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Readings:1st Reading: Acts 1:111Resp. Psalm Psalm 47:23, 67, 892nd Reading: Ephesians 1:1723Gospel: Mark 16:1520Now the disciples will be sent forth: with Jesus's ascent into Heaven and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they will be able to carry forth the Great Commission baptizing everyone who wills it and preaching the Gospel.Jesus never told them to be
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 31, 2019 | conversion, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mass readings, peace, reflections, relationship with God, Sacraments, salvation, Scripture
Image by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 15: 12, 2229Resp. Psalm Psalm 67: 23, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Revelation 21:1014, 2223Gospel: John 14:2329In the first reading, it was said to the Gentiles converting to Christianity that circumcision was no longer necessary, however being told that it was necessary by those from Judea.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 23, 2019 | catalyst, discipleship, God's glory, Gospel, hope, Jesus, Judas, Mass readings, transformation
Image by Germán R from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 14: 21-27 Resp. Psalm Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Revelation 21:1-5aGospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35 It is interesting that Jesus said after Judas left (after the Last Supper) that the Son of Man is glorified. It is hard for us to think that Judas's evil deeds could glorify God or any evil deed for that matter. What Jesus
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Image by analogicus from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52Resp. Psalm Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 52nd Reading: Revelation 7:9, 14b-17Gospel: John 10:27-30 In today's Gospel, Jesus is the Shepherd of the sheep. When Jesus calls his sheep, they know what his voice sounds like since he is the Shepherd, so they can respond to Him.Sometimes we might wonder about the Will of God. How do we
Third Sunday of Easter
Image by Manfred Richter from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41Resp. Psalm Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 132nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14Gospel: John 21:1-19 Even though very great things can happen in our lives we have a tendency to go back to the mundane. This unfortunately is also true for the great graces that God gives us from time to time. St Peter was doing just this when he decided
Divine Mercy Sunday
Apr 30, 2019 | Divine Mercy, forgiveness, Gospel, healing, indulgence, Jesus, Mass readings, penance, reflections
Image by D Casp from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 5:12-16 Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 Gospel: John 20:19-31I hope all of you plan to receive the Divine Mercy indulgence. To receive the indulgence, you must on Divine Mercy Sunday: Receive Holy CommunionSay the Chaplet of Divine MercyPray for the intentions of the holy
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:1016Resp.: Psalm 146:7, 89, 9102nd Reading: Hebrews 9:2428Gospel: Mark 12:3844 The theme of today's readings is generosity. The widow in Zarephath and the poor widow in the Gospel gave to the point of detriment to themselves. Last week we were told to love God with our all, and today two examples are given
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 6:26Resp.: Psalm 18:23, 34, 47, 512nd Reading: Hebrews 7:2328Gospel: Mark 12:28b34 Today's readings are very easy to understand. We know what we are being told but how do we do it? People tell us to be nice, to be good, or to love. What exactly is meant by this? Does being nice mean that I should