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Easter 5 Sunday B: Liturgical Prayers

Greeting
We need not be afraid in God's presence,
and whatever we ask him
we shall receive
that is, if we keep his commandments,
that we believe in Christ and love each other.
May the love and peace of Jesus be with you.

Feasts of the Apostles Philip and James, May 3

 Feasts of the Apostles Philip and James, May 3

1 Cor 15:1-8 / John 14:6-14

Jesus instructs his disciples; "I am the way, the truth, and the life. " 

A young man was stationed on the island of Saipan during World War Il.

Easter 5 Sunday B - Vine and Branches

The Lord may find us as we search for him - Mary at the tomb (it's he who finds us even though it's we who search for him even as Zacchaeus). The Lord may give us a personal experience of him in our theological and ideological doubts (Thomas. That's another form of searching for him like Augustine and Thomas Merton).

Easter 4 Week: April 26- May 1

 Easter 4 Week: April 26- May 1:

April 26 Monday: John 10: 1-10: Through today’s gospel, the  Church reminds us of our call to become good shepherds of God’s flock and good sheep of His parishes and invites us to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and the consecrated life.

Teachers' Influence - Quotes

St. Joseph - Reflections


St. Joseph: The Holy Cross Tradition

Author: Fr. Claude Grou, C.S.C.


A stained glass image of St Joseph from a window in the Oratory done by artist Marius Plamondon
I have often been asked why Saint Joseph had such a great importance for Saint Brother AndrĂ©. We can certainly speak of the importance of St. Joseph for Canada, or of the place of St. Joseph in the devotional life of French Canadian families but we can equally say that Br. AndrĂ© found in Holy Cross a fertile ground to develop a spirituality that gave a prominent place to St. Joseph. I want to share with you a few elements of the devotion to St. Joseph as it evolved in Holy Cross, starting from the very early days when Fr. Basile Moreau accepted responsibility for the Brothers of Saint Joseph.

St. Joseph the Worker, May 1

  

Genesis 1:26 - 2:3 / Matthew 13:54-58 

Jesus identifies himself with workers“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”

4th Week of Easter, Friday, April 30

 4th Week of Easter, Friday, April 30

Acts 13:26-33 / John 14:1-6 

Jesus makes a promise; "I will come back. " 

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour in World War Il on December 7, 1941, they invaded and occupied the Philippines. Three months later, on March 11, 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was forced to flee from the Philippines. Before leaving for Australia, he told the islanders,

4th Week of Easter, Thursday, April 29

 4th Week of Easter, Thursday, April 29

Acts 13:13-25 / John 13:16-20

Jesus teaches about service; "No slave is greater than his master." 

Eastern Mennonite College ran an unusual ad in Campus Life magazine. After describing how everyone today is striving to be "on top," the ad noted that it wasn't much different in Jesus' day. Even Jesus' closest disciples wanted to be "on top." Jesus made a dramatic statement about this attitude.

Patriotism - By Fulton J Sheen

FORMATION FOR MISSION - Quotes

4th Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 28

 4th Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 28

Acts 12:24 - 13:5 / John 12:14-50 

Jesus talks about his mission; "1 came into the world as light. " 

A group of Chinese Christian clergymen invited an American professor of Scripture to give them a workshop on the Bible. In the course of the workshop the professor asked the clergymen to pick out the episode in the Gospel that impressed them most.

4th Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 27

 4th Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 27

Acts 11:19-26 / John 10:22-30 

Jesus speaks about discipleship: "My sheep hear my voice and follow me. " 

"Two shepherds were separating their flocks after their sheep had shared the same pen for the night. The first shepherd called, "Manah" (Arabic for "Follow me"). At once his sheep came to him. The second shepherd did the same with the same results.

4th Week of Easter, Monday, April 26

 4th Week of Easter, Monday, April 26

Acts 11:1-18 / John 10:1-10

Jesus talks about life; "I came to give you life in all its fullness." 

A 50-year-old man with a terminal illness wrote to a friend: "I suddenly asked myself, 'What am I doing? Why am I working at something I don't enjoy? Why am I building a bank account that will do me no good when I am dead?' "

Easter 4 Sunday B: Good Shepherd

 

-Pope Francis: Pastors should smell like the sheep
-Count sheep to sleep
-"What do pastors do to the sheep?", Sunday School question. '"They shear them", little Amy answers.
-One Televangelist: How do you run a church? First form, then feed and finally fleece!!!

3rd Week of Easter, Saturday, April 24

  3rd Week of Easter, Saturday, April 24

Acts 9:31-42 / John 6:60-69

Many people leave Jesus; Peter stayed with Jesus. 

A popular poster shows a loaf of bread and a goblet of wine. On the poster are the words, "Jesus of Nazareth requests the honor of your presence at a dinner to be given in his honor." The poster underscores two important points. First, the Mass is a meal to which Jesus invites us personally:

Easter 3rd Week: April 19-24:

 Easter 3rd Week: April 19-24: 

April 19 Monday: John 6:22-29: 

 The context: Today’s Gospel introduces Jesus’ famous discourse on the Holy Eucharist which emerged within a dialogue between Jesus and the Jews who had gone around the Lake and come to Capernaum searching for him. In answer to their question about his arrival, Jesus challenged them, saying that they were looking for him so they could get another free meal and that such meals would not satisfy them. He also instructed them to labor for food that would give them Eternal Life.

3rd Week of Easter, Friday, April 23

 3rd Week of Easter, Friday, April 23

Acts 9:1-20 / John 6:52-59

 Jesus speaks about his body and blood; "My flesh is true food; my body is true drink. "

 Imagine you are Jesus. You want to show people in a dramatic way that you want to be united with them. At the same time, you want to give people an opportunity to show that they also want to be united with you. How could you achieve both goals? We find the answer in today's gospel. Jesus gives himself to us in the form of food.

3rd Week of Easter, Thursday, April 22

 3rd Week of Easter, Thursday, April 22

Acts 8:26-48 / John 6:44-51

Jesus talks about the Father; "Only the Son has seen the Father." 

A college student said to his theology professor, "I cannot believe in God any longer." The professor stunned the student by saying, "Maybe I should congratulate you for no longer believing in God." "What do you mean by that?" said the student. His professor replied,

Easter 3 Sunday B: Emmaus Journey


-Your mercy, Lord, impels us to walk with every person on the journey of the Lord
-Your mercy, Christ, reveals your face in the breaking of the bread and sharing of our lives
-Your mercy, Lord, encourages us to face the trials and tragedies of life with courage and perseverance

3rd Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 21

 3rd Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 21

Acts 8:1-8 / John 6:35-40 

Jesus speaks about eternal life; "Whoever believes in me will have eternal life. " 

When Werner von Braun died, Time magazine called him the 20th-century Columbus. Before he died, von Braun gave this testimony concerning life after death:

3rd Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 20

 3rd Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 20

Acts 7:51 - 8:1 / John 6:30-35

Jesus speaks about the Eucharist; "I am the bread of life. " 

There's a story about a poor immigrant family in the 1800s who spent almost their entire life's savings for boat tickets to the United States. To save what little money they had left, they ate cheese and bread in their cabin rather than go to the ship's dining room with its more expensive food.

3rd Week of Easter, Monday, April 19

 3rd Week of Easter, Monday, April 19

Acts 6:8-15 / John 6:22-29

Today and in the next few days, two unrelated Scripture texts run parallel – Stephen’s martyrdom presented as an imitation of the martyrdom of Christ and the Eucharistic discourse of Jesus, as given in John 6 after the multiplication of bread. Jesus confronts us today with the question:

2nd Week of Easter, Saturday, April 17

 2nd Week of Easter, Saturday, April 17

Acts 6:1-7 / John 6:16-21

The disciples run into trouble; The Lord was with them in their trouble. 

There's a famous poem called "Footprints." It's about a person, in a dream, walking along a beach with the Lord. Suddenly, across the sky, scenes appear from the person's life. For each scene, two sets of footprints appear in the sand: one belonging to the Lord, the other to the person.

2nd Week of Easter, Friday, April 16

 2nd Week of Easter, Friday, April 16

Acts 5:34-42 / John 6:1-15

From today and until next Saturday (8 days), the Eucharistic discourse of Jesus, as given in John 6 from the multiplication of bread. Jesus confronts us with the question: “Why are you looking for me?” Why are we looking for God, for Jesus? Is it merely for the things he gives us? We receive much from God, but do we look for Jesus himself, for what he means in our lives? Let us look to get closer to him and to become more like him. He asks us for faith in his person and mission. 

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Jesus feeds 5,000 people; He multiplied five loaves. 

Almost a century ago, two men were on a train in France. The older man was reading the Bible story of the multiplication of the loaves. Noticing this, the younger man said, "Pardon me, sir, but do you really believe what you're reading?" "Yes," said the older man, "don't you believe it?"

2nd Week of Easter, Thursday, April 15

 2nd Week of Easter, Thursday, April 15

Acts 5:27-33 / John 3:31-36 

Jesus speaks about eternal life; Whoever believes has eternal life.

Most people who turn on a television set can't tell you how the magic box works. But they don't deny that it works. The picture on the screen tells them that. Most people who drive an automobile can't tell you how the magic motor works. But they don't deny that it works. The movement of the car tells them that.

2nd Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 14

 2nd Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 14

Acts 5:17-26 / John 3:16-21 

Jesus continues his instruction; "Whoever believes will not see death. " 

The original stage version of Godspell captures the Gospel's spirit of joy in an attractive way. The first act celebrates the joy of the woman who finds her lost coin, the joy of the shepherd who finds his lost sheep, the joy of the father who finds his lost son. The second act begins the same way.

Easter 2nd Week: April 12-17:

 Easter 2nd Week: April 12-17: 

April 12 Monday: The context: Today’s Gospel describes the night visit of Nicodemus made to Jesus. Nicodemus was a rich Jewish rabbi and one of the seventy members of Sanhedrin. Later in his Gospel, John shows us how Nicodemus argued for a fair trial for Jesus (7:51) and how he cooperated with Joseph of Arimathea to bury Jesus (19:38). Nicodemus came to Jesus convinced that obeying the Mosaic Law and offering the prescribed sacrifices were enough for one’s eternal salvation.

2nd Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 13

2nd Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 13

Acts 4:32-37 / John 3:7-15

Jesus continues his instruction; "We must be born of the spirit. " 

A town drunk and loafer underwent a religious conversion. Some of his old cronies ridiculed him. One said sarcastically, "Surely you haven't begun to believe all that stuff about changing water into wine?" The ex-drunk replied, "I can't tell you whether Jesus turned water into wine in Cana.

Easter 2 Sunday B - Divine Mercy - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting
To the disciples gathered as a community
Jesus appeared and wished them peace.
To all of you gathered here
as the community of the Lord,
we wish you Jesus' own greeting:
"Peace be with you." . R/ And also with you.

2nd Week of Easter, Monday, April 12

 2nd Week of Easter, Monday, April 12

Acts 4:23-31 / John 3:1-8

Jesus speaks about spiritual birth; "You must be born from above. "

George Foreman, former heavyweight champion of the world, had been attending Bible classes and was in a prayer group. But he was still dragging his feet spiritually.

Saturday within Octave of Easter, April 10

 Saturday within Octave of Easter, April 10

Acts 4:13-21 / Mark 16:9-15     

Jesus instructs his disciples; "Proclaim the gospel to all creatures. " 

The capital of Texas is named after Stephen Austin, an early pioneer who founded numerous settlements in Texas. Austin didn't like preachers and tried to keep them out of his towns.

Friday within Easter Octave, April 9

 Friday within Easter Octave, April 9

Acts 4:1-12 / John 21:1-14

They catch 153 fish; The net didn't break.

 A preacher was fond of the technique of dividing his sermon into several major points. For example, he'd begin by referring to the "five smooth stones" that David used to defeat Goliath. Then he'd divide his sermon into five points. Or he'd begin by referring to the "seven days of creation" and then divide his sermon into seven points. One day his congregation nearly had joint heart failure when he began by referring to the "153 fish" that Peter caught in his net. 

Thursday within the Octave of Easter, April 8

 Thursday within the Octave of Easter, April 8

Acts 3:11-26 / Luke 24:35-48

Jesus instructs his disciples; You are to be my witnesses. 

Jesus underscores three things in this reading.

(1)               the reality of the resurrection,

(2)               the necessity of the cross, and

(3)               the urgency of the task of preaching the Good News to all nations.

Easter Octave: April 5-10, 2021:

 Easter Octave: April 5-10, 2021:

5 Monday: Mt 28:8-15: 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes how the two Marys who had been at the foot of the cross – Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” (sister or cousin of Jesus’ mother) – went to the tomb of Jesus early on Sunday morning. They were shocked at seeing an open tomb without Jesus’ body in it. As they ran back with fear and joy to report the news to the apostles, the risen Jesus greeted them and told them to inform the apostles that he would meet them in Galilee. The guards, too, went to the chief priests to report the Resurrection of Jesus. But they were promptly silenced by the Temple authorities who bribed them to spread the false news that Jesus’ body had been stolen by his disciples.

Wednesday within Octave of Easter, April 7

 Wednesday within Octave of Easter, April 7

Acts 3:1-10 / Luke 24:13-45

Two disciples welcome a stranger; The stranger turned out to be Jesus. 

The Emmaus episode dramatizes three of the ways that people encountered the risen Jesus: in the broken brother, the broken word, and the broken bread.

Tuesday Within Easter Octave, April 6

 Tuesday Within Easter Octave, April 6

Acts 2:36-41 / John 20:11-18

Jesus speaks to Mary of Magdala; "Stop holding on to me."

A mother had just returned from driving her only son to the college hostel. She walked into his empty room, clutching a note he had written her. She began to cry uncontrollably, realizing that his new world at college would never be her world—their world. Finally, after a long cry, she let go of the note and let it fall to the floor.

Monday within Easter Octave, April 5

 Monday within Easter Octave, April 5

Acts 2:14, 22-33 / Matthew 28:8-15 

Guards say Jesus' body was stolen; This story still circulates. 

President Lincoln's coffin was opened twice. The first time was in 1887, twenty-two years after his assassination. Rumours began sweeping the country that the coffin did not contain Lincoln's body. The body was checked and verified to be that of Lincoln. The casket was resealed with lead. Fourteen years later, a new wave of rumours began to sweep the country. Again, the coffin was opened and shown to contain the body of Lincoln. This time the casket was not only resealed but also permanently embedded in a crypt in Springfield, Illinois. Similar rumours circulated about Jesus' body. The only difference was that Jesus' body was indeed missing. The rumours dealt with what happened to it.

Holy Thursday 2021: Stole and Towel

The Big Triduum
Well tonight we start the BIG three, better known as the Triduum. We wash feet, break bread, embrace our crosses and kick open the tomb again to the possibilities of a new life, an eternal life with our God so passionately in love with us. Here is a litany I found and will use on Easter. A blessed Easter for all of you.
“Lord of Easter promise, I live in Faith of the Resurrection, but such is the nature of my Faith, that so much of me remains entombed. Break open the tomb. Please respond “Break open the tomb” to each of these prayers.