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04/23/2021

Today we hear one of the multiple narratives of Paul's conversion from being a persecutor and murderer of Christians to becoming one of Christianity's great apostles. To what conversion is God calling me? What change in me would make me a better follower of Jesus Christ?

Merciful and Compassionate God,
take me, mold me, transform me
into the person you created me to be.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 9:1-20
Ps 117:1bc, 2
John 6L52-59

04/22/2021

Today's reading from Acts relates the interesting meeting of Philip and the pagan court official from Ethiopia, who had come to Jerusalem to worship. When the official requests of the apostle that the latter explain a particular Scripture passage, Philip instructs him not only about that Isaiah passage but also about the recently resurrected Jesus the Christ.

As we reflect on today's reading, we might ask ourselves if, at this moment, we are more like the official needing more instruction about the Scriptures, or more like Philip, who has a gift for sharing the Scriptures with another/others. In either case, what action am I willing to commit to? Volunteering to become a catechist? Being more deliberate about sharing the Scriptures with my kids or grandkids, godchildren or neighbor kids? Joining a Bible study group online or in person? Ordering a new Bible which includes study notes and article? Or...?

Loving and Compassionate God
we thank you for the gift of your Word in Scripture,
and ask you to aid us in learning more about
and sharing your precious Word.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 8:26-40
Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
John 6:44-51

04/21/2021

Not even persecution prevents the disciples from continuing to share the Good News of God's love and forgiveness. They preach, heal and drive out evil spirits, bringing new members to the Christian community and great joy as well.

What is the greatest joy in my life? It might even be something or someone in a time of intense trouble or sadness. Recalling that joy, let us proclaim together today's Psalm Response:

"Let all the earth cry out to God with joy!"

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 8:1b-8
Ps 66:1-3a, 4-7a
John 6:35-40

04/20/2021

We hear today the story of the stoning of Stephen, deacon, preacher and the first Christian martyr. His death is reminiscent of that of Jesus in several respects, particularly in his imitation of our Lord's last words. Stephen's last two reported phrases:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" and
"Lord, do not hold this sin against them"--so like Jesus!

O Lord Jesus,
and Stephen, saint and martyr,
grant me the same loving and forgiving attitude
that I see in you.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 7:51--8:1a
Ps 31:3cd-4, 6, 7b, 8a, 17, 21ab
John 6:30-35

04/19/2021

St. Stephen, though filled with God's grace and power, as we hear in today's first reading, still was not exempt from ridicule, arrest and accusation. Sometimes we tend to think that if we are filled with God's grace, bad things will not happen to us. However, it is often the exact opposite. Bad things can happen to anyone, but with God's grace we can withstand any opposition, illness or limitation.

May your day, your life, be filled with God's grace and power, and may you experience God walking with you when you face difficult or bad things!

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 6:8-15
Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
John 6:22-29

04/17/2021

Today's Acts reading relates the designation of the first deacons in the history of the Church. When it became clear that widows and other needy persons in the Greek Christian community were not being cared for adequately, the Twelve called a meeting of the disciples to address the issue. Their solution: select seven faith-filled men, pray and lay hands on them, asking God to prepare the seven for their new ministry of caring service.

To what ministry or service has God called me? It could be a formal ministry in my parish or an informal one in my family or neighborhood. Is it time to begin or renew my commitment to that ministry? Could God be inviting me to look into becoming a deacon? Or a lay ecclesial (church) minister?

Loving and Merciful God,
keep me attuned to the needs in my community,
and grant me the willingness to serve
as I can best do that at this time and circumstances in my life.
I also pray for all deacons in the church.
May they receive all the blessings they require
to perform the ministry to which you've called them.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 6:1-7
Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
John 6:16-21

04/16/2021

Today we are treated to the wisdom of the Sanhedrin Pharisee Gamaliel. When the rest of the Sanhedrin wanted to severely punish and/or kill Peter and the other Apostles, Gamaliel recommended exercising caution, saying that if what the Apostles were doing--teaching and proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah--was not of God, they would disappear in time. But, if it was of God, they wouldn't want to find themselves "fighting against God."

Gracious Lord,
teach me wisdom
in all my living and teaching.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 5:34-42
Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14
John 6:1-15

04/15/2021

Today's Responsorial Psalm is the same one as yesterday, though with a somewhat different set of verses. It is a response to the reading from Acts, in which Peter and some of the other Apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin and face death threats. The concluding verse of the Psalm:

"Many are the troubles of the just,
but out of them all the Lord delivers them."

How often we may feel we are nearly overwhelmed with troubles! Yet, the example of Peter and the other disciples reminds us that if we turn to God with trust, we can be set free of the worry and terror that may surround us.

Merciful and Compassionate God,
we turn over to you all our troubles, crushed spirits and broken hearts,
trusting that you will deliver us from them
in whatever way you best see fit.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 5:27-33
Ps 34:2, 9, 17-20
John 3:31-36

04/14/2021

Oh, which part of today's Responsorial Psalm to comment on? There are so many highly appropriate lines for today's readings and for this Easter Season! Perhaps it is best I recommend that you pray the entire Psalm and pay attention to which verse most moves you, then allow that phrase to be your mantra for today. Will it be:

I will bless the Lord at all times?
His praise shall be ever in my mouth?
Glorify the Lord with me?
I sought the Lord and he answered me, delivering me from all my fears?
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy?
Taste and see how good the Lord is?
Or????

Gracious and Risen Lord,
I praise you for your great love and care!

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 5:17-26
Ps 34:2-9
John 3:16-21

04/13/2021

Today's reading from Acts tells us that "With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus." This passage, as well as previous passages remind us that that power came from the Holy Spirit, and that, by that power, the Apostles bore witness by both their words and the way they lived--looking out for one another.

Do both my words and my actions reflect my belief in the resurrection of Jesus? Do they proclaim hope in the possibility of new life--as so many in our families, neighborhoods, parishes need right now? For whom will I be that hope today? For whom will I be looking out today? How do I intend to do that? Do I allow myself to be led by the Holy Spirit?

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 4:32-37
Ps 93:1-2, 5
John 3:7b-15

04/12/2021

After Peter and John are released by the Jewish authorities, they return to the Christian community, with whom they praise God and ask the Lord to "enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness." As they are praying, the place where they are gathered shakes and they are all filled with the Holy Spirit, so that they are enabled to do exactly what it was for which they prayed, namely to speak God's word with boldness.

Do I speak God's word WITH BOLDNESS? Or, am I afraid, especially in certain instances, to even speak the word of God, period? Am I overly and negatively influenced by parts of our culture which tend to deny God's presence, love, forgiveness, mercy or even existence? Perhaps it's time for all of us to pray more earnestly for the aid of the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your people,
and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 4:23-31
Ps 2:1-9
John 3:1-8

04/10/2021

Today's Psalm Response furthers our Easter praise and thanks to God: "I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me." This proclamation could come from the mouth of Jesus in response to God's raising him from the dead, from a faithful Jew in Old Testament times, or from any of us when we recognize God responding to our prayers. For what do I wish to thank God today? In particular, when has God raised me out of the depths to experience newness of life?

Gracious and Loving God,
you who raised Jesus from the dead,
I thank you for raising me to new life
when I.... and when you did....

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 4:13-21
Ps 118:1, 14-15ab, 16-21
Mark 16:9-15

In today's reading from Acts, Peter and John--after the two were instrumental in the crippled man's healing--are questio...
04/09/2021

In today's reading from Acts, Peter and John--after the two were instrumental in the crippled man's healing--are questioned by the Jewish leaders as to who gave them the power to cure. Peter responds that they did it in the name of Jesus Christ, whom they had crucified but whom God had raised back to new life. The apostle then quotes from Psalm 118, which the leaders would recognize, that Jesus is "the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone."

In other words, Jesus may have been rejected as Messiah by the Jewish leaders, but by raising him from the dead, God has made it clear that Jesus is the true cornerstone, the one who holds everything together--the one who can heal, the one who shows us the way to the Father. How has Jesus held things together for me, in my life?

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 4:1-12
Ps 118:1-2, 4, 22-27a
John 21:1-14

In today's reading from Acts, Peter and John--after the two were instrumental in the crippled man's healing--are questioned by the Jewish leaders as to who gave them the power to cure. Peter responds that they did it in the name of Jesus Christ, whom they had crucified but whom God had raised back to new life. The apostle then quotes from Psalm 118, which the leaders would recognize, that Jesus is "the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone."

In other words, Jesus may have been rejected as Messiah by the Jewish leaders, but by raising him from the dead, God has made it clear that Jesus is the true cornerstone, the one who holds everything together--the one who can heal, the one who shows us the way to the Father. How has Jesus held things together for me, in my life?

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 4:1-12
Ps 118:1-2, 4, 22-27a
John 21:1-14

04/08/2021

Let us continue to praise God during this Easter Week, with today's Psalm Response: "O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!"

In Scriptural terminology praise to God's NAME equates to simply praising God. How shall I praise God today? With our Psalm Response? With a hymn such as "How Great Thou Art"? With my life lived for another/others? By praying the "Gloria," which we were missing during the Lenten Season? With my own spontaneous words? By a return to in-person masses? By enjoying the beauty of the natural world around me with its increasing signs of springtime new life? By dancing for joy? Other creative form of praise?

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 3:11-26
Ps 8:2ab, 5-9
Luke 24:35-48

04/07/2021

[Because yesterday's post should have been for today, the reflection and readings presented here will be for yesterday. Sorry!]

Because of what we celebrate during the Easter Season, that is, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, once dead and now raised to new life by our Gracious and Loving God, this time of the liturgical year is filled with proclamations of belief and glory, Alleluias and praising God. Today's Psalm Response helps put our minds and our hearts into that mindset:
"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord!"

Where do I see the Lord's goodness around me? In the greening of lawns and fields? In new babies--human and animal--being born? In the promise of new life that spring provides? In people reaching out and caring for one another? In the Eucharist participated in via livestream or in person? In God's Word prayed and studied? In.....

God of All Life,
we praise you for the goodness
we see all around us.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

READINGS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 6:
Acts 2:36-41
Ps 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
John 20:11-18

04/06/2021

During the Easter Season, from now through Pentecost, our first reading will be from the Acts of the Apostles. In today's pericope, we find a man crippled from birth, who requests a handout from Peter and John. The "handout" Peter gives him turns out to be a "hand-up," when Peter takes the man's hand and, raises him up, thus becoming God's instrument in working a miracle of healing, a true hands-up.

This reading might prompt us to look for someone in our family, parish, workplace, neighborhood or world, to whom to give a handout or a hand-up (literal or figurative) today, thereby becoming God's instrument in working a miracle for that person. Who might that person be?

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 3:1-10
Ps 105:1-4, 6-9
Luke 24:13-35

04/05/2021

As we continue to hear Easter readings these days, the first words out of Jesus' mouth are "Do not be afraid"--much as we keep being reminded throughout the Scriptures.

We might reflect today on who it is in my family, my world who needs me to speak those words for Jesus. Is it kids returning to the classroom this week? Or perhaps a teacher? Someone facing surgery? A person going to a job interview? The spouse of a sheriff's deputy heading back to work after a serious injury on the job? A person who is dying? How will I give Jesus' assurance to that person--an in-person visit, a note, a text or email, a hand squeeze, a....?

Risen Lord Jesus,
help me today to speak your word of assurance
to someone I know who needs it.
Grant me your grace
to let them know they need not be afraid
because you and I are walking with them.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Ps 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11
Matt 28:8-15

This evening the Church celebrates the most spectacular and meaningful Liturgy of the entire year--the Easter Vigil. All...
04/03/2021

This evening the Church celebrates the most spectacular and meaningful Liturgy of the entire year--the Easter Vigil. All of our senses are invited to be engaged in this most special of all nights. We see fire and light, water, bread and wine, flowers, candles, and perhaps newly welcomed members into our community. We smell flowers and candles, incense and smoke from the Easter fire. We hear Alleluias and bells, musical instruments and a series of stories summarizing the history of God's great love for us. We taste Eucharist, which we also touch when we receive it lovingly and reverently in our hands. We may also touch our dear ones (though not many others during this pandemic) standing with us at the Sign of Peace.

But, for those of us unable to participate in person at this year's Vigil, we also are invited to use our senses to celebrate the great mystery of our salvation--that Christ, who had died, has overcome death and risen to new life. Why not ring bells and sing Alleluias, read or listen carefully to the readings however we participate in the Vigil, and then (or before) taste and smell a wonderful meal and hug warmly those sharing our homes with us?

TODAY'S READINGS:
Gen 1:1--2:2
Gen 22:1-18
Exo14:15--15:1
Isa 54:5-14
Isa 55:1-11
Baruch 3:9-15, 32--4:4
Ezek 36:16-17a, 18-28
Rom 6:3-11
Mark 16:1-7

CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! Easter Blessings to all!

Today's part of the one Triduum Liturgy is unique in that Good Friday is the only day of the entire year that the Church...
04/02/2021

Today's part of the one Triduum Liturgy is unique in that Good Friday is the only day of the entire year that the Church does not celebrate Mass. Instead, the official ritual is very stark, solemn and somber. The altar is not adorned with candles, cross or cloth. The service consists of the Liturgy of the Word, including the reading of the Passion from John's Gospel; ten Solemn Intercessions; the Showing and Adoration of the Holy Cross; and Reception of Holy Communion.

SUGGESTION for today's reflection: perhaps holding a wooden cross in your hand, ponder deeply the meaning of each word of the solemn proclamation that is intoned by the priest when he shows the cross during today's service:
"Behold the wood of the Cross
on which hung
the salvation of the world."

O Jesus,
how intense your love
for me and for all the world
for you to become human,
and to suffer and die as you did!

TODAY'S READINGS:
Isa 52:13--53:12
Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25
Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1--19:42

This evening the Church celebrates the beginning of the 3-day event we call the Triduum (literally 3 days, from Thursday...
04/01/2021

This evening the Church celebrates the beginning of the 3-day event we call the Triduum (literally 3 days, from Thursday evening until Easter Sunday evening). The focus of the Holy Thursday part of the Triduum is that of Eucharist--both the institution of the Eucharistic Word/Meal given us by Jesus and the challenge from Jesus to wash each other's feet, that is, to BE EUCHARIST for one another. Interestingly, John's gospel, which we hear tonight, does not give us a Eucharistic institution narrative, as do the other three gospels and Paul. Instead, John presents us with the washing of the feet, which is Jesus' way of telling us to be Eucharist, to be Love for one another.

God of Overflowing Love and Grace,
we thank you today
for your gift of Eucharist,
when you give yourself to us
in the gifts of bread and wine.
We also ask that we may learn from you
how to BE EUCHARIST for one another.

TODAY'S READINGS:
Exo12:1-8, 11-14
Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18
1 Cor 11:23-26
John 13:1-15

[Image here is one of thousands of artistic interpretations of the Last Supper, this one displayed at the Santuario de Chimayo, by artist Shawn Nelson]

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For the next four weeks, our first reading moves from the Old Testament to the New, today's and tomorrow's from 2 Thessalonians. Today's concludes with a blessing which probably all of us could use about now: "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word." May each of you be blessed with this blessing! Today's Readings: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 Ps 96:10-13 Matt 23:23-26
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Today the Universal Church honors and celebrates the faith and example of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, our first Native American canonized saint. Often referred to as the Lily of the Mohawks, Kateri was a young Algonquin–Mohawk laywoman when she was baptized as a Christian. She suffered physically, as well by persecution, and died at 24. May she serve as a model for Native American Christians, for youth, as well as for all of us who claim Christ as our leader. Today's Readings: Isa 7:1-9 Ps 48:2-8 Matt 11:20-24
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Will it be open to the public this weekend 6/20 & 6/21?
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El Santuario de Chimayo.
I know there will be no mass this Thursday, but can we still do our yearly walk?
Am so excited to go visit soon. As a infant my Mom took me there and rolled me in the dirt, I was born with heart issues and I'm still alive through prayers and my Moms faith. She loved this place.