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Friday, 27 April 2018

Audio Reflections of Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Jesus revealed the Father as unconditional love. How will you reveal Jesus today?


To read the texts click on the texts: Acts13:44-52; Jn 14:7-14

These verses continue the teachings begun in 14:1. The one who knows Jesus also knows the Father for Jesus reveals the Father as Father. In Jesus, one sees the Father as never before because no one has revealed him like Jesus does. Like Thomas before him, now Philip does not understand what Jesus is saying and in his ignorance, asks a question. He does not realize that in seeing Jesus he has seen the Father because of the revelation that Jesus makes of the Father. In offering himself, Jesus has offered all the revelation that the disciples need to identify the Father.

Jesus can only do what the Father has told him and so his works are those of the Father. Philip and the other disciples must be able to see Jesus as the revelation of the Father, if not in his person, at least through the works that Jesus does. The works flow from his person and are not separate from him but an integral part of who Jesus is. The works, too, are works of revelation. They show that the primary aim of God is not to condemn but to save and so are works that enhance and build up.

Since it is Jesus who sends the disciples, the works that anyone who believes in Jesus will do will be the same as those of Jesus. In fact, these will be able to do even greater works than Jesus. These works will make known the whole story of Jesus as Word made flesh and so, will be greater than those which Jesus does. Since these will be done after the whole Christ event – death, resurrection, and ascension to the Father – they will continue the glorification of Jesus.  They will continue to reveal Jesus to the world, sitting at the right hand of God. Jesus will answer every prayer of the disciples made in his name and he will grant their petitions.

As Jesus made God known to the world through unconditional, magnanimous love, so the disciples are called to do the same. The works that Jesus did have to be continued today if Jesus is to be made present and is to be revealed to a world that does not yet know him. It is the present community of disciples that has the responsibility to continue the mission that Jesus began. Whenever an enhancing word is spoken, whenever an action that heals is done, whenever love is shown in a tangible manner, then the work of Jesus continues and Jesus continues to be made present.

To be sure, the revelation of God that Jesus made can also be recognized in the depths of one’s heart, but this is not the whole story. It is a love that must be shared and revealed to the world if it is to be complete and whole. The incarnation was not a private revelation given to a select few, but an earth shattering event made visible to the whole world. So the revelation of Jesus, today, has to be done visibly and tangibly.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Acts 13:44-52; Jn 14:7-14

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Acts 13:44-52; Jn 14:7-14


  1. Who asked Jesus to show them the Father?

  2. Thomas
    Philip
    James

  3. Where did Paul and Barnabas go after shaking the dust off their feet?

  4. Jerusalem
    Iconium
    Galilee

  5. Whom will the believer know if they know Jesus?

  6. The Holy Spirit
    The Father
    The Trinity

  7. Whom did the Jews try to contradict?

  8. Paul
    Baranabas
    Peter

  9. To whom did Christianity turn because the Jews rejected Jesus?

  10. It gave up
    The Gentiles
    The Sadducees

  11. Whom did the Jews incite to speak against Paul and Barnabas?

  12. The whole city
    Devout women and leading men
    The high priest

  13. What is the message of the readings of today?

  14. Perseverance is the key
    Jesus revealed the Father as unconditional love. We must reveal Jesus in the same way
    Our actions must speak louder than our words

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Audio reflections of Friday, April 27, 2018

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Friday, April 27, 2018 - Have you, by your narrow mindedness, prevented others from encountering Jesus? Will you realize that he is bigger than anything that you can ever imagine?


To read the texts click on the texts: Acts13:26-33; Jn 14:1-6

Today’s Gospel reading contains the first of the teachings of Jesus that speak about his departure and what it means for his disciples.  

At the beginning of these teachings, Jesus commands his disciples to stand firm. They are not to let the event of his departure overwhelm them. They are not to give in to despair, give up, or lose hope. They must continue to trust and believe. Even though it might seem, on the surface level, that evil is winning, the disciples must realize that God is always in charge and in control of all situations.  They must place their trust in God and in Jesus. 

Since Jesus shares an intimate relationship with the Father, and since the disciples can do so too, there will be as many rooms as there are believers. God and Jesus will exclude no one who wants to share this relationship with them. Jesus goes, but only to return and so, his going is not permanent. It is a temporary act that must be done and completed. This going and returning will be evidence of his power over everything, including death. Nothing and no one will ever be able to separate the disciples from the love that Jesus has for them. The purpose of Jesus’ returning is to take the disciples to the place where he is: the bosom of the Father. 

Even as Jesus points to himself as the one who reveals the Father, Thomas misunderstands and asks a question. He interprets the words “where I am going” only as a physical destination and so, protests that, since he does not know the final destination of Jesus, it is not possible to know how to get there. Jesus corrects this misunderstanding with an “I am” saying. “The Way” is not a geographical term or physical road, it is Jesus himself. Thus, to know Jesus is to know the way and, to know the way is to know Jesus. In his being “the Way” Jesus is also “Truth” and “Life”. Jesus is the “Truth’ because he has been sent by God to make God’s word known. He became “flesh” and anyone who recognizes this and listens to his voice, is of the truth. Recognition of the truth in Jesus leads to “life” in abundance. Since the fullness of God’s life was revealed in Jesus, one can only partake of this life through Jesus.

It is important not to be too fundamental in interpreting the last verse of today’s reading. All too often, insistence on the exclusiveness of the Christian way has been responsible for problems in various parts of the world. The Gospels all agree that the approach of Jesus was all inclusive and excluded no one who would want to come to the truth. There is no doubt that Jesus revealed the Father in the most unique of ways, as no one before had ever done. This is because, in the incarnation, God took on “flesh” in all its weaknesses and limitations. Jesus did not simply put on human nature but became like us in every single way and thus, can understand every aspect of our lives. However, by the fact of the incarnation, Jesus also gave us an insight into who God is and who we are called to be. He made us aware of our own limitlessness. Though he limited himself, we must realize that Jesus is much bigger than the narrow image of him we often have. This narrow image is responsible for our restricting him and making him as small as we are.

John was writing about his community’s experience of seeing God in Jesus incarnate and was not concerned with showing the superiority of this revelation over any other or with the fate of believers of other religions. We must keep this in mind when interpreting the last verse of today’s text. We must, however, rejoice because we are privileged to receive such a unique revelation of God in Jesus Christ.

When one brackets out the questions that contemporary Christians falsely import into these verses, there is nothing outrageous or offensive about the claims made here. Rather, at the heart of Christianity is this affirmation of the decisive revelation of God in the incarnation. John 14:6 can thus be read as the core claim of Christian identity; what distinguishes Christians from peoples of other faiths is the conviction given expression in John 14:6. It is, indeed, through Jesus that Christians have access to their God.

Friday, April 27, 2018 - Acts 13:26-33; Jn 14:1-6

Friday, April 27, 2018 - Acts 13:26-33; Jn 14:1-6


  1. Of whose family are those addressed in the first reading of today descendants?

  2. Moses'
    Abraham's
    Jacob's

  3. Who addresses the people in the first reading of today?

  4. Peter
    Paul
    Barnabas

  5. How did God fulfill the promise made to the ancestors?

  6. By giving them land
    By raising Jesus
    By showering them with gifts

  7. Whom did the residents of Jerusalem ask to have Jesus killed?

  8. Pilate
    Annas
    Caiaphas

  9. Besides being the Truth and Life what else does Jesus say he is?

  10. The Resurrection
    The Way
    The Good Shepherd

  11. Which Psalm is quoted in the first reading of today?

  12. Psalm 1
    Psalm 2
    Psalm 3

  13. Who asks Jesus a question in the Gospel text of today?

  14. Philip
    Thomas
    Peter

  15. From where to where did Jesus appear after his resurrection?

  16. From Galilee to Sidon
    From Galilee to Nazareth
    From Galilee to Jerusalem

  17. What is the message of the readings of today?

  18. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life
    Jesus cannot be pigeonholed. He is too big for our small minds to understand
    God wants all to be saved

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Audio Reflections of Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - How do you as a Christian show that you are part of community?


To read the texts click on the texts: Acts13:13-25; Jn 13:16-20

These verses contain the second part of the discourse spoken by Jesus after he washes the feet of his disciples. In the first part (13:12-15), Jesus teaches his disciples about the meaning of his washing their feet, and the implications that this action has for their lives as his disciples.

In the second part of this discourse (13:16-20), Jesus teaches about discipleship in general and the relationship that the disciples share with him. The double Amen at 13:16, and at 13:20, forms an inclusion and so brackets and highlights what Jesus says in between. The disciples must remember that their role, in their relationship with Jesus, is that of servants to their master. If they understand this and act on it, then they will be blessed. They must, at every stage, know where their authority ends. The sayings which are highlighted by the inclusion are in 13:18-19 and contain a prediction of betrayal. Jesus is aware of who the betrayer is and also knows that it is not an outsider, but one who has eaten at table with him. Ps 41:9 is quoted here to accentuate the intimacy of the betrayal. The betrayer is someone whose feet he has washed, one with whom he has broken bread and one whom Jesus has loved to the very end. This foreknowledge of the betrayer also means that Jesus is in control of the events that lead to his death and is not taken by surprise. Another reason for informing his disciples about his betrayal, in advance, is so that they may realize who Jesus is: Son of God. Even as he is betrayed, he will reveal himself as God for us.

Since Jesus has been sent by God, he has God’s stamp and authority. The disciples, who are in turn sent by Jesus, have the authority and stamp of Jesus. Thus, if anyone accepts the disciples, they are in effect accepting Jesus. Just as Jesus shares fully in God’s work, so the disciples share fully in Jesus’ work of giving life to all and giving it in abundance.

Jesus’ act toward us, in love, manifested symbolically in the washing of the feet and sharing of bread, presents everyone who sits at his table with a choice: One can embrace Jesus’ gift to us and embody one’s embrace of that gift through one’s own acts of love or, one can turn one’s back on Jesus’ gift of love. This means that merely sitting at Jesus’ table, and even eating the bread that he gives, is not the full story. It has to be continued in the giving of self to others and is only completed when this is done. We then enter into community with Jesus and with one another.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Acts 13:13-25; Jn 13:16-20

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Acts 13:13-25; Jn 13:16-20


  1. How many nations did the Lord destroy in the land of Canaan?

  2. Seven
    Seventy
    Six

  3. Until the time of which prophet did the Lord give the Israelites Judges?

  4. Isaiah
    Jeremiah
    Samuel

  5. For how many years did the Lord put up with/care for the Israelites in the wilderness?

  6. Fifty
    Forty
    Four

  7. To which place in Pamphylia did Paul and his companions come?

  8. Perga
    Paphos
    Pisidia

  9. For how many years did Saul reign?

  10. Thirty-six
    Thirty
    Forty

  11. Whose son was Saul?

  12. Kish
    Abier
    Abner

  13. What did God give the Israelites as their inheritance?

  14. Gold
    Land
    Progeny

  15. Which Psalm does John quote in the text of today?

  16. Forty-one
    Forty-two
    Forty

  17. Who succeeded Saul as King?

  18. Jesse
    David
    Benjamin

  19. What is the message of the readings of today?

  20. We are ambassadors of Christ
    Our Lord forgives us even when are are ungrateful
    God in Jesus continues to be love

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Audio reflections of Wednesday, March 25, 2018 the feast of St. Mark, Evangelist

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