Easter Sunday

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Gospel  JN 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

Reflection

Alleluia!, Alleluia!, Alleluia! He is Risen as He said!

The promise of Easter and the mystery of the Resurrection is that death no longer has the final word. Easter is the evidence that God’s love has been proven stronger than death, and so we cry out with joy Alleluia!; All praise to God.
With the Resurrection we find that his Crucifixion and death are not the last word. Easter is the promise of life with the possibility for all things to be made new.
Easter, in a sense is God telling us, “I have came back, just as I promised”. It is the evidence of God letting us know that His love is stronger than death, and he is the God of the living, calling us all to new life in the Spirit.

Resurrection is the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to bring life to the fullest. Christ”s Resurrection, which we celebrate with great joy and shouts of Alleluia, is a celebration of promises kept and God’s faithfulness to God’s People.

In John’s account of the Resurrection, Jesus does not make an appearance and it sounds as if Mary and the other Disciples of Jesus did not expect the Resurrection. The gospel concludes that they did not yet understand Jesus rising from the dead.

Thought

Maybe we, like Mary and the Disciples need some time to see the evidence of the Resurrection in our lives. We may need this Easter time to experience the faithfulness of God in our lives being made new by God’s call to life in the Resurrection of Christ.

Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM
Presiding Bishop

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Easter Vigil

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Gospel: MK 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
“Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him.
But go and tell his disciples and Peter,
‘He is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him, as he told you.'”

Reflection

In the Easter Vigil gospel it is proclaimed that three holy women come to anoint the body of Jesus in the tomb.  They are in for some surprises.

First they find the great stone rolled back from the entrance to the tomb. Then they find the tomb empty.  Next, they are amazed at the presence of what appears to them to be a young man.  But he is not a man.  He is clothed in white, but it is an unusual whiteness.  Matthew’s version of the same scene reads, “His appearance was like lighting and his clothing white as snow” (Matthew 28:3). His function is to interpret for them the meaning of the empty tomb, which they now see and are perplexed by.  The interpreting angel tells the women the joyful news of the Lord’s resurrection.  These women are the first to hear it.  It is fitting that they should be the first because they were present on Calvary when Jesus died and when he was placed in the tomb.

Without question, there would be no Christianity without Easter.  Whatever it was that constituted the Easter experience, the obvious fact is that there was enormous power in that moment that cries out for explanation.  That power changed lives; it redefined the way people thought about God.  It created a new consciousness and in time it even caused for a new holy day to be born.

Over the years the church has offered a variety of explanations.  They are contained in what we call the gospels.  All of the gospel sources agree that women went to that tomb on the first day of that week.  In the gospel of Mark, the women do not actually see the risen Christ but are told by the angel that the disciples are to meet Jesus in Galilee.   This gospel demonstrates that Jesus will keep his promise despite the fact that the disciple’s abandon him in the beginning of the Passion.  The interpreting angel is not tasked with reminding the disciples and Peter of their weakness’s and insecurities only with the Lord’s gracious invitation to meet with them in Galilee.  Clearly, Jesus overlooks all that is flawed in the disciples and in Peter’s behavior while keeping his promise and staying the course of love and acceptance.

It is this Easter experience, the experience of the risen Christ that infuses into these disciples of Jesus a love and an acceptance that raises them to a new dimension of life that perhaps cannot be described.  In Colossians Chapter 3:1, we read the words about Easter: “If you have been raised in Christ Jesus seek those things which are above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God”.  This overwhelming experience of being loved and accepted for who you are is the experience of resurrection in our lives.  We are called to come out of the tomb of resentment, insecurity, holding on to our hurts and rise in Christ Jesus.  It is this supernatural power of Christ that dwells in us and heals all of our wounds and empowers us to come alive and live abundantly.

The women were told by the angel to go and tell the disciples that Jesus, in the words of Paul (Romans 8:11) has been raised from the dead.  We too are called by this angel to go out and tell everyone that Jesus is risen and arises in us by the way we live our lives in the spirit and the knowing that we are loved absolutely and accepted unconditionally.   

Thought

It has been said that the quality of our Christianity is not so much our love for God but whether we are allowing ourselves to be loved by God.  As we celebrate Easter take some time and reflect on whether or not you are recognizing that the risen spirit of Jesus Christ dwells in you and loves you exactly as you are.

– Rev. Fr. Andrew Miller 

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Good Friday

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Gospel: Jn 18:1—19:42

Reflection

So many times, we’ve heard the story of Christ’s passion, so many times that it is easy to see the proclamation of the St. John’s Passion at Mass as something to be gotten through. We listen and after a while our legs and feet start to hurt, and we wonder how much longer it is. Is the Gospel almost done? Despite our best efforts we start to fidget, our minds start to wander and then we feel guilty for the fidgeting and the mind wandering that invariably happens and then we resolve to listen in earnest, really listen to the story of the death of the Son of God. As we listen, we can almost see the “players” in this drama of our redemption. Before our eyes, we see Judas, the mob, the High Priest, Pilate, Peter, the women at the foot of the cross, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who claim Christ’s body after Rome had done its worst.

When we let the story of our redemption in, we are changed. When we see Jesus, who endured all that could be endured for us, faith tells us that this one death changed everything for every single one of us. Jesus embraced our humanity, and all that it means to be human—including death. In faith we believe that death is not the end, neither for Jesus nor for us. The life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus is borne out in each of us, written in the depths of our being. This Paschal mystery enfolds us with our every breath and it is today, above all days, we need to embrace that mystery even as it embraces us.

Today is a day for reflection. Let us be still now and allow the mystery, misery and glory that is Good Friday seep into us. Even as we remember and mourn the suffering of Jesus, let us rejoice that we have been loved so very much.
To do today:   Prayerfully read St. John’s passion. Pray for the grace to read it as if for the first time. Allow what Christ suffered to get through the noise and busyness that can overwhelm you. Try to spend as much time in prayerful silence as possible.

– Rev. Mthr. Phyllis McHugh

 

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Holy Thursday

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Gospel: JN 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Reflection

The Gospel of John is the only Gospel where there is not a formal institution of the Eucharist as in the other Gospels. One could ask why this is. John focuses on the Divinity of Jesus but also on the presence of Christ in the community. He tells us that we are the Body of Christ and that if we say we love God and hate our neighbor that we are a liar. Jesus during he meal takes off his garments and washes the feet of those present, telling us to “wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” The mandate is similar to “do this in remembrance of me.” The mandate to wash one another’s feet is a mandate to serve and to recognize the presence of Christ in our neighbor. “When I was hungry you fed me and naked you clothed me.”

Thought

During these days of Holy Week be aware of how you treat the least amongst us. Share the Joy and Peace of Christ with all even those we do not like or understand.
– Rev. Fr. James Lehman, FCM
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Wednesday of Holy Week

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Gospel: MT 26:14-25

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
He said,
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘”
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”

 

Reflection

Today’s gospel centers on the “Last Supper”.  How do we supper together?  How do we Eucharist together?  To Eucharist with the community is fundamental in the Christian faith.

As an active reflection, for those of you who have communities or are starting one, you can bring the people together, offer them different kinds of breads, sweet or savory. Give them honey, jams and butters. Offer them wine or grape juice and talk about life, talk about love, talk about friends, family, loved ones, pets or even the state of the union, anything.  When the bread, wine and grape juice are consumed, thank everyone, ask them to share what they learned or shared with each other. You can ask them how they felt during the communion they shared then explain that they just had communion with each other.

The Eucharist is a communion of bread and wine with family and friends, that the breaking of the bread, like the first Eucharist is a time of sharing and love.  At Mass, Christ becomes present at our gathering and He himself becomes the meal that we celebrate, his body and blood in the form of bread and wine.

I pray your Lenten observance is one of being in solidarity with Christ and the rest of the Christian world as we prepare for the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil.  May you join the feast and come away with a light heart, a love for all and the deep Peace as the Spirit of Christ descends on you through the Eucharist.

Thought

How can we invite more people to share in this great feast that God gives us during our Eucharistic celebrations?

– Rev. Fr. Michael Lalone

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Tuesday of Holy Week

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Gospel: JN 13:21-33, 36-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”
Jesus answered,
“It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
“Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”
Jesus answered him,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.”

 

Reflection

I was very fortunate as a young priest to visit the Holy Land on a pilgrimage.  I was also very privileged to celebrate the Eucharist in the room considered to be the Upper Room where Jesus and the apostles shared the Last Supper.  As the gospel tells us, the eleven apostles were surprised to discover that one of them would betray Jesus.  Only Jesus and Judas knew about the betrayal.  How the heart of Jesus must have ached to see his friend betray him.  And how the heart of Judas must have ached, in a totally opposite way, when Satan entered into it.  St. John says that it was night when Judas left the table.  It is always night when we leave the Lord.  Then Jesus said that his time had come to be glorified and he was going to leave them.  And Peter, always anxious to be involved, states that he will lay down his life for Jesus.  And as we know, Peter denied  Jesus three times.  How the heart of Peter must have ached when he realized that he had denied his Lord.
How often do we choose the night instead of the light which the Lord gives us?  How often do we say that we will stay close and support Our Lord, and then back out when we are confronted with a difficult situation?  There are times when we are not much better than Judas or Peter.  It is easy to betray him or deny him because of our sin-filled nature.  But we can also choose to resist temptation and stay focused on the Lord.
Because of Easter Sunday we can get through Good Friday and share in the life and light of Our Lord.
Thought
How easy do we give up when we are confronted with obstacles and difficult situations?  Are we willing to hold on to our faith?
– Rev. Fr. Anthony Testa
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Monday of Holy Week

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Gospel: JN 12:1-11

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.

Reflection

At first glance it may be hard for the practical person to see the message in this passage. It was extravagant and perhaps a waste of money for Mary to use the expensive perfume to anoint Jesus.  Discounting what his motive might be, Judas makes a good point – selling the oil could have helped many poor, hungry people.  To the practical person even Jesus’ answer to Judas may seem odd and out of character “You will always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The greater message, I believe, is that Mary’s love for Jesus cannot be calculated or measured.  Her love was wasteful and extravagant. She poured out everything she had in her heart to show Jesus how much she loved him.  We cannot measure love quantitatively, with calculations and precision.. WE must love Jesus — and each other — extravagantly, even “wastefully,” and expect nothing in return.

Thought

When we love, do we diminish it with practicalities, measurement, or efficiency?

– Sr. Donna Lombardi, FCM

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Palm Sunday

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Gospel: MK 15:1-39

As soon as morning came,
the chief priests with the elders and the scribes,
that is, the whole Sanhedrin held a council.
They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
The chief priests accused him of many things.
Again Pilate questioned him,
“Have you no answer?
See how many things they accuse you of.”
Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them
one prisoner whom they requested.
A man called Barabbas was then in prison
along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.
The crowd came forward and began to ask him
to do for them as he was accustomed.
Pilate answered,
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
For he knew that it was out of envy
that the chief priests had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd
to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate again said to them in reply,
“Then what do you want me to do
with the man you call the king of the Jews?”
They shouted again, “Crucify him.”
Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.”
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged,
handed him over to be crucified.

The soldiers led him away inside the palace,
that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.
They clothed him in purple and,
weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.
They knelt before him in homage.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the purple cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him out to crucify him.

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon,
a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country,
the father of Alexander and Rufus,
to carry his cross.

They brought him to the place of Golgotha
—which is translated Place of the Skull —
They gave him wine drugged with myrrh,
but he did not take it.
Then they crucified him and divided his garments
by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
The inscription of the charge against him read,
“The King of the Jews.”
With him they crucified two revolutionaries,
one on his right and one on his left.
Those passing by reviled him,
shaking their heads and saying,
“Aha! You who would destroy the temple
and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself by coming down from the cross.”
Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes,
mocked him among themselves and said,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Christ, the King of Israel,
come down now from the cross
that we may see and believe.”
Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.

At noon darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which is translated,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
“Look, he is calling Elijah.”
One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed
and gave it to him to drink saying,
“Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.”
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Here all kneel and pause for a short time.

The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he breathed his last he said,
“Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Reflection:

During Palm Sunday, we usually have two Gospel readings.   The Gospel reading at the procession with the palms tells us of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and how He was greeted with praises,  “Hosanna in the highest!”.    Yet, just a few minutes later, the second Gospel reading tells us about the passion and death of Jesus, and how the people shouted “Crucify Him!”

It seems how quickly praise can turn into condemnation.   We see this in our daily lives, by those in power, in our workplace, our friends and even our families.   It would seem that all the good things that have been done in the past are overshadowed or erased by our most recent mistake or disappointment.

In the second Gospel reading, we see how the people were disappointed at Jesus.  They were expecting a different leader, someone who would overthrow the Romans.   Yet we know God’s ways are not our ways.   God has chosen to conquer the hearts of men through Jesus’ death and resurrection instead of conquering kingdoms with the might of the sword.

Thought:

This Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week.   Let us meditate more deeply into the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ as an act of great love to liberate us from sin.  At the end of our journey, let us rejoice as we look forward to the celebration of God’s victory over death.

– Rev. Fr. Geety Reyes, FCM

 

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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Gospel:  John (11: 45-57):

At that time, many Jews who had come to Mary’s house, seeing what Jesus had done, believed in him. But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
The chief priests and the Pharisees called the Sanhedrin and said:
“What do we do? This man makes many signs. If we let him continue, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy the holy place and the nation. ”
One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them:
“You do not understand a word; you do not understand that it is better for you to die for the people, and not for the whole nation to perish. ”
This was not said by his own impulse, but, because he was high priest that year, he spoke prophetically, announcing that Jesus was going to die for the nation; and not only for the nation, but also to gather the scattered children of God.
And that day they decided to kill him. That is why Jesus no longer walked publicly among the Jews, but retired to the region neighboring the desert, to a city called Ephraim, and spent time with the disciples there.
The Passover of the Jews was approaching, and many of that region went up to Jerusalem, before the Passover, to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and, being in the temple, they asked themselves:
«What do you think? Will he come to the party? ”
The chief priests and Pharisees had commanded that whoever knew where he was from should warn them to arrest him.

 

Reflection
“And that day they decided to kill him” (Gospel). Caiaphas, High Priest, presides over the Sanhedrin. They note that the simple people follow Jesus because of his teachings, because of his signs, because of the coherence of his life, because he has taken away the fear of God and his representatives. And Caiaphas affirms: “it is fitting that one should die for the people, that the whole nation not perish.” This hostile accusation becomes a prophecy because the death of Jesus is a savior for all peoples, also for Israel.

The message of the readings is concordant: Let us go up with Jesus to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover; He “is going to gather the scattered children of God”; In Jesus the prophecy of Ezekiel is going to be fulfilled: “I will make them one people in their land, with them I will dwell, I will be their God and they will be my people”.

The next passion of Jesus today is presented with hope: “He who scattered Israel will gather him, will keep him as a shepherd to his flock … I will turn his sorrow into joy, I will make them glad and I will ease their pains”

Meditation

I do not want to be a spectator these days; I want to take my pulse so that Easter with Jesus changes my life; I want to be aware of my weaknesses because in them rests the strength of Jesus Christ:

“Why a Calvary, when we prefer the easy life ?, why go up to Jerusalem, if we prefer the happy valleys?
Why Christ on the cross , if it is better life of lights and not crosses?
Why look up, when we are seduced by the simple goodness of the earth ?
Why, You, oh God, you get rid of what you want most, if we are insensitive ?.
Many questions, Lord, for one answer: for the great love that you love us? “.

“Lord, this time you are going to give yourself freely because you want to give your life for us, as the Father expects from You.” Gaseous enthusiasms do not work because you have nowhere to lay your head, if I want to go up to Calvary with you and drink the chalice to resurrect , make me understand that nothing is more important than to make the way of the Cross with you because You make it a path of Light, that this year do not make excuses, that “my safety” is not “my comfort”, but that I live safe because I trust in You to undertake with you the way of the Cross, the way of real life, the path of Light, Amen. ”

– Deacon Bernardo Cardona

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Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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Gospel: JN 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him,
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
“Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him;
but he escaped from their power.

He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
“John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him.

Reflection:
Well, I guess my reflection today will start with the old adage, “The proof is in the pudding.”
The Jews want to stone Jesus for blasphemy.  When He asks them to look at the works He has done in the Father’s name, they state that they don’t want to kill Him for good works but for claiming to be God.  Jesus responds by saying that the good works and miracles He has performed in the Father’s name, is the only validation the people should need to recognize He is the Son of God.  The people still don’t get it and still want to stone Jesus.  He escapes yet His arrest, death and Resurrection are imminent. The Hour is coming near.
Thought:
Have I ever condemned someone in the name of God and then understood that I was mistaken?
– Rev. Fr. Patrick Kane
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