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  • "Religion is not a Technology!" - There needs to be a personal relationship there. - Father Ted Tyler
    If the close relationship between the Last Supper and the mystery of Jesus' death on the Cross is emphasized on Holy Thursday, today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, with the procession and unanimous adoration of the Eucharist, attention is called to the fact that Christ sacrificed himself for all humanity. His passing among the houses and along the streets of our city will be for those who live there an offering of joy, eternal life, peace and love.

    In the Gospel passage, a second element catches one's eye: the miracle worked by the Lord contains an explicit invitation to each person to make his own contribution. The two fish and five loaves signify our contribution, poor but necessary, which he transforms into a gift of love for all.

    "Christ continues today" I wrote in the above-mentioned Post Synodal Exhortation, "to exhort his disciples to become personally engaged" (Sacramentum Caritatis, n. 88).

    Thus, the Eucharist is a call to holiness and to the gift of oneself to one's brethren: "Each of us is truly called, together with Jesus, to be bread broken for the life of the world".

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  • Loving Means Acting Like The Good Samaritan

    Today, for example, the liturgy invites us to reflect on the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (cf. Lk 10: 25-37), which introduces us into the heart of the Gospel message: love for God and love for neighbour. But the person speaking to Jesus asks: who is my neighbour? And the Lord answers by reversing the question and showing through the account of the Good Samaritan that each one of us must make himself close to every person he meets: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10: 37).

    Loving, Jesus says, means acting like the Good Samaritan. And we know that he himself is the Good Samaritan par excellence; although he was God, he did not hesitate to humble himself to the point of becoming a man and giving his life for us.

    Love is therefore the "heart" of Christian life; indeed, love alone, awakened in us by the Holy Spirit, makes us Christ's witnesses.
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  • Texts of St. Josemaría:

    Our Lady was a guest at one of those noisy country weddings attended by people from many different villages. Mary was the only one who noticed the wine was running out. Don’t these scenes from Christ’s life seem familiar to us? The greatness of God lives at the level of ordinary things. It is natural for a woman, a homemaker, to notice an oversight, to look after the little things that make life pleasant. And that is how Mary acted.

    “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

    If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. Because of the miracle at the marriage feast at Cana, which Christ performed at his Mother’s request, his disciples learned to believe in him (cf. John 2:11). Our Mother is always interceding with her Son so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us, so that we can cry out, “You are the Son of God.”

    Grant me, dear Jesus, the faith I truly desire. My Mother, sweet Lady, Mary most holy, make me really believe! (Holy Rosary–Appendix, Wedding Feast at Cana)

    The Christian apostolate — and I’m talking about an ordinary Christian living as just one more man or woman among equals — is a great work of teaching. Through real, personal, loyal friendship, you create in others a hunger for God and you help them to discover new horizons — naturally, simply. With the example of your faith lived to the full, with a loving word, which is full of the force of divine truth.

    Be daring. Count on the help of Mary, queen of apostles. Without ceasing to be a mother, Our Lady is able to get each of her children to face his own responsibilities. Mary always does the immense favor of bringing to the cross, of placing face to face with the example of the Son of God, those who come close to her and contemplate her life. It is in this confrontation that Christian life is decided. And here Mary intercedes for us so that our behavior may lead to a reconciliation of the younger brother — you and me — with the firstborn Son of the Father.

    Many conversions, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life. And so the “Do whatever he tells you” has turned into real self-giving, into a Christian vocation, which from then on enlightens all our personal life. (Christ is Passing By, 149)

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  • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

    pope benedict address to diplomatic core - vatican.va As a new year begins, our own hearts and the entire world continue to echo the joyful message proclaimed twenty centuries ago in the night of Bethlehem, a night which symbolizes humanity’s deep need for light, love and peace. To the men and women of that time, as to those of our own day, the heavenly hosts brought the good news of the coming of the Saviour: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1). The mystery of the Son of God who became the son of man truly surpasses all human expectations. In its absolute gratuitousness this saving event is the authentic and full response to the deep desire of every heart. The truth, goodness, happiness and abundant life which each man and woman consciously or unconsciously seeks are given to us by God. In longing for these gifts, each person is seeking his Creator, for “God alone responds to the yearning present in the heart of every man and woman” (Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 23). Humanity throughout history, in its beliefs and rituals, demonstrates a constant search for God and “these forms of religious expression are so universal that one may well call man a religious being” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 28). The religious dimension is an undeniable and irrepressible feature of man’s being and acting, the measure of the fulfilment of his destiny and of the building up of the community to which he belongs. Consequently, when the individual himself or those around him neglect or deny this fundamental dimension, imbalances and conflicts arise at all levels, both personal and interpersonal.
  • Each of us has dignity

    The Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son are reminders that each one of us has dignity and are worth everything to God who wants a relationship with us and for us to be happy forever.
  • The Multitudes Were Following After Him

    The crowds were following Jesus when he turned around and made them think about something. Easy is it to follow him when it is convenient. Hard is it to follow him when doing so will cause us discomfort. Sometimes doing the right thing will cause us some discomfort but it is the cross that we are asked to bear.
  • Narrow Gate

    There is a question that has always nagged believers: Will there be many or few people saved? During certain periods this problem became so acute as to cause some people terrible anxiety.

    This Sunday's Gospel informs us that Jesus himself was once asked this question. "Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?'"

    The question, as we see, focuses on the number -- How many will be saved? Will it be many or few? In answering the question, Jesus shifts the focus from "how many" to "how" to be saved, that is, by entering "through the narrow gate."

    We see this same attitude in regard to Jesus' second coming. The disciples ask "when" the return of the Son of Man will happen and Jesus answers indicating "how" we should prepare ourselves for that return, and what to do during the time of waiting (cf. Matthew 24:3-4).

    Jesus' way of responding to these questions is not strange or discourteous. He is just acting in the way of one who wants to teach his disciples how to move from a life of curiosity to one of true wisdom; from the allure of idle questions to the real problems we need to grapple with in life.

    From this we already see the absurdity of those who, like the Jehovah Witnesses, believe they know the precise number of the saved: 144,000.

    This number, which recurs in the Book of Revelations has a purely symbolic value (the square of 12 -- the number of the tribes of Israel -- multiplied by 1,000) and is explained by the expression that immediately follows: "A great multitude that no man could number" (Revelations 7:4, 9).

    Above all, if 144,000 is really the number, then we can both close up shop. Above the gate to heaven there must be a sign like the ones parking lots put up: "Full."

    If, therefore, Jesus is not so much interested in revealing to us the number of the saved as he is in telling us how to be saved, we can understand what he is trying to tell us here. In substance, there are two things: one negative and the other positive.

    It is useless, or rather it is not enough, to belong to a certain ethnic group, race, tradition, or institution, not even the chosen people from whom the Savior himself comes. What puts us on the road to salvation is not a title of ownership ("We ate and drank in your presence..."), but a personal decision, followed by a consistent way of life. This is even more clear in Matthew's text which contrasts two ways and two gates, one narrow and the other wide (cf. Matthew 7:13-14).

    Why are these ways respectively called "narrow" and "wide"? Is it perhaps that the way of evil is always easy and pleasant to follow and the way of goodness always hard and tiresome?

    Here we must be careful not to cede to the usual temptation of believing that here below everything goes magnificently well for the wicked and everything goes terribly for the good.

    The way of the wicked is wide, but only at the beginning. As one goes down this way it gradually becomes narrow and bitter. In any case, it becomes very narrow at the end because it finishes in a blind alley.

    The joy that is experienced in it has the characteristic of diminishing more and more as one tastes it, and it finally causes nausea and sadness. We see this in certain forms of intoxication experienced in drugs, alcohol and sex. A larger dose or stronger stimulation is needed each time to produce pleasure of the same intensity.

    Finally the organism no longer responds and it begins to break down, even physically.

    The way of the just is instead narrow at the beginning, when one starts off on it, but it then becomes a spacious boulevard because hope, joy and peace of heart are found in it.

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  • Faithfully Waiting

    Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

    Be watchful for you know not the day nor the hour

    You also must be ready for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour

    To whom much is given much will be expected

    Keep your lamps burning

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  • Thoughts on Greed

    Greed and envy focus a person on self. Those who pursue wealth seek security and safety. They use their riches to shield themselves from life's vicissitudes and to find comfort and confidence in material things. In the pursuit of wealth they lose sight of the real meaning of life because they are seduced by the illusion that with their fortune they can control their lives. Yet one day everyone will die - possessions cannot protect against that day. source: Catholic-Bible-School.org

    Novena Prayer to St Martha "St. Martha, I resort to thy protection and aid and as a proof of my affection and faith I offer this light which I shall burn every Tuesday. Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favor thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house,. Intercede for my family that we may always hold God in our hearts, and that we may be provided for in all our necessities, I ask, St. Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon at thy feet."

  • Pope Benedict XVI on the sinful woman redeemed by love

    The manner in which she chose to come before Jesus, bathing his feet with tears and drying them with her hair, kissing them and sprinkling scented oil upon them, was done to shock those who viewed people in her condition with the merciless eye of the judge. What is striking, on the other hand, is the tenderness with which Jesus treated this woman, exploited and judged by so many. In Jesus she found at last a pure eye, a heart capable of loving without exploiting. In the gaze and heart of Jesus she received the revelation of God-Love!

    To avoid any misunderstanding, it should be noted that Jesus' mercy was not expressed by putting moral law in parentheses. For Jesus, good is good and evil is evil. Mercy does not change the connotations of sin but consumes it in a fire of love.



  • Life is not just a succession of events or experiences; it is a search for the true, the good, and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this - in truth, in goodness, and in beauty - that we find happiness and joy. -PB16 Message for the 43rd World Communications Day May 24, 2009


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Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B

Posted by prepareformass on May 7, 2015


John-15-1-The-True-Vine-greenSunday May 3 2015 is the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B

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Reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – Christ in Our Neighborhood guide materials – Father Dolan, Diocese of San Diego

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.” – Homily from Father Daniel Meynen

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Sunday reflections Fr. Eugene Lobo S.J – “In this gospel passage from the last discourse of Jesus we hear Jesus say that he is the Vine and we are the branches. Without his initiative of being pruned, no branch can bear any fruit. He says that each one must bear fruit to the glory of the Father.”

Gospel Message Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B- “I am the tree of life that my Father has planted in the world, he who wants to become part of me eternally, must become part of this tree, he must convert into one of my branches and take sap from me. My Father and I touch the hearts of all human beings and call them to come, because I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one can come to my Father except through me. My Father has prepared eternal life for all those who listen to me, this is why my words are the guide for the faithful but also the condemnation for the disobedient. Those who do not listen, those who reject the voice of the Spirit and break the commandments without caring for the divine truth, do not produce any fruit, this is why my Father cuts those branches and allow them to whither and die without any hope of everlasting life. Those who listen to me receive gifts, and in the same way that the vinedresser prunes his vine to embellish it, life is full of frustrations and crosses that my Father sends to the soul in order to prune it of self love, egoism, vanity and pride. These sufferings produce wisdom and bring perfection to the soul in humility.”

The Vine and the Branches – Father Robert Barron homily

“Again and again, life’s experiences teach us that, as members of the Earth community, we cannot make it on our own. We need one another, other living beings, the sun, the soil, the water and everything else that formed from exploding stars in the distant past. The gospel reading reminds us that as baptised Christians we are not just intimately interlinked but that the source of our unity is the Risen Christ. As limbs and leaves and sap of the same vine, we simply cannot survive in isolation.” – Veronica Lawson RSM

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1 JN 3:18-24Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth…Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.

JN 15:1-8Jesus said to his disciples, “Remain in me, as I remain in you. By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

The Vine and the Branches

When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, Barnabas affirms Saulbrought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting to kill him. When the believers learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; actions-4and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. Jn15You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B

Posted by prepareformass on April 26, 2015


Shepherd Sunday

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Sunday April 26 2015 is the Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY PODCAST – LIFETEEN Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – Christ in Our Neighborhood guide materials – Father Dolan, Diocese of San Diego Sunday Connection – www.loyolapress.com “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” – Homily from Father Daniel Meynen Coloring Page for Fourth Sunday of Easter Easter Crossword Puzzle – CatholicMom.com Sunday reflections Fr. Eugene Lobo S.J – Today is the Good Shepherd Sunday and the Vocation Sunday and the word of God presents us with two images, the Children of God and the Good Shepherd. In today’s gospel passage Jesus emphasizes the self-sacrificing element in his own life that he is the good shepherd who is laying down his life for his sheep. He contrasts the good shepherd who owns the sheep to someone who is simply hired to look after them. Gospel Message Fourth Sunday of Easter – “A shepherd is the most important person in the lives of the sheep. By nature, sheep are dumb, they lose their way very easily, they have no sense of orientation, they seem to always look down and don’t care much about their welfare. If they are not shown where to pasture, they may die for lack of food; if they fall into a ditch, they are not resourceful enough to free themselves, if they get hurt, they don’t heal quickly and need a lot of care, without a shepherd they are doomed.” The Good Shepherd – Father Robert Barron homily “The notion of “one flock and one shepherd” has its background in Jewish hopes that at the end-time the Messiah would bring together all the scattered people of Israel and gather the nations to Jerusalem. We have here a wonderful image of resurrection inclusivity and hope. “Laying down one’s life” for the sake of the other and doing it willingly is central to the process of creating “one flock” and of leading the way to a thoroughly interconnected gospel community of love and life.” – Veronica Lawson RSM Mother Angelica Live – God Knows Us As We Really Are – 02/22/2011 Cardinal Seán – Celebration of Priesthood Leadership through sacrifice – www.word-sunday.org Easter Resources from 4catholiceducators.com April 2015 Sunday Gospel Activities CatholicMom.com Resources Easter Sundays – Paschal Tide Sunday Mass Readings 4/26/2015 from USCCB ACTS 4:8-12 – The apostles healed in the name of Jesus Christ. There is no salvation through anyone else. PS 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. 1 JN 3:1-2See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God JN 10:11-18I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.

I will lay down my life for the sheep.

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If we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of John 100118Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Pope Francis

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APOSTOLIC LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO ALL CONSECRATED PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE“In response to requests from many of you and from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, I decided to proclaim a Year of Consecrated Life on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium -Pope Francis The Shepherd’s Voice – Scott Hahn Mass Preparation for this Sunday

Hymns for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Pastoral Reflections Institute – www.pastoralreflectionsinstitute.com

Sacerdos Homily

Fr. Joseph Pellegrino Homily

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

Catholic Doors Homilies

The Order of Mass – An overview

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Third Sunday of Easter Year B

Posted by prepareformass on April 15, 2015


6d8848b77330c3daaefd12569de1b440Sunday April 19 2015 is the Third Sunday of Easter Year B

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY PODCAST – LIFETEEN

Reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter – Christ in Our Neighborhood guide materials – Father Dolan, Diocese of San Diego

Sunday Connection – www.loyolapress.com

“Then the disciples told what had happened on the road, and how Jesus was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” – Homily from Father Daniel Meynen

Coloring Page for Third Sunday of Easter

Easter Crossword Puzzle

Sunday reflections Fr. Eugene Lobo S.J – By breaking the bread with the disciples and sharing the meal Jesus makes his disciples experience his real presence. Today we have another account of Jesus appearing to his disciples on Easter Sunday. The gospel begins with the story of the two disciples who had the experience of walking with Jesus and their recognition of the Lord in the breaking of bread.

Gospel Message Third Sunday of Easter – “There are some who still don’t give enough credit to the Word of God, some other love the Word of God but can not still recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. Jesus is truly present in the breaking of the bread, whenever the anointed priest says the words of the consecration and breaks the bread at the altar. How fortunate we are, God is with us, Emmanuel”

The Strangeness of the Resurrection – Father Robert Barron homily

“Imagine two dejected disciples (Cleopas and possibly his wife) on the
road from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus. On their journey, they
encounter the risen Jesus. At first, they fail to recognise him. Their sadness at his death has blinded them to what is happening before their very eyes. He engages them in conversation and holds up a metaphorical mirror to their experience of loss and grief. Their hearts “burn” within them as he opens to them the meaning of their sacred scriptures. They invite him to share a meal with them and their eyes are opened: they recognise him in the breaking of the bread. He disappears from their midst. They cannot contain the joy they have experienced in realising that Jesus is alive.”
– Veronica Lawson RSM

Mother Angelica Live – ROAD TO EMMAUS – 5/16/2000

Cardinal Seán – The Invitation of the Risen Lord

A New Context – Have you ever experienced something so strange you had to re-orient your thinking to explain the experience? What happened? – www.word-sunday.org

Easter Resources from 4catholiceducators.com

April 2015 Sunday Gospel Activities CatholicMom.com Resources

Easter Sundays – Paschal Tide

Sunday Mass Readings 4/19/2015 from USCCB

ACTS 3:13-15, 17-19 – Peter’s Speech. – You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.

PS 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9Lord, let your face shine on us.

1 JN 2:1-5AThose who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.

LK 24:35-48The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.

Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 9648284“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 0eb9712fbe4be2933f4dfbe5ac988194Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, “I have come to know him,” but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. the-appearance-to-the-disciples-in-jerusalem-luke-24-35-48While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Pope Francis

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APOSTOLIC LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO ALL CONSECRATED PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE“In response to requests from many of you and from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, I decided to proclaim a Year of Consecrated Life on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium -Pope Francis

Understanding the Scriptures – Scott Hahn

Mass Preparation for this Sunday

Hymns for the Third Sunday of Easter

Pastoral Reflections Institute – www.pastoralreflectionsinstitute.com

Sacerdos Homily

Fr. Joseph Pellegrino Homily

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

Catholic Doors Homilies

The Order of Mass – An overview

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Second Sunday of Easter

Posted by prepareformass on April 11, 2015


Divine-Mercy-Sunday-250x300Sunday April 12 2015 is the Second Sunday of Easter Year B

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY PODCAST – LIFETEEN

Reflections for the Second Sunday of Easter – Christ in Our Neighborhood guide materials – Father Dolan, Diocese of San Diego

Sunday Connection – www.loyolapress.com

Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. – Homily from Father Daniel Meynen

Coloring Page for Second Sunday of Easter

Easter Crossword Puzzle

Sunday reflections Fr. Eugene Lobo S.J – Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of the Easter season. It was named by Pope John Paul II at the canonization of St. Maria Faustina on April 30, 2000, and then officially decreed by the Vatican. Divine Mercy Sunday can be seen as the convergence of all the mysteries and graces of Holy Week and Easter Week. The feast focuses the light of the Risen Christ into a radiant beam of merciful love and grace for the whole world.

Gospel Message Second Sunday of Easter – Jesus to his disciples – “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Divine Mercy – Father Robert Barron homily

“Even those of us who do believe and trust need a bit of time and
encouragement to take the gospel message to heart. We often need the
example and support of others to move out beyond our fears and
embrace the pain of the wider world.” – Veronica Lawson RSM

Cardinal Seán O’Malley: The Invitation of the Risen Lord

God’s Gift of Peace – “The gospel tells us how Jesus gave his followers peace because they trusted him. In spite of scepticism, he offers us the same peace.” – www.word-sunday.org

Easter Resources from 4catholiceducators.com

Easter Sundays – Paschal Tide

Sunday Mass Readings 4/12/2015 from USCCB

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ACTS 4:32-35 – “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.”

PS 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

1 JN 5:1-6And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

JN 20:19-31“You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!”

Eight days later Jesus came and stood in their midst

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With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 0510_Acts043235There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who lovesdivine-mercy-2 the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. 2008_03_30_risenThen the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” imagesThomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis

APOSTOLIC LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO ALL CONSECRATED PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE“In response to requests from many of you and from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, I decided to proclaim a Year of Consecrated Life on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium -Pope Francis

The Day the Lord has Made – Scott Hahn

Mass Preparation for this Sunday

Hymns for the Second Sunday of Easter

Pastoral Reflections Institute – www.pastoralreflectionsinstitute.com

Sacerdos Homily

Fr. Joseph Pellegrino Homily

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

Catholic Doors Homilies

The Order of Mass – An overview

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