Tell the people everything about this life

April 26, 2017 6:00 am

“Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” (ACTS 5: 20)

The way we live, the pace of life, the lack of reflection and no clear priorities based on our vocation and identity cause a lot of problems in our lives. Our Lord sends the Apostles to “take [their] place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.”  We are invited not to temporary life only but to “eternal life,” and His mission was “that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life.” We, with our vocations, also should “go and take our place” in this mission: “tell the people everything about this life.” 

“God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

He cares for you

April 25, 2017 6:00 am

“So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” (1 PT 5: 6-7)

Every day Our Lord comes with the same messages addressed to us: you are important, I will “exalt you in due time,” and “cast all your worries upon Me.” Because “He cares for us,” He said: “all your worries”–not the most difficult, extremely important, or spiritual only, etc. When worries are given to Him, He can take care of them. 

“We proclaim Christ crucified: he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness

April 24, 2017 6:00 am

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (ACTS 4: 29-30)

We depend totally on Our Lord. He is the One Who chooses us, supports us, and enables us “to speak [His] words with all boldness.” He also gives us “hand[s] to heal, and signs and wonders,” because everything comes “through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Whatever we are able to do is possible because of His presence in our lives and His love for us. 

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.)

As the Father has sent me, so I send you

April 23, 2017 6:00 am

“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (JN 20: 21-23) 

We are sent because it is God’s will, not ours. It is not about being worthy, about our dignity, or about the merits we have collected in our lives. It is not about our strong faith—look at the example of unbelieving St. Thomas.  It is Our Lord’s decision: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” With the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we are sent to proclaim the forgiveness of sins and peace. 

“You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!” (Gospel Acclamation) 

He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart

April 22, 2017 6:00 am

“But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”” (MK 16: 14-15) 

Our Lord, on one hand, “rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised,” but on the other hand, He “said to them, ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.’” Our Lord didn’t depend on their preaching to be super correct. The Apostle’s mission is based on God’s grace not on their perfection. We were chosen for our missions with our limits, sins and imperfections to put trust in God’s grace, not in our perfection.  

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

One hundred fifty-three large fish

April 21, 2017 6:00 am

“Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.” (JN 21: 10-11)

Many numbers used in the Bible are symbolic. St. Jerome claims that Greek zoologists had identified 153 different kinds of fish.  Simon Peter caught all of them, which shows the universality of the Church—sent to every corner of the world, to every nation, every tribe and family; no one is excluded. God’s grace is universal and is able to help all of us. We may be different; sometimes it is hard for us to understand each other; too often we are focused on our differences, not on our similarities, but because we are in the Church: “even though there were so many, the net was not torn.” In the Church we are secure, understood, unconditionally loved and always “caught” by Our Lord’s love. 

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways

April 20, 2017 6:00 am

“You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, ‘In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.” (ACTS 3: 25-26) 

Our Lord knows perfectly our limits, our weaknesses and our daily temptations. Because God not only knows us but also loves us, He “raised up his servant and sent him to bless [us] by turning each of [us] from [our] evil ways.” We are always protected and supported, especially when we fight against our “evil ways.” We received the Sacrament of Penance, and we have daily support and remedy in the Eucharist and an amazing cure with daily readings. 

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Jesus himself drew near and walked with them

April 19, 2017 6:00 am

“That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” (LK 24: 13-16)

It happens, from to time in our lives, that we feel abandoned, misunderstood, or alone. We should remember that Our Lord is always close to us, and whenever we are in need, He does for us what He did for the two disciples: “Jesus himself drew near and walked with them.” The problem could be just with our eyes: “their eyes were prevented from recognizing him”; the problem is never with Him.  

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Gospel Acclamaiton)

Promise is made to you and to your children

April 18, 2017 6:00 am

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2: 38-39) 

Our Lord comes to us with His gift “for the forgiveness of our sins.” Because we are created not to be alone, but to be united with others, and first of all to be family members, so “the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off.” In these days no one should feel alone, “far off” or separated—we are called to be His children: “every one of us.”

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Go tell my brothers

April 17, 2017 6:47 am

“And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”” (MT 28: 9-19)

Before any of Apostles started proclaiming the Good News, Our Lord chose Mary Magdalene to be the first apostle: “go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Latin calls her: “Apostolorum apostola—Apostle to the  Apostles” to express her dignity as the first witness who saw the risen Christ. Everybody is called to announce the most joyful message—“let us be glad and rejoice in it.” 

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

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