Monday, April 29, 2019

 

TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

April 30, 2019 – TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

St. Pius V, Pope

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Acts 4: 32 – 37 / Jn 3: 7b – 15.

 

Pope  St.  Pius  V  (1504  -   1572)  enforced  reforms  from  the  Council  of Trent, published the Roman Catechism and revised the Roman Missal and the Divine Office.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 4: 32 – 33

The whole community of believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but rather they shared things in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for all of them were living in an exceptional time of grace.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Jn 3: 7b – 15

Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Because of this, don't be surprised when I say: 'You must be born again from above.'

 

"The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus asked again, "How can this be?" And Jesus answered, "You are a teacher in Israel, and you don't know these things!

 

"Truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we witness to the things we have seen, but you don't accept our testimony.. If you don't believe when I speak of earthly things, what then, when I speak to you of heavenly things?

 

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading we see the early Christian communities sharing property with one another and taking care of all their fellow believers and followers of Christ: "No one claimed private ownership of possessions, but rather they shared things in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for all of them were living in an exceptional time of grace."

 

In the Gospel reading, in his conversation with the Jewish leader Nicodemus, Jesus speaks of being "born in the Spirit" and having eternal life through the Son of Man being lifted up, just as the Hebrews of old bitten by serpents were saved by looking at the mounted bronze serpent. Jesus was speaking about his being lifted up on the cross for the salvation of mankind.

 

As Peter preached on Pentecost Sunday, "God accredited him [Jesus] and through him did powerful deeds and wonders and signs in your midst, as you well know. You delivered him to sinners to be crucified and killed, and in this way, the purpose of God from all times was fulfilled. But God raised him from the pain of death, because it was impossible for him to be held in the power of death." (Acts 2: 22b – 24)

 

All believers of Christ are re-born in baptism in water and the Holy Spirit and hope to reach eternal life through their faith in the Son of God who became man and died on the cross for man's salvation.

 

We pray for an increase in our faith in the Lord Jesus.

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 


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Sunday, April 28, 2019

 

MONDAY, 2ND WEEK OF EASTER

April 29, 2019 – MONDAY, 2ND WEEK OF EASTER

St. Catherine of Siena,

Virgin and Doctor of the Church

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Acts 4: 23 – 31 / Jn 3: 1 – 8

 

St. Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380) was instrumental in the return of the papacy to Rome from the Avignon captivity (1309 – 1377). Imprinted with the stigmata, she died in Rome at age 33. She is the Patroness of Italy.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 4: 27 – 26, 29 - 31

As soon as Peter and John were set free, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and elders had said to them.

 

When they heard it, they raised their voices as one and called upon God, "Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth, of the sea and everything in them, you have put these words in the mouth of David, our father and your servant, through the Holy Spirit: Why did the pagan nations rage and the people conspire in folly? The kings of the earth were aligned and the princes gathered together against the Lord and against the Messiah." . . .

 

"But now, Lord, see their threats against us and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness. Stretch out your hands to heal and to work signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus your holy servant."

 

When they had prayed, the place where they were gathered together shook, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God boldly.

 

Gospel Reading:               Jn 3: 1 – 8

Among the Pharisees there was a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus. He came to Jesus by night and said, "Rabbi, we know that you have come from God to teach us, for no one can perform miraculous signs like yours unless God is with him."

 

Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above,"

 

Nicodemus said, "How can there be rebirth to a grown man? Who could go back to his mother's womb and be born again?"   Jesus replied, "Truly,      I say to you: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Because of this, don't be surprised when I say, 'You must be born again from above.' The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 

REFLECTION

The first sacrament in the Church is baptism, the sacrament of initiation. In baptism we are freed from the sin of Adam, receive God's gift of grace and become members of his Church; we receive the gift of faith, the Holy Spirit and the promise of eternal life. Without baptism we cannot receive the other sacraments.

 

In the Gospel reading Jesus tells Nicodemus that "no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit." Baptism is a re- birth into God's grace and life, through its cleansing waters. Baptism is also seen as dying to sin and death and rising to new life with and in Christ.

 

Let us thank God for his sharing of his divine life with us when we were baptized: "Given a new birth [in baptism] by water and the Holy Spirit, may we live always as members of his body, sharing everlasting life."

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Jun S. Cabusay

     Renald Peñano

 

THANKSGIVING 

     Renard, Rob, Era & Andi Penaño

 

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Friday, April 26, 2019

 

SATURDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

April 27, 2019 -  SATURDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

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Acts 4: 13 – 21 / Mk 16: 9 – 15

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 4: 13 – 14, 19 – 20

They were astonished at the boldness of Peter and John, considering that they were uneducated and untrained men. They recognized, also, that they had been with Jesus, but as the man who had been cured stood beside them, they could make no reply. . .

 

Peter and John answered them, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's eyes for us to obey you, rather than God. We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard. "

 

Gospel Reading:               Mk 16: 9 – 15

After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he lived and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

 

After this he showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking in the country. These men too, went back and told the others, but they did not believe them.

 

Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

 

Then he told them, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation."

 

REFLECTION

It is easy to believe something consistent with reality – honor graduates topping licensure examinations and landing lucrative jobs, crafty businessmen doing well, former criminals being returned to jail.

 

If we see exceptions to our general expectations, we have trouble believing. In the first reading the Pharisees and leaders of the Jews cannot accept the cure of the lame man and the wise replies of the untrained and uneducated apostles Peter and John. Peter and John reminded them of the signs performed by Jesus and the learning of the carpenter Jesus as he taught.

 

It is understandable that the disciples of Jesus were skeptical of the stories that the body of Jesus had disappeared from the tomb and that the risen Christ had appeared to some women. Even the apostle Thomas had said, "Unless I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." (Jn 20: 25)

 

But, as the angel Gabriel had told Mary at the Annunciation, "With God nothing is impossible." (Lk 1: 37) And indeed the all-powerful God is the God of surprises, so unpredictable in his acts and choices.

 

Let us pray to God to strengthen our faith and trust in him and in his power: "You believe because you have seen me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe." (Jn 20: 29)

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

 

THURSDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

APRIL 25, 2019 - THURSDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

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Acts 3: 11 – 26 / Lk 24: 35 – 48

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 3: 12 – 16

Peter said, "Fellow Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us as if it was by some power or holiness of our own that we made this man walk?

 

"The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over to death and denied before Pilate, when even Pilate had decided to release him. You  rejected  the Holy and Just One, and you insisted that a murderer be released to you. You killed the Master of life, but God raised him from the dead and we are witnesses to this. It is in his Name, and faith in his Name, that has healed this man whom you see and recognize. The faith which comes through Jesus has given him wholeness in the presence of all of you."

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Lk 24: 35 – 43

Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.

 

As they went on talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. And he said to them, "Peace to you." In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, "Why you are upset and why do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have. As he said this, he showed his hands and feet.

 

In their joy they didn't dare believe and were still astonished. So he said to them, "Have you anything to eat?" and they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took and ate it before them.

 

REFLECTION

The two disciples on the way to Emmaus told the Eleven their experience with Jesus earlier that evening. The Eleven and other followers believed in the Lord's resurrection from the dead as more of their group saw the risen Jesus.

 

The risen Jesus appeared only to the Eleven and some chosen followers and friends. He did not appear to the general public and the leaders of the Jews who had condemned him to death on the cross.

 

While he confirmed the faith of those to whom he showed himself, he blessed all others who have faith in him, "You believe because you see me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe." (Jn 20: 29)

 

We love to tell stories; we love to recall past events, embellished at times and not too faithful to the facts. What stories do we love to tell?

 

Do we love to tell Gospel stories to others, especially to children? How do we incorporate Gospel values into our daily lives? What stories about Jesus do we love to tell?

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Norma Badiola 

 

IN MEMORIAM ( +) 

     Jovito Yu (Feb. 15, 1948 – April 25, 2000)

 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

 

WEDNESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

APRIL 24, 2019 – WEDNESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

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Acts 3: 1 – 10 / Lk 24: 13 – 35

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 3: 1 – 2, 6 – 8a

Once when Peter and John were going up to the Temple at three in the afternoon, the hour of prayer, a man crippled from birth was being carried in. Every day they would bring him and put him at the Temple gate called "Beautiful"; there he begged from those who entered the Temple. . . .

 

Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have I give you: in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, walk!" Then he took the beggar by his right hand and helped him up. At once his feet and ankles became firm, and jumping up he stood on his feet and began to walk.

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Lk 24: 25 – 32, 35

Jesus said to them, "How dull you are, how slow in understanding! You fail to believe the messages of the prophets. Is it not written that the Christ should suffer all this and then enter his glory?" Then starting with Moses and going through the prophets, he explained to them everything in the Scriptures concerning himself.

 

As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, "Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now almost over." So he went in to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece.

 

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished out of their sight. And they said to each other, "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?" . . .

 

Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.

 

REFLECTION

The Gospel reading is about the two despondent disciples on their way to Emmaus. Though they did not recognize him, the risen Jesus joins them on their journey and explains to them what the Scriptures said about the Messiah. At their destination, they recognize Jesus "when he broke bread with them."

 

In the first reading Peter and John cure the man crippled from birth who begged at the "Beautiful" gate of the Temple, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have I give you: in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, walk!"

 

In both readings we see the reality and the power of the risen Lord, of Jesus the Messiah. We believe that the risen Lord, God and man, sits in power at the Father's right hand ready to listen to us and to intercede with the Father for us. May we know and recognize him in our lives; may his grace and assistance be with us.

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Evelyn Co Yu

     Divine Lopez

     Fr.. Marlito G. Ocon S.J.

     Catherine De Vera

     Arturo F. Tiangco

     Roselita E. Quimno

 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

 

TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

April 23, 2019 - TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

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Acts 2: 36 – 41 / Jn 20: 11 – 18

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 2: 36, 38 – 39, 41

Peter told the crowd, "Let Israel then know for sure that God has made Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified." . . .

 

"Each of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise of God was made to you and your children, and to all those from afar whom our God may call.". . .

 

So those who accepted his word were baptized; some three thousand persons were added to their number that day.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Jn 20: 11 – 18

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept, she bent down to look inside. She saw two angels in white standing where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, and the other at the feet. They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She answered, "Because they have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him."

 

As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and answered him, "Lord, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and  I will go and remove him."

 

Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him, "Rabboni" – which means Master. Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me; you see I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them: 'I am ascending to my Father, who is your Father, to my God, who is your God."

 

So Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord and this is what he said to me."

 

REFLECTION

The center of Easter is the resurrection and not the empty tomb. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

 

At times, especially in previous ages, we focused too much on the death of Christ. Today we are told to focus both on his death and subsequent triumphant resurrection.

 

Our faith is based on the resurrection of Christ: "And if Christ has not been  raised,  our  preaching  is  empty  and  our  belief  comes  to  nothing,  (1 Cor 15: 14) In the first reading, at the preaching of St. Peter about the risen Christ on the first Pentecost, three thousand "accepted his word and were baptized."

 

To support the faith of his apostles and close friends, Jesus made appearances after his resurrection.

 

In today's reading he appeared to Mary of Magdala.. He then appeared to various women and to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. He appeared a few times to the apostles at the upper room behind closed doors and at the Sea of Galilee. He said farewell to them with his final instructions at his ascension into heaven.

 

Jesus is risen! Alleluia!

 

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

 

April 21, 2019 - EASTER SUNDAY

April 21, 2019 - EASTER SUNDAY

The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

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Acts 10: 34a, 37 – 43 / Col 3: 1 – 4 / Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes / Jn 20: 1 – 9 

 

Evening Mass: Lk 24: 13 – 35

 

FROM THE EVENING MASS GOSPEL READING:     Lk 24: 30 – 31, 33 – 35

When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished out of their sight. . . .

 

They immediately set out and returned to Jerusalem. . . . They were greeted by these words: "Yes, it is true, the Lord is risen! He has appeared to Simon!" Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.

 

REFLECTION

Today we celebrate Easter Sunday. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus who died but has been raised and continues to live among us for all eternity.  We  celebrate the event that is so central and basic for our faith  that St. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, could say that, if Christ had not been raised, our faith is in vain and we who claim to believe are the most pitiable of men! (1 Cor 15: 11 – 19)

 

It is such a wonderful thing to celebrate, "wonderful" in the rich meaning of the word. It is also so wonderful that it may seem unbelievable. The Gospel accounts of the Resurrection tell us that it was difficult even for the close followers of Jesus to believe. Mary Magdalene, the doubting apostle Thomas, the Emmaus duo, the fearful Eleven in their locked room – all doubted at first but the power of God's grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord changed their doubts and fears into conviction and commitment.

 

But there is more to what we celebrate today than to celebrate what happened more than two thousand years ago. We celebrate the living presence of Jesus among us and in our world today. The Gospel narratives tell us that the Risen Jesus, before his Ascension into heaven, promised his disciples that he would be with them forever, until the end of the ages. Today, therefore, on this Easter Sunday, we celebrate what we believe, that the living Jesus is still with us. The living Jesus is with us as our companion in all the joyful moments and, perhaps especially, in all our suffering moments.

 

Jesus who was sent by the Father to show God's love for our world still lives and experiences the problems of the world, of war and racial hostilities, of "natural" and man-made disasters. The Risen Lord, still living among us, is still the light of hope and the challenge for all of us to live our faith.

 

How can we find and see the Risen Lord present among us? If our Easter faith is belief that the Risen Lord is still and always with us, how can we see him and where can we find him? Surely we hope that we will see the Risen Jesus face-to-face when we ourselves have been raised on the last day. But part of our Easter faith is that even now we can experience the Lord present among us.

 

Jesus is present to us in what may be called "hidden" forms: Christ in the Eucharist is one example. When we receive and share Communion at Mass we receive the Risen Lord in companionship with our worshipping brothers and sisters.  The Eucharist brings us into intimate contact with the Lord,  risen from the dead and alive with us. We meet the risen Lord when in the Eucharist we break Bread with one another..

 

The Risen Lord is present with and among us in our companionship. Jesus tells us that "for where two or three are gathered in my Name, I am there among them." (Mt 18: 20) In a very special way the Risen Lord is present in those who are in need among us, so that whatever we do or do not do for the needy ones we do or do not do for Jesus (Mt 25: 40, 45).

 

Today we celebrate what we hope for: to be with Jesus. Alleluia!

 

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