FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)
Acts 6:1-7 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 | 1 Peter 2:4-9 | John 14:1-12
Today’s Scripture readings invite us to resolve community conflicts fairly and peacefully, teach that each one of us is a “living stone” called to build up the “spiritual house” of God and encourage us to take comfort in God’s promise of eternal life.
Fourth Sunday of Easter (A)
Acts 2:14A, 36-41 | Psalm 23: 1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6 | 1 Peter 2:20B-25 | John 10:1-10
We are in the fourth Sunday since the joy of Easter commonly known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” and is also known as The World Day of Prayer for Vocations. As we gather together as a family to celebrate the Lord’s Day, let us focus on the identity we gain in baptism, the meaning of life struggles and how to find safety and security in Jesus--the Good Shepherd.
Third Sunday of Easter (A)
Acts 2:14, 22-33| Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 | 1 Peter 1:17-21 | Luke 24:13-35
On this Third Sunday of Easter, let us continue to focus on the awe-inspiring mystery of the Resurrection, our future life in God’s presence and Jesus' desire to revive our hopelessness.
Second Sunday of Easter (C)
Sunday of the Divine Mercy
Acts 4:32-35 | Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 | 1 John 5:1-6 | John 20:19-31
Although Easter Sunday was a week ago, Easter is far from over. Easter season is a 50-day period from Easter to Pentecost Sunday (which is May 28th this year). Today, we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. On this Sunday of the Divine Mercy, we listen to reminders that even though we have not seen Christ, we nonetheless are filled with joy as we place our belief in his resurrection and unending mercy.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (A)
Acts 10:34A, 37-43 | Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23. | 1 Corinthians 5:6B-8 | John 20:1-9
The psalmist prays today, “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad!". On this Easter Sunday, let us remember that our faith is bigger than life, and that Jesus is more powerful than death. By rising back to life, Christ has opened, for everyone, a path that leads to Life. He invites us now to put off our old corrupt self and be transformed anew.
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (A)
Isaiah 50:4-7 | Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24. | Philippians 2:6-11 | Matthew 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54
Today we enter into the most solemn week in our liturgical year. The readings today present us with the opportunity to understand Jesus' journey to Resurrection through the Cross. We shall pray for the gifts of patient endurance, humility, and discernment.
Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)
Ezekiel 37:12-14 | Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 | Romans 8:8-11 | John 11:1-45
As our Lenten journey reaches a crescendo, we are all summoned to focus on the theme of death yielding to a new life. Today, Jesus is given to us as one who not only heals the sick and sustains life, but as one who restores lost life.
Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A | Psalm 23: 1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41
While last Sunday, through the Gospel of the Samaritan woman, Jesus promised also to us the gift of living water (Jn 4, 10.11), this fourth Sunday of Lent, called “Laetare” (Rejoice) Sunday, presents Christ “light of world” who heals a” born blind man”(Jn 9, 1-41)
Third Sunday of Lent (A)
Exodus 17:3-7 | Psalm 95:1-2, 6--9 | Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 | John 4:5-42 Or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent draw us to closely examine an attitude of gratitude, gratefulness for God's presence, and new life in Christ.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum