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9th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 3

  9th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 3

Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-14; 8:4-9 / Mark 11:5-17

Tobiah and Sarah pray together: They asked God to bless their marriage. 

A young man married a lovely young lady. A friend of the family said to him, "You're lucky to get a girl like Maria." "What do you mean, lucky?" said the youth.

9th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 2

 9th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 2

Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17 / Mark 12:18-27 

Tobit prays to God; God heard Tobit's Prayer. 

Today's reading is like a play with three acts. In the first act, Tobit becomes so depressed that he asks God to save him from his troubles, even if it means death.

Corpus Christi - Feast

 Understand the difference: Trans-substantiation; Trans-signification; trans-finalization; Catholic belief in Real Presence and transubstantiation (Term from St. Thomas Aquinas).

9th Week: May 31- June 5

 9th Week: May 31- June 5: 

May 3 Monday: Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary

The context: The mystery of the Incarnation comes to ordinary people living ordinary lives, who have the willingness to respond to God’s call and the openness and generosity to do God’s will.

9th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 1

 9th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 1

Tobit 2:9-14 / Mark 12:13-17

Tobit and his wife quarrel; Tobit misjudged his wife.

As sometimes happens, the harder people try to be loyal to God, the more misfortune seems to strike them. This happened to Tobit; he became blind.

Visitation of the BVM, Monday, May 31

 Visitation of the BVM, Monday, May 31

Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16 / Luke 1:39-56 

Mary sings of God's goodness; "The Lord has exalted my lowliness. "

Amado Nervo was a Mexican mystic and poet who died in 1919.

8th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, May 25

  8th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, May 25

Ecclesiasticus 35:1-12 / Mark 10:28-31 

The just man's sacrifice is most pleasing: It will never be forgotten.

A new ministry is arising among shut-ins and retired people.

Holy Trinity 2021

From Fr. Jude Botelho:

He recalled the husband, who said when he became a father, he better understood the Trinity. When he and his wife had their son, they had evidence of their love for each other. There was the lover, the beloved, and the love, each distinct and yet one.

8th Week: May 24-29:

 8th Week: May 24-29: 

May 24 Monday (Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church) 

One of the most recent architectural additions to Saint Peter’s Square is the mosaic of Mary “Mother of the Church,”

8th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, May 29

 8th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, May 29

Ecclesiasticus 51:12-20 / Mark 11:27-33

I sought wisdom in my youth; She came to me in all her beauty. 

We sometimes think of wisdom as being reserved for people with grey hair. There is indeed a wisdom that comes from years of living.

8th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, May 28

 8th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, May 28

Ecclesiasticus 44:1. 9-13 / Mark 11:11-26

The memory of the good endures: Their glory will never be blotted out. 

Africans have a far deeper appreciation of their ancestors and forefathers than we do. There is even a form of ancestor worship that has developed within some African tribes.

8th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, May 27

 8th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, May 27

Ecclesiasticus 42:15-25 / Mark 10:46-52 

How wonderful is God's work: It fills the earth. 

At the age of 44, Carlo Caretto felt a call to leave everything, go into the desert in Arabia, and become a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus.

8th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, May 26

  8th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, May 26

Ecclesiasticus 36:1, 4-5, 10-17 / Mark 10:32-45 

Lord, show yourself: Give new signs and work new wonders. 

After graduating from Georgetown University, Anne Donohue did volunteer work at Covenant House, a shelter for runaways in New York City.

8th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, May 24

 8th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, May 24

Ecclesiasticus 17: 24-29 / Mark 10:17-27

The Lord provides a way back; Return to the Lord. 

Charlie Rumbaugh grew up in reform schools, jails, and mental hospitals. At the age of 17, he escaped from a manic-depressive ward, found a gun, and held up a jewellery store.

7th Week of Easter, Saturday, May 22

 7th Week of Easter, Saturday, May 22

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / John 21:20-25

Paul preaches in Rome: Ile taught about Jesus. 

In the 1960s an apocryphal Peanuts cartoon hung on the walls of a lot of dormitory rooms. The first panel showed Shroeder carrying a sign reading,

7th Week of Easter, Friday, May 21

 7th Week of Easter, Friday, May 21

Acts 25:3-21 / John 21:15-19

Paul goes before King Agrippa; Paul claimed Jesus is alive.

Some years ago there was a best-seller entitled I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

Matters India - May 18


May 18, 2021

Film on nuns: High Court asks government for action

By Jessy Joseph New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on May 17 asked the federal government to take quick action on a Catholic nun’s petition to stop the release of…

 

7th Week of Easter, Thursday, May 20

 7th Week of Easter, Thursday, May 20

Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / John 17:20-26 

The Lord speaks to Paul; "Keep up your courage!" 

One August morning in 1985. a 22-year-old daredevil, named Steve Trotter, plunged 176 feet over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He became the seventh person in history to survive such a feat.

Matters India - May 17

 

May 17, 2021

Father Pais appointed Ecumenism Commission secretary

Bangalore: Father Baptist Pais was appointed the executive secretary to the Commission for Ecumenism under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. The 61-year-old member of the Mumbai province of the…

Easter 7th Week: May 17-22:

 Easter 7th Week: May 17-22:

May 17 Monday: John 16: 29-33

Context: Jesus is speaking to his apostles after the Last Supper. 

Scripture lessons: In this Last Supper discourse, Jesus explains his Divine origin and his relationship to God his Father in clear terms without using any metaphors.

7th Week of Easter, Wednesday, May 19

 7th Week of Easter, Wednesday, May 19

Acts 2028-36 / John 17:11-19

Paul recalls some words of Jesus: There's more joy in giving than in getting. "

Seven-year-old Richard was the second youngest of nine children. Three days before Christmas, his mother asked him to shine her shoes for the holidays.

UCA Asia News - May 15

 

7th Week of Easter, Tuesday, May 18

 7th Week of Easter, Tuesday, May 18

Acts 20:17-27 / John 17:1-11 

Paul speaks of his death: "If only I can finish my mission.” 

In his book The Clown and the Crocodile, Joseph McLelland makes a provocative statement:

Matters India - May 13

 

May 12, 2021
Covid-19 claims 10 Catholic priests in one day
By Jose Kavi New Delhi: As many as ten Catholic priests succumbed to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in India, according information arriving from various parts of the country.…

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7th Week of Easter, Monday, May 17

  7th Week of Easter, Monday, May 17

Acts 19:1-8 / John 16:29-33 

Paul meets some incomplete Christians: He baptized then: in the name of Jesus 

Organ transplanting involves two steps: taking out the old organ and putting in the new organ. These two steps help us understand better the difference between John's baptism and Christian baptisms.

Pentecost 2021: Happy Birthday, Church

 

Starters from Fr. Tony Kadavil:
 
Pentecost  literally  means  50th.  It  is  a  feast  celebrated  on  the  50th   day  after  the Passover feast by the Jews and a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus by the Christians. The Jewish Pentecost was originally a post- harvest thanksgiving feast.   Later it was celebrated to remember God’s covenants with Noah after the Deluge and with Moses at Mt. Sinai
 

6th Week of Easter, Saturday, May 15

 6th Week of Easter, Saturday, May 15

Acts 18:23-28 / John 16:23-28

Jesus gives final instructions; "Ask and you will receive. "

 

An amusing cartoon showed a tiny insect peering up at a huge insect. After staring at the huge insect for a while, the tiny insect said, "What kind of a bug are you?"

Matters India - May 11

 

May 11, 2021
Church mourns death of pioneer Vincentian missionary
By Matters India Reporter New Delhi: The Church in northern India has mourned the death of a Vincentian priest who opened new mission areas in Agra archdiocese and Meerut diocese…

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Easter 7 Sunday B


 From the Connections:

THE WORD:
In John’s account of the Last Supper, after his final teachings to his disciples before his passion, Jesus addresses his Father in heaven.  Today’s Gospel is from Chapter 17 of John’s Gospel, the “high priestly prayer” of Jesus in which he prays for his disciples, that they may be united in love, persevere despite the world’s “hatred” of them for the Word that they will proclaim, and be “consecrated” in the “truth.”

Ascension 2021


Starters: From Fr. Tony Kadavil:
Anecdote 1) God’s love in action: The disciples who completed Puccini’s opera Turandot. The Italian composer Giacomo Puccini wrote La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Tosca.

Easter 6th Week: May 10-15:

   Easter 6th Week: May 10-15:

 May 10 Monday (St. Damien de Veuster, Priest, U. S. A.) John 15: 26–16:4 : 

Context: In his final discourse with the apostles at the Last Supper, Jesus assured them that he would not desert them. Instead, a powerful Divine Helper, the Holy Spirit, would come to them from Jesus and the Father in order to guide them and to strengthen them.

Matters India - May 8

 

May 7, 2021

Vincentian provincial dies of Covid-19

By Purushottam Nayak Berhampur: Father Prakash Tirkey, Northern Indian provincial of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), died of Covid-19 on May 7. He was 65, The death occurred at1:45…

 

 

St. Matthias, Apostle, Friday, May 14

 St. Matthias, Apostle, Friday, May 14

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 / John 15:9-17

 

Jesus speaks about life; "Live in my love; keep my commandments. "

 

Three people were discussing some recent translations of the Bible.

Easter 6th Week, Thursday, May 13

 Easter 6th Week, Thursday, May 13

Acts 18:1-8 / John 16:16-20 

Jesus speaks about his leaving: “In a little while and you will no longer see me” (Jn 16/16)

 Someone said hindsight is always 20/20. But hindsight is what you don’t have at the time. In simple matters of fact hindsight is a simple thing: you can see within the hour that you backed the wrong horse – or within seconds that you said the wrong thing.

6th Week of Easter, Wednesday, May 12

 6th Week of Easter, Wednesday, May 12

Acts 17:15, 22 - 18:1 / John 16:12-15 

Jesus speaks more about the Spirit; "The Spirit will guide you.

 

A young Hindu and a Christian seminarian were attending the same week-long seminar on the Sermon on the Mount. In the course of the week, the two young people became good friends.

6th Week of Easter, Tuesday, May 11

 6th Week of Easter, Tuesday, May 11

Acts 16:22-34 / John 16:5-11

Jesus speaks about the Spirit; "The Spirit will convict the world about sin. "

The expression "convict the world," or "prove the world wrong," means something very special. It means the world will recognize on its own that it was wrong.

6th Week of Easter, Monday, May 10

 6th Week of Easter, Monday, May 10

Acts 16:13-15 / John 15:26 - 16:4   

Jesus instructs his disciples; "You must bear witness on my behalf. "

A witness is someone who can say, "1 know what I am talking about from personal experience." Thus, Christian witness involves two things:

5th Week of Easter, Saturday, May 8

 5th Week of Easter, Saturday, May 8

Acts 16:1-10 / John 15:18-21 

Jesus warns his disciples; ' 'They will Persecute you as they did me. "

An American warship was transporting wounded Japanese prisoners during World War Il. The medical officer took such excellent care of the prisoners that some American officers protested. "Treat those animals the same way that they treat our wounded," they said.

5th Week of Easter, Friday, May 7

 5th Week of Easter, Friday, May 7

Acts 15:22-31 / John 15:12-17 

Jesus talks more about love; "No one has greater love than this. "

A municipal park in Chicago is called Milton Olive Park. The story behind the park's name deserves to be told over and over.

5th Week of Easter, Thursday, May 6

 5th Week of Easter, Thursday, May 6

Acts 15:7-21 / John 15:9-11

Jesus talks about love; "As the Father lows me, so I love you.”

A godfather was visiting at the home of his godchild. She was showing him her dolls. "Which doll do you like most?" he asked.

5th Week of Easter, Wednesday, May 5

 5th Week of Easter, Wednesday, May 5

Acts 15:1-6 / John 15:1-6

Jesus talks about being one with him; "Remain in me, as I remain in you. " 

Paul Claudel's play The Satin Slipper opens with a dramatic scene: a shipwreck at sea. The sole survivor is a missionary who has tied himself to the mainmast.

Easter 5th Week: May 3- 8

 Easter 5th Week: May 3- 8 

May 3 Monday: Saints Philip & James the Lesser, Apostles

James, son of Alphaeus, called James the Lesser wrote the epistle that bears his name and became the bishop of Jerusalem. He is brother of Jude and they are cousins of Jesus because their mother Mary is sister or cousin of Jesus’ mother and she was married to Alphaeus or Clophas.

5th Week of Easter, Tuesday, May 4

  5th Week of Easter, Tuesday, May 4

Acts 14:19-28 / John 14:27-31

Jesus calms his disciples; "Do not be troubled or afraid. " 

London was bombed mercilessly during World War Il. One night a man in his 80s was standing outside St. Andrew's Church. The church was located on the edge of London and overlooked the city.

Easter 6 Sunday B: Love as I have Loved you

 
Starters from Fr. Tony Kadavil's Collection:

1) God’s love in action:
When Fr. Damien arrived in Molokai to assemble a prefabricated church for the lepers, he spent the first few weeks sleeping out under the trees, because he was unable to cope with the stench in the hovels of the lepers.