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Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

Who said: “I am the Bread of Life?” – What did He mean?

I AM…

Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.” (John, Ch. 6)

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So what does this mean – that Jesus is “Bread?” Twelve times He said He was the bread that came down from heaven; four times he said they would have “to eat my flesh and drink my blood.”  John 6 was an extended promise of what would be instituted at the Last Supper—and it was a promise that could not be more explicit.**  Christ takes John 6:35 far beyond symbolism by saying, “For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed” (John 6:55).**

Jesus is offering Himself to us as food for our life’s journey.  He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist.

How much time have I spent in the last week, the last month, this Spring — Reading these Scripture passages, Visiting Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, Attending Mass, Praying?

Intentional choices need to be made & priorities acted upon… Just as the physical body cannot go without food and drink, our spiritual selves cannot go without nourishment — Jesus offers it to us.

 

Will you accept His generous offer?  It is Jesus who says I am the Bread of Life.  He tells us this means that He is providing His very self to us for nourishment, for food.

Will you accept His offer?

 

 

 

** Catholic Answers – http://www.catholic.com/tracts/christ-in-the-eucharist

 

 

 

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The Easter Season & Message Continues: Being of one mind & heart…

Image result for Acts 4:32  - scriptureThe community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. (Acts 4:32…)

What a comforting thought, that the community of believers were of one mind & heart … With great power they bore witness to the resurrection of Jesus. There was no pride, no seeking of self glorification or self promotion. The early Apostles were focused on mission – the bore witness to the resurrection & sought to draw people to the power and truth of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Do we do the same today?Image result for Acts 4:32  - scripture

Glorious and risen Jesus, by Baptism we are made one with You. We are called to be holy as You are holy. We are called to be one in You and with You. Help us to live Your message & our Baptismal call by truly being one in mind & heart with our fellow believers. Amen.Image result for Live the mission of Christ - togetherE

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Mercy Sunday… Jesus, I trust in You!

What is Divine Mercy Sunday? What is Divine Mercy?

Since 2000, the second Sunday of Easter has also been known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

Here are some extracts from a sermon given by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sister Faustina Kowalska on 30 April 2000 (Vatican web site).

From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion
began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The
message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the
Church has always taught through scripture and tradition:
that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must
show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy
devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus,
calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is
unlimited and available to everyone — especially the
greatest sinners.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy
is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an
uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual
director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the
revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before
her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had
begun to spread.

The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us —
no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to
others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message
we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.

AAsk for His Mercy. God wants us to approach
Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and
asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon
the whole world.

BBe merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy
and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to
extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does
to us.

CCompletely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know
that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our
trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will
receive.

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/backgr.htm#ixzz2PZkefsh2

Let us give thanks to our Merciful God who has given us 2 new Saints: John Paul II & John XXIII,

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The Christian message requires putting our Faith into action…

During the Lenten Season, my 8 year old son and I got up before 6:00am every weekend.  We went to the Nursing Home where I work, and helped serve and feed the Residents who live there.

If the truth be told, my son, Joshua, did most of the work.  The Residents loved him, and preferred his assistance to mine.  Joshua took this Lenten practice of charity to heart.  He faithfully got up every weekend.  He never complained.  He did whatever was needed once we got to the Nursing Facility.  This included taking orders, running to the kitchen, clearing plates and dirty dishes, refilling drinks, and just being a cute, friendly presence to the elderly.

One of the Residents was very difficult to get up.  She required multiple reminders, and frequently just plain refused to come down to the dining room…unless, she was told that Joshua was there.  Then she would get up immediately, and tell the nurse she would be right down.

As a parent, you hope and pray that your children are learning good values.  You encourage them to make a positive impact on the people they come into contact with.  I am proud to say that this Lent, Joshua did just that!

The family should live in such a way that its members learn to care and take responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped, and the poor. There are many families who are at times incapable of providing this help. It devolves then on other persons, other families, and, in a subsidiary way, society to provide for their needs: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” CCC 2208

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Easter Message: Christ is risen. Christ is the answer!

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“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer.”

—CS Lewis

 

 

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Search no longer…

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Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

 

HAPPY eASTER!

 

cHRIST IS rISEN!

 

 

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My Jesus..

 

 

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Good Friday… Holy Saturday…

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Let us spend time reflecting on the GREAT LOVE God has for us…

 

Via Dolorosa

 

 

 

 

 

How are you spending Good Friday?

 

 

 

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Are you looking for Jesus?  Where are you looking?

Holy Thursday…Holy Triduum…

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On the night He was betrayed…

 

 

 


What happened?

Matthew 26:17-75

Mark 14:12-72

Luke 22:7-62

John 13:1-18:27

 

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-holy-thursday/#ixzz2Oq3uc4JU

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Your Essential Guide to the Triduum. Taking you step-by-step through the three-day celebration of the Church. Click on Image.

Spy Wednesday – the cost of betrayal…

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One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. Mt 26:14

 

 

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What does Judas’ betrayal mean to us? To you? To me?  Do I betray Christ?  What type of “silver” am I choosing?  I encourage you to click on the images & reflect on the message of the videos…

This is the holiest week…do I understand what Christ has done for us?  Am I prepared to celebrate in His victory?  Am I prepared to walk with Him to Calvary so that I can share in His victory, His Love, His Life…?

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As the events of Holy Week intensify, are we prepared to be known as "criminals?"

Holy Week..Let your righteousness surpass that of the Scribes…

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Mt 5:20-26

What does it mean to be righteous? Righteousness quite simply is defined as acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin (Miriam- Webster dictionary).

Jesus tells us not only are we to be righteous – but, our righteousness must surpass that of the Scribes & Pharisees. As Jesus goes on to describe righteousness He ties it very tightly to forgiveness. Catherine Doherty tells the following story about our call to forgive & thus be free from guilt or sin, so that we can truly open our hearts to Christ & be one with our God and our brothers and sisters:

This Holy Week seek forgiveness from those you have hurt, & open your heart to forgive those who have hurt you.

I remember when I was a little girl in Russia during Holy Week every member of my family – father, mother, and all the servants lined up and, beginning with father, bowed low before one another and said to each, “Forgive me for any hurt that I might have inflicted on you.” And the answer from the other was, “May the Lord forgive you as I forgive you. Amen.” So everyone asked forgiveness from one another, because without forgiveness, which is the greatest sign of love, how can one receive the God of love?

We hurt people, unwillingly and even unwittingly, by the weakness of our nature, so we need forgiveness from our brothers and sisters, and we need to forgive them as well. We cannot enter Holy Week unless we forgive totally, uncompromisingly, and completely.

Image result for ask forgivenessFor before our eyes will soon be Jesus Christ himself, who will cry out from the height of the cross, “Father, forgive them.” Since we are baptized into the death and life of Jesus Christ, we should not allow the night to fall on our anger. We should beg forgiveness and forgive every day. Let us pray that we may forgive, because no one forgives these days, nationally and internationally speaking, and perhaps also personally. That is why we have the mess that we have.Image result for ask forgiveness - christian

Yes, Righteousness is a not only a good thing &- it is also a Christ thing, therefore it is important for us to pray: Heavenly Father, I come to You as Your child. Please send Your Holy Spirit into my heart to give me the grace to follow the example of Christ’s righteousness. May I be generous in forgiving others & in seeking forgiveness. United with Christ Jesus I pray. Amen.

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