesus to the disciples in John parallels the other Gospels with two significant differences: (1) In verses twenty-one and twenty-two, Jesus breathes the Spirit on the community and sends them out in the same way he is sent out by the Father. His mission is now their mission with all that it entails. (2) Thomas is stubborn in his need for substantial proof to overcome his doubt in the resurrection. When Jesus provides him that proof, Thomas professes his faith with his whole heart. Prayer: It is not always easy to believe what cannot be seen. It is harder still to profess belief in the unseen. Though I cannot see you with my eyes, I see you with my heart and soul, and that gives me the courage to say, like Thomas, “My Lord and My God!”
Posted on 04/22/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Commissioning of the Eleven Mark 16:9-15 The risen Lord rebukes the disciples for their reactions of unbelief at the testimonies of witnesses who had seen him. Nonetheless, Jesus sends them out to bring the Gospel to the whole world, propelling the early church to live out the story of salvation. Prayer: Lord, I see the disciples’ very human response to profound mystery, doubt, and silence. Perhaps I see my initial response too. Yet, I believe you. Your Spirit brings me up and out of myself to courageously speak the truth to my corner of the earth.
Posted on 04/21/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Appearance to the Seven Disciples John 21:1-14 Seven disciples are present for Jesus’ third appearance. They fish without him, and it is futile. Once Jesus appears on the shore, they cast their nets again to bring in a plentiful catch. Again, John, the beloved disciple, is the first to recognize Jesus, who serves them a meal. Jesus’ actions teach them to trust and to serve. Prayer: Jesus, this day and all days I will be mindful of your presence before, beside, and within me.
Posted on 04/20/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Appearance to the Disciples in Jerusalem Luke 24:35-48 Cleopas and his companion are telling the disciples what they had seen and heard on their journey to Emmaus. Suddenly Jesus is in their midst and, rather than chastising them for their doubts, offers them peace. He recounts God’s salvific plan through Scripture just as he had done with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now it is time for the disciples to go out and spread the news to all the nations. Prayer: How wonderful it must have been to see you. Despair turned to hope. Hope is the driving force behind going out and spreading the Good News; it was then, and it is now.
Posted on 04/19/2017 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35 This Gospel is the story of an encounter with the risen Lord. Two disciples, traveling home from Jerusalem, are distressed by Jesus’ death. A “stranger” whom they do not recognize joins them. They are struck by what he says and invite him to eat with them. It is in the “breaking of the bread” that their eyes are opened to him. Prayer: How blessed we are to have the freedom to encounter you in the Word and the Eucharist. I pray for those around the world who are kept from you because of ignorance or oppression.