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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Do i listen to the voice of Christ in the Church? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) 
Do i listen to the voice of Christ in the Church? 
Friends, Jesus selected James, Philip, and the other apostles at the start of His public ministry (Mk 3:13ff). Jesus also selected the apostles to see Him after He had risen from the dead (1 Cor 15:5, 7). No one can ever replace the witness of the apostles as “the chosen witnesses of the Lord’s Resurrection” (Catechism, 860). hears Me. He who rejects you, rejects Me” (Lk 10:16). Thus, we must pay close attention to the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42), which continues in the Catholic Church through the Pope and bishops (Catechism, 863). If we refuse to listen to the Church, we risk rejecting Jesus Himself. Jesus doesn’t like it when someone refuses to listen to His witnesses (see Mk 16:11, 14). For example, some couples refuse to listen to the Church about refraining from the use of artificial birth control. They decide to form their own opinion on the subject. They expect Jesus to tell them Himself if it is against His will. Now Jesus does reveal His truth to individuals some of the time. However, Jesus has already spoken through His witnesses, the pope and the magisterium of the Church, about many matters of faith. To refuse to listen to the Church is to refuse to listen to Jesus (Lk 10:16) and to risk damnation (see Jn 5:25, 28-29).
Lord Jesus Christ, you’re the way, the truth and the life. Help me to listen to you through the witnesses you’ve chosen in the Church. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Wednesday! Remember to say your glorious mysteries (rosary).

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Do you hunger for God and for the food which produces everlasting life? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Do you hunger for God and for the food which produces everlasting life?
Friends, the bread which Jesus offers his disciples sustains us not only on our journey to the heavenly paradise, it gives us the abundant supernatural life of God which sustains us both now and for all eternity. When we receive from the Lord’s table we unite ourselves to Jesus Christ, who makes us sharers in his body and blood and partakers of his divine life. Ignatius of Antioch (35-107 A.D.) calls it the “one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ” (Ad Eph. 20,2). This supernatural food is healing for both body and soul and strength for our journey heavenward.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the bread of life. You alone can satisfy the hunger in my heart. May I always find in you, the true bread from heaven, the source of life and nourishment I need to sustain me on my journey to the promised land of heaven. Amen. Good morning and have a victorious Tuesday! Remember to say your Rosary (sorrowful mysteries)

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Why was it difficult for the disciples to recognize the risen Lord?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W.A.P) on 3rd Sunday of Easter
Why was it difficult for the disciples to recognize the risen Lord?
Friends, Jesus’ death scattered his disciples and shattered their hopes and dreams. They had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. They saw the cross as defeat and could not comprehend the empty tomb until the Lord Jesus appeared to them and gave them understanding (Luke 24:13-35). 
Jesus chided the disciples on the road to Emmaus for their slowness of heart to believe what the Scriptures had said concerning the Messiah. They did not recognize the risen Jesus until he had broken bread with them. Do you recognize the Lord in his word and in the breaking of the bread?
How often do we fail to recognize the Lord when he speaks to our hearts and opens his mind to us? The Risen Lord is ever ready to speak his word to us and to give us understanding of his ways. Do you listen attentively to the Word of God and allow his word to change and transform you?
Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart to recognize your presence with me and to understand the truth of your saving word. Nourish me with your life-giving word and with the bread of life. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Sunday!

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Do you know that Jesus is the true bread from heaven that gives you abundant life? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) 


Do you know that Jesus is the true bread from heaven that gives you abundant life?
Friends, the people of Israel had been waiting for the prophet whom Moses had promised: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren – him shall you heed (Deuteronomy 18:15). The signs which Jesus did, including the miraculous feeding of the five thousand signified that God has indeed sent him as the anointed Prophet and King. Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle that is repeated in all four Gospel accounts. What is the significance of this particular miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude pointed to God’s provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel under Moses’ leadership (Exodus 16). This daily provision of food in the barren wilderness foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers. 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. Do you hunger for the “bread of life”? Do you trust in God’s provision for you and do you share freely with others, especially those who are in need?
Lord Jesus, fill me with gratitude and give me a generous heart that I may freely share with others what you have given to me. Amen. Good morning and have a TGIF!

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Do I recognize the Risen Lord through the gift of faith and receive new life?

Today’s Word and Prayer on Divine Mercy Sunday (W.A.P)


Do I recognize the Risen Lord through the gift of faith and receive new life?
Dear friends, today is the eight day after the Resurrection and for 17 years now, we do celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday as instituted by St John Paul II in the year 2000. In today’s gospel when Thomas finally had the courage to rejoin the other apostles, the Lord Jesus made his presence known to him and reassured him that he had indeed overcome death and risen again. The Lord makes himself known to you in the Bible, through prayers (personal, community), through holy Communion, in the priest, in the poor and needy. Do you recognize him? When Thomas recognized his Master, he believed and exclaimed that Jesus was truly Lord and truly God! Through the gift of faith you, too, are invited to proclaim that Jesus is your personal Lord and your God. He died and rose that you, too, might have new life in him. The Lord offers you new life in his Holy Spirit that you may know him personally and walk in this new way of life through the power of his resurrection. Do you believe in the good news of the Gospel and in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring you new life, hope, and joy?
Lord Jesus Christ, through your victory over sin and death you have overcome all the powers of sin and darkness. Help me to draw near to you and to trust in your life-giving word. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and strengthen my faith in your promises and my hope in the power of your resurrection. Amen. Good morning and have a joy-filled Mercy Sunday!

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Does your love waver when you encounter bitter disappointments and injury from others? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) 
Does your love waver when you encounter bitter disappointments and injury from others?
Friends, this morning we celebrate the establishment of two sacraments, the Catholic priesthood and the Holy Eucharist. The former takes place this morning when we gather at the cathedral Church with the Bishop and priests. We commemorate, that is, remember and celebrate the gift of the Catholic priesthood, that is, the love of Christ for his Church. In the evening we remember and celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist as the sacramental expression of the Paschal mystery of Christ who gave us His life for our salvation. Both express the infinite love and mercy of our God for us (John 13:1; Ephesians 1:3-14). Jesus’ hour of humiliation draws near he reveals to his disciples the supreme humility which shaped the love he had for them. He stoops to perform a menial task reserved for servants – the washing of smelly, dirty feet. In stooping to serve his disciples Jesus knew he would be betrayed by one of them and that the rest would abandon him through fear and disloyalty. Such knowledge could have easily led to bitterness or hatred. Jesus met the injury of betrayal and disloyalty with the greatest humility and supreme love. Jesus loved his disciples to the very end, even when they failed him and forsook him. The Lord loves each of us freely and unconditionally. His love has power to set us free to love and serve others with Christ-like compassion and humility. Paul the Apostle tells us that Christ’s gift of love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us (Romans 5:5 and 8:35-39). Does the love of Christ rule in your heart, thoughts, intentions and actions?
Lord Jesus, your love conquers all and never fails. Help me to love others freely, with heart-felt compassion, kindness and goodness. Where there is injury, may I sow peace rather than strife. Amen. Good morning and have a luminous Maundy Thursday!
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan 
Day 38 Read John 19:16-27

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