Category: Memory Verse

FILL IN THE GAPS

“When Peter saw this, he addressed the people as follows…” –Acts 3:12 Mass Readings: April 5 First: Acts 3:11-26; Resp: Psalm 8:2,5-9; Gospel: Luke 24:35-48 Listen to the Mass Readings When Peter preached the next time after Pentecost, the Lord led many to believe. “The number of the men came to about five thousand” (Acts 4:4). In this preaching, Peter proclaimed that: God healed the lame man to glorify Jesus (Acts 3:13). His fellow Israelites and all of us “disowned the Holy and Just One” (Acts 3:14) and “put to death the Author of life” (Acts 3:15). “God raised [Jesus]...

HOW JESUS GIVES US EASTER

“Jesus approached and began to walk along with them.” –Luke 24:15 Mass Readings: April 4 First: Acts 3:1-10; Resp: Psalm 105:1-4,6-9; Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Listen to the Mass Readings Jesus wants to give us a real Easter. He wants to come to us in a new way and manifest His risen glory. He may come to us as a stranger criticizing us and saying: “What little sense you have! How slow you are to believe!” (Lk 24:25) Jesus may open our eyes to His risen presence by interpreting the Scriptures (Lk 24:27) and breaking the bread of the Eucharist (Lk...

VICTORY GARDEN

“She supposed He was the gardener.” –John 20:15 Mass Readings: April 3 First: Acts 2:36-41; Resp: Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22; Gospel: John 20:11-18 Listen to the Mass Readings Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of Jesus’ cross on Good Friday (Jn 19:25). “In the place where He had been crucified there was a garden,” and in this garden Jesus was buried (Jn 19:41-42). Jesus had earlier prophesied that “unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit” (Jn 12:24). This garden at Calvary contained the...

FAITH DEFEATS MONEY

“They, in turn, convened with the elders and worked out their strategy, giving the soldiers a large bribe.” –Matthew 28:12 Mass Readings: April 2 First: Acts 2:14,22-33; Resp: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11; Gospel: Matthew 28:8-15 Listen to the Mass Readings Satan’s first attempt to keep the great news of Jesus’ Resurrection from a world enslaved by death was to bribe the guards at Jesus’ tomb. Money from large international organizations is being used “to this very day” (Mt 28:15) in prodigious amounts to finance the culture of death and temporarily obscure the message of the Resurrection. Although this approach has had both...

DEATH DEFEATED!

“They killed Him, finally, hanging Him on a tree, only to have God raise Him up on the third day.” —Acts 10:40 “God did not make death” (Wis 1:13), “for God formed man to be imperishable; the image of His own nature He made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world” (Wis 2:23-24). “The devil, the prince of death” made us his lifelong slaves by manipulating us through our fear of death (Heb 2:14-15). Thus, “sin reigned through death” (Rm 5:21). After millennia of death’s tyranny over the human race, Jesus was conceived and born...

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