Month: April 2017

Why was it difficult for the disciples to recognize the risen Lord?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W.A.P) on 3rd Sunday of Easter Why was it difficult for the disciples to recognize the risen Lord? Friends, Jesus’ death scattered his disciples and shattered their hopes and dreams. They had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. They saw the cross as defeat and could not comprehend the empty tomb until the Lord Jesus appeared to them and gave them understanding (Luke 24:13-35).  Jesus chided the disciples on the road to Emmaus for their slowness of heart to believe what the Scriptures had said concerning the Messiah. They did not recognize the risen Jesus until he had broken bread with them. Do you recognize the Lord in his word and in the breaking of the bread? How often do we fail to recognize the Lord when he speaks to our hearts and opens his mind to us? The Risen Lord is ever ready to speak his word to us and to give us understanding of his ways. Do you listen attentively to the Word of God and allow his word to change and transform you? Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart to recognize your presence with me and to understand the truth of your saving word. Nourish me with your life-giving word and with the bread of life. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious...

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Do you know that Jesus is the true bread from heaven that gives you abundant life? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)  Do you know that Jesus is the true bread from heaven that gives you abundant life? Friends, the people of Israel had been waiting for the prophet whom Moses had promised: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren – him shall you heed (Deuteronomy 18:15). The signs which Jesus did, including the miraculous feeding of the five thousand signified that God has indeed sent him as the anointed Prophet and King. Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle that is repeated in all four Gospel accounts. What is the significance of this particular miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude pointed to God’s provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel under Moses’ leadership (Exodus 16). This daily provision of food in the barren wilderness foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers. When you approach the Table of the Lord, what do you expect to receive? Healing, pardon, comfort, and rest for your soul? The Lord has much more for us, more than we can ask or imagine. Do you hunger for the “bread of life”? Do you trust in God’s provision for you and do you share freely with others, especially those who are in need? Lord...

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Do I recognize the Risen Lord through the gift of faith and receive new life?

Today’s Word and Prayer on Divine Mercy Sunday (W.A.P) Do I recognize the Risen Lord through the gift of faith and receive new life? Dear friends, today is the eight day after the Resurrection and for 17 years now, we do celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday as instituted by St John Paul II in the year 2000. In today’s gospel when Thomas finally had the courage to rejoin the other apostles, the Lord Jesus made his presence known to him and reassured him that he had indeed overcome death and risen again. The Lord makes himself known to you in the Bible, through prayers (personal, community), through holy Communion, in the priest, in the poor and needy. Do you recognize him? When Thomas recognized his Master, he believed and exclaimed that Jesus was truly Lord and truly God! Through the gift of faith you, too, are invited to proclaim that Jesus is your personal Lord and your God. He died and rose that you, too, might have new life in him. The Lord offers you new life in his Holy Spirit that you may know him personally and walk in this new way of life through the power of his resurrection. Do you believe in the good news of the Gospel and in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring you new life, hope, and joy? Lord Jesus Christ,...

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Do you accept the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection with skeptical doubt and disbelief or with trusting faith and joyful wonderment?

Today’s Word and Prayer (W. A. P.) for Easter Sunday 2017! Do you accept the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection with skeptical doubt and disbelief or with trusting faith and joyful wonderment? Friends, what was it like for the disciple who had stood at the cross of Jesus and then laid him in a tomb on Good Friday, to come back three days later and discover that the sealed tomb was now empty? John, along with Peter, was the first apostle to reach the tomb of Jesus on Easter Sunday morning. Like Mary Magdalene and the other disciples, John was not ready to see an empty tomb and to hear the angel’s message, Why do you seek the living among the dead (Luke 24:5)?  What did John see in the tomb that led him to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? It was certainly not a dead body. The dead body of Jesus would have disproven the resurrection and made his death a tragic conclusion to a glorious career as a great teacher and miracle worker. When John saw the empty tomb he must have recalled Jesus’ prophecy that he would rise again after three days. Through the gift of faith John realized that no tomb on earth could contain the Lord and giver of life. John saw and believed (John 20:8). John had to first deal...

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Does your love waver when you encounter bitter disappointments and injury from others? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)  Does your love waver when you encounter bitter disappointments and injury from others? Friends, this morning we celebrate the establishment of two sacraments, the Catholic priesthood and the Holy Eucharist. The former takes place this morning when we gather at the cathedral Church with the Bishop and priests. We commemorate, that is, remember and celebrate the gift of the Catholic priesthood, that is, the love of Christ for his Church. In the evening we remember and celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist as the sacramental expression of the Paschal mystery of Christ who gave us His life for our salvation. Both express the infinite love and mercy of our God for us (John 13:1; Ephesians 1:3-14). Jesus’ hour of humiliation draws near he reveals to his disciples the supreme humility which shaped the love he had for them. He stoops to perform a menial task reserved for servants – the washing of smelly, dirty feet. In stooping to serve his disciples Jesus knew he would be betrayed by one of them and that the rest would abandon him through fear and disloyalty. Such knowledge could have easily led to bitterness or hatred. Jesus met the injury of betrayal and disloyalty with the greatest humility and supreme love. Jesus loved his disciples to the very end, even when they failed him and...

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