SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY –(PART 2) – JUNE 3, 2017 PETER AND THE BELOVED DISCIPLE (Jn 21:20-25)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to find my call.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with Peter and the Beloved Disciple)

Context:

Tomorrow is the feast of Pentecost. So today’s gospel brings an end to the Easter visions.
The story of the two apostles closest to Jesus are Peter and the Beloved Disciple. Peter has just received authority in the church. This text shows that the Beloved
Disciple has a different role.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

When Peter turned around, he saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following. This was the disciple who leaned on Jesus’ breast at the supper and asked,
“Lord, who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what shall he do?” Jesus said, “What if I have him stay until I come? How does that concern you?” As this saying spread, many thought that Jesus said that the disciple would not die.
However, Jesus did not say he would not die, but “Suppose I want him to stay until I come?
What is that to you?”

This is the disciple who gives testimony of these things and has written them. We know that
his testimony is true. There are many other things that Jesus did. If they were all written down, the world itself, I think, could not contain the books
that would be written.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. This final story deliberately links Peter who has Jesus’ special authority with the
    Beloved Disciple who had Jesus’ special love.
  2. The story prepares for the Church which always needs authority and faithful people.
  3. People who know and love Jesus will remain until he returns.
  4. Jesus’ promise was not limited to the first Beloved Disciple. All are called
    to know and love Jesus.
  5. All can lean on Jesus’ heart at the moment of Holy Communion.
  6. This gospel has special credibility, written by an eyewitness, the disciple most loved by Jesus.
  7. The whole world cannot contain all the stories of Jesus because they continue to happen every day.

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

  1. O Jesus, I, too, am your beloved, special to you.
  2. Let me rest in your Sacred Heart. You want me there.
  3. Jesus, you know the length of my life and the day of my death.
  4. Thank you for the stories of your life. They are heaven in our midst.
  5. You are always drawing me into your Kingdom.
  6. O Jesus, make me your beloved disciple. This is my greatest desire.

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

  1. I will accept Jesus’ invitation to place my head on his heart.
  2. I will read some gospel stories today.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

This is the disciple who has written these things.

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – (PART 1) – JUNE 3, 2017 VOCATION OF THE BELOVED DISCIPLE (Jn 21:20-25)

Prayer: O Jesus, draw me to your heart.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking with Peter).

Context:

This is the final story in John’s gospel and defines the relationship between
Peter and the Beloved Disciple. The Church needs authority (Peter)
and faithful disciples (John). Both will remain until the end of time.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

At the Sea of Galilee, Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus
loved following them. This was the disciple who laid his head on Jesus’
breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one who will betray you?” Peter, seeing this disciple, asked Jesus, “What will this man do?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?
You are to follow me.”

The rumor went about that this disciple would not die, but Jesus did not
say he would not die. He only said, “If I want him to remain until I come,
what is that to you?” This is the disciple who has given testimony and has written these things. We know that his testimony is true. There are many other things which Jesus did. If all of these were written, I think the world itself could not contain all the books.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus has told Peter that he will be martyred. The Beloved Disciple will not be.
  2. The Beloved Disciple enjoys an intimacy with Jesus to which even Peter has no access.
  3. Peter is curious about this relationship, but Jesus allows no discussion.
  4. The Beloved Disciple will have his own role in the Church.
  5. Peter is the Shepherd, the teacher, the hierarchical head. The Beloved Disciple is the faithful soul, the believer and the lover.
  6. These faithful souls will sustain the Church until the end of the world.
  7. The Beloved Disciple knew Jesus and wrote this gospel, to explain the great mystery.
    Jesus is the “Word Made Flesh among us.”

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

  1. Make me your Beloved Disciple, faithful in everything.
  2. How close you hold me! What intimacy you offer to me! Why should I seek anything else?
  3. O Jesus, captivate my heart. Never let me go.
  4. Make me faithful to the very end.
  5. Reveal your secrets to me, O Lord, and I will make You known to the whole world.

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

  1. Today, I will allow Jesus to draw me to his heart.
  2. I will curb my imagination and limit my curiosity about world events, so God can reveal his mysteries.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – JUNE 2, 2017 JESUS QUESTIONS PETER (Jn 21:15-19)

Prayer: O Jesus, fill my heart with love so I can serve you.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking with Peter on the share of Galilee.)

Context:

This text is extremely important. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gives Peter the Keys to the Kingdom. In this passage, Jesus also gives Peter authority, using the image of “feeding the sheep.”

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

After they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John,
do you love me more than these? He answered, ‘Lord you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” A second time, Jesus said, “Simon, son of John,
do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Tend my sheep.” A third time, Jesus said, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon was annoyed
because he asked a third time. He said, “Lord you know all things. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

“Amen, amen I say to you. When you were younger, you would dress yourself
and go where you wanted. When you are old, you will stretch out your hands and
another shall lead you where you do not want to go.” With these words,
Jesus signified by what kind of
death Peter would glorify God. Then he said, “Follow me.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus’ three questions give Peter an opportunity to reverse his three denials.
  2. For Jesus, Peter’s personal love is important. He had to know where Peter’s heart was.
  3. Assured of his love, Jesus makes Peter the guiding Shepherd of the Church.
  4. Jesus speaks of Peter’s first moments, when his task concludes.
  5. The impetuous Peter won’t choose his path. His young man’s strength will fail.
  6. He will go where others take him. This requires spiritual maturity.

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

  1. Lord, you always give me an opportunity.
  2. I will correct my errors and undo my mistakes.
  3. Lord, please ask me if I love you.
  4. Lord, you know where my heart is. Claim it as your own.
  5. You know everything, O Lord. You know my call. You know my future. You know the moment of my death.
  6. I will go where you want me to go.
  7. Your final words touch my heart. “Follow me”, you say.

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

  1. I will hear Jesus’ question in my soul, “Do you love me?”
  2. I will follow Jesus until I die.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Lord, you know that I love you.

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY – JUNE 1, 2017 JESUS’ PRAYER FOR FUTURE BELIEVERS (Jn 17:20-26)

Prayer: O Jesus, restore our oneness in your glory.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper)

Context: Jesus’ prayer is for us, the future believers. Two thousand years later,
as the word reaches us, we receive the same glory given by the Father to Jesus,
and from Jesus to his Church.

If Jesus’ word forges a unity, the world also, will believe in Jesus.

Gospel text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said, “I pray not only for them, but for all who will believe in me through their word. That they all may be one, as you Father are in me and I in you. That they, also, may be one in us, so that the world will believe that you have sent me.

I have given them the glory that you gave me, so they might be one as we are one,
I in them and you in me, that they might be brought to perfection as one, and that
the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them as you loved me.”

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

  1. Jesus looks to the future. He sees the billions of people who will believe through the disciples’ preaching.
  2. Jesus wants all believers to enjoy the oneness that he enjoys with the Father.
  3. This unity of believers will be Jesus’ instrument to bring the whole world to faith in him.
  4. This oneness comes from Jesus giving all believers a share in his glory.
  5. By seeing his disciples united, the world (his persecutor) will see that the Father loves the world.
  6. This is Jesus’ only plan for the world’s salvation.
  7. His Church must be clothed in his glory and one with each other.

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

  1. Jesus, you prayed for me, knowing that I would believe your word.
  2. Now, you want me to join with other believers.
  3. You share your glory with all of us.
  4. You make us one in this glory.
  5. By our oneness, others will believe in you.
  6. When the whole world believes, you will come again.

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

  1. I will thank God for my faith.
  2. I will seek other believers to share my devout life.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

“I pray that they may be one so the world believes.”

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY – MAY 31, 2017 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary MARY VISITS ELIZABETH (LK 1:39-45)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with your joy.

Imagination: (Picture Mary entering Zechariah’s house).

Context:
This story contains many truths. First, Jesus begins his sanctifying ministry. Second, John begins his ministry, pointing out Jesus to his mother. Third, this is an early picture of Pentecost. All are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Mary went quickly into the hill country of Judea, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For the moment that your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you, for you have believed that the Lord’s words to you would be fulfilled.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
1. Jesus begins immediately to sanctify the world. Mary is his first missionary.
2. John the Baptist begins his ministry, pointing out the Christ to his mother.
3. Pentecost comes early. All are filled with the Holy Spirit.
4. Many years later, the apostles will gather with Mary and receive the Spirit at Pentecost.
5. By prophetic revelation, Elizabeth knows that Mary is the mother of God.
6. These two women hold all of history in their wombs.
7. Elizabeth has the Precursor and Mary has the Saviour.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
1. O Jesus, you begin immediately to save the world.
2. O Mary, bring Jesus quickly to me.
3. Holy Spirit, fill me with joy.
4. Mary, invite me into your womb, the new garden of Eden, where Jesus has placed every treasure.
5. Mary, help me to believe God’s word.
6. O Mary, share with me the Spirit of Pentecost.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
1. Today, I will use Elizabeth’s words to praise Mary, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
2. I will ponder the mystery that God placed all human history in Mary’s womb.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s words to you would be fulfilled.

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY – MAY 30, 2017 THE HOUR HAS COME (Jn 17:1-5)

Prayer: O Jesus, lead me to eternal life.

Imagination: Picture Jesus with his apostles at the Last Supper

Context: After teaching the apostles, Jesus prays to his Father and has them listen in. This prayer has three parts. In this section, Jesus declares that he has glorified God by giving everyone eternal life. He reveals that knowing him and knowing the Father are the same, and bring God’s glory.

Gospel text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus, lifting up his eyes to heaven, said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son that your Son may glorify you. You have given him power
over all people, so he may give eternal life to all whom you gave to him.
Now this is eternal life. That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ,
whom you have sent.

I have glorified you on earth. I have finished the work you have given me to do. Now, glorify me, O Father, with yourself, with the glory that I had with you
before the world began.”

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

  1. Although Jesus speaks directly to the Father, he wants the apostles to overhear his prayer.
  2. The Father and the Son reveal each other’s glory so the disciples can see.
  3. Having revealed the glory of the Father, Jesus’ work is finished.
  4. Now, the Father will reveal Jesus’ glory by raising him from the dead.
  5. After the Resurrection, the disciples will see the glory which Jesus had “from the beginning.”
  6. By knowing the Father and Jesus, all can gain eternal life.

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

  1. Jesus, this mystery overwhelms me. Both you and the Father want to reveal yourselves to me.
  2. Complete your work in me, O Jesus. Fully reveal your Father.
  3. Jesus, the “hour has come.” Let me no longer put off my task of coming to know you.
  4. Jesus, give me eternal life. The Father gave you this task.
  5. This is eternal life, to know you, Father, and Jesus whom you have sent.

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

  1. “The hour has come”. I must accept Jesus fully.
  2. I will value Jesus’ eternal glory above all earthly gifts.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – MAY 27, 2017 SPEAKING PLAINLY (Jn 16:23-28)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Explain to me the mysteries of Jesus.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper)

Context: Jesus admits that he is using figures of speech which the
disciples do not understand. You, the reader, understand them clearly because
you know that Jesus rose from the dead. Not having experienced the Resurrection as yet,
the disciples find these
images difficult to grasp. So, Jesus speaks more plainly.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

These things I have spoken to you in figures of speech, but the hour is coming
when I will no longer speak to you in this way but I will speak to you plainly
about the Father. On that day, you shall ask in my name. I do not say that I
will ask the Father for you. The Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now, I am leaving the world
and returning to the Father.

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

  1. Jesus has spoken clearly to the apostles. All the mysteries have been revealed.
  2. However, the disciples do not understand because Jesus has not yet risen.
  3. After the resurrection, they understand everything.
  4. Therefore, the Father loves them and will grant all their requests.
  5. They see the whole mystery – Jesus coming from the Father and returning to the Father.

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

  1. O Jesus, I thank you that I was born after you came into the world.
  2. Now, I understand all the mysteries.
  3. I am a child of the Father, an heir of the Kingdom, a member of Christ’s Body.
  4. O Father, I speak to you as your child and I ask you to give me eternal life.
  5. O Jesus, I love you and believe that you came from the Father.
  6. Now, you have gone ahead. You await me, Jesus. I am coming. Only death separates us.

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

  1. I will meditate on the great privilege of being born after Jesus Christ lived on this earth.
  2. I will never endanger my inheritance by sinful choices.

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

The Father himself loves you because you have loved me.

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY – MAY 29, 2017 THINKING THEY UNDERSTAND (Jn 16:29-33)

Prayer: O Jesus, strengthen me in the time of trial.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper)

Context: Jesus speaks plainly and the disciples think they understand. However, not having experienced the death and resurrection of Jesus, their faith is
far too weak. Jesus shatters their self-confidence by predicting that they will desert him. However, Jesus concludes with a promise of victory.

Gospel text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

The disciples said, “Now you are speaking plainly and not with parables. Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to ask you. Because of this, we believe that you came from God.”

Jesus said, “Do you believe? The hour is coming and is already here, when you will
be scattered, each to his own home and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone.
The Father is with me.

I have spoken these things so you may have peace. In the world, you will have distress.
Have confidence. I have overcome the world.”

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

  1. The apostles think that they believe firmly.
  2. Their solid faith will come only after Jesus rises.
  3. Jesus sees that their faith is frail and incomplete,totally unable to withstand his death.
  4. When the Roman soldiers test their resolve, the disciples will scatter, leaving Jesus alone.
  5. Their desertion hurts Jesus but His faith lies in the Father, not in the disciples.
  6. The disciples will remember Jesus’ words and regain their peace.
  7. Even more important, Jesus will rise and they will share in his victory over the world.

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

  1. Jesus, speak plainly to me and I will understand.
  2. Strengthen my faith, so I do not desert you in the crisis.
  3. When my resolve is tested, I will stand with you, Jesus.
  4. How often Your words console me in my failures!
  5. Jesus, You chose me, even knowing that I would abandon you and leave you alone.
  6. O Jesus, I rejoice in your victory, the ultimate victory, the only victory that matters,
    and my eternal salvation.
  7. I will live with you forever.

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

  1. I will seek religious experiences so my faith will be strong.
  2. In my trials, I will ask Jesus to stay with me.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

The hour is coming when you will be scattered.

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER- A-MAY 28, 2017 THE HOUR HAS COME (Jn 17:1-5)

Prayer: O Jesus, lead me to eternal life.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his apostles at the Last Supper)

Context:
After teaching the apostles, Jesus prays to his Father and has them listen in. This prayer has three parts. In this section, Jesus declares that he has glorified God by giving everyone eternal life. He reveals that knowing him and knowing the Father are the same, and bring God’s glory.

Gospel text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Jesus, lifting up his eyes to heaven, said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son that your Son may glorify you. You have given him power over all people, so he may give eternal life to all whom you gave to him. Now this is eternal life. That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
I have glorified you on earth. I have finished the work you have given me to do. Now, glorify me, O Father, with yourself, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.”

Thoughts (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.
1. Although Jesus speaks directly to the Father, he wants the apostles to overhear his prayer.
2. The Father and the Son reveal each other’s glory so the disciples can see.
3. Having revealed the glory of the Father, Jesus’ work is finished.
4. Now, the Father will reveal Jesus’ glory by raising him from the dead.
5. After the Resurrection, the disciples will see the glory which Jesus had “from the beginning.”
6. By knowing the Father and Jesus, all can gain eternal life.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
1. O Jesus, this mystery overwhelms me. Both you and the Father want to reveal yourselves to me.
2. Complete your work in me, O Jesus. Fully reveal your Father.
3. Jesus, the “hour has come.” Let me no longer put off my task of coming to know you.
4. O Jesus, give me eternal life. The Father gave you this task.
5. This is eternal life, to know you, Father, and Jesus whom you have sent.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
1. “The hour has come”. I must accept Jesus fully.
2. I will value Jesus’ eternal glory above all earthly gifts.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)
Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – MAY 26, 2017 IN A LITTLE WHILE (Jn 16:16-22)

Prayer: O Jesus, turn my sorrows into joys.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.)

Context: Jesus has spoken of “a little while.” Because the disciples are confused,
Jesus explains what this means. He speaks of a joyful woman who has given birth. This “birth” is his rising from the dead.

Gospel text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said, “In a little while, you shall not see me. Again, a little while and you shall see me, because I go to the Father.”

The disciples did not understand and Jesus knew they wanted to ask him, so he said,
“Why do you inquire among yourselves about this little while? Amen, amen, I say to you. You shall weep and lament while the world shall rejoice. You will be sorrowful but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow. However, when she brings forth the child, she does not remember her suffering
because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So, you now have sorrow,
but I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you.”

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

  1. The “little while” is the darkness of those three days between Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  2. Naturally, the disciples did not understand. They could not grasp the mystery that Jesus would rise.
  3. During those three days, the world rejoiced and the disciples grew sad.
  4. Their sadness was like a woman about to give birth.
  5. Their sorrow became joy when Jesus rose from the grave.
  6. After they saw Jesus, the world could never take away the apostles’ joy.

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

  1. O Jesus, how often I experience moments of sadness, when you seem far away.
  2. In this “Little while” You hide yourself and make me wait for you.
  3. Your absence multiplies my joy at your return.
  4. Return quickly Jesus. Rise again within me.
  5. When you come to me, no one takes away my joy.
  6. At my death, you will be there. I will await you.

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

  1. I will ask Jesus to come to me, today.
  2. I will never allow anything to steal my joy.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

No one will take your joy from you.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY – MAY 25, 2017 ASCENSION THURSDAY A THE FINAL COMMAND (Mt 28:16-20)

Prayer: O Jesus, send me to the nations.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus on the mountain with his disciples.)

Context:
This is Jesus final appearance to the disciples. Even now, some still doubt his resurrection. Even with their unbelief, Jesus chooses them as his messengers to preach to the whole world and to baptize the nations.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
The eleven disciples made their way to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had summoned them. When they saw him, even those who doubted, did him homage.
Jesus said to them, “Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. Know that I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
1. These eleven apostles are very important to Jesus. They are the foundations of his church.
2. He is Lord and King and He summons them. This is a command performance.
3. He calls them up the mountain, the symbol of man’s relationship with God.
4. Many are still entangled in their doubts. What kind of preachers would they be?
5. Seeing the Risen Jesus brings faith. They adore Jesus. Now, they are ready to preach.
6. Jesus describes his new status. He is the Risen Lord, having all authority everywhere.
7. He gives two commands. The disciples are to teach the people and to baptize them into the Church.
8. What began on this mountain 2000 years ago continues to this day. Jesus is preached and people are baptized.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
1. O Jesus, I am important to you. You have a task for me.
2. Summon me into your presence, Jesus. I will gladly come.
3. O Jesus, you have all authority and all power.
4. All must hear about you. I will tell the whole world.
5. Make me your fervent disciple and I will make other disciples.
6. Jesus, you do not pass away. Your authority is forever.
7. You are with me, Jesus, stay in my heart.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
1. I will gladly be a disciple under Jesus’ authority.
2. I will try to make others his disciples.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)
I am with you always, even until the end of the world.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY – MAY 24, 2017 THE SPIRIT TEACHES (Jn 16:12-15)

Prayer: O Jesus, thank you for the Holy Spirit who teaches me all truth.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.)

Context:

Jesus describes the two goals which the Spirit will accomplish among
the disciples (the Church). First, He will extend Jesus’ revelation, going beyond what Jesus
was able to teach in his short lifetime. Second, the Spirit will explain those teachings which Jesus
did say but were not comprehended by the disciples.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say, but you cannot bear them now. When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will teach you all truth.
He will not speak on His own. He will speak what he hears and will
show you the things that are to come.

He shall glorify me because he will receive what is mine and reveal it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine. That is why I say, He will receive
what is mine and reveal it to you.”

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

  1. In this final hour, Jesus reveals some special truths. After his Resurrection, He will reveal even more.
  2. However, the full revelation will come only from the Holy Spirit who
    will explain the mystery of Jesus.
  3. The source of these mysteries is the eternal Father, who sends both the Son and the Spirit.
  4. The Spirit gathers up all these truths about the Father and Jesus, and reveals them.
  5. He reveals them to multiply Jesus’ glory within us.

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

  1. O Spirit, reveal these mysteries to me. Then, Jesus will capture my heart.
  2. You reveal “what is coming”, so I can know what to do with my life.
  3. Teach me “all truth”. Let me be a quick learner.
  4. Reveal Jesus to me. Reveal all of his glory, all of his power, all of his love.
  5. O Spirit, taught by you, I will glorify Jesus.
  6. O Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, You are always at work on my behalf.

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

  1. I will have a special devotion to the Spirit of Jesus.
  2. Today, I will seek the Spirit’s help for all my decisions.

Thought for the Day 🙁 To recall your meditation)

When the Spirit comes, he will teach you all truth.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY – MAY 23, 2017 THE SPIRIT’S TASKS (Jn 16:8-11)

Prayer: O Jesus, send your Paraclete to overcome the world.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the apostles at the last Supper)

Context: Jesus again shifts the focus. The Holy Spirit will not just
be an advocate for the disciples. He will be a prosecuting attorney against the world. He will work within the believers, assuring them that they have correctly
chosen to stand with Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

When the Paraclete comes, he will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment. Of sin, because they have not believed in me. Of justice, because I go to the
Father and you will see me no more. Of judgment,
because the prince of this world is already judged.

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

  1. When experiencing the world’s persecutions, the disciples might ask, “Did we make the right choice?”
  2. In these moments, the Holy Spirit will be a powerful inner voice, comforting the disciples.
  3. As their advocate, he will put the whole world on trial.
  4. First, He will reveal the great sin of the world which refused
    to accept Jesus, in spite of his many miracles.
  5. Second, He will judge the world which persecutes the disciples even though they testify truly. Jesus has gone to the Father and will return in glory.
  6. Third, He will judge the world by casting out the world’s leader, Satan.
  7. Persecuting the disciples is just Satan’s final words before he has to leave.

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

  1. O Jesus, the world has made a great mistake. They refuse to accept you.
  2. I accept you. I choose you as my Lord.
  3. Your Spirit speaks within. His mighty voice says, “Blessed are you.”
  4. O Jesus, You have ascended to heaven and await my joining you.
  5. O Jesus, you have cast out Satan, the world’s prince.
  6. You are the victor. I will stand with you, my king.
  7. Thank you, Lord, for saving me from the world’s confusion.

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

  1. I will listen to the Spirit’s voice within.
  2. I will not allow the world to confuse me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your mediation)

The prince of this world is already cast out.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY – (PART 2) – MAY 22, 2017 JESUS’ NEED TO DEPART (Jn 16:4-7)

Prayer: O Jesus, give me faith in your word.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus at the Last Supper.)

Context: The discourse shifts. Jesus turns the disciples’ attention to his future departure. Realizing that Jesus will leave, the disciples grow sorrowful. So Jesus
speaks of the great gift that will follow – the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said, “These things I have told you so that when the hour comes,
you may remember that I told you. I did not tell you these things from the beginning,
because I was with you. Now I go to the one who sent me and none of you ask me,
“Where are you going?”

Because I have said these things, sorrow fills your heart. However, I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go, because if I do not go, the Paraclete will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you.”

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

  1. Again, Jesus commands the apostles to remember his words.
    They will need them in difficult moments.
  2. Being a loving friend, Jesus did not reveal everything. He shielded his disciples like parents hide some sorrows from their children.
  3. However, he can delay no longer. They must be told. He is leaving them.
  4. He helps them to see the advantages of his leaving. The Paraclete will come.
  5. They cannot experience both the mortal Jesus and the Paraclete. One stage of God’s plan (Jesus’ mortal life)
    must give way to a greater moment (the Paraclete’s abiding presence).

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

  1. O Jesus, I will always treasure your words.
  2. Your words are my defense and my shield, my light and my consolation.
  3. Thank you, Jesus for keeping me from needless suffering.
  4. Jesus, I know where you have gone – to prepare a place for me.
  5. Until you return, the Paraclete will provide for me.
  6. Jesus, you have not left. You are always with me. I experience your presence by your Spirit’s touches.

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

  1. I will commit Jesus’ words to memory, especially those that touch my heart.
  2. I will invoke the Spirit of Jesus, the Guest who abides in my soul.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

It is better for you that I go. If I do not go, the Paraclete will not come.

SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY – (PART 1) – MAY 22, 2017 WHEN THE PARACLETE COMES (Jn 15:26-16:3)

Prayer: O Jesus, I will testify to the whole world about you.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching the apostles at the Last Supper.)

Context: Two powers will confront the world’s hatred – the Spirit’s powerful testimony and the Church’s doctrines, based on Jesus’ own teachings. In spite of this clear light, the world will still kill the disciples.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said, “When the Paraclete comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he shall testify to me. And you also will testify, because you were with me from the beginning.

These things I have spoken to you, so you will not be scandalized.
They will put you out of the synagogues. In fact, the hour is coming, when whoever kills you, will think he has done a service for God. These things they will do to you, because they have known neither the Father nor me.”

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

  1. Jesus has already spoken the Father’s word. Now, the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth, will also speak the Father’s word.
  2. The Spirit will speak within the hearts of the disciples.
  3. With the Spirit’s help, the disciples will speak to the whole world about Jesus.
  4. The result will be exactly the same. Like Jesus, the disciples will be hated, rejected and even killed.
  5. As always, the problem is the same. The world has not known the Father.
  6. Because of this blindness, they did not accept Jesus and they will not accept Jesus’ disciples.

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

  1. O Holy Spirit, Jesus has sent you to me.
  2. O, Holy Spirit, tell me about Jesus.
  3. Dwell in my heart. I will be quiet and listen to your testimony.
  4. O Jesus, I will not be silent. I will speak about you to everyone.
  5. Thank you, Jesus, for warning me about how others will treat me.
  6. O Jesus, I will tell the whole world. Some will listen and be saved.

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

  1. I will set aside time for prayer, so the Spirit can teach me.
  2. I will be a faithful witness to Jesus.

Thought for the Day. (To recall your meditation)

When the Paraclete comes, he will testify about me and you, also, will testify.

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER A – MAY 21, 2017 NO LONGER ORPHANS (Jn 14:15-19)

Prayer: O Jesus, send me the Spirit of Truth.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus at the Last Supper with the apostles.)

Context: Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will abide among his apostles,
but only if they keep his commandments.

The apostles will even know the Spirit who abides with them. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus will come to the apostles and they will
not be abandoned orphans.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments and I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Paraclete, who will abide with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it neither
sees him nor knows him. You shall know him because he will abide with you and stay in you.

I will not leave your orphans. I will come to you. Yet a little while, and
the world sees me no more. But you see me, because I live and you shall live.”

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

  1. Jesus explains these deepest mysteries.
  2. First, the disciples must love Jesus and keep his commandments.
  3. If they do this, they will receive another Paraclete (Jesus is the first one).
  4. Only disciples of Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit, not the world.
  5. The Spirit will abide permanently, and the disciples will get to know him.
  6. Jesus Himself will stay with the disciples and not leave them orphans.
  7. Unlike the world, the disciples will see Jesus and live.

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

  1. O Jesus, Your gift is complete. In you, I see the Father and through you, I receive the Spirit.
  2. Help me to love you and to keep your commandments.
  3. Come, come, Holy Spirit! Abide with me. Stay and remain. I will get to know you.
  4. O Jesus, with You in my Heart, I will never be an orphan.
  5. O Jesus, you give me gifts which you withhold from the world.
  6. I can see you and live in you.

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

  1. I will constantly say “Come Holy Spirit.”
  2. I will recall that Jesus’ Spirit lives within me.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

The Paraclete will abide with you forever.

FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – MAY 20, 2017 THE WORLD’S HATRED (Jn 15:18-21)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to be a servant who is just like his master.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his apostles at the Last Supper)

Context: Jesus begins a long teaching about how this unity between the disciples and
himself will arouse the world’s hatred. The world has hated Jesus and will hate
his chosen disciples. In this text, Jesus makes a very sharp distinction between
his disciples and the world.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own. You are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world. Therefore, the world hates you.

Remember my word. The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also. Yet, all these things they will do to you for my name’s sake,
because they did not know him who sent me.”

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

  1. When they preach the gospel, the disciples will be hated by the world.
  2. The world will persecute them because they do not belong to the world any longer.
  3. Being aligned with Jesus, the disciples are unacceptable to the world.
  4. How blessed are the disciples. Jesus has chosen them out of the world.
  5. Persecution is such a small price to pay to be Jesus’ disciple.
  6. The world is consistent in its hatred. Having persecuted Jesus, it will persecute his disciples.
  7. All this hatred happens because the world does not know the Father Who sent Jesus.

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

  1. O Jesus, if I love you, the world will not love me. What a small price!
  2. What more could I ask? A servant wants to be treated like the Master.
  3. You have chosen me, and taken me away from the world.
  4. I have said my “Goodbyes.” I have parted company. I am with you forever.
  5. Being persecuted for your name is greater than any worldly honor.
  6. Jesus, the one who sent you is now my Father. You have made me his child.

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

  1. Today, I will rejoice to think, “Jesus has chosen me out of the world.”
  2. If people do not understand me, I will think of how the world misunderstood Jesus.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

If you were of the world, the world would love its own.

FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – MAY 19, 2017 NOW CALLED FRIENDS (Jn 15:12-16)

Prayer: O Jesus, I seek only to be your friend.

Imagination (Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper)

Context: After showering his own love upon the disciples, Jesus asks that
they love one another. Before asking for this love,
he has made them his friends and has chosen them for an important task.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man has, that a man lay down his life for his friend. You are my friends, if you do what I command you.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his lord does. I have called you friends because I have made known to you all that
I have heard from the Father.

You have not chosen me. I have chosen you and have appointed you to go
and bring forth abiding fruit,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.

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

  1. Loving others as you love yourself is no longer enough. Jesus gives a new commandment.
  2. You must love others as Jesus loves you.
  3. In his total love, Jesus is willing to lay down his life.
  4. Jesus has raised you to a new level. You are no longer his servant. You are his friend.
  5. You are his friend simply because he chose you.
  6. Because you are his friend, he reveals all his mysteries.
  7. You have one task – to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.

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

  1. Jesus, you loved me before I loved you.
  2. Help me to love others even before they love me.
  3. O Jesus, “I will lay down my life for you”. (Jn 13:37)
  4. What a gift – to be your friend!
  5. Reveal all your secrets to me, Jesus. I will be attentive and listen closely.
  6. O Jesus, you have a task for me. Speak, Lord, I am listening.

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

  1. I will value my new status of being a friend of Jesus.
  2. Being Jesus’ friend, I will seek to know what he wants of me.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

I no longer call you servants, because I have revealed my mysteries to you. I call you friends.

FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY – MAY 18, 2017 REMAINING IN THE VINE (Jn 15:6-11)

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

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper).

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).

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

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

  1. I will recall that the Father’s love for Jesus can be mine, also.
  2. 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.”

FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY – MAY 17, 2017 THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES (Jn 15:1-5)

Prayer: Bring forth your fruits in me.

Imagination (Picture Jesus at the Last Supper)

Context: Jesus begins a long discourse, which the apostles do not interrupt
by any questions.In this text, Jesus uses the imagery of vine and
branches, highlighting the necessity of the disciples being one with Jesus.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

I am the true vine. My Father is the vinedresser. He takes away every branch
in me that does not bear fruit. A branch that bears fruit, he will prune,
so that it bears more fruit.
You are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit unless it abides in the vine,
so neither can
you unless you abide in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him bears much fruit. Without me you can do nothing.

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

  1. Jesus seeks the fruit of a devout life that brings forth prayer and virtues.
  2. If a soul brings forth good works the Father prunes it.
  3. The Father (the vinedresser) does everything to gain more fruit from the vine.
  4. Every branch must “abide”. A cut-off branch can bring forth no fruit.
  5. Jesus says it perfectly, “I am the vine. You are the branches.”
  6. His conclusion is self-evident. “Whoever abides in me brings forth much fruit.”

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

  1. Jesus, you alone are the vine that gives life. I will abide in you.
  2. I once was a dead branch, but you have grafted me onto yourself. Now, I bear fruit.
  3. Father, prune away all that is lifeless in me.
  4. Jesus, I want to bring forth greater virtues, pleasing to you.
  5. Jesus, I only need to abide in you. You do the rest.
  6. With you, all things are possible. This is the secret of staying with you.

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

  1. I will abide with Jesus by thinking of him often today.
  2. I will dedicate this whole day to Jesus.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Whoever abides in me and I in him bears much fruit.