Archive for April, 2011

Jesus our Lord … was handed over to death for our sins and was raised for our justification.               - Rom 4:24-25

Reflection. Jesus was afraid in the garden that night.  He was not afraid of death itself, but of the manner in which He would die.  He was human like us.  When you are feeling afraid, remember that the servant cannot be greater than the master.

Prayer. Lord, teach me not to run away from my cross.  By Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

For the doctrine of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.  – 1 Cor 1:18

Reflection. Too many people would have you believe that the perfume of God is pain and suffering.  It is not.  Love comes in many disguises.  The cross is a sign of total self-giving and love.  God’s perfume is happiness.

Prayer. O Lord, grant me the courage to take up my cross and follow You.  Make me understand that it is through the cross that I learn how to die with You, so that I may also rise with You.

They were amazed to see the fearlessness shown by Peter and John and to discover that they were uneducated ordinary men.  - Acts 4:13

Reflection. Joy and confidence are true signs of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  It was the Spirit Who raised Jesus from the dead, and the same Spirit lifts us all above our weakness.  What an amazing cause for joy!  We are not alone.  The Lord lives in us.

Prayer. Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, live in me and give me the courage to proclaim the glory of Your Name.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us exult and rejoice in it. – Ps 118:24

Reflection. Wherever there is a heart that overcomes selfishness, violence, and hatred — wherever there is a heart that reaches out to someone in need — Christ is risen from the dead, risen today … May the whole world rise in Him.  Alleluia.  – Pope John Paul II

Prayer. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we rejoice in Your joy and we live in Your love.  Help me to reach out to someone in need today.

The two disciples described what had happened on their journey and how He had made Himself known to them in the breaking of the bread.  - Lk 24:35

Reflection. Each day at Holy Mass, Catholics kneel in the Presence of the Blessed Eucharist.  They recognize the Lord’s true Presence and worship Him in a spirit of joy, as they receive Holy Communion.

Prayer. How blessed and privileged we are, O Lord, to recognize You in the breaking of the Holy Bread, and to be nourished by You.

Come away with Me, by yourselves, to a deserted place and rest for a while.  - Mk 6:31

Reflection. On this feast day of St. Mark, we pause to look into the face and the eyes of Jesus.  Close the door of the soul to all the noise of the outside world, and there, alone with God, pray slowly the words Jesus taught us.

Prayer. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; They Kingdom come; …

Can any of you through worrying add a single moment to your span of life?  – Mt 6:27

Reflection. Think about it.  You are killing yourself with petty anxieties.  You can control your thoughts.  Trusting thoughts will bring you peace of mind.  Why are you doing this?  Jesus is asking you point blank.  Why are you afraid?

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord, I really do not know what I am doing half the time.  Give me the grace to be strong enough to put a halt to this way of life.  I deserve a better life, and with Your help, I am going to claim it.

My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your Will be done.  - Mt 26:42

Reflection. These words were given in a private revelation to Bl. Henry Suso (1327):  “Suffering converts a worldly person into a heavenly person.  Suffering makes one a stranger to the world and gives him My continual intimacy.  It decreases friends and increases grace.”

Prayer. Father, I am repelled by the cross.  Help me to say the words Jesus said the night before He died:  If possible remove this cross from me, but not my will but Yours be done.

The God of all consolation … consoles us in all our afflictions and thereby enables us to console others in their troubles.  - 2 Cor 1:3-4

Reflection. Suffering is a tremendous mystery for all of us.  Jesus taught us how to give meaning to suffering by embracing the Cross.  He accepted the Cross as His special vocation.  He did not want it, no one in his right mind would want pain, but He used it as a coin to purchase our salvation.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, comfort me, console me, and inspire me so that I may comfort and console and inspire those who need me.

For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.                 - 1 Cor 2:2

Reflection. Jesus taught us that in spite of pain, we were made for joy.  It may be your lot one day to pass through the agony of a Good Friday before reaching the joy of an Easter Sunday.  But do not be afraid.  If you cling to God, He will see you safely through the storm.

Prayer. Lord, help me to understand the astounding love that You expressed on the Cross, and enable me to respond to that love with all my heart.