April 18, 2020
Saturday of the Octave of Easter

      But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked
them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed
those who saw him after he had been raised.  
Mark 16:14

            Prayer is the key to letting God grow within.  He is there, speaking to us and calling us to believe.  Every time we doubt, or harden our heart, we expose that tiny flame to the elements.  But every time we intensely focus upon that flame, we enable it to grow and take hold.  Praying, listening, seeking, loving and believing are the ways to the faith God wants to bestow upon us.  And if the Apostles would have just let that gift of faith, planted deep within, grow by a softening of their hearts, they would have quickly and easily believed that Jesus was alive without having a need to see Him with their own eyes.

 

        Reflect, today, upon the fact that we do not see the Resurrected Christ in a physical way, but we do have the same ability as the Apostles to know and love Him.  What are you doing every day to let this love and knowledge of Christ grow?  What are you doing in your own faith life to let this flame become a blazing and all-consuming fire?  Recommit yourself this day to prayer, and watch your faith in Christ grow brightly! (My Catholic Life Source)

 

     

 

 

 

     

 

 

   

  

 

April 16, 2020
Thursday of the Octave of Easter

 

While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.  Luke 24:41–43

 

“Incredulous for joy!”  What a great description of the disciples’ reaction to Jesus!  To be “incredulous” means that the disciples were not sure what to believe.  They were hesitant to believe in what they were seeing.  There was Jesus, whom they saw crucified, standing before them with the wounds in His hands and feet.  He was talking to them and asked for something to eat.  They were in a bit of shock, disbelief and uncertainty.

 

Reflect, today, upon your own reaction to the reality of the Resurrection of our Lord.  Spend some time today gazing upon the Risen Lord.  Look at His victory.  Look at His glory.  Look at Him who calls you to a deep faith.  With your eyes fixed on Him, all else that tempts you to discouragement simply fades away.

 

 

 

 

This appearance of Jesus to these
disciples was, in fact, an appearance to teach all of us the simple truth of His presence in the Eucharist.  It was at that moment, as they “took bread, said the blessing, broke it,” that Jesus was suddenly made manifest to their minds and souls.  Jesus is alive in the Eucharist!  But it also tells us that He is veiled in the Eucharist.  This combination of being veiled and truly present gives us wonderful guidance in
our faith.
(My Catholic Faith)

 

Let us reflect today; the importance of recognizing Jesus, our Risen Lord, every day of our life. He is truly present in every circumstance that come along in our journey. He never abandon us, He gives His very self at the Eucharist, in the breaking of the bread.

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, thank You for loving me so much that You are always with me.  Help me to see You and to recognize Your gentle and still voice.  Give me the eyes of faith to see You present in the Most Holy Eucharist, and help me to discern Your presence in every ordinary event of my day.  I love You, dear Lord.  Jesus, I trust in You.(My Catholic Faith)

 

  

 

 

 

    

 

 

April 13, 2020
Monday in the Octave of Easter

     As these holy women left the tomb, the Scripture tells us that they met the Resurrected Christ on their way.  And it tells us that when they saw Jesus they, “approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.”  This is no small act of adoration and love.  This act of worship and adoration of Jesus shows that they not only believed, but also acted by worshiping Him.  We must do the same.

     Reflect, today, upon the awesome event of the Resurrection and spend time this week in this humble adoration.  Try to literally bow down to the ground in homage before the Resurrected Christ.  Try to do this literally.  Perhaps in the silence of your room, or in a church, or any place that you can comfortably express this literal and physical act of worship and adoration.  As you do this, let yourself come face to face with the Risen Lord.  And let Him begin to more deeply transform your life!

(Source: My Catholic Life)

 

 

 

The Lord has Risen! Alleluia!

The Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord

April 12, 2020

 

       

 

 

My Resurrected Lord, I trust You with all my mind,

heart, soul and strength.  I believe that You are faithful

to perfection and that Your fidelity will never fail.  Give

me hope when I need it the most and help me to keep my

eyes on the glory that awaits.  You have conquered all

evil. May I always trust in You!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning - John 1:1-2 NIV