It is I. Do not be afraid. 

April 17, 2021 5:51 am

“When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’” (JN 6: 19-20)

Our Lord is always with us. especially when we are in an unstable situation, like being on the water. He will always comfort us. We have different waters in our lives: our jobs, neighborhoods, pandemic, etc. Please remember that Our Lord, His grace, and His presence are always first; difficulties, temptations, and problems come later. God is always first.  

“Christ is risen, who made all things; he has shown mercy on all people.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

There is a boy…

April 16, 2021 3:00 am

“One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?’” (JN 6: 8-9)

Philip and Andrew answered the same question: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Philip didn’t see any option to do it; Andrew pointed “a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish,” however, he also saw difficulties with that solution. We used to see problems from two points, like a glass of half of the water: almost empty or almost full. But there is another solution—look for a source of water, not to a vessel. The vessel is limited, source, like a wellspring, unlimited. When we see problems with Our Lord, we see solutions; when we see problems alone, we always see only a part of the solution.

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

The Father loves the Son.

April 15, 2021 3:00 am

“The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.” (JN 3: 35)

Everything is created by love. God the Father loves the Son, Son, loves us and died for us, and we, loved by God, love each other, and create the civilization of love and life around us.

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

Everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.

April 13, 2021 3:00 am

“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (JN 3: 14-15)

We do not have to worry about our redemption. It is not our role. It is Our Lord’s mission. Our role is to keep a strong relationship with Him, to believe in Him.

“The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Born of water and Spirit. 

April 12, 2021 3:00 am

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” (JN 3: 5)

We receive the Sacrament of Baptism (“of water and Spirit”), and we took care of our children, so also they also receive that Sacrament. And we hope that also our children will do it for their children. This is our basic responsibility to enable “entry to the Kingdom of God.” But, also, when we live daily like “born of water and Spirit,” expressing our love to our spouses by gentleness, respect, and gift of self, we are coming closer to “the Kingdom of God.”  

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

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.

April 11, 2021 3:00 am

“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (JN 20: 22-23)

Today we celebrate Sunday of Divine Mercy. With the gift of the Holy Spirit and sacrament of penance, Our Lord can forgive our sins, and we can start a new life. Every moment when we decide to arise from the fall, every confession is a new beginning in our lives and is the victory of God’s grace. There are no limits to God’s love.

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

The right side.

April 9, 2021 3:00 am

“Cast the net over the right side of the boat, and you will find something.” (JN 21: 6)

We can do things the right way and the wrong way. To “find something” we need to do things on “the right side.” This is the universal rule; in our work, and our homes, with our spouses and children. Sometimes we are tempted to do things “not-exactly-right,” and we know that these shortcuts never bring good fruits.

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

Forgiveness of sins

April 8, 2021 3:00 am

“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (LK 24: 46-48)

Our weaknesses and our limits, our failures, and our sins were taken by Our Lord and repented “for the forgiveness of sins.” And this Good News “would be preached in his name to all nations.” We do not need to feel guilty, blame ourselves; instead, we need to proclaim God’s love and forgiveness and express our love to Him loving our spouses, children, and friends.

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

And it happened that.

April 7, 2021 3:00 am

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.” (LK 24: 30)

“And it happened that” is used twice in this story. We know how often things happened in our lives. When we know that Our Lord is among us, that He lives in our hearts and loving us always takes care of us, we understand that “it happened that” is a sign of God’s providence, God’s presence, and God’s protection.

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

My Father and your Father…

April 6, 2021 3:00 am

“But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (JN 20: 17)

With Our Lord, we receive a new relationship with God. We were always loved, but from now, there is something special: God became human to give us access to heaven. Not only access but also He made heaven open and waiting for us.

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

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