Today’s Word and Prayers 17 May 2018

Whoever pursues justice and kindness will find life and honor.
Proverbs 21:21 NABRE
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Today’s Word and Prayers – 16 May 2018 – May God bless and keep you in his love and mercy. Friends, today’s Word comes straight from the heart of Jesus. This week began with the high priestly prayer of Jesus (John 17). Today he continues to pray for you even if you are not the only one who has been in the habit of not praying for yourself or even remember to pray for others. St Paul follows the same pattern, praying for his community brothers and sisters, just as he was finishing his work among them for a while. Do you know the power of prayer can enlarge your heart to be more open and accepting others who are different from your opinions, tribe, color, language, class, position? Yet we are all children of the same creator God and Father. Hence, we pray, “Our Father…” Would you like to pray or be prayed for your beautiful soul today? Lord Jesus bless your beautiful soul today who needs love, care and mercy, for a second chance at life. We call upon you, for your name we are made in your image, Christ Jesus. Amen.

if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NABRE
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The Hour of Jesus

Word and Prayers (W.A.P) for 15th May 2018

Friends, the hour of Jesus is the hour of his crucifixion and death on the cross. He spoke of this hour first to his blessed mother, who interceded for the marriage at Cana in Galilee (John 2:5). He said to her my hour has not come yet. He therefore changed water into wine not as a show off but to manifest his glory before his disciples (John 2:11). Today he speaks of his hour, of pain and death on calvary, to his disciples before departing from them. He did this to remind the apostles the real deal about himself in connection with his mission to save souls. He teaches them and you too by extension, that we must accept the pain and ‘death’ situations in our every day lives as opportunities for the glory of God to shine forth in and through us. Do I accept the will of God in the difficulties or difficult times I find myself as opportunity to be closer to God, to pray, to trust more in the power of prayer and praise of God? Lord Jesus, give me the strength to accept the difficulties of my daily life and let them show forth your power and mercy over my life, family and my work. Amen. Cheers!

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Prayerful Expectation

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) on third day of Pentecost Novena
Prayerful Expectation
Friends, on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we are in prayerful expectation of the coming the Holy Spirit next Sunday at Pentecost, just as the first disciples were. The Easter season concludes in a week with Pentecost. How are we preparing for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? In today’s First Reading, just after the Ascension, the disciples gather, wait, and pray.
The Angels had to give them a little nudge to see that it was over, but they’ve taken the hint and come down from the mountain.However, it is not a John 21 moment; they haven’t returned to their day to day affairs as if nothing had happened.Our Lord had promised they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit if they wait, so they don’t just fill their time with mundane little chores; they gather and pray.We are gathered in prayer today, just as we should pray this whole week, awaiting the Holy Spirit.

In today’s Second Reading Peter reminds us that the Holy Spirit will be with us, but the mission we have received will still be tough. Just before his Ascension Our Lord charged the Apostles with going out and baptizing the whole world.About two millennia have passed. Are we there yet?He promised to be with them always, and that the power of the Holy Spirit would come upon them.If you read the Acts of the Apostles you see he was good on his promises, yet every Apostle but one suffered martyrdom.If we suffer in the name of Christ, we know that the “Spirit of glory and of God rests” upon us.
In today’s Gospel, we’re reminded that even as we wait in prayerful expectation of the Holy Spirit, we know that Our glorified Lord is praying for us too at his Father’s right hand. He may have vanished from the world’s sight at the conclusion of his earthly ministry, but now the Risen Lord has concluded his time with his faithful disciples on earth and ascended into Heaven until he returns one day in the future.All the glory Our Lord asks the Father for in today’s Gospel is now being given to him.He spent his time on earth glorifying the Father through doing his will.Now he can grant eternal life: to know God and to know whom he sent.Now he prays for us to take up the torch, lit by the Holy Spirit, and continue his work.
Drowning Anxieties in Mundane Chores
In John 21 Peter decided he wanted to go fishing because it seemed nothing was happening. He was bored, and he soon found company, trying to ignore the bigger things that were looming.They worked all night, but with no results.The Risen Lord came and brought him and the other disciples back into focus (along with some fish and breakfast).In today’s First Reading we see a different spirit. Peter and the others gather, wait, and pray.It doesn’t say they were writing late Easter cards, sweeping and painting the upper room, or baking cookies.We sometimes know we should be doing something, but we try to distract ourselves in a thousand mundane chores instead that are not as important.The disciples today have a focus of faith that keeps them in prayer and on track.
Get Ready for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
There’s one last week to get ready for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.The Spirit wants to bestow not only gifts but fruits. Gifts come for free if we accept them. Fruits come if we put those gifts to good use.There are many good resources to see what gifts and fruits the Spirit has in store: St. John Paul II’s encyclical Dominum et Vivificantem; the Catechism speaks of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit (nn.1830-1832) or the Holy Spirit in general (Part On, Section Two, Chapter Three—683ff.); the document Iuvenescit Ecclesia by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith speaks about the charismatic dimension of the Church.The Spirit has many gifts to give, some common, some flamboyant, some for many, and some that are personal, intimate, and quiet.Pray to the Spirit, and you will receive gifts. The Spirit always has more of them to give.
Lord Jesus, your word is life and truth. Instruct my heart that I may grow in the knowledge of your truth and live according to your word. Amen. Good morning dear and have a glorious Sunday!

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Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in my name

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) On Pentecost Novena Day 1
Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name.
Today we begin the Pentecost novena, nine days of prayer in preparation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. On this first day of the novena, Jesus tells us to ask for the Spirit in His name (Jn 16:23). Jesus says: “The heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Lk 11:13).
We need these nine days to prepare us to ask rightly (see Jas 4:2-3). “We will receive at His hands whatever we ask” provided that “our consciences have nothing to charge us with” (1 Jn 3:22, 21). Thus, the Lord wants us to focus on repentance during this novena.
The disciples who prayed the first Pentecost novena “devoted themselves to constant prayer” (Acts 1:14). Prayer that is constant and communal works! They were filled with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Find some people to gather with to pray the novena.
Mary was central to the first Pentecost novena. Imagine how guilty the first disciples felt in abandoning Jesus during His crucifixion and thus adding to His pain. If you went to the funeral of someone you had hurt badly, imagine how comforted you would feel to be loved and forgiven by the family of the deceased. Mary was Jesus’ mother. Her presence with the disciples during the novena meant forgiveness and unity. Repent and go to Confession. Pray with others. Pray with Mary. Receive the Holy Spirit!
Lord Jesus, we are an Easter people, and alleluia is our song. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may we radiate the joy of your Resurrection and live in the reality of your great victory over sin and death. Amen. Good morning dear!

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Are you hungry for truth?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Are you hungry for truth?
Friends, Jesus proclaimed that he is the Truth, the Way, and the Life (John 14:6). Truth is not something we create nor is it our discovery. It is the gift of God who is the possessor and giver of all truth. Jesus tells his disciples that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to reveal what is true, right, and good. How can this be? Many skeptics of truth don’t want to believe in an absolute, objective, and unchanging Truth. If truth is objective then it must be asserted to as trustworthy and right and be submitted to as authoritative and binding. Some fear the truth because they think it will inhibit their freedom to act, think, and judge as they wish. Jesus told his disciples that the truth will set you free (John 8:32). The truth liberates us from whatever is false, misleading, doubtful, or deceptive. In God there is no lie or falsehood since he is utterly true, good, and just. Since he is the author and source of all that is true and good, then the closer we draw near to him in order to listen to his word and understand his mind and will for us, the more we will grow in the knowledge of God and of his great love, wisdom, and plan for us.
Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and guide me in your way of life, truth, and goodness. Free me from ignorance of your truth, and from deception and moral blindness caused by sinful pride and the refusal to believe and obey your word of truth. May I love you with all of my heart, mind, and strength, and seek to please you in all things. Amen. Good morning dear and have a glorious Wednesday. Remember to pray your Rosary, glorious mysteries.

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Do I have true love for the mission of Jesus Christ?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P)
Do I have a true love for the mission of Jesus Christ?
Friends, John Mark had accompanied Barnabas and Saul on a relief mission to help the starving Judean Christians (Acts 12:25). Next, John Mark accompanied Barnabas and Saul on the first evangelisation mission of the Church (Acts 13:5). However, John Mark dropped out of that mission (Acts 13:13).
There’s a big difference between a relief mission and an evangelisation mission. You may have been on relief missions. You may have given your time, energy, and money to help the poor, the suffering, and the victims of tragedies. However, only a few people have gone on evangelisation missions. Relief missions are very important and often are a matter of life and death. Evangelisation missions, however, are of supreme importance and are a matter of eternal life and death. Usually, we need a much stronger love to go on an evangelisation mission than a relief mission. We will often fight a much more severe spiritual battle in an evangelisation mission than in almost any other activity. We can criticize John Mark for leaving the first Christian evangelisation mission, but many of us have never quit because we’ve never started. If we have dropped out, we ought to follow Mark’s lead, repent, and go back on mission. While some give their lives for the missions, others equally go to the missions by giving their material support (for vocations). “Once you know all these things, blest will you be if you put them into practice” (Jn 13:17).
Lord Jesus, thank you for calling me into your vineyard to work for your kingdom. Make my heart like unto yours that I may remain steadfast and focused on your evangelisation mission in this world. Amen. Good morning dear and have a luminous Thursday! Remember to pray your rosary (mysteries of light).

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Listen to the Good Shepherd and you will not go astray

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P)
Listen to the Good Shepherd and you will not go astray
Friends, we are very much like sheep who stray, we become easy prey to forces which can destroy us – sin, Satan, and a world in opposition to God and his people. The Lord Jesus came not only to free us from Satan’s snares and the grip of sin, he came to personally lead us to the best of places where we can feed on his “word of life” and drink from the “living waters” of his Holy Spirit. The sheep who heed the voice of Jesus, the good shepherd, have no fear. He leads them to the best of places – everlasting peace, joy, and fellowship with God and his people.
In this present life we will encounter trials, difficulties, and persecution. We can face them alone or we can follow Jesus, the true shepherd, who will bring us safely through every difficulty to the place of peace and security with God. Do you listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and heed his commands?
Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who secures what is best for us. I place all my hope and trust in you. Open my ears to hear your voice today and to follow your command. Amen. Good morning and have a victorious Tuesday! Remember to pray your rosary (sorrowful mysteries).

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Do you know the peace and security of the Good Shepherd who watches over you?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Do you know the peace and security of the Good Shepherd who watches over you?
Friends, the Old Testament often speaks of God as shepherd of his people, Israel. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1). Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! (Psalm 80:1) We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3). The Messiah is also pictured as the shepherd of God’s people: He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms (Isaiah 40:11). Jesus says he is the Good Shepherd who will risk his life to seek out and save the stray sheep (Matthew 18:12, Luke 15:4). He is the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25). We cannot be indifferent to his claim. For those who accept him as Lord and Saviour he offers the peace and security of unending life and joy with God. Do you know the peace and security of a life fully submitted to Christ?
Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who keeps watch over our lives. May I be ever attentive to your voice and submit fully to your wise rule for my life.  Draw me near to you that I may always find peace and joy in your presence. Amen. Good morning and have a joy-filled filled Monday! Remember to pray your Rosary (joyful mysteries).

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