Adults/Teens: When Jesus appeared to the disciples, they must have been frightened at first. Their faith in Him ultimately led them to accept the gift that Christ bestowed on them- the institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Another important aspect to the Gospel is Thomas’ doubt. How often do we also doubt the power of the Lord? Thomas needed to see with his own eyes that Christ had returned. Jesus appears for Thomas so that he might believe; but blessed are those who believe because they know in their hearts what their eyes may not perceive.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel reading today, we encounter a frantic Mary Magdalene telling Peter and John that Jesus is no longer In the tomb where he had been for three days. Peter and John rush to the scene, and having no idea what they might encounter when they reached the tomb of Christ. It is always interesting to read that the disciples, "did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead." We might ask ourselves how they could not have known that He would rise again. After all, Jesus had told them what was to come. The reality is though, that the Apostles were truly crushed that Jesus had died.READ MORE
O Jesus! Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness of all Thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto Thine. From the crown of Thy Head to the Soles of Thy Feet there was not one spot on Thy Body that was not in torment, and yet , forget ting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not cease to pray to Thy heavenly Father for Thy enemies, saying, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Through this great Mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that the remembrance of Thy Most Bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.
—4th prayer of 15 prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden on the Passion of Christ
Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life.
Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel today, Jesus is faced with a choice. Should he succumb to the bait that the Pharisees and Scribes put out for Him? Should He condemn the woman that is caught in the act of adultery? It is prescribed in the Law of Moses that a woman be stoned if she be accused of infidelity to her husband. Jesus does not take the bait. He acknowledges the women's sinfulness, but He does it in private, after all the others have left. He reminds the men that if they are without sin, they should throw a stone at her. Of course none of us are completely without sin at all times. And Jesus offers redemption to the woman through a challenge- "Go and do not sin anymore." We are all called to turn away from sin and accept the mercy of God. Let us seek out His forgiveness for the times we have sinned against Him and others.READ MORE
Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus speaks about the fact that unless we repent, we will not escape the fate that those in the story met; death. Often times, we are quick to point out the faults of others, or compare ourselves to those who have committed whatever we deem as truly horrible decisions. We may say something like, "at least I am not that bad!" But Jesus tells us that we should not be so quick to judge or compare.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: IN the Gospel reading this weekend, we meet Jesus on the mountain of His Transfiguration. Jesus selects Peter, James, and John to travel up the mountain with Him and pray. The sight the apostles witness is beyond any of their wildest breams. Jesus' body actually changes, the apostles have a glimpse into what His Glorified body will look like. And as if this were not incredible enough, Moses and Elijah also appear. in this brief interaction, so much is confirmed for those chosen to be with Christ; there is truly a Heaven, there is an afterlife, there is truly reason for hope.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: Temptation is something we will all face in our lives. Jesus was also tempted. Jesus was tempted just as we are, but he did not sin. Sin is always a choice. We are called to guard ourselves against sin and when possible, against the dangers of temptation itself. The temptations Jesus encounters in the desert represented the temptations that we may fall prey to in this life.READ MORE
”In today’s readings we hear Jesus speaking in Galilee as well asa Jewish sage named Sirach writing in Jerusalem more than acentury earlier. The two of them touch upon a single truth: Thewords that come out of us make known the hidden thoughtswithin us. Speech reveals the secrets of the heart.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: In the today's Gospel reading, Jesus challenges us to love those that mistreat us, even to love our enemies. To say this teaching is easier said than done is a drastic understatement! We of ten find it difficult to tolerate those we disagree with, let alone love those that oppose us outright. And yet, this is exactly Jesus' commandment. He tells us that the measure which we use in pouring out our love to others is the measure that will be returned.READ MORE
"The blessings and woes we hear in today's Gospel mark the perfection of all the wisdom of the Old Testament.
That wisdom is summed up with marvelous symmetry in today's First Reading and Psalm: Each declares that the righteous—those who hope in the Lord and delight in His Law—will prosper like a tree planted near living waters. The wicked, who put their "trust in human beings," are cursed to wither and die.READ MORE
Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.READ MORE
Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ He called in his master’s debtors one by one.READ MORE
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”So to them he addressed this parable.READ MORE