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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Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray?
Friends, the tragedy of Judas’ temptation and betrayal was his refusal to accept his master as he was. Jesus knew beforehand what would befall him. As Jesus ate his last supper meal with his twelve apostles he put them under trial and suspicion (one of you will betray me) to teach them to examine themselves rightly, lest they be high-minded and think themselves more strong than they were. We, also must examine ourselves in the light of God’s truth and grace and ask him to strengthen us in faith, hope, and love that we may not fail him or forsake him when we are tempted. Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray: Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13)? Every single sin is a betrayal of Jesus.  What is your price? What is it that you love and prefer to Jesus? That is the price you ask for your sin or betrayal.
Lord Jesus, we are exceedingly frail and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking. Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Wednesday! 
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan 
Day 37 Read Luke 23:26-49

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Are you ready to follow Jesus in his way of the cross? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Are you ready to follow Jesus in his way of the cross?
Friends, Jesus’ disciples were put to the test as Jesus prepared to make the final and ultimate sacrifice of his own life for their sake and for all the world. What was different between Peter and Judas? Judas deliberately betrayed his Master while Peter, in a moment of weakness, denied him with an oath and a curse. Judas’ act was cold and calculated. Peter, however, never meant to do what he did. He acted impulsively, out of weakness and cowardice. Jesus knew both the strength of Peter’s loyalty and the weakness of his resolution. He had a habit of speaking with his heart without thinking through the implications of what he was saying. The Holy Spirit will give us grace and strength in our time of testing. If we submit to Jesus we will walk in the light of his truth and love. If we turn our backs on him we will stumble and fall in the ways of sin and darkness. Are you ready to follow Jesus in his way of the cross?
Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart which no unworthy thought can drag downwards; an unconquered heart which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Amen. Good morning and have a victorious Tuesday! 
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan 
Day 36 Read Matthew 27:27-44

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Do you know the love that knows no bounds?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) 
Do you know the love that knows no bounds?
Friends, as Jesus dines with his beloved friends, Mary does something which only love can do. She took the most precious thing she had and spent it all on Jesus. Her love was not calculated but extravagant. Mary’s action was motivated by one thing, and one thing only, namely, her love for Jesus and her gratitude for God’s mercy. She did something, however, a Jewish woman would never do in public. She loosed her hair and anointed Jesus with her tears. It was customary for a woman on her wedding day to bound her hair. For a married woman to loosen her hair in public was a sign of grave immodesty. Mary was oblivious to all around her, except for Jesus. She took no thought for what others would think, but what would please her Lord. In humility she stooped to anoint Jesus’ feet and to dry them with her hair. How do you anoint the Lord’s feet and show him your love and gratitude?
Give me, Lord Jesus, a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Take from me all lukewarmness in meditation, dullness in prayer. Give me fervour and delight in thinking of you and your grace, your tender compassion towards me. Amen. Good morning and have a joyful Monday of Holy Week! 
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan 
Day 35 Read John 19:1-16.

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Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) 
Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart?
Friends, on this Palm/Passion Sunday, I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus, who went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited him – betrayal, rejection, and crucifixion. The people of Jerusalem, however, were ready to hail him as their Messianic King! Little did they know what it would cost this king to usher in his kingdom. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt was a direct fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy of Zechariah (9:9).
The colt was a sign of peace. Jesus enters Jerusalem in meekness and humility, as the Messianic King who offers victory and peace to his people. That victory and peace would be secured in the cross and resurrection which would soon take place at the time of Passover.
Jesus Christ came to bring us the kingdom of God. He is the true King who offers peace, joy, and everlasting life for those who accept his kingship. Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your heart and home? Does your home, family, office, workshop, market squares, heart echo with the praise of his glory?
Lord Jesus, be the King and Ruler of my heart, mind, life, and home. May my life reflect your meekness and humility; May you be honoured as the King of glory in my life and family! Amen. Good morning and have a triumphant Palm/Passion Sunday!

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