Monday, April 04, 2016


Tuesday, 2nd Week of Easter

05 April 2016      
Tuesday, 2nd Week of Easter 
St. Vincent Ferrer, Priest   

Acts 4:32 -37 / Jn 3: 7b – 15

Born in Valencia, Spain, St. Vincent Ferrer (1350 -1419) was a renowned preacher, missionary and theologian.

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."

"How can this be?" is a very normal reply to things we cannot understand. When Jesus speaks of thoughts beyond our comprehension, the question mark placed plainly on our faces can be quite noticeable. 

After all, there are some occurances that cannot be fully comprehended or completely understood. Perhaps excerpts from the lyrics of a song best summarize that mystery engaging our own hearts:

"Love moves in mysterious way"    [Music and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow. 

Sung by Julia Fordham]:
Love moves in mysterious ways
it's always so surprising
when love appears over the horizon
I'll love you for the rest of my days

But still it's a mystery
how you ever came to me
which only proves
Love moves in mysterious ways

Heaven knows love is just a chance we take
We make plans but then love demands the leap of faith
So hold me close, never ever let me go
'Cos even though we think we know which way the river flows
That's not the way love goes...

Love moves in mysterious ways
Love moves in mysterious ways

As Jesus spoke of the unpredictability of the wind and its movements, we just encounter it and respond. Hopefully, our response to be born in the Spirit is one filled with faith, hope, and love. 

Our choice towards eternal life will always be an unpredictable and exciting adventure.  Let us pray for God's Spirit and his continuing guidance and grace.  


     Glen Ubaldo

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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