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May 2022

May 17

May 17, 2022

Jn 14:27-31 Jesus’ discourses in John’s Gospel end on a hopeful note. Though his disciples remain troubled about what is ahead, Jesus consoles them by offering them peace, the peace that comes through his love of the Father poured out to them. All that he has told them and what he tells them now will help them understand his mission...
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May 16

May 16, 2022

Jn 14:21-26 Judas’ question provokes a response from Jesus reiterating the relational aspect of the commandments. He and the Father will only be revealed to those who are open to a loving relationship with him, thus with the Father. I learn from you, Father, Son and Spirit, what it is to love. By your grace, may I love as you love,...
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May 15

May 15, 2022

Jn 13:31-33, 34-35 Judas leaves and the events of Jesus’ passion are set in motion. Jesus speaks directly now to his disciples. Love must be at the heart of their mission. He loves them and they must model that love with one another. You left for us the greatest commandment. You are love and living our lives in your name must be a...
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May 14

May 14, 2022

Jn 15:9-17 Jesus tells his disciples that the model of love is to sacrifice one’s life for friends. As has been made clear, those with him do not yet understand the limitless love he has for them, nor do they understand what is expected of them in the time ahead. Remembering those times when suffering turns to joy is important. That memory...
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May 13

May 13, 2022

Jn 14:1-6   The disciples are troubled because of Jesus’ impending departure. He tells them they must have faith. He is not abandoning them. Where he is going, he will prepare a place for them. Their faith will find the way to him. Today’s Gospel is often proclaimed at funerals. It offers comfort to those who grieve for their...
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May 12

May 12, 2022

Jn 13:16-20 Today’s Gospel returns to the evening of the Passover. Jesus emphasizes two points. One is that in the same way he humbled himself by washing the feet of his disciples, so they must do for others. And, by receiving him, they receive the Father for he and the Father are one. Jesus tells his disciples this knowing God’s...
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May 11

May 11, 2022

Jn 12:44-50   Following John’s explanation of the history of the Jewish people’s unbelief, Jesus summarizes the heart of his teaching. All that Jesus says and does sheds light upon the truth and points the way to the Father. Jesus has come from the Father to the world, to save the world.   Let us pray today for all the...
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May 10

May 10, 2022

Jn 10:22-30 In this climactic encounter with the Jewish authorities, Jesus reiterates his identity and purpose. Everything he says and does is in the name of the Father. He is one with the Father, a perfect union that they cannot touch. They don’t believe, nor will they. There are so many who because they do not know you, do not recognize...
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May 9

May 9, 2022

Jn 10:1-10 Jesus is the good shepherd, a beautiful and relatable metaphor. Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He is vigilant, and like a gate, remains at the entrance of the pen guarding the sheep. He likens the Pharisees to the thieves and robbers who do not enter via the gate but with ill intent jump over the fence in the dark of...
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May 8

May 8, 2022

Jn 10:27-30 Jesus is in the temple area on the feast. The Jewish leaders press Jesus to tell them if he is the Messiah. He replies that he has already told them, and they did not listen. He then goes on to use the metaphor of the sheep knowing the voice of their shepherd. The Jews do not know the voice of their Lord, who is one with the Father....
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May 7

May 7, 2022

Jn 6:60-69   The final verses of the Bread of Life discourse begin with the reaction of some of the disciples to Jesus. There are those who choose to walk away. Jesus addresses the Twelve directly asking if they too are going to leave. Peter, their spokesperson, responds with a profession of faith.   I can only think where else would...
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May 6

May 6, 2022

Jn 6:52-59 The Jews twist what Jesus is saying with their literal understanding of eating and drinking his flesh and blood. Jesus is the new Moses who nourishes all who come to him. He gives himself, the Eucharistic source of eternal life to all who eat and drink. How blest I am that you want to be part of me and will me to be a part of you....
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May 5

May 5, 2022

Jn 6:44-51   The ancestors of the Jews were taught by God through the prophets. This was their spiritual food. They were also fed physically by God in the desert. Now Jesus is present, the Word of God, the Bread of Life that will sustain them for all eternity.   Pope Francis said that “Jesus’ declaration that he is the...
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May 4

May 4, 2022

Jn 6:35-40 Another “I am” statement is complete. Jesus is the bread of life. The food and drink analogy in John’s Gospel shows that he is the one, the only one needed to gain eternal life. It is God’s will that everyone believes. The crowd’s initial misunderstanding, in reality — unbelief, is proof that just...
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May 3

May 3, 2022

Jn 14:6-14 This Gospel begins with Jesus reiterating that he and the Father are one. Phillip is not convinced and asks for visible proof. He wants to see the Father. Though clearly exasperated, Jesus continues the discussion by saying it again. His words and his works are the words and works of the Father. He then turns attention to the...
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May 2

May 2, 2022

Jn 6:22-29   Jesus gives bread from heaven but more importantly, Jesus is the bread from heaven. The manna in the desert sustained the physical needs of the people. Jesus, the bread of life, feeds the souls, nourishing the faith of believers.   Down through the ages there have been so many like St. Athanasius, who have helped believers...
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May 1

May 1, 2022

Jn 21:1-19   Today, we hear from John’s Gospel, Jesus revealing himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. During the night they fished and caught nothing. Jesus appears on the shore at dawn and instructs them to try again. They do so with great success. They share the meal that Jesus has prepared. Jesus questions Peter. Three...
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