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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

Saturday of the seventh week of Easter

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 302

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31

When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.

Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
although I had done nothing against our people
or our ancestral customs,
I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
that I wear these chains.” 

He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm

R.    (see 7b)  The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is in his holy temple;
    the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold,
    his searching glance is on mankind. R.    
The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
    the lover of violence he hates.
For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds;
    the upright shall see his face. R.    

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth. R. 

Gospel

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?  
You follow me.”
So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?”

It is this disciple who testifies to these things
and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.

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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Mary

Intercession

Question or Common Objection:

Why pray to Mary when you can go directly to Jesus?

Catholic Answer:

All good mothers pray for their children.  Mary, especially, prays for us because Jesus made her the mother of us all when he said from the Cross …

‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!'”

John 19:26-27

Remember, Jesus worked his first miracle at the wedding of Cana at Mary’s request.  She is very influential with her son!  Jesus loves his mother as any good son does.  Mary loves her Son and she loves all of God’s children.  Jesus commands all of us, “Behold your mother.”  

In a loving family, there is no competition for love.  There is no hierarchy of love.  A loving parent has enough love for his or her children – all of them – uniquely and abundantly because each child is unique, and love is abundant.  Love overflows from child to child in a home filled with love.  There is no competition from Mary for Jesus’ love.  She knows all Christians love her son.

As Catholics, we love his mother too.  Worship is reserved for God alone – and we know that too.  Yet we love her in a unique way because we understand who she is and that God had a very special plan for her for all eternity even before she was born!  So, let’s love Mary as Jesus does.  In moments of our deepest need, like the wedding couple at Cana, we can go to Mary and ask her special intercession because she is our mother too.  She will take your requests to her Son.  Do we have to?  No.  But who wouldn’t want Jesus’ own mother to honor our requests?

We honor Jesus when we honor his Mother.  So, heed this gentle warning: Surely, nobody wants anybody to talk badly of his own mother – nobody.  Just remember the words of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, “Never worry about loving the Blessed Virgin too much.  You could never love her more than Jesus did.”  How true!

Other References:  Jn 2:1-11; 1 Tim 2:1-6; Col 4:2-3; 1 Thess 5:25; Rom 15:30; Rev 5:8; Tob 12:12

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additional bible study


"Day 142: Whole and Joyful Hearts" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

PRAYER

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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