FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – MAY 14, 2022 – REMAINING IN THE VINE (Jn 15:9-17)

Prayer:

O Jesus, stay with me, and my life will produce good fruit.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.

Context:

Jesus’ first priority is his unity with his disciples. From this oneness comes all blessings, both for the disciples and for the world. The disciples must make a choice to stay with Jesus. This decision is filled with frightening consequences. They will either be cast out into the fire or bear fruit.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

If anyone does not remain in me, he will be cast out and become a withered branch. They shall gather him up and cast him into the burning fire.

If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you want and it shall be done for you. In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

As the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love, as I have kept the Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Jesus highlights the disciple’s decision. Although chosen by Jesus, the disciple must freely decide to remain in him.
  2. The wrong choice is devastating. Like everyone else, they will be cast out into the fire of hell.
  3. Making the right choice merits the greatest blessings – complete access to God.
  4. The Father himself initiates their union with Jesus. He loves Jesus and Jesus loves the disciple.
  5. The union is completed by the disciple keeping the Father’s commandments.
  6. Abiding in Jesus brings an indescribable joy.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words).

  • O Jesus, I give you my consent. Claim me for yourself.
  • Losing you, Jesus is an unthinkable disaster. Never let it happen.
  • You attract me. You entice me.You call me to yourself.
  • You offer me the Father’s love and say, “This is yours if you want it.”
  • O Jesus, place your commands in my heart. They are the doors to the Father.
  • You pour out your joy – complete and total – earthly and heavenly – for now and forever.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own).

+ I will recall that the Father’s love for Jesus can be mine, also.

+ I will struggle to keep the commandments, never growing discouraged by my sins.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

“That my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”

Complete Joy

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Feast of Saint Matthias

Complete Joy


Our Lady allowed me to feel in my soul the wonderful union of the saints. I was filled with an indescribable joy. (Elizabeth) (November 4, 1962)


Today’s Readings: “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.(John 15)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, we read today about complete joy- the joy that comes from union with You! Lord You have laid down Your Life for us- enduring the Cross because of the joy that was set before You (Hebrews 12:2). You ask us to do the same- in union with You Lord help us to love those in our path today and joyfully carry the cross that You have given us, as a gift from all eternity, from Your inmost Heart (St. Francis de Sales).

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – MAY 13, 2022 – THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE (JN 14:1-6)

Prayer:

Jesus, bring me to the heavenly mansion which you have prepared for me.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper.

Context:

The scene now shifts dramatically. Jesus is still in Jerusalem but no longer teaching the crowds. He has just completed the Last Supper and gives these extensive teachings only to his apostles.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house, there are many mansions. If not, would I have told you that I go and prepare a place for you? I will come back and take you to myself, so that where I am, you also may be. Where I am going, you know the way.”

Thomas said, “Lord, we do not even know where you are going, how can we know the way? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. After speaking about his death, Jesus tries to calm the disciples’ fears.
  2. Jesus never wants our “hearts to be troubled.”
  3. The apostles must believe that his death will be their door into glory.
  4. Jesus has a place for them in heaven and he will come back for them.
  5. Without realizing it, they even know the way.
  6. Thomas’ question brings out the full revelation. Jesus is the way into the Father’s glory. 

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, how I need you to calm my fears.
  • You always whisper in my heart, ‘Do not be troubled. Do not be troubled.”
  • O Jesus, you have entered into glory. Carry me there in your heart.
  • You will come back for me. I await you with great hope.
  • I can even set out because I know the way.
  • You are the way, and I will follow you.
  • You are the fullness of all reality.You are all in all.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ In difficult moments, I will walk by faith’s light.

+ I will refuse to take any other road. Jesus is truth. All else is false.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in me.

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

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Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

After your death, will abound in the treasures of your heart those who will know, bless and glorify God. God helped you with His boundless grace to have a life filled with treasures. Those who will live after you on earth can draw abundantly from these treasures. They will be able to follow the simple road of your life. By this path, they also can reach Me.” (Jesus) (November 17-18, 1964)

Today’s Readings:

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? (John 14)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord, You have prepared a place for us with You and the Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints! How could we ever be troubled? We are Your instruments to lead souls to You- nothing we give You, no matter how little and insignificant it may seem, is wasted when united in love to You Jesus!

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FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY – MAY 12, 2022 – AFTER WASHING THE FEET (JN 13:16-20)

Prayer:

Jesus, I will follow your example.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

After washing the apostles’ feet, Jesus makes clear what that action meant. He has served the Apostles and they must serve others. Even here, the betrayal by Judas claims Jesus’ attention. He predicts the betrayal, so the apostles are not scandalized by that action.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Amen, amen I say to you. The servant is not greater than the master. Nor is the apostle greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, then you will be blessed if you put them into practice.    

I do not speak to all of you. I know whom I have chosen. My purpose is to fulfill the scripture, “The one who eats bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me.” I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may believe that I am.

Amen, amen I say to you, “Whoever receives the one whom I send, receives me. Whoever receives me, receives the one who sent me.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Jesus renounced all his privileges to serve mankind.
  2. He expects his disciples to do the same.
  3. If the disciple imitates Jesus, the gospel message will be clear.
  4. We are blessed only by imitating Jesus.
  5. Jesus worrying about Judas’ betrayal will affect the others. Jesus predicts the event to soften the blow.
  6. Jesus describes the greatness of a disciple. Whoever receives them, receives Jesus and the Father.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, my greatest dignity is to serve with you.
  • O Jesus, I will think like you, speak like you, act like you.
  • O Jesus, with all my faults, you have chosen me.
  • You worry about me. You are concerned. You ease my every sorrow.
  • Send me. Wherever I go as your apostle, you will go with me. 

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will imitate Jesus’ spirit of service.

+ I will recall moments when Jesus softened my hardships.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Blessed are you if you put these things into practice.

What He Is Telling Us

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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

What He Is Telling Us

This happens day after day, year after year. You do not realize that I, also, am a Man and that you do not have to distance yourselves from Me since you have received Me in your heart. You should speak to Me in simple words. Do not leave Me alone. My Heart yearns for love and confidence. I want you to speak with Me so I can respond with the fullness of My grace. (Jesus) (May 1962)

Today’s Readings: From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 13)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, You keep telling us what we need in Your Word so that we believe that You are who You are. You have given us everything. And yet so many do not believe- even those of us who do take Your Word for granted and do not pay attention with awe and reverence to what You speak to us each day! Your Word should literally stop us in our tracks if we are truly listening with the heart. May we receive You every day with love and confidence and so that You can pour out the fullness of Your Grace into our hearts through Your Word and through the Sacraments.

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY – MAY 11, 2022 – A RECAPITULATION (JN 12:44-50)

Prayer:

O Jesus, do not let me stay in darkness.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.

Context:

Jesus is about to leave the temple to go into hiding. His public teaching ministry is over. These verses in John’s gospel are a summary of his main themes, an overview of all that Jesus has taught.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me, does not just believe in me, but also in the one who sent me.

            I have come into the world as light so whoever believes in me does not stay in darkness.

            If any man hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him because I have not come to judge the world. Whoever despises my words is judged by the word I have spoken.   I did not speak on my own but the Father, who sent me, told me what to say and I know that his commandment is eternal life.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. These verses provide an excellent review of the Jesus’ teachings. 
  2. To believe in Jesus is to believe in the Father.
  3. Jesus is the light of the world.
  4. He alone can lead us out of darkness.
  5. Therefore, when we hear Jesus’ words, we must take them to heart.
  6. If we do this, Jesus will not judge us.
  7. His words will give us everlasting life.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, your teaching is clear, easy to grasp.
  • O Jesus, I will walk only in your light.
  • You call me out of darkness.
  • You unite me to the Father.
  • You give me eternal life.
  • O Jesus, I embrace your words. They lead me to eternal, abundant life.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will reflect on the great gift. Jesus unites me with the Father.

+ I will accept my responsibility to keep Jesus’ word.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The Father who sent me told me what to say.

Christ Our Light

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Christ Our Light

“My little one, I want that not one soul be damned. You should want this together with me. For this purpose, I place in your hands a beam of light that is the Flame of Love of my heart.” (Mary) (January 15, 1964 )

Today’s Readings: I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.(John 12)


Prayer Meditation- O Jesus You are the Light of the World- You came as light in Your Incarnation and You come as light in our times to pour out Your Graces into this critical time of darkness. Come Lord Jesus into our hearts and let us not delay in passing this Flame of Love to our neighbors by prayer, sacrifice, and acts of mercy! Let us desire that Your Light would pour out and illumine all hearts so that none would remain in darkness and let us act on this desire in concert with the Holy Spirit and Your Blessed Mother!

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FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY – MAY 10, 2022 – SHEEP IN THE FATHER’S HANDS (JN 10:22-30)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I will hear your voice and follow you to eternal life.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.

Context:

Even this image of shepherd gets drawn into controversy. Not being Jesus’ sheep, the hearers do not believe that Jesus can give everlasting life to those who follow him. Jesus explains that he holds every person in his hands, just as His Father does.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            The Jews said to Jesus, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I told you and you did not believe. The works I do in the Father’s name, testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.

            My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them everlasting life and they shall never perish. No one can pluck them out of my hand. My Father has given them to me and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. The Jews ask a question which seemingly deserves a plain answer. 
  2. However, the question comes because they refuse to believe Jesus’ testimony.
  3. More words, even plainer words, will not help them.
  4. They need to make a decision. They must accept Jesus.
  5. Because the true sheep desire to live forever, they easily understand.
  6. Jesus holds these sheep and no one snatches them away.
  7. Jesus reveals his identity. He is one with the Father.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, you have already given me enough words. Now, I must believe.
  • I will give you my heart. Then, I will fully understand your words.
  • Awaken in me immense desires for eternal life. 
  • Jesus, I will share your relationship with the Father.
  • Speak loudly in my soul, Jesus. Silence all other voices.
  • Where else would I rather be than in your hands?

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will listen today for Jesus’ voice.

+ I will stay in Jesus’ hands. I am safe there.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The Father has given these sheep to me and no one will snatch them from my hands.

Encouragement In The Everyday

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Encouragement In The Everyday

Jesus: “You are too immersed in earthly things, My little one.”
Jesus: “I did not say that to discourage you. I want to encourage
you so that you do not seek relief by looking to the earth in your
battles. Look only at Me. I want that, while snuggling yourself right
against Me and surrendering to Me in your arduous struggles, you
never stop looking only upwards.” (Jesus) (February 7, 1963)

Today’s Readings: The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all
to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. (Acts 11)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, You encourage us in our everyday battles to seek Your Face! Let us rejoice in Your Grace and encourage others to persevere in remaining faithful in their battles! Let us be like Barnabas and be encouragers because we are filled with the Holy Spirit!

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FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY – MAY 9, 2022 – THE GOOD SHEPHERD (JN 10:1-10)

Prayer:

O Jesus, you will be my good Shepherd.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.

Context:

At night, many shepherds would bring their sheep into the city and place them in a large building. In the morning, the owner (a gatekeeper) would allow the true shepherds to enter the building. Because the sheep would be mingled, each shepherd had to call out. Knowing his voice, his sheep would come forward. Then, the shepherd could lead them out to pasture.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in another way, is a thief and a robber. Whoever enters by a door is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens for him. The sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

            Then, he goes before them. The sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they do not follow. They flee from him because they do not know a stranger’s voice.”  

Although Jesus used this example, they did not understand him.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. The Father is the gatekeeper. He gives Jesus full access to the sheep. 
  2. Others are kept away because they will steal the sheep.
  3. A shepherd trains his sheep to recognize his voice.  
  4. Their safety depends upon their recognizing their shepherd’s voice.
  5. When called by another voice, the sheep flee. He is not their shepherd.
  6. Those listening to Jesus cannot understand this easy example because their hearts are set against him.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, you alone are my shepherd.
  • Train me to know your voice and to recognize your words.
  • Call me, Jesus, and I will follow.
  • Lead me out of a sinful life and into the daylight of goodness.
  • O Jesus, when I followed false shepherds, they stole my heavenly treasure.
  • I want only your voice, your words, your path, and your will.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will listen today for the voice of the Shepherd.

+ I will follow wherever he leads me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

He calls the sheep by name and leads them out. They follow because they know his voice.

Life Abundant In Christ

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Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Life Abundant in Christ

Let Me give you abundant graces which are stored up in the immeasurable love of My Heart. May our souls be in harmony. May our hearts beat in unison. Draw many souls to Me. May our hands gather in unity. When you also are abandoned, I will never abandon you, I will be with you in every difficult situation. Besides, today I will accompany you with the penetrating glance of My eyes. (Jesus) (February 10, 1963)

Today’s Readings:

A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10)


Prayer Meditation- O Lord, You have come so that we may have the abundant life You meant for us to have from the beginning of time, that is union and friendship with You! Your love without measure- let us accept this overflow of Love into our hearts so that we may spread it to others that they too will allow Christ to live in them!

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – C – MAY 8, 2022 – SHEEP IN THE FATHER’S HANDS (JN 10:27-30)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I will hear your voice and follow you to eternal life.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.

Context:

Even this image of shepherd gets drawn into controversy. Not being Jesus’ sheep, the hearers do not believe that Jesus can give everlasting life to those who follow him. Jesus explains that he holds every person in his hands, just as His Father does.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            The Jews said to Jesus, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered, “I told you and you did not believe. The works I do in the Father’s name, testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.

            My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them everlasting life and they shall never perish. No one can pluck them out of my hand. My Father has given them to me and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. The Jews ask a question which seemingly deserves a plain answer. 
  2. However, the question comes because they refuse to believe Jesus’ testimony.
  3. More words, even plainer words, will not help them.
  4. They need to make a decision. They must accept Jesus.
  5. Because the true sheep desire to live forever, they easily understand.
  6. Jesus holds these sheep and no one snatches them away.
  7. Jesus reveals his identity. He is one with the Father.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, you have already given me enough words. Now, I must believe.
  • I will give you my heart. Then, I will fully understand your words.
  • Awaken in me immense desires for eternal life. 
  • O Jesus, I will share your relationship with the Father.
  • Speak loudly in my soul, Jesus. Silence all other voices.
  • Where else would I rather be than in your hands?

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will listen today for Jesus’ voice.

+ I will stay in Jesus’ hands. I am safe there.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The Father has given these sheep to me and no one will snatch them from my hands.

We Are His

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Fourth Sunday of Easter


We Are His


“Understand the ardent longing of My Divinity that I want to satisfy here with you. I delight to be with you because I feel that every beating of your heart is Mine.” (Jesus) (February 25, 1964)


Today’s Readings: I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, You know us and You call to us- we know Your Voice, the One who loves us and will never leave us. The One who lays down His life for us, the sheep! It is hard to comprehend this kind of Love let alone feel worthy of it. Because it is not about what we have done, but what has been done for us! Lord, today, let us give You our everything, no matter how unworthy we feel so that You can give us Your everything in return- only You can make us whole!

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THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – MAY 7, 2022 – THE MURMURING DISCIPLES (JN 6:60-69)

Prayer:

O Lord Jesus, to whom else shall I go?

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his twelve apostles.

Context:

Jesus has just finished his talk on the Eucharist, using the very explicit phrases “eat my flesh” and “drink my blood.” Some disciples could not accept this teaching. They walked away. Jesus now asks the Twelve. Peter answers that they will stay with Jesus. This is a very important text.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Many of the disciples said, “This is a difficult saying, who can accept it?” But Jesus, knowing that his disciples were murmuring, said, “Does this scandalize you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit which gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you that do not believe.”

            Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. Jesus continued, “This is why I have said that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.

            From this time on, many of his disciples walked away. Jesus said to the Twelve, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of everlasting life. We have come to believe. We are convinced that you are God’s Holy One.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Jesus is hurt by the desertion of so many disciples.
  2. Their human intellects cannot grasp Jesus’ great spiritual gifts.
  3. If they cannot believe Jesus’ teaching about the Eucharist, how will they believe his ascending into heaven?
  4. Jesus gives everyone complete freedom. Even the Twelve can leave.
  5. Peter does not grasp everything. However, he knows that Jesus is the Anointed One. That is enough. 
  6. He and the other apostles make the right decision, but Judas’ heart is not right.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, I am free. I can abandon you or stay with you.
  • Draw me so I cling to you.
  • My intellect is so small, Lord, and your mysteries are so great.
  • O Jesus, you know my heart. I am weak but loyal.
  • What a privilege to know that you are present in Holy Communion!
  • You are the ascended Jesus who descends into my heart.
  • If you don’t mind, Jesus, I will stay with you.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will deepen my friendship with Jesus by more frequent reception of Holy Communion.

+ I will never abandon Jesus.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Nowhere Else To Go

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Saturday Of The Third Week of Easter

Nowhere Else To Go

Believe Me, you cannot say anything greater or more pleasing to Me. For this I came down from Heaven to redeem souls, so they would have eternal life.” (Jesus) (July 20, 1965)

Today’s Readings: Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, You give Yourselves to us in Word and Sacrament at each Mass! What was a hard teaching is now the reality of Your Presence in the world. Indeed, where else would we run, where else would we go- only You are the answer to the longings of our hearts! Let us reach out to those who have walked away!

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – MAY 6, 2022 – HIS FLESH AND BLOOD (JN 6:52-59)

Prayer:

O Jesus, may I eat your flesh and drink your blood every day of my life.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching to the crowds.

Context:

These are among the most important verses in the New Testament because they provide a clear teaching on the power of the Eucharist to give eternal life. These are verses dear to all Catholics because they teach that Holy Communion Jesus’ body and blood.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus said, “If anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews asked, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  Jesus said, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you shall have no life in you.

            He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As the living Father has sent me and I live by the Father, so, whoever eats of me will have life because of me.

            This is the bread come down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things while teaching in Capernaum.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. The words are strikingly clear. This “bread from heaven” is Jesus’ flesh and blood.
  2. Jesus gives an unconditional promise. Whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood has everlasting life. Jesus will raise them up on the last day.
  3. Jesus also gives a warning. Unless the person eats his flesh and drinks his blood they will have no life.
  4. Jesus explains, by eating his body and drinking his blood, the person abides in Jesus just as Jesus abides in the Father.
  5. Five times, Jesus teaches that His flesh and blood are the food come down from heaven and that whoever eats will live forever.
  6. The message is important. His disciples remember that he taught this at Capernaum.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, what could be clearer? The Eucharist is your flesh and blood, and I am invited to the table. 
  • By your Eucharist, give me eternal life.
  • Jesus, raise me up or else I will perish forever.
  • Abide with me. Live in me. Give me your life. I will live forever.
  • You warn me O Jesus. Your warning is very serious.
  •  If I do not I eat this food, I will have no life with you.
  • Draw me to your table. I want to live with you forever.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will try to receive Eucharist every day.

+ I will cherish this sacrament as the food of eternal life.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live forever.

Blinded By The Light

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Blinded By The Light


My soul, in God’s peace, was filled with thoughts about the good God. I did not even remember my blindness of this morning, and had completely forgotten it. (Elizabeth) (1977)


Today’s Readings: Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. (Acts 9)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord, we go through life with scales on our eyes blind to Your goodness- each going our own way until we sink into darkness. Yet You never give up on us! If we need to be knocked down and blinded by life to finally see You it will be allowed- that is how much You love us! Let us forget our former blindness and let the scales fall off of our eyes and begin again in You!

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THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022 – STOP MURMURING (JN 6:43-51)

Prayer:

O Jesus, teach me to learn from the Father.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.

Context:

Jesus continues to speak about the Israelites in the desert. Just as they murmured against Moses, Jesus’ audience is murmuring against him. Yet, Jesus is the bread of life, ensuring that we will live forever.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Many murmured because Jesus said, “I am the bread come down from heaven.” Jesus said, “Do not murmur. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him up on the last day. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him, comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is of God. He has seen the Father.

            Whoever believes in me has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate manna in the desert and died. This is the bread come down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will never die. I am the living bread come down from heaven.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. Before receiving the manna, their ancestors murmured.
  2. This crowd also murmurs because they cannot believe what Jesus promises.
  3. Their minds do not grasp this mystery and they refuse to listen.
  4. They do not believe that Jesus has seen the Father and speaks his word.
  5. These listeners are helpless – unable to grasp and unwilling to learn.
  6. The heavenly bread will do them no good.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, how patient you are with me when I murmur. 
  • O Father, instruct me.  My own intellect cannot absorb this mystery.
  • Jesus, draw me to the Father.
  • O Jesus, you have seen the Father and you reveal him to me.
  • Jesus, raise me up on the last day.
  • Nourish me, O Bread of Life, and I will live forever.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will receive Holy Communion as often as possible.

+ I will let the Father draw me into this mystery.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Whoever eats this bread will live forever.