In your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples

April 5, 2020 4:00 am

“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.” (MT 26: 18-19)

This year our homes become “domestic churches,” the places where we can’t celebrate our religion’s practices, but where we can celebrate our spirituality. We can’t go to the church, but Jesus can come to our homes: “in your house, I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” Can we call ourselves–His disciples? Let prepare our hearts to His visit, let prepare our marriages and families to His visit, let prepare our homes, and rooms, to His visit.

“Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.” (Gospel Acclamation)

To gather into one the dispersed children of God

April 4, 2020 4:00 am

“He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him.” (JN 11: 51-53)

The human’s plan (“to kill him”) and God’s plan (to gather into one the dispersed children of God)—are together in action, but totally separated in intention and in the goal. We see this clearly; but we do exactly the same, when we use compromise instead of looking for common good. Are we better than Pharisees?

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” (Gospel Acclamation)

The Father is in me and I am in the Father

April 3, 2020 4:00 am

“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.” (JN 10: 37-38)

Our Lord is always connected with His Father, and whatever He performed or said comes from His Father. Through Our Lord and with Him, and in Him, we can see Father, we can hear to His message, we can contemplate His love and mercy to us.

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

will never see death

April 2, 2020 4:00 am

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (JN 8: 51)

We are scared these days, we are afraid of what could happen to our parents or our beloved ones. Our Lord reminds us that death is only when we will be separated from Him when we could go to hell. This is real death. Our Lord is life, His words are life and when we are connected with Him, when we are close to Him, when we keep His word, we “will never see death.”

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Will truly be free

April 1, 2020 4:00 am

“Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free. ” (JN 8: 34-36)

True freedom doesn’t come from our hard work, from our amazing decisions or intensive retreats. The only true freedom comes from Our Lord— “if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.” It is time to find a priest and to confess. I know how hard can be in these days, but it is important. Our freedom depends on Him.

“Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” (Gospel Acclamation)

I always do what is pleasing to him

March 31, 2020 4:00 am

“The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.”

The essence of our gift of self, always free, creative, and joyful: “I always do what is pleasing to him.” Our Lord reminds us today of the beauty of being a gift of self in our relationship; there is nothing more valuable.

“The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to him will live forever.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Jesus bent down

March 30, 2020 4:00 am

“Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.” (JN 8: 6-8)

This is a perfect reminder for us to check the right conscience—not the conscience of our spouses but our own one. Jesus bent twice, and “teaches us to bend down in humility to examine ourselves both before and after addressing the faults of our neighbor” (St. Bede). When we practice to defend our spouses even if accusation comes from me, we do what we are obliged to do—stop changing your spouse, change yourself.

“I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion, that he may live.” (Gospel Acclamation)

This illness is not to end in death

March 29, 2020 4:00 am

“When Jesus heard this he said, ‘This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’” (JN 11: 4)

In these days, when people are dying because of coronavirus, it is good to remember, that our lives are not “ending in death,” but “for the glory of God.” We are called to live with God in heaven forever. Death is not the end, it is actually a new beginning. It is good to remember:

“I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Never before has anyone spoken like this man

March 28, 2020 4:00 am

“So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not bring him?’ The guards answered, ‘Never before has anyone spoken like this man.’” (JN 7: 45-46)

In heaven we will hear Our Lord’s voice, in heaven we will listen to Him in an amazing way—seeing Him, touching Him, being close to Him. Today we have only access to His words, written by Evangelists; we can’t listen to Him, to watch Him. But still, when we are communing with His words, we can receive the same love from Him.

“Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” (Gospel Acclamation)

His hour had not yet come

March 27, 2020 4:00 am

“So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.” (JN 7: 30)

It is always about God’s will and about His providence; there are no mistakes, no accidents, nor stopgaps. History of mankind is not “the effect of chance” but protected by God, history of God’s love to us and the mystery of salvation. We are expecting “His hour,” we are preparing ourselves to celebrate this hour in the Good Friday liturgy, and today we use our hours to fulfill our missions—to be spouses and parents, friends and neighbors, siblings and citizens.

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

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