Saturday of the seventh week of Easter
…Give us this day our daily bread.”
cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3
daily mass readings
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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Question or Common Objection:
Why pray to Mary when you can go directly to Jesus?
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!'”
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!
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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.
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.