For a whole year

April 24, 2018 6:00 am

“For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.” (ACTS 11: 26)

The important things don’t come in seconds; what is important takes time and effort. We promote our Programs saying that happy relationships don’t grow on trees—we need to do the necessary work.

“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

So that they have life and have it more abundantly

April 23, 2018 6:00 am

“I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (JN 10: 9-10)

This is the concern of Our Lord: “that we have life and have it more abundantly.” He made Himself the “gate,” so we will have access; always open, always waiting for us, and always leading us to good “pasture.”

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

In His name this man stands before you healed

April 22, 2018 6:00 am

“Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed.” (ACTS 4: 8-10)

We are so beautifully gifted by Our Lord. We were chosen to be His beloved children: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God,” and He wants us to serve in the most important areas: human dignity, procreation, unity and relationship. Whatever we do, we must remember that we are always behind Our Lord’s love; we exist—because He created us, we love—because we are loved and He shows us how to love, we grow—because He is our Teacher and Leader, and we leave a legacy—because He invited us to something bigger than we are—to live in a mission, to serve and to bring forth fruits.

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Get up and make your bed

April 21, 2018 6:00 am

“There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.’ He got up at once.” (ACTS 9: 33-34)

On one side we have Our Lord’s grace, and on the other side comes our activity—they work complementary. “Jesus Christ heals you” started a process but immediately after came: “Get up and make your bed.” Our Lord wants us to be active, people in action, because we are sent to express His love to His beloved children, to be His hands and His heart—especially for those in need, in crisis, in doubts and in hunger.

“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Eternal life

April 20, 2018 6:00 am

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him.” (JN 6: 53-56)

Our Lord comes to our bodies and souls as “the Flesh of the Son of Man” and “his Blood.” This brings to us “eternal life.” It helps us to “remain in Him and Him in us.” We are like living Tabernacles—wherever we go, we take Him with us.

“Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation)

The Father who draws

April 19, 2018 6:00 am

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.” (JN 6: 44)

We were chosen, we were selected and prepared for our missions. Our Lord knows us perfectly, and only He can lead us to the full picture: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him.” Whenever we are in doubt about what to do or where to go, we should ask Him. He doesn’t play hide & seek with us; He will always let us know what to do because He loves us and wants all the best for us.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Gospel Acclamation)

The will of the One who sent me

April 18, 2018 6:00 am

“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.” (JN 6: 36-40)

Our Lord was sent by His Father to save us and to redeem us. Whatever Jesus did was firstly—to honor His Father and secondly—to complete the mission, which was given to Him. The Eucharist is the summary of it: the most intimate dialog between Our Lord and His Father and the mystery of our redemption. We are invited to Mass not as observers but as children, and as a children we are loved—with all our limits, conditions, sins and weaknesses: “I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

“Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Never hungry, never thirst

April 17, 2018 6:00 am

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.’” (JN 6: 35)

All of us have “hungers and thirsts.” We have a hunger for love, for relationship, for respect; we have a thirst for kindness, for understanding, for intimacy. It is so important to whom we bring our hungers and thirsts. When we expect answers from others, we will be frustrated; how often we pay a huge price for this—humiliation or rejection. When we bring it to Our Lord, He will answer all our needs: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” He is Our God, who loves us unconditionally.

“I am the bread of life, says the Lord; whoever comes to me will never hunger.” (Gospel Acclamation)

The food that endures for eternal life

April 16, 2018 6:00 am

“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” (JN 6: 26-27)

Holy Communion is not food for our bodies but is food for our souls, “the food that endures for eternal life.” It helps us grow in our relationship with Our Lord and with our brothers and sisters and is the beginning of “eternal life.” When we, as often as possible, receive Holy Communion, it helps us also to keep away from sin, fight against temptations and see our brothers’ and sisters’ needs. We anticipate eternal life. 

“One does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

The author of life

April 15, 2018 6:00 am

“The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.” (ACTS 3: 15)

We celebrate the Good News: “God raised Our Lord from the dead.” “The author of life,” even He was “put to death,” is living—“of this we are witnesses.” We are witnesses in our daily lives and in our professions, in our homes and in our clinics or offices, in front of our spouses and children or our patients or clients. This is an amazing honor to be witnesses of the Author of life. 

“Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us make our hearts burn while you speak to us.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

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