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April 26

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” REFLECTION: True love is when you give your absolute best, your all.  Abraham was ready to give his son Isaac up, because God commanded him to do so.  He loved God so much he was going to give his best.  At the last minute, Abraham was told to spare Isaac, but he was willing to give his all.  This is what God gave to us, His Son, His all.  He so loved the world that He gave us His best.  Jesus was not sent to condemn us, as sinful as man was, but He came to save us from the wrath of sin.  In verse 18 it goes on to say, “He who believes in Him is not condemned, he that does not believe is condemned already”. God also loved us so much He made us in His image, He gave us a free will.  We can accept the salvific message He brings or we can reject…

Monday-April 24, 2017

John 3:5-6 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of the water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit.” REFLECTION:Jesus told this to Nicodemus.  He was Jewish, but no ordinary Jew.  Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin and a secret admirer of Jesus, but also a devout follower of the Mosaic Law.  Jesus’ statement to him was directed to the very foundation of the Mosaic Law: how one can abide in God’s will and enter His kingdom.  Nicodemus thought the birth Jesus was talking about was a physical birth, but what Jesus was talking about was a spiritual birth.  This idea of being “born of the water and the Spirit” was very radical to the Jews and one that was not understood.  Sisters and brothers, we come into this world as flesh. However, we are more than flesh. We are composite beings, having a physical body and a soul. We were spiritually born with the saving waters of bapti…

Divine Mercy Sunday

John 20:19,21,22 “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “
REFLECTION:After being in seclusion since the crucifixion of Jesus, can you imagine the emotions going through the minds of the apostles when Jesus appeared in their midst? When Jesus breathed on them, the apostles were receiving new life, new strength and new conviction.They saw the empty tomb, but they needed more assurance, they were weak in faith and they were also in fear of being arrested by the Jews.Jesus wanted to show them proof that He had indeed conquered death and wanted to calm their fears and show His abiding love for them.Through His assurance, the apostles were emboldened to go forward with the ministry Jesus began. Jesus wou…

Easter Saturday

Acts 4:13-14 “Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.” REFLECTION:Jesus did not come to walk with the elite, He did not come to be served, and He did not come to be the military king the Jewish people were hoping for.He came to walk with the common man, to serve others and be a loving and merciful King for all people.When Jesus began His public ministry, He sought out ordinary people; most of His apostles were fishermen; this was the case with Peter and John.Jesus took ordinary people and turned them into extraordinary disciples.Peter and John were filled with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and this gave them the courage to come out of hiding and begin their new ministry.They just cured a crippled man at the city gate and many people saw this miracle; this also got the attention of the Jewish leaders.Later in this pas…

Easter Friday

Acts 4:11 “He is ‘the stone rejected by you,* the builders, which has become the cornerstone.”
REFLECTION: A cornerstone is the principal stone placed at the corner of the building.It is the largest and most solid of the stones used and it is this stone that all other stones are built around.Jesus is the cornerstone of the Church He built.And just as in a building, the cornerstone is the source of strength for the building, so it is with Jesus that He is the source of strength for His Church.In Isaiah 28:16 it is written, Therefore, thus says the Lord God: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, a precious cornerstone as a sure foundation; whoever puts faith in it will not waver”.It is through this Cornerstone, Jesus, that both Jews and Gentiles are united as one in Christ’s Church.The leaders of the Jewish people rejected Jesus, they tried to destroy Him, but even the cross, His Cross, proved too strong for them.Through His Resurrection, Jesus indeed built a new…