Monday 26th April – EASTER WEEK 4
Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I [the Good Shepherd] came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Excerpt from Jn 10: 1-10).
The image of the Shepherd is one that is commonly used for leadership in the Bible (Ez 64:5ff; 1 Pt 5:2-4). The image of the gate, the sheep, and the shepherd brings out the nature of the relationship between the leader (Jesus) and those for whom he or she is leader (disciples or followers). A true interpersonal relationship is life-giving when we know each other well enough to distinguish the voice of our loved ones from other voices. It through frequent reading, studying and meditating of the Word of God that we become familiar with the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and can thus be led to the life in God that he offers us.
What measures do I take in order to ensure that I am familiar with the voice of Jesus?
Tuesday 27th April
(John) [During the feast of the Dedication of the Temple Jesus said], “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me filezilla 32bit 다운로드. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (Excerpt from Jn 10:22-33).
Jesus knows and loves those who listen to his voice even if sometimes they do not realise that they are listening to the voice of the Master. God’s Spirit works in ways unknown to us in the hearts of all people of goodwill and in people of other religions so as to draw them to the fullness Life. Listening to the Master’s voice leads to following him in the choices we make in daily life. Our discipleship is founded first of all on this interpersonal relationship of listening to and love of the Master.
Does my relationship with Jesus show forth in the way I follow him?
Wednesday 28th April
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness” (Excerpt from Jn 12:44-50).
Jesus calls his hearers and us to believe in him as the one sent by the Father midi 다운로드. It is not enough to have seen the signs or to have heard Jesus teach. The purpose of Jesus’ ministry was to lead people to faith, a faith that is expressed in a new style of living. When we choose what gives life, what promotes life, what enables us to share our giftedness with others, we acknowledge that Jesus is the One sent from God. This judgment we make for ourselves leads us to share in the life that Jesus brings us. When we choose only to seek our own interests, we exclude ourselves from others and, ultimately, from the life Jesus offers us.
What is one thing in my life that really characterises me as a disciple of Jesus?
Thursday 29th April
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it” (Excerpt from Jn 13:16-20).
This Gospel comes after the washing of the feet Download Katok Voice. In a symbolic action, Jesus showed his disciples that he loved them and that his life and his passion, death and resurrection were an expression of his total self-gift for them.
In his gospel, John does not give an account of the institution of the Eucharist during Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. Through his account of the washing of the feet, he emphasises the fact that communion with Jesus is authentic when it leads me/us to serve others humbly. It is not possible to render a very humble service like washing someone’s dirty feet and not love that person and be ready to do everything out of love for him/her.
Which are the “feet” that I need to wash today?
Friday 30th April
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. … “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Excerpt from Jn 14:1-6) Download Leoru.
Today it is in answer to the question of Thomas about the way to the Father that we discover this profound truth about Jesus. His person (message, action and lifestyle) show a way of being a child of God. A path is sometimes long and difficult but it begins somewhere and it leads somewhere. It links two points. Jesus is this link between God the Father and creation in as far as he is himself the Truth and the Life (Jn 10:9). His becoming a human being reveals the true and full expression of who the Father is for all human beings (John 14:8.14). He introduces those who believe in him into communion with the Father, the source of Life (17:3).
How do I experience Jesus as the Way that is truth and life-giving?
Saturday 1st May
“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.… The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own 탑 건. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works” (Excerpt from Jn 14:7-14).
The disciples’ questions are also our questions. We take for granted how God chooses to reveal himself to us today, especially in the poor and the needy. As pope Francis reminds us, the poor show us visibly the wounds of Jesus, the expression of his love for us. Therefore they invite us to love God in return by loving them in Jesus’ name. We cannot limit the manner in which he will act. God will continue to surprise us and will, at times, do far greater things than we have ever dared to ask for through Jesus who now intercedes for us with the Father. As disciples we cannot tell the degree to which our witness will reach the hearts of people and how it will ultimately mark human history.
Where and how have I seen the Father this week?
Monday 3rd May – EASTER WEEK 5
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him Download Vegas 13 Kizen. … The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you” (Excerpt from Jn 14:21-26).
When we love someone, we try and find ways of remembering what that person means for us. It could be a word, a song, a thought, an action, a place we have visited together, etc. The love that is recalled does good to the heart but it also enables us to love others better and to look at life in the absence of the other person from other perspectives. It may not be so much a matter of how much we do but rather the love we put into doing it as a result of remembering the love we shared with this person. Jesus prepares his disciples to discover his presence in a new way through the love that the Spirit will activate in their hearts.
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Tuesday 4th May
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (Excerpt from Jn 14:27-31a).
At the end of the first part of Jesus’ farewell discourse, he indicates his parting gift to his disciples is peace. This peace is very different from what they might have been thinking of.
The relationship with Jesus brings peace to the heart (Jn 19:21.26) because in his person he shows how a life of love freely lived overcomes the forces of evil and death. His peace does not exclude suffering and death but it gives a meaning to them in an unexpected way. It is not the peace that the world would have expected or prepared. It is in the life of his Resurrection, and even in the midst of their own suffering that the community of John will come to realise the greatness of the gift that Jesus had offered them 킹오파 97.
When has my peace been shaken up? How did I speak to Jesus about it?
Wednesday 5th May
“ I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” (Excerpt from Jn 15:1-8).
In this second part, Jesus stresses the importance of communion with him and the Father through the use of the agricultural image of the vine and the vine branches.
This “new” vine invites all who accept him to enter fully into this relationship of love that flows from the Father through the Son to the rest of the world. The disciples of Jesus participate in this love and share it with others. It is a circular movement but not one that is closed in upon itself. To remain in Jesus leads to bearing the fruits of love that God has always desired that his daughters and sons should bear.
How is my relationship with Jesus leading me to dwell in him and to love others?
Thursday 6th May
“ As the Father loves me, so I also love you 히든 피겨스 자막. Remain in my love” (Excerpt from Jn 15:9-11).
The image of the vine and the branches leads logically to the invitation to “remain in”, “dwell in”. If a branch is not part of the tree it cannot bear fruit, but if it does, it bears leaves, flowers and then fruit, because it is nourished by the life that flows from deep down unseen to the eyes, that passes through the trunk and reaches all the branches.
Our Baptism makes us enter into this communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit so that we might be joyful witnesses of God’s love to all, and most especially to those who need it. Their joy is Christ’s and it is ours.
How do I share God’s love with others without discriminating?
Friday 7th May
“ This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Excerpt from Jn 15:12-17).
I n his farewell discourse, Jesus invites his disciples to model their relationship of love on his own love 몬길 매크로 다운로드. Jesus’ love for his disciples and for us all is based on the intimate relationship between him and the Father.
Jesus’ love for his disciples as his friends is the free choice he has made because of the Father’s choice of him (Jn 6:44). This choice empowers him to act and now it will also empower the disciples to act in Jesus’ name. When God intervenes in our lives it is so that we may grow in our love for him and for each other.
How am I responding to the choice Jesus has made of me as his friend?
Saturday 8th May
“If the world hates you, realise that it hated me first. … No slave is greater than his master” (Excerpt from Jn 15:18-21).
Being a disciple of Jesus is a call to serve others in humility and with love. it is not about positions of honour. Leadership is about humble and loving service. This is where the conflict comes in. Jesus’ message of love to all is not one that is accepted by all.
If in our discipleship role we never meet opposition because of the choices we make to follow Jesus more closely and to love him more dearly, it is probably because we have conformed ourselves too closely/strictly to criteria other than those of the Master whom we claim we are following. Many martyrs (witnesses) have, following in the footsteps of Jesus, shared the cup of suffering with him (Mk 10:39). The mission is God’s and we share in it as fully as we can.
What are some of the times when I have suffered for my witness to my faith in Christ?
TEACH ME LORD, YOUR WAY! – Lent and Easter Year of Publication: 2016 (Paulines Publications Africa)