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Daily Thoughts for the Easter Season

Easter Thoughts from the Gospel

Monday, April 2

The news that Jesus is risen means a great joy and life overcoming fear.  Are we bearers of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection in the lives of others?

Tuesday, April 3

Every Christian relives the encounter of Mary Magdalene with the Risen Christ and the experience of his healing power.

In prayer, let us come before the Lord today in need of healing: to renew our mind, body and soul.

Wednesday, April 4

Every journey of life can be an Emmaus journey.  Like the disciples, we can tell our story of how we were changed.  A young father said, “ in my daughter’s first communion, my faith became stronger.”

Thursday, April 5

Peace is the gift of Easter- it’s up for us to utilize this gift and bring peace into our lives and share it with our families, neighbors, friends and others.

Friday, April 6

The disciples went out fishing by sea of Galilee and caught nothing.  Jesus told them to try again and they had a great catch.

If we work without Jesus, we will catch nothing. If we work for him, we will see failure turned into the success of great catch.

Saturday, April 7

Jesus loves us and calls us as disciples to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”.  This is our mission.  How will we answer Jesus’ call today?

Sunday, April 8

This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy. It is because of his mercy that we have forgiveness of sin and new life as children of God.

Monday, April 9

Today we hear God speaking to Mary through the Angel Gabriel.  Mary puts her trust in God and says “yes”.  When has God called you to something greater than yourself, something perhaps out of your comfort zone?  Did you put your trust in God?  Did you say “yes”?

Tuesday, April 10

Jesus said to Nicodemus:  “You must be born from above.”    The Easter season is a time of new life.  We see new life outside in the budding of the flowers.  Nature shares its beauty with us.  What is the new life we desire for ourselves?  What beauty in you can you share with someone today?

Wednesday, April 11

Today we hear the reassuring words from John, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”   God will never abandon us.  He is with us and loves us always.    In times of despair or darkness we need to keep our faith and believe that are meant to live in the light of Christ.   How will you share your light and your hope with someone today?

Thursday, April 12

Jesus speaks to us about earthly things. When we speak to one another do we realize the power of our words?Speak kindly to one another.

Friday, April 13

Children love the Gospel story of the Miracle of the fishes and loaves. Just as the young boy willingly shared a small gift of 5 loaves and 2 fish, are we willing to share our gift to help others? Reach out to someone in need today

Saturday, April 14

Jesus calmed the storm at sea. During difficult times in our lives do we turn to Jesus to calm our storms? Put your trust in Jesus.

Sunday, April 15

Jesus greets his followers with the words “peace be with you”. Do we accept the peace of Christ in our hearts and share it with others? Bring peace to others today.

Monday, April 16

Jesus gave us the Eucharist as the food that endures for eternal life. The Eucharist binds us more strongly to Jesus Christ and to each other. What a wonderful gift!

Tuesday, April 17

Jesus tells us that he is the Bread of Life. At every Mass we are able to receive Jesus’ body and blood as the food which nourishes us on our journey of faith. It is the food which enables us to be courageous witnesses to Christ and ministers to others of God’s mercy.

Wednesday, April 18

“Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.” We are thankful that the gospel story  of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection provides us with meaning, purpose and hope. Do we proclaim this gospel message with joy?

Thursday, April 19

It is Passover time. Jewish leaders recalled their ancestors ate manna to sustain them on their desert journey and eventually died. Jesus tells them He is the Bread of Life, the bread that gives never-ending life to those who eat it. It is time to reflect on his dying to save us and the promise we will live forever.

Friday, April 20

The Jews who listened did not understand the words of Jesus because they took them literally.He asks them to accept him as the Paschal Lamb whose blood would give them eternal life. Just as the Eucharist brings us closer to God, so does anything good we do, wherever we are, whatever we are doing.

Saturday, April 21

Jesus knew many did not believe in him and some walked away; and that Judas would betray him.The Apostles are alone with Him now. Peter's response needs to be ours also! For, we have come to know, come to believe, and continue to do so. We trust in his word.

Sunday April 22

This passage not only tells us what Jesus will do for us, but who he really is: the Good Shepherd, God. If we believe he will lay down his life for us, we would be extremely foolish not to follow him. He tells us, "I know you, I love and care for you, and if you are lost, I will never stop looking for you until I find you to embrace you in great joy.

Monday, April 23

Jesus calls us to hear and listen to his voice.  It is what we must do if we are to follow him.  Listen for his call today.  It may come in prayer.  It may come from a family member.  It may come from someone you meet.  Keep your ears and heart open!

Tuesday, April 24

The gospel today (John 10: 22-30) reminds us of how precious we are to God.  God holds us in his hands and no one can take us away.  Reflect today on this infinite love that God has for you and your loved ones.

Wednesday, April 25

Jesus is our light, the light of the world.  Rev. Martin Luther King reminded us that darkness does not cast out darkness, only light casts it out.  Dispel the darkness!  Who can you bring Christ’s light to today? 

Thursday, April 26

Jesus reminds us the when we receive the one Jesus sends, we receive Jesus into our lives.  Who is Jesus sending to us today?  Let’s welcome and care for each other as we would welcome and care for Jesus.

Friday, April 27

Jesus reminds us that in the house of God, there are many dwelling places.  God recognizes our differences and makes room for all of us.  Who can we make room for in our lives today?

Saturday, April 28

Jesus tells us that the Father who dwells in Jesus is doing the works of God through Jesus.  We are now Jesus’ heart, hands, voice and mind to our sisters and brothers throughout the world.  What works of God are we being called to do for them today?

Sunday April 29

Jesus calls upon us to remain in Jesus, as Jesus remains in us.  Jesus assures us that we will bear much fruit.  Let’s use this Sunday to find some quiet time to embrace Jesus’ presence in our lives and to recognize and appreciate the fruits of God’s love in our lives.

Monday, April 30

Saint Augustine says the Lord loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love. God’s love for each of us is as real as the love of a mother for her child. God made us in love for love - to know and experience him personally - and to love him in return.

How can we know and be assured of the love of God? Do you listen attentively to God's word and believe it?

Ask the Holy Spirit to inflame your heart with the love of God and his word.

Tuesday, May 1

In his farewell words Jesus grants peace as his gift to his disciples.

What kind of peace does he offer? The peace of Christ is more than the absence of trouble. Our human approach to peace is avoidance of trouble and a refusal to face unpleasant things. Jesus offers the peace which conquers our fears and anxieties.

How can we attain the peace which the Lord Jesus offers his followers? Through the gift and work of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, we can receive his gift of peace. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and strengthens us with gifts which enable us to live as wise and holy disciples of Christ. Come Holy Spirit, fill us with your Love.

Wednesday, May 2

Jesus offers true life, - 'abundance of life' -to those who are united with him. He says there can be no fruit in our lives apart from him.

There is a simple truth here: We are either fruit-bearing or non-fruit-bearing. There is no in-between. But the bearing of healthy fruit requires drastic pruning. The Lord promises that we will bear much fruit if we abide in him.

Do you trust in the Lord's healing power to give you the abundant life? Are you prepared to allow the Lord to a drastic pruning in your life?

Thursday, May 3

What's the greatest thing we can aim for in this life? - To know God.

"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me" (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Jesus makes it possible for each of us to personally know God as our Father -  a God who loves us unconditionally. Jesus promises that God the Father will hear our prayers when we pray in his name.

Do you pray to your Father in heaven with joy and confidence in his love and care for you?

Friday, May 4

What is the greatest act of love which one can give for the sake of another? Jesus defines friendship - the mutual bond of trust and affection which people choose to have for one another - as the willingness to give totally of oneself - even to the point of laying down one's life for a friend.

The Father sent us his beloved Son, Jesus, who gave up his life as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

How is such love possible or even desirable? God made us in love for love. That is our reason for being, our purpose for living, and our goal in dying.

Saturday, May 5

What does Jesus mean when he says "you are not of this world"? The world in Scripture refers to that society of people who are hostile towards God and opposed to his will. The world rejected the Lord Jesus and treated him with contempt, and his disciples can expect the same treatment.

Do you seek to please God in all your intentions, actions, and relationships? Let the Holy Spirit fill your heart and mind with the love and truth of God (Romans 5:5).

Sunday May 6

The Lord Jesus tells us that He is our friend and he loves us whole-heartedly. He wants us to love one another just as he loves us, whole-heartedly. Our love for God and our willingness to lay down our life for others is a response to the great love God has for us

Paul the Apostle states, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?... For I am sure that neither death, nor life,... nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35,38-39).

We prove our love for God and for one another when we embrace the way of the cross. What is the cross in my life?

Monday, May 7

The Gospel calls us to open our hearts to God.   An important part of this is listening deeply to what we hear within.

How good it is to find a place where you can quiet your thoughts and truly listen to what our loving God offers you. 

Tuesday, May 8

We wish to keep our loved ones with us always, but that is not to be.   Jesus promises us that when he leaves, he will send the Holy Spirit to be with us.

We believe those we have loved and lost live forever in God’s loving embrace, and we shall be with them when our time comes.  May the Holy Spirit bring us comfort in our grief.

Wednesday, May 9

It is God who made our world and all that is in it.  We show our gratitude for this tremendous gift when we value all he has created.   May we hear Pope Francis’ call for us to care for God’s creation through our own actions, whether in caring for the poor or vulnerable or protecting the environment which is our common home.

Thursday, May 10

Jesus ascends into heaven after charging his disciples to go out and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.  Grace was given to each so they could hear God’s call to love one another.  As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach, and if you must, use words.”  Perhaps you will be the instrument of peace today who brings God’s love to someone in need.

Friday, May 11

Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. 

Jesus gives his disciples some advice on how to handle grief, pain and disappointment, referring to His own death and resurrection – even comparing the feelings to a mother going through the pain of childbirth and then rejoicing at the new life around her.

If you are going through a difficult time in your life, pray and be patient and your mourning will turn into rejoicing!  Jesus defeated death and promises us peace no matter what is happening in our lives.

Saturday, May 12

Jesus said to his disciples:  "Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.

How important it is to invite God into our lives every day!  What Jesus did for us in giving His life is open a path of communication directly to the Father.

Spend some quiet time today praying and inviting God into your life in Jesus’ name.

Sunday May 13

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:  “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.

Here we see Jesus praying to His Father for the welfare of his disciples and all people.  Even Jesus who is God prayed!  How comforting to know that Jesus prayed for us too, like parents pray for their children, for protection from evil and for joy in their lives.

Have peace - We are not alone in this world, we have Jesus himself praying for us!

Monday, May 14

“This is my commandment:  love one another as I love you.”  Jesus continues, “It is not you who chose me, but I who chose you…”  What kindness can you do today, however small, to show care and concern for another person and demonstrate that God has chosen you?

Tuesday, May 15

Jesus glorified God on earth by accomplishing the work God gave him to do.  Can you glorify God today in your thoughts and actions?  See Jesus in another person, take some time to really listen and talk to them.

Wednesday, May 16

Jesus advises us the word of God is truth and Jesus has given us that truth.  Can we do a better job today of listening to God’s word and living the truth that Jesus has given us?  Perhaps making an effort listen more closely to the readings, Gospel and homily at Mass will help.

 

Thursday, May 17

 

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells God, the Father, that the people of the world are the Father’s gift to him.  How are you a gift in the lives of others?  Who is a gift in your life?  Are you appreciative of all God has given?  He is risen!  Allelulia!

 

Friday, May 18

 

Jesus tells Peter in today’s Gospel to “feed my sheep” and “follow me”.  Following the word of Jesus helps to make the world a better place.  Also, helping others to follow the Gospel allows us to  “feed His sheep”.  He is risen!  Allelulia!

 

Saturday, May 19

 

Today in the Gospel Jesus instructs his disciples “to cure the sick, raise the dead and drive out demons” without taking payment.  When we give without receiving we are true disciples of Christ.  Our gift is the joy displayed by the recipient of our kindness. Be Generous!    He is risen!  Alleluia!

 

Sunday May 20

 

Jesus appears to the Twelve today and greets them with “Peace be with you”.  Who brings peace to your life?  How can you bring peace to the lives of others?  Today more than ever the world needs peace and understanding.  He is risen! Allelulia!

 

Hear the call to worship this Easter!