FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY – MAY 16, 2017 JESUS’ FAREWELL GIFT (Jn 14:27-31)

Prayer: O Jesus, fill me with your total peace. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples at the Last Supper). Context: This gospel concludes Jesus’ teaching at the Last Supper. He tries to prepare the apostles in two ways. First, he promises to place a lasting peace in their hearts. Second, he explains that his death …

FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY – MAY 15, 2017 REVEALED TO THE DISCIPLES (Jn 14:21-26)

Prayer: O Jesus, send me the Holy Spirit who will teach me all things. Imagination (Picture Jesus at the Last Supper with his apostles.) Context: Jesus has promised that the apostles would see him. In this text, he explains that this seeing will not be an external manifestation, but an internal, religious experience. These gifts …

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – A – (PART 2) – MAY 14, 2017 SEEING THE FATHER (Jn 14:7-10)

Prayer: Come, Jesus, help me to know and see the Father. Imagination Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper Context: In this text, Jesus describes two different periods –the time before the resurrection (when the disciples do not really know Jesus) and the time after he rose (when they did know him). Philip’s question allows …

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – A – (PART 1) MAY 14, 2017 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, …

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – (PART 1) – MAY 13, 2017 SEEING THE FATHER (Jn 14:7-10)

Prayer: O Jesus, I will know you so I can know the Father. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper Context: In this text, Jesus describes two different periods of time, before the resurrection (when the disciples do not really know Jesus) and after the resurrection (when they did know him). Philip’s question allows …

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – MAY 12, 2017 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. …

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY – MAY 11, 2017 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 …

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY – MAY 10, 2017 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. …

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY – MAY 9, 2017 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 …

FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER – (A) MONDAY – MAY 8, 2017 THE GOOD SHEPHERD (Jn 10:11-15)

Prayer: O Jesus, You laid down your life for me. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple) Context: Jesus’ care for his sheep knows no limits. Besides enduring the rigors of sleeping outside, He is willing to die to protect his sheep. The “hired man” would reject this responsibility and flee. Gospel text (Read slowly, …

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) – MAY 7, 2017 THE GOOD SHEPHERD (Jn 10:1-6)

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 …

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – MAY 6, 2017 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 …

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – MAY 5, 2017 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 …

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – THURSDAY – MAY 4, 2017 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 …

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY – MAY 3, 2017 Feast of Sts. Philip & James, Apostles SEEING THE FATHER (Jn 14:7-10)

Prayer: O Jesus, I will know you so I can know the Father. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper Context: In this text, Jesus describes two different periods of time, before the resurrection (when the disciples do not really know Jesus) and after the resurrection (when they did know him). Philip’s question allows …

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY – MAY 2, 2017 THE HEAVENLY FATHER’S BREAD (Jn 6:30-35)

Prayer: O Jesus, give me to eat from the heavenly table. Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples teaching the crowds.) Context: After Jesus multiplies the food and the people seek him out, he gives a lengthy teaching on heavenly bread. This heavenly bread is both his teaching and the Eucharist, his flesh and blood. Gospel …

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY – MAY 1, 2017 FOOD THAT DOES NOT PERISH (Jn 6:25-29)

Prayer: O Jesus, let me seek the Bread of life everlasting. Imagination: Picture Jesus teaching the crowds Context: After Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, he prays alone on the mountain. Meanwhile, his disciples cross the Sea of Galilee to Caparnaum and Jesus walks on the water to rescue them. In this gospel, the crowd …

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) – APRIL 30, 2017 TWO DISCIPLES LEAVING JERUSALEM TO EMMAUS – (Lk 24:13-35)

Prayer: O Jesus, restore my hope. Imagination: (Picture Jesus with these two disciples.) Context: This is the longest story of any Easter vision and presents a model for Christian initiation. In this first part we see the disciples’ sadness and dejection. They are walking away from being disciples. Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud) Two …

SECOND WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY – APRIL 29, 2017 JESUS WALKS ON THE SEA (Jn 6:16:21)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me when the storms of life become too strong. Imagination: (Picture Jesus approaching the disciples’ boat.) Context: Multiplying food is a powerful miracle but walking on the sea is even greater. Jesus is much more than a miracle-worker. He is God and has power over the sea. Gospel Text: (Read slowly, …

SECOND WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY – APRIL 28, 2017 FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND (Jn 6:1-15)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Multiply your gifts within me. Imagination: (Picture Jesus feeding the crowds.) Context: This multiplication of food is very important and is told in all four gospels. The Early Church loved this miracle because it prefigures Jesus’ gift of Eucharist. Why is this story told in Easter time? The miracle is a …