18th APRIL 2024

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THURSDAY, THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 8: 26-40;             Ps 66: 8-9, 16-17, 20;                         Jn 6: 44-51


  

ENCOUNTERING SILENCE

 

The first part of Jesus’ statement, “No one can come to me unless,” is particularly important. It implies that developing a belief in Jesus, nurturing that belief, and strengthening our love for God cannot be done in isolation. Recognizing and embracing faith is a response to the impact of God’s presence in our lives. Understanding this concept is critical to developing a genuine bond with Christ because it implies that we must allow God to make the first move in our relationship with God.

 

Once we allow God to take the lead, we are responsible for responding appropriately. It is important to note that this does not imply that we should simply wait for God to reach out to us. God is constantly seeking us, speaking to us, and bringing us closer to Himself. As a result, our primary responsibility is to listen to His voice. This takes the form of gentle invitations through grace, encouraging us to surrender ourselves more fully and completely to Him on a daily basis.

 

In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to become distracted. The world has become skilled at enticing us with its alluring temptations, even resorting to forceful tactics. It is difficult to ignore the world’s attempts to capture our limited attention spans and provide instant gratification that leaves us feeling dissatisfied. God’s voice and call, on the other hand, are different in that they come from within and require internal stillness. This state of silence can be achieved by repeatedly responding to God’s command, thereby developing the habit of being drawn towards Him, listening to His voice, responding to His call, and being drawn even closer. This repeated pattern reinforces the habit of consistently responding to God’s call.

 

Let us take a moment today to consider how attentively we listen to God. Let is listen to God what He communicates to us. When He indicates, let us respond generously. This is the best decision we can make each day!

 


Response: Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.


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17th APRIL 2024

John 6:35–40 (ESV) - John 6:35–40 ESV - Jesus said to them, “I am the… |  Biblia


WEDNESDAY, THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 8: 1-8;                 Ps 66: 1-7;                  Jn 6: 35-40


 

HUNGERING FOR THE BREAD OF LIFE

 

In the gospel of today, we find the profound narrative of John, Jesus employs the metaphorical richness of being the “Bread of Life,” transcending the mere provision of physical sustenance. His invitation extends far beyond the satiation of basic needs; it beckons us to delve into a realm of profound and enduring satisfaction that reaches the depths of our existence. The imagery of hunger and thirst resonates universally, touching upon the intrinsic human yearning for significance that goes beyond the material realm. Jesus positions himself as the answer to this profound yearning, asserting that faith in him unlocks a wellspring of spiritual fulfillment, a nourishment that surpasses the transience of worldly comforts.

 

Believing in Jesus transcends a mere intellectual understanding; it unfolds as a poignant invitation to cultivate a deeply personal connection, one that addresses the most profound longings of our soul. This fulfilment isn’t fleeting but resonates at the very core of our being, offering a timeless resonance that surpasses the ephemeral nature of temporal pleasures. As we reflect on this, we engage in a contemplative journey, navigating the landscape of our desires and the pursuit of lasting satisfaction within a world often dominated by transient pleasures.

 

Jesus, in his timeless wisdom, encourages a transformative shift in focus – from the allure of short-lived joys to the intentional cultivation of a lasting relationship with him, the wellspring of genuine spiritual nourishment. This shift in perspective unfolds as a revelation, providing a fresh understanding of life’s meaning. It serves as a guiding light, prompting a redirection of our pursuits towards the eternal, where we discover unparalleled contentment in an intimate connection with the Bread of Life. It stands as a profound invitation, urging us to transcend the surface of existence and embrace a meaningful life through a close, enduring relationship with Christ.

 


Response: Cry out with joy to God, all the earth.


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16th APRIL 2024

He is the bread of life and I will never be hungry... John 6:35 | Bible  verses, God loves you, Bible inspiration


TUESDAY, THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 7:51 — 8:1;                     Ps 31: 3-4, 6-8, 17, 21;                       Jn 6: 30-35


 

THE BREAD OF LIFE

 

In today’s first reading Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, delivers a powerful speech to the religious leaders, accusing them of resisting the Holy Spirit and betraying the righteous prophets. Despite his truthful and passionate testimony, they respond with hostility, ultimately stoning him to death. This challenges us to examine our own receptivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

 

In the Gospel, Jesus responds to the crowd’s request for a sign by proclaiming himself as the bread of life. He invites them to believe in him, emphasizing that whoever comes to him will never be hungry, and whoever believes in him will never be thirsty. This passage speaks to the spiritual nourishment and fulfilment that Jesus offers to all who place their faith in him.

 

Imagine a traveller lost in a desert, parched and weary from the scorching sun. He stumbles upon a wellspring, its water cool and refreshing. As he drinks deeply, his thirst is quenched, and his strength is renewed. The desert symbolizes the trials and temptations we encounter along the way. Similarly, the crowd in the Gospel of John (Ch 6) sought Jesus, hoping for physical sustenance to satisfy their hunger. However, Jesus offered them something far greater everlasting spiritual nourishment that transcends earthly needs.

 

Like the traveller, we too thirst for something more profound than mere physical satisfaction. We long for meaning, purpose, and fulfilment that can only be found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. When we come to him in faith, he satisfies our deepest longings and provides sustenance for our spiritual journey. His love, grace, and presence are like living water, quenching our spiritual thirst and giving us strength to persevere through life’s trials. It involves seeking his guidance and direction in our decisions and actions, trusting that he will lead us on the path of righteousness.

 


Response: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.


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15th APRIL 2024

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MONDAY, THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 6: 8-15;               Ps 119: 23-27, 29-30;                         Jn 6: 22-29


 

EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS AN EVANGELIZING FACE!

 

Stephen in the first reading is inspiring in so many ways – his passionate commitment to the Christian mission, his indomitable courage in the face of opposition, his unwavering trust in the guidance of the Spirit. For this reflection however, let us focus on the last verse of the passage: “…his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.” What could the writer of the Acts of the Apostles mean by this? What characterizes the appearance of the face of an angel?

 

In the many encounters with angels in the Scripture, one characteristic stands out – a supernatural radiance! We are reminded here of Moses as he came down Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments after his encounter with God; Scripture testifies that “the skin of his face shone, because he had been talking with God” (Ex. 34:29). Paul, referring to this episode of the Old Testament in his second letter to the Corinthians, explains how the Spirit brings about an even greater radiance. “… the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? …We all, with unveiled faces, reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” (2 Cor 7-8, 18)

 

Stephen’s face ‘like that of an angel’ is a testament to this affirmation of Paul – in every person who zealously commits himself to Christ is manifested a supernatural radiance, a radiance that emanates from the joy and freedom that the Gospel of salvation brings. This tangible characteristic itself becomes a powerful instrument of evangelization, especially in a society antagonistic to a public proclamation of the Christian message. For, the radiance of Christ’s saving grace cannot be stifled by opposition or persecution from outside; sadly though, it can be ‘veiled’ by a hesitant or cowardly Christian.

 


Response: Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord.


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14th APRIL 2024

3rd Sunday of Easter: The Emmaus Experience, Lk 24:13 35 - St. Rose  Philippine Duchesne


SUNDAY / THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 3:13-15,17-19;                           Ps 4: 2,4,7-9;                     
1 Jn 2:1-5;                            Lk 24:35-48


 

GOD IS PERFECTING HIS LOVE IN US

 

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! The resurrection of Jesus has stirred up a lot of controversy and the Jews who do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah are spreading false rumors around town. Fake news is being broadcast in full force. Jesus has appeared to some of the disciples and the news is slowly spreading that Jesus has risen and is alive. But in today’s Gospel, it seems like a good number of his disciples are still afraid and troubled. They fear the people in the town spreading that Jesus and his disciples are a scam. But they also fear Jesus when they see him because they think he is a spirit or a ghost.

 

I think we can all relate to the disciples. Living as faithful Christians is just as challenging as it was in their time. We are pressured at work, at school, and sometimes even at home to give up our Christian way of life, and our values and just fit in with the world. We are tempted to ignore God and live how the world tells us. We can easily choose to think about ourselves, and our security, be selfish, and please people in the world.

 

It is at such times that Jesus comes to us and says, “Peace to you” “Do not be troubled” or even “You are my witnesses in the world”. The words from the Gospel today draw us to the themes of Faith in God and in His word, being witnesses of Christ, and that grace and forgiveness are available to all who repent and follow the Lord. But most of all what Jesus aims to tell his disciples and even to tell us is that “You are not alone”. He was with them and He is with you. He will walk with you if you have faith in Him and allow him to walk with you and in you will the love of God be perfected (1 Jn 2:5).

 

God wants to perfect his love in you if you will allow him. When God perfects his love in us, he will take away our fear, and our anxiety and replace it with the power of his Holy Spirit, because “Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 Jn 4:18). God knows that we need his help and therefore there is the promise of the Holy Spirit. Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and it is through the work of the Holy Spirit that God prefects his love in us.

 

This perfection of Love allows us to be witnesses of Jesus. We are being commissioned by Jesus to be his witnesses. We are to go out into the world to share this love – the very same world that is trying to trick us into ignoring God, ignoring his love. We are to love the world which is teaching us to hate. We are to love the world which is our enemy, because Jesus gives us this commission. We are ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world’ (Jn 17:16) and we are to remember this. Just like Jesus was not of the world, when he sends us out into the world, we are to not become one with the world but are to be sanctified by being Christ to the world, to share his love, to be his witness.

 

This looks different for each one of us. But if we combine the gifts and talents that God has given us, with this love that He is placing in our hearts for people in the world, God will be glorified and magnified in the world. We will fulfil the plan and purpose He has for us. His love makes us witnesses and as we walk with God as witnesses, He will perfect his love in us.

 

Like the apostles witnessing Christ is an important task for all of us Christians. Are you ready? We can follow Peter and John’s example by talking about our own personal experience of the Lord. Think of the times you have felt his encouragement, seen his blessings, or even witnessed a miracle in your life or in the life of a loved one. Your experiences may not be as dramatic as Peter and John’s, but they are yours, your personal experience of the risen Jesus. No one can take them away from you.

 

A lot of your friends and neighbours might have heard about Jesus and all that he did two thousand years ago. They may even be seasoned churchgoers and active social workers. And just maybe they are missing that spark in their relationship with Jesus right now. Take it one step at a time. Share with a friend a little story of something God has done for you recently, and see where the conversation leads you. God rewards even the smallest efforts. So be sure, he wants you to be his witness! Do you too want it?

 


Response: Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.


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13th APRIL 2024

AM Worship – John 6:16-21, Jesus Walks on Water – Woodland Baptist Church


SATURDAY / SECOND WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 6: 1-7;                 Ps 33: 1-2, 4-5, 18-19;                       Jn 6: 16-21


 

RECOGNIZING JESUS IN OUR STRUGGLES

 

God created man (and woman) in His own image and likeness, to have a meaningful relationship with the world – to walk with us, to share our burdens, to become part of our journey. After the first sin, the world struggled with brokenness. Yet, God came down to earth to receive that messed up world and restore it by His grace. There were prophets, priests and angels sent to the people, who continued to resist God’s love and commands. He then sent His only begotten son, that whoever may believe in Him shall have eternal life. (Jn 3:16).

 

God never gives up on His creation. The disciples struggle twice in the Gospel of today. First, with the waves – synonymous with the turmoil in our lives. Environmental shifts and political upheaval can shake us from our comfort zones and make us scared. The second, and more significant struggle is the one in recognizing Jesus, even though they had spent much time together with him. When God does not fit into our box of expectations, we may fail to see His signs. Yet, He calls out to us – “It is I”, he says, “Do not be afraid” in many ways. And those who know him will hear, recognize and obey His voice.

 

Recognizing Jesus is not a matter of physical sight or sensory perception. It’s remarkable that when Jesus appeared to any of the disciples for the first time, they did not immediately recognize Him. But when they did, “They were glad to take him into the boat”. Our fears and struggles will become joy if we obey Him because the storms do not last forever. He doesn’t send us into a storm to break us. He wants us to learn, and bring us to the next point in our journey of faith. If Jesus is making himself known to you and me today, what can we do to recognize him and invite him in on our journey? We can be glad that the destination is now of lesser consequence. His presence alone suffices.

 


Response: May your merciful love be upon us, as we hope in you, O Lord


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12th APRIL 2024

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FRIDAY, SECOND WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 5: 34-42;                         Ps 27: 1, 4, 13-14;                  Jn 6: 1-15


 

TRUSTING IN DIVINE PROVIDENCE

 

In Acts 22:3, we are told that Gamaliel was Paul’s teacher. He is careful against the action planned by the Sadducees. He uses the example of Theudas to make the point that not all on the council may be against the apostles. He advises the council to wait and see. He offers sound guidance based on the Torah. How does one recognize that a word is/is not spoken by the Lord? In Dt 18:22 (NRSV-CE) “If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord but the thing does not take place or prove true,” Gamaliel tells them that if the Apostles’ work is of human origin, it will fail, but if it is from God, they cannot destroy it. How does the Lord guide us in a Synodal Church? In the Prep. document 30v., in our ministries, how is discernment about mission-related choices made, and who participates in the decision making and community life of the ministry?

We find the apostles being flogged like Jesus. In Lk 22:63 Jesus tells his disciples “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man…”. The psalmist teaches us to place our trust in God. He affirms that the Lord is our light, our salvation, and our refuge. He inspires us to dwell in the house of the Lord, gazing upon His loveliness. We need to learn to wait on the Lord e.g., spend time with the Blessed Sacrament.

The authorities try to stop the apostles. They cannot stop the word of God in the public life of the temple, nor in the homes of Christians as they continue to witness for Christ. In the gospel of today, when faced with the challenge of feeding the multitude, Philip doubts. Jesus demonstrates God’s divine providence and abundance. Today, we have the Eucharist which can help us to renew our trust in God and His divine providence as we continue to work in His vineyard as missionary disciples and spread His love to all.

 


Response: There is one thing I ask of the Lord, to live in the house of the Lord.


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11th APRIL 2024

Acts 5:27-33 | Daily Bible Readings

THURSDAY, SECOND WEEK OF EASTER

 

Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr

 

Acts 5: 27-33;                         Ps 34: 2, 9, 17-20;                  Jn 3: 31-36


  

GOD CONQUERS ALL FEAR

 

 “Fear” …. To be afraid of something… We as human beings have a tendency to fear or a phobia of certain things …. E.g. fear of reptiles, fear of heights, etc. Growing personally and professionally is good but if that growth turns one into an arrogant and aggressive human, that fills them with pride, rage and anger. These actions and emotions are very common, and we have heard about them in parables. The actions of these apostles regarding Jesus’ teaching brought a sense of fear among the priests and they warned the apostles not to spread it among people.

We all work as an employee or employer and there are certain rules and regulations to be followed. There are times we are bound to obey the instructions given by our seniors which we feel is against our morals, and when we go against the instruction to do something that doesn’t, then we are in trouble, but then we realize that it’s okay to stick to our decision. Here we do not fear taking a step to the right path because we know we are in safe hands …. Like Peter said we must obey God rather than any human authority.

John portrays the beautiful heavenly bond between Jesus and Abba Father. In simple words we as humans cannot listen to any ill about our loved ones, it’s the same but in divine form. Abba father sent his only son knowing all the consequences and what the future is, and Jesus willingly accepted the command of his Father. Jesus in parables has testified many times about His Father but he was silenced, those who accepted his words were blessed with unmeasured Spirit. We have seen during the Lord’s passion from the time he was denied, condemned, punished and crucified, that all who came to his aid during his painful journey from carrying the cross-till crucifixion they all are saved. They all believed in the Son and those who rejected him, have seen God’s wrath.


Response: The lowly one called, and the Lord heard him.


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10th APRIL 2024

John 3:16 - For God So Loved the World


WEDNESDAY, EASTER OCTAVE

 

Acts 3: 1-10;               Ps 105: 1-4, 6-9;                     Lk 24: 13-35


 

LOVE IS NOT LOVED

 

The first part of today’s gospel episode (Jn 3:16-18) beautifully presents the summary of the identity, the mission and the Character of Jesus Christ. The second part of the passage (Jn 3:19-21) explains why the world rejected Jesus even after the glorious revelation of his divine identity through his resurrection.

 

The Identity- He is the Only Begotten Son of God: Sonship of Jesus is thrice mentioned in the short passage (Jn 3: 16, 17, &18). Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity and thus he is God himself. It is through him everything was created. He was with the Father from the very beginning. Everyone who believes in the Father should also believe in the Son. The very purpose of John’s Gospel was to explain to the world the identity of Jesus (Jn 20:30-31).

 

The Mission- He is the Saviour: The Father commissioned his son to be the redeemer and the saviour of Humanity. All those who believe in him will be saved. The Son will give himself as a ransom for the liberation of the fallen humanity. By accepting Jesus Christ as the saviour of the world and by believing in his redemptive work which he accomplished through his passion for death and resurrection, one will save himself/herself from eternal condemnation which is the natural result of sin.

 

The Character: He is the Light of the Word. “I am the light of the world those who believe in me will not walk in darkness.” (Jn 8:12). Even after completion of the redemptive work, every human being has the freedom to believe or not to believe in the redeemer. You can either remain in darkness or come to light. The one who defeated sin and death is the light. He can give you light on what sin is and give you direction on how to defeat sin. Jesus is the light in which you can see what you are and what you should be.

 


Response: The lowly one called, and the Lord heard him.


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9th APRIL 2024

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TUESDAY, SECOND WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 4: 32-37;                         Ps 93: 1-2, 5;                          Jn 3: 7-15


 

The Holy Spirit makes our faith in Jesus Christ come alive. The Lord makes His presence known to us through the work and power of the Holy Spirit. Today’s First Reading is a testimony of how important a role the Holy Spirit played in the lives of the Apostles – He gave them the gift of faith to know Jesus experientially – giving them a new life in Christ.

This new life in Christ worked beautifully in the hearts and minds of the newly baptized. They were of one heart and mind and full of charity for one another. They were united as the Holy Spirit influenced them to have a brotherly love for one another. Warmth and love flowed through their hearts. This was a voluntary and free action of their own – no one forced it upon them – they gave willingly and freely because they wanted to. The Spirit, which the Lord speaks of in the Gospel, had been made known in their life. The power of the Holy Spirit had started working in their life. The Holy Spirit had started drawing them closer and closer to Jesus and Jesus in turn had started making His presence known to them through the works and power of the Holy Spirit in their life.

The apostles were reborn in the Spirit – the new spiritual birth about which Jesus speaks to Nicodemus! This new spiritual life brought them into an experiential relationship with Jesus! Till then they had a catechetical relationship with Jesus but after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they started having an extremely beautiful experiential relationship with him The Holy Spirit was working powerfully, mysteriously and in secret hidden ways. They were changed human beings, who were bold and opened up their lives and hearts to one another. The divine force of the Holy Spirit was working mightily in their lives. They were lifted in life because of the new enlightenment they received – Jesus was directing the Holy Spirit to fulfil his words in the apostles.


Response: The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed.


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