Apr 29-May 4: Weekday Reflections

April 29 Monday (St. Catherine of Siena): 

Easter 2 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
We are gathered in the name of Jesus,
the First and the Last,
the Living One who lives for ever,
our Lord and our God.
May his peace and joy be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

Holy Week - Reflections

April 22-27: April 22 Monday: Mt 28: 8-15: 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” 11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, `His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.


Clever Signages!!

A sign in a shoe repair store: "We will heel you,  We will save your sole,
We will even dye for you!"

Easter 2019

You probably do not remember the name Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin. During his day he was as powerful a man as there was on earth. A Russian Communist leader he took part in the Bolshevik Revolution 1917, was editor of the Soviet newspaper Pravda (which by the way means truth), and was a full member of the Politburo. His works on economics and political science are still read today. There is a story told about a journey he took from Moscow to Kiev in 1930 to address a huge

Monday of Holy Week, 15-04-19

Isaiah 42:1-7 / John 12:1-11

Judas criticizes Mary

 “Why was this oil not sold?”
William Barclay says of Judas’ reaction to Mary’s anointing of the feet of Jesus: “Judas had just seen an action of surpassing loveliness; and he called it extravagant waste. He was an embittered man
who took an embittered view of things.” Judas’ reaction illustrates an important fact: “We see things not as they are, but as we are.” H. M. Tomlinson

Tuesday of Holy Week, 16-04-19

Isaiah 49:1-6 / John 13:21-33, 36-38

Jesus talks about betrayal

The disciples were amazed at Jesus’ words.
The surprising thing about Judas’ plan to betray Jesus
is that the other disciples had no idea of it. How could they have lived so close to Judas and been so blind to what was going on in his mind? There are two lessons here.

Good Friday - Liturgical Prayers

Introduction by the Commentator
A. The Suffering Servant Wins
We are here to remember the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. He stands before us as the Man of Sorrows, insulted, tortured, disfigured, crushed, finally dying on a cross the death of a criminal. Yet, at the foot of the cross we are not lamenting a man whose life was a failure, for to us the cross is the sign of victory over sin and death. We believe that he is God’s own Son risen from the dead and alive in our midst. This is not merely a story about the past, for the passion and death of Jesus is still going on in the people and the nations that suffer, in the poor, the hungry, in the victims of war, in all those crucified in any way. But we also believe that Christ rises today in Christians who struggle against sin and evil, in those who bring hope and joy to others. This is how we are one with our Lord today.

Holy Thursday - Liturgical Prayers

A. This Is I for You
“This is my body, which is for you,”
says the Lord.
“Do this as a memorial of me.”
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.

5th Week of Lent, Saturday, 13-04-19

Ezekiel 37:21-28 / John 11:45-56

Jesus does remarkable things

Many people put their trust in him.
There’s a scene in My Fair Lady in which Eliza Doolittle grows weary of Freddy’s daily letters, telling her how much he loves her. In a burst of frustration, she begins to sing the song “Show Me.”
In the song she says she’s sick of words. She’s sick of all this talk of stars “burning above.”

Holy Thursday - Stole and Towel

Tony Kayala, c.s.c. 

1. Jesus was humiliated in the very heart of his own teaching by his own disciples when they were fighting for position. This is the last night. He was teaching them with his life example and stories for three years.

5th Week of Lent, Friday, 12-04-19

Jeremiah 20:10-13 / John 10:31-42

The Jews rebuke Jesus

 “You, a man, are making yourself God. ”
One night the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Leopold Stokowski, was performing a Beethoven overture.

Economics and Health Hazards!

Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Axim Bank Ltd got economists thinking when he said :

A cyclist is a disaster for the country's economy

April 8-13: 5th Week of Lent: Weekday Homilies

April 8:Monday: Jn 8: 12-20: 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees then said to him, “You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me. 17 In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; 18 I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

5th Week of Lent, Wednesday, 10-04-19

Daniel 3:14-20, 24-25, 28 / John 8:31-42

Jesus talks about his teaching

“Keep my word and you will know the truth.”
It has been said that some truths can be verified as being truthful only by living them out. Jesus has something like this in mind when he says in today’s reading: “If you live according to my teaching ... then you will know the truth.” In other words, the truth of what Jesus says will be discovered in the process of living it out. For example, by forgiving your enemy, you discover this is the right thing to do. By praying for those who wrong you, you discover this is the right thing to do.

Palm Sunday - 2019

“Either give up Christ or give up your jobs.”

Constantine the Great was the first Christian Roman emperor. His father Constantius I who succeeded Diocletian as emperor in 305 A.D. was a pagan with a soft heart for Christians. When he ascended the throne, he discovered that many Christians held important jobs in the government and in the court.

Palm Sunday - Reflection

As we have come to accompany Jesus in this week when we enter into his paschal mystery which is the suffering, death, resurrection of our Lord, we also reflect his humanity that took upon himself the human sufferings, rejection, betrayals and sin so that we be freed from them all. 

5th Week of Lent, Tuesday, 09-04-19

Numbers 21:4-9 / John 8:21-30

Jesus warns the Pharisees

“Where I am going you cannot come. ” When Jesus said, “Where I am going you cannot come,” the Pharisees wondered if he was planning to take his own life. Rabbis held that people who took their life went to the deepest part of the nether world.

Internet Genesis - Any Biblical Connection?

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy (Dot for short). Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

5th Week of Lent, Monday, 08-04-19

Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 / John 8:12-20 (Year C)

People bring a sinner to Jesus

Jesus forgave the sinner. 

These lines by an unknown poet strike a universal cord: “How I wish that there was some wonderful place Called the Land of Beginning Again, Where all our mistakes and all our headaches ... Could be dropped like a shaggy coat at the door,

5th Sunday of Lent, Year C - II

Isaiah 48:16-21 / Philippians 3:8-14 / John 8:1-11

Can you name one gadget that has gone through more evolution than the other gadgets? We may think it’s the mobile phone. Yes, that might be one of the contenders. Hint: this gadget has even crept into the mobile phones.

4th Week of Lent, Thursday, 04-04-19

Exodus 32:7-14 / John 5:31-47

Jesus speaks to the Jews

 “My works testify on my behalf.”

Seventy-nine-year-old Clara Hale has served as the foster mother to over 500 babies. “Mama Hale” takes care of babies of drug-addicted mothers until the mothers are able to take care of their babies themselves. Babies of drug-addicted mothers enter life with a drug dependency themselves. That’s what makes Mama Hale’s job so hard. “When a baby is crying for a drug,” she says, “all you can do is hold it close and say to it,

4th Week of Lent, Wednesday, 03-04-19

Isaiah 49:8-15 / John 5:17-30

Jesus speaks to the people

“I seek not my will but God’s.”
Hikers and mountain climbers sometimes experience incredible highs. A Swiss hiker describes such a high. It took place on the sixth day of a hike with a group of friends. All of a sudden, she had the feeling of being raised out of herself. She says: “I felt the presence of God ... as if his goodness and power were penetrating me.”

4th Week of Lent, Tuesday, 02-04-19

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 / John 5:1-3, 5-16

Jesus cures a man
The man never gave up hope.
Two frogs accidentally tumbled into a bucket of cream. They thrashed about for an hour, trying to make it up the side of the metal bucket. Exhausted, one of the frogs gasped,
“It’s no use!” With that, he gave up and drowned in the cream.

5th Sunday of Lent C - Woman Caught in Adultery

fifth Sun Lent
Gospel reading: John 8:1-11

Michel de Verteuil
General Comments
There are three people in today’s passage:
•  the woman;
•  the group called “scribes and Pharisees”;
•  Jesus.
As always, in your meditation you must let yourself enter the story from the viewpoint of one of the three.
•The woman was guilty of a sexual sin, but her story evokes any experience of having done something shameful in a moment of great vulnerability.