On this thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, as the liturgical year draws to a close, we hear in John's Gospel account Jesus before Pilate. Pilate asks, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus tells us his kingdom is not of this world. For more please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Lectio Divina | The cry of Bartimaeus, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me” (Mk 10:46-52).
On this thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear in Mark's Gospel account, the blind Bartimaeus was sitting at the Jericho city gates when Jesus passed through. He called out to him a number of times: ‘Have mercy upon me.' Jesus asks him what he wanted. The faithful Bartimaeus wanted to see. His faith has saved him. For more please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Lectio Divina | There is no salvation through anyone else… (Acts 4:8-12).
On this fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, more than merely knowing the Shepherd's voice, we know his name - the name by which we are to be saved (cf. Acts 4:12). As God's children, let us hear the Shepherd's voice in our lives; and, throughout our lives, let us never be led astray. For more please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Lectio Divina | The Samaritan Woman at the Well
The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well is detailed in the Gospel of John, and is used in the Mass readings for Sunday of the third week in Lent (cycle A).
Here, we encounter this story, and a reflection written by St. Augustine in the early 5th Century. St. Augustine reflects on the famous conversation. He sees the woman, who came to draw water from the well, as a symbol for the Gentiles who are called to conversion and faith and who are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in abundance.
For a reflection on this scene, please click on the image.
Peace be with you!
Lectio Divina | Feast of Corpus Christi
On this Feast of Corpus Christi Sunday (The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), St. John Paul II reminds us that, in commemorating the solemnity, the Church "does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world." For Catholics around the world, this day is set aside on the calendar to remind us of the transformative, sacramental power the Eucharist has in and for our lives. It is a great mystery of faith, for sure. Yet by the sacramental power of our baptism, and most especially in our reception of Jesus in our First Communion, we have been made participants in this great banquet and sacrifice of the Mass: Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity. For a brief video reflection, and for the Anima Christi Prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola, which both speak to this Mystery of Faith, please click on the image. Peace be with you!