Take 5 – March 29, 2018

Take 5 – March 29, 2018

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March 29, 2018
Holy Thursday

 

“He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”
(John 13:1)

 

As we prepare for the Paschal Triduum-Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday-it is important to remember that everything that Jesus did for us was because He loves us. His washing of the disciples’ feet, His passion, His death, His descent into hell, and His resurrection from the dead are all acts of love for us.

So no matter what we’ve done, what sin we’ve committed, or wherever we are in our spiritual lives, Jesus is telling us, through everything we’re about to enter into with Him, “I love you. Come back to me.”

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March 29, 2018 Holy Thursday   “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1)   As we prepare for the Paschal Triduum-Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday-it is important to remember that everything that Jesus did for us was because He loves us. His […]MORE

Tsake 5 – March 28, 2018

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March 28, 2018
Wednesday of Holy Week 

“After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”‘ (John 13:21)

 

After reading this line from John’s Gospel, we probably all know who the betrayer is. In case we didn’t get the hint, this line refers to Judas. It is later written in this Gospel, that Satan “entered into him” (John 13:26), and that is why some interpret this as the reason for Judas’s betrayal. In a way, I think that we can all relate to Judas because there are instances when we turn away from God and have “betrayed” him, either in thought or in action. Let these lines remind us of our discipleship and encourage us to participate in confession as we continue through this Holy Week!

The Lord will rise this coming Sunday and we all are glad for Him and his mercy.

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March 28, 2018 Wednesday of Holy Week  “After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”‘ (John 13:21)   After reading this line from John’s Gospel, we probably all know who the betrayer is. In case we didn’t get […]MORE

Take 5 – March 27, 2018

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March 27, 2018
Tuesday of Holy Week

“Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”‘ (John 13:21-22)

 

It’s so easy to be angry with Judas. Jesus called him out and he still left Him and the disciples at the Last Supper to turn Jesus over to the Jews. In some ways, it’s also easy to become frustrated with Jesus.  He knew that Judas was the one who was going to betray Him, and Jesus just let him do it. Sometimes, one can become so wrapped up in the logistics of this Gospel, that it is hard to realize  that at times, we also betray Jesus. We turn our heads when He asks us to do something for Him. Sometimes it’s easier to betray Him, for it can be painful and awkward to follow Christ, especially in today’s world,  but Jesus forgives, and He always welcomes us back with open arms.

In what ways are we tempted to betray Jesus? Have there been times when we’ve been tempted to act a different way or neglect to do something just because it’s easier? Through all of this, Jesus is still there waiting for us to come back. How can we look for Jesus and ask Him for His strength during those temptations? Today, we can ask God to give us the knowledge to understand the times we fail to follow Jesus and for the perseverance and humility to return to Him when we fall.

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March 27, 2018 Tuesday of Holy Week “Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”‘ (John 13:21-22)   It’s so easy to be angry with Judas. Jesus called him out and he still left Him and the disciples at […]MORE

Take 5 – March 26, 2018

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March 26, 2018
Monday of Holy Week

 

“You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me. ”
(John 12:8)

 

In today’s gospel, we see Jesus in His final days on Earth. We are reminded of His imminent fate when He says to Judas that he will “have the poor with Him always, He will not always have Jesus.” This passage humanizes Jesus’ sadness and anxiety of what is to come. However, while it is solemn, Lazarus’ presence as the man Jesus raised from the dead gives the gospel a hopeful tone. We know now that Jesus is going to rise again on Easter morning, but it was very difficult for His followers and those close to Him to feel the same comfort in the gospel we feel today. Therefore, it is very special that Mary, Lazarus, Judas and the others are able to be with Him since He knows they will not be able to be with Him in the same way very soon.

How can we appreciate Jesus’ presence in these final days before Easter? We can find comfort in the gospel, knowing that Jesus defeats death and knows all things, so we need not worry. We must appreciate the time we share with one another and use our most expensive oils to anoint one another’s feet, since we know not what lies ahead.

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March 26, 2018 Monday of Holy Week   “You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me. ” (John 12:8)   In today’s gospel, we see Jesus in His final days on Earth. We are reminded of His imminent fate when He says to Judas that he will “have the poor […]MORE

Take 5 – March 25, 2018

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March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday 

 

“The Lord God is my help.,, (Isaiah 50:7)

 

Today is Palm Sunday! The first reading is about God giving us strength through difficult times. The Gospel Reading is the Passion of Jesus Christ. We hear about how Jesus took His Cross and allowed Himself to be sacrificed to save us all.

Take a moment to reflect on the journey of your Lenten sacrifice. Was your sacrifice hard to maintain throughout Lent? How can you stay steadfast in your faith to keep your sacrifice as we prepare for the Resurrection of Jesus?

Take a moment to pray to God to give you strength as you continue to carry your cross through the last week of Lent.

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March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday    “The Lord God is my help.,, (Isaiah 50:7)   Today is Palm Sunday! The first reading is about God giving us strength through difficult times. The Gospel Reading is the Passion of Jesus Christ. We hear about how Jesus took His Cross and allowed Himself to be sacrificed to […]MORE