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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What can shepherding teach us about God and our relationship with Him?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) on Good Shepherd Sunday
What can shepherding teach us about God and our relationship with him? 
Friends, at the end of each day the shepherd brought his sheep into shelter. They knew the voice of their shepherd and came at his beckoning. So familiar was the shepherd and his sheep, that each was called by a distinct name. In the cold the sheep were usually brought to a communal village shelter which was locked and kept secure by a guardian. In the heat months the sheep were usually kept out in the fields and then gathered into a fold at night which was guarded by a shepherd throughout the night. He was literally the door through which the sheep had to pass.
The Scriptures describe God as a shepherd who brings security and peace to his people. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore (Psalm 120:8). Even the leaders of God’s people are called shepherds: they shall lead them out and bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep which have no shepherd (Numbers 27:17). Just as a shepherd kept watch over his sheep and protected them from danger, so Jesus stands watch over his people as the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25). Do you know the peace and security of a life fully submitted to God?
Lord Jesus, you always lead me in the way of true peace and safety. May I never doubt your care nor stray from your ways. Keep me safe in the shelter of your presence. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Sunday! Remember to pray your Rosary (glorious mysteries).

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We can know God personally through his word

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
We can know God personally through his word
Friends, Paul the Apostle tells us that it is the work of the Holy Spirit who enlightens the eyes of our heart and mind to understand the truth and wisdom which comes from God (Ephesians 1:17-18). Faith is the key to understanding and experiencing God’s action and work in our personal lives. Paul the Apostle tells us that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). We can know God personally, and we grow in recognizing his voice as we listen to his word and obey his instruction. Do you believe, as Peter did, that Jesus has the words of everlasting life and the power to change and transform your life? Ask the Lord Jesus to increase your faith that you may grow in knowing, loving, and serving him as your Lord and Redeemer, Teacher and Healer, Master and Saviour.
Lord Jesus, you have the words of everlasting life. Help me to cast aside all doubt and fear so that I may freely embrace your word with complete trust and joy. I surrender all to you. Be the Lord of my life and the Ruler of my heart. May there be nothing which hinders me from trusting in your love and following your will. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Saturday! Remember to pray your Rosary (glorious mysteries).

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First Friday in May: How do you plan to honour the Sacred heart of Jesus today?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
First Friday in May: How do you plan to honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus today?
Friends, The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary 
1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life. 
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death. 
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent. 
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection. 
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts. 
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced. 
12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour. 
Remember to pray your Rosary (sorrowful mysteries) today

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Do you hunger for the “bread of Life”?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Do you hunger for the “bread of life”? 
Friends, Jesus offers us the abundant supernatural life of heaven itself – but we can miss it or even refuse it. To refuse Jesus is to refuse eternal life, unending life with the Heavenly Father. To accept Jesus as the bread of heaven is not only life and spiritual nourishment for this world but glory in the world to come. When you approach the Table of the Lord, what do you expect to receive? Healing, pardon, comfort, and rest for your soul? The Lord has much more for us, more than we can ask or imagine. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper is an intimate union with Christ. As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens us in charity and enables us to break with disordered attachments to creatures and to be more firmly rooted in the love of Christ. Do you hunger for the “bread of life”?
Lord Jesus, you are the living bread which sustains me in this life. May I always hunger for the bread which comes from heaven and find in it the nourishment and strength I need to love and serve you wholeheartedly. Amen. Good morning dear friends and have a luminous Thursday! Remember to pray your Rosary (luminous mysteries).

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