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April 2017

Apr 30

April 30, 2017

Luke 24:13-35 This is the second time this Gospel is proclaimed during the Easter Season. The Risen Christ is present to the two disciples in Word and sacrament. Their “hearts were burning” when Jesus spoke to them and broke open the Scriptures. They recognized him in the “breaking of the bread.” Prayer: Risen Christ, the...
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Apr 29

April 29, 2017

John 6:16-21 In verse fifteen, Jesus withdraws to the mountain by himself. The disciples take their boat out to sea. They head back to shore when caught unexpectedly in turbulent waters. Then Jesus appears, walking toward them on the water. They are frightened, but his words calm their fears. Prayer: Jesus, when I am alone and frightened I long...
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Apr 28

April 28, 2017

John 6:1-15 The theme of the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel is centered on Jesus as the bread of life. It begins with the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, the only miracle recounted in all four of the Gospels. As we see in the Eucharist, those gathered along the Sea of Galilee recognized one sent by God through the sign of the...
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Apr 27

April 27, 2017

John 3:31-36 The final passages of in John Chapter Three reflect on the two previous scenes: Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus and John the Baptist’s final witness. To believe in Jesus, as the one sent from the Father above, is to believe in the Father. It is only through that belief that one gains eternal life. Prayer: To really...
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Apr 26

April 26, 2017

John 3:16-21 Jesus instructs Nicodemus with the heart of his message about the Father. God is love, and that love is the dynamic that will bring about salvation. The absolute truth is that God loves creation so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to save humankind from itself. Prayer: I pray to be a visible sign of God’s love, especially for...
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Apr 25

April 25, 2017

Mark 16:15-20 On this feast of Saint Mark, we hear the Great Commission in the longer ending of Mark’s Gospel. Jesus’ mission is now the disciples’ mission. They are to go out and proclaim the Good News to everyone. Though Jesus returned to the Father, his Spirit remained with them and worked through them. Prayer: Lord, thank...
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Apr 24

April 24, 2017

John 3:1-8 Nicodemus is drawn to Jesus but has not yet come fully to faith. The signs seem to point to Jesus’ divine origin, but what Jesus says about being “born again” confuses him. Nicodemus hears what Jesus is saying in a literal sense. To be born again means to live less in flesh and more in spirit, to turn from vice to...
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