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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

friday of the fifth week of Easter

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 289

Reading I

The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. 
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’“

And so they were sent on their journey.
Upon their arrival in Antioch
they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.

Responsorial Psalm

R.    (10a)  I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
    I will wake the dawn. R.    

I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,
    I will chant your praise among the nations.
For your mercy towers to the heavens,
    and your faithfulness to the skies.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
    above all the earth be your glory! R.    



R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me. R. 



Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16


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Faith, Works or Both?

Question or Common Objection:

The Bible teaches that we’re saved by faith alone, not works.

Catholic Answer:

We believe, like Saint Paul, salvation comes through “faith working in love” (cf. Gal 5:6).  The only place the Bible uses the phrase “faith alone” is when Saint James condemns the idea.  Because we believe that holy Scripture is inerrant and doesn’t contradict itself, we know that it can’t be an “either-or” between “faith” and “works”.  These two ideas, these two expressions – of faith and of works (our actions and what we “do”) – are not competing one against the other.  Rather, they complement one another.  New Testament writers, like Saint Paul and others, counsel us that how we live out our faith is important.

As followers of Jesus Christ, as his disciples, as Catholics, we do what he commands us to do:  To love our neighbor.  The fullest expression of our love for neighbor – and our fullest expression of our obedience of faith – is how we treat one another, how we care for one another:  We feed the hungry; we give drink to the thirsty; we shelter the homeless; we visit the sick; we visit the imprisoned; we bury the dead; we give alms to the poor.  We Catholics call this the Corporal Works of Mercy and, when we’re at our best, we’re living this out in our lives daily.

We’re not trying to earn our salvation, as some hard-core anti-Catholics suggest.  Rather, these actions are the fruit of what one would see of our Catholic faith working in love, as they are rooted in the teachings of Jesus (see Mt 25:31-46).  Therefore, because we love him, and because he taught us to love our neighbor, we do what he commands in an obedience of our faith in Jesus Christ.  Even Jesus’ own mother, Mary, advised all of us: “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5).  We think that’s great advice!

See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone … so also faith without works is dead.”

James 2:24, 26

Catholics believe that we’re saved by “faith working in love.”  It’s not enough to simply say “Jesus is Lord” and accept him into your heart (Mt 7:21-23).  With his grace, we must follow his commandments.  

Other References:  Gal 5:6; Mt 7:21-29, 19:16-17; Jn 14:15, 14:21; Rom 2:2-8Phil 2:12; 1 Cor 13:2

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additional bible study

“Day 127: Kindness for the House of Saul” from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.


Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family,
we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united
in a love that is lasting, faithful,
and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, 
to forgive one another from our hearts,
and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,
diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family,
truly become a domestic church
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!

An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.


It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
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