It’s the Fruit that Count but the Roots that Matter (John 15.1-8)
The parable of the vine invites us to think of the dryness of the branch that is me, its liveliness or its death, its fruitfulness or its desiccation.
However there is trap in this form of thinking. While it matters that we are fruitful we don’t become fruitful simply by worrying about our lack of fruitfulness. Christian fruitfulness is not produced by nervous effort or frantic activity. Rather the cause of fruitfulness if found in that slightly antique word which we heard repeatedly in our reading –the word ‘abide’. ‘Abide in me’, said Jesus, ‘and you will be fruitful’.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Patron Saint of Workers,
We ask for your blessing upon all of our efforts.
May our work each day be a blessing
Which allows us to recognize the dignity of human labor.
May we see our work as an opportunity
To build up the Kingdom of God.
With you as our model and example,
May we be instruments of the love and peace
Which the gospel calls us to share
In every aspect of our lives.
Help us in our daily labor and encourage all those
Who seek meaningful work. Amen
Acts 13:26-33; John 14:1-6
It must have been tough to be one of the 12 apostles. This gospel brings home to me both the leap of faith these men made over and over again and how Jesus is nearly always patient with them. (I say nearly always because at times I read a little exasperation, like the exasperation of a father when his son or daughter doesn’t heed a warning. Be careful walking backward, the dad might say. And then, when backwards walking doesn’t work out so well, a shake of the head as the dad picks up the child, brushes him off and gives him a hug before the next adventure.)
Mt 11, 25-30
Today is the feast day of Catherine of Siena, a remarkable woman of character and courage. Born in Siena, Italy in 1347, she lived in a time of great tumult, when the Church was involved in state politics and war, and the Pope fled from Rome to Avignon, France.
As the writer Mary Ann Sullivan describes Catherine, she “deliberately told popes, queens and kings how to behave. She was spontaneous, unafraid of authority and fearless in the face of death. She was a Dominican religious who corresponded with Popes and peasants alike.” Catherine had a powerful influence on the Church and two Popes relied on her counsel, which was honest and straightforward. After her death, she was named a saint and later one of the first women Doctors of the Church.
Acts 12:24-13:5a; John 12:44-50
Jesus was sent here to be our light and to light our way out of darkness. Before Jesus it was all darkness, but Jesus is the manifestation of God’s word to save us. He is a beacon, illuminating the path, lighting the right way. He is our guide, our leader. Here to save us from the darkness, not to condemn us. Before we were trapped in the darkness, but now there is light, a way out. Believing in Jesus is believing in God who sent Jesus. And not believing keeps us trapped in the darkness of ignorance and despair.
The Good Shepherd by Michael Dudash
Acts 11:19-26; John 10:22-30
Our readings today focus our attention on being open to the word of God, being confident in our faith, and then rejoicing in the comfort of God’s message. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells of the disbursement of the disciples following the death of Stephen through martyrdom. I cannot imagine the fear that the disciples felt as they scattered throughout the lands of Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch to proclaim Jesus as Lord. Would others listen?
Acts 11:1-18; John 10:1-10
We are all impacted by the giving or receiving of a Gift. A gift is defined as something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present. It brings a good feeling to know that someone is thinking of your well-being. No matter how big or small, expensive or inexpensive the gift may be, none compares to the greatest gift given by God, and that is Salvation.
The Voice of the Shepherd
On this Good Shepherd Sunday, the Lord Jesus says, "My sheep will hear My voice" (Jn 10:16). For the sheep of His flock, the voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd has a uniquely penetrating quality, an unmistakable accent of tenderness, a note of divine authority that goes straight to the heart. The believing heart leaps with recognition at the sound of Jesus' voice. "The sheep hear His voice, and He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out" (Jn 10:3).
Acts 9:31-42; Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17; John 6:60-69
“YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE”
What words does/is God speaking to you Today? Are they words of mercy, of healing, of God’s goodness, of your goodness. What are they? The psalmist speaks of “all the good he (God) has done for me.” Some of us just wake up in the morning and are able to say, “thanks, Lord, I am awake and alive and it’s a new day.”
3. CENACLE – THE PRESENCE
Patroness of the month - Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us
Wherever there is a human, bonds are born. Where there is a Mother, ties become strong and faithful. Mary, present in the Cenacle teaches us how to be together, in unity. The Cenacle of Broken Bread teaches us communion. The Pallottine Cenacle is Mary, the Apostles, you, me, and always someone else ...
Intention of the month
Let us pray for Christian unity. May all those who have been sanctified by one Baptism unite in true faith and love in one Church.
" Do whatever he tells you "
Hearing the Word of the Lord. Believing that everything is possible. And to fill this Word with one´s own breath, prayer, creativity, life ...
The change begins with the accepting - of your own lack and that of the Word filled with the power of the Lord.
Then "whatever He tells you" becomes a life mission and a task that we want to fulfill for Him.
Acts 9:1-20; John 6:52-59
“The Conversion on the Way to Damascus” by Caravaggio
On our spiritual journey from Easter to Pentecost we follow the progress in the growth of the church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Today we are presented with one of the more memorable incidents that had a huge significance on the growth of the nascent Christian community, namely the conversion of St.Paul as he travels to Damascus. We all know the story of the bright light, the jettisoned rider, the voice and the blindness that followed. In Caravaggio’s painting “The Conversion on the Way to Damascus,” the artist is close to the account in Acts. The horse is there and Saul lies on the ground stunned, his eyes closed as if dazzled by the brightness of God’s light that streams down the white part of the horse onto Saul; but that the light is heavenly is clear only to the believer, for Saul has no halo. The drama is internalized within the mind of Saul. The artist makes religious experience look natural. There is no action, Saul’s splayed hands and discarded sword is frozen; all is stillness. [Perhaps so God can inaugurate the conversion process!]