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April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (Year A)

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The Joy of Life in Christ

Questions to Ask Yourself

What gives me the most joy in life? Have I ever sat down and tried to figure out the formula for a joyful life? What, in fact, do I do to find joy in life? Do I think of my religion primarily as a source of joy? What do I think religion is? How do I experience my own religion?

Ide...

April 29, 2017

April 29, 2017

SATURDAY, Easter week two

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The Responsorial Psalm is a prayer of trust based on relationship with God: “0 Lord, let your mercy be upon us, as we place our trust in you” (Psalm 33). Remember, to “have mercy” is to “come to the aid of another out of a sense of relationship.”

In Acts 6: 1-7 the Church is facing a “crisis” — that is, a moment in which a decision must be...

April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

FRIDAY, Easter week two

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The Responsorial Psalm seems to be an unlikely echo to the first reading: “One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord” (Psalm 27).

In Acts 5: 34-42 the Jewish authorities wanted to kill the Apostles. After Gamaliel spoke, they “had them flogged” instead, “ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.”

Flogging is b...

April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

THURSDAY, Easter week two

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The Responsorial Psalm tells: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor” (Psalm 34). He pours out on them his Spirit and bears witness through them.

Acts 5: 27-33 shows us the Apostles, ordinary, weak men without any human power or resources, standing up to the highest authority in Israel, the Sanhedrin (council of seventy-one elders, chief prie...

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