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Theme: I am the Bread of Life

All of us together form the Church. Today’s celebration of Corpus Christ is the feast of the very center and heart of our church, the center and heart of our faith, and the center and heart of parish, the center and heart of the lives of each of us. He is in the Blessed Sacrament.

I know that some find it difficult to believe that bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus. I can understand your doubts. We don’t see any change in the bread or wine. There is no difference in the taste; the bread still tastes like bread and the wine still tastes like wine. It is going against logic to say that the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus despite no change in appearance. With our intellect we can understand that God must be keeping the universe together, that God is the origin of everything, but reason will only take us so far. Then we need to add faith to our reason and intellect. As Paul says, in the Christian life we go by faith and not by sight see 2 Corinthians 5:7. We need to be humble and open to God performing a miracle every day in this Church, the miracle of the Eucharist.

Readings: 1st Dt.8:2-3.14-16; Ps.147; 2nd 1Cor.10:16-17; Gospel: Jn.6:51-58.

Theme of the Readings

Manna, bread (flesh) and wine (blood) are words abundantly used this Sunday when we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. According to the first reading - Deuteronomy, Moses says to the people: "Yahweh your God fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known." Jesus says in the Gospel: "I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Theme: A Triad Communication

Although the mystery of the Trinity is central to Christian faith, it remains one of the most difficult doctrines to explain. For all that have tried do concede that even the most scholarly treatises can only help any believer to approach the mystery. Take any erudite analysis and scrutinize it and you will realize that it can only approximate the profound reality of a Trinitarian God.

Readings: 1st Ex.34:4-6.8-9; Ps.Dan.3:52-56; 2nd 2Cor.13:11-13; Gospel Jn.3:16-18

THEME of the reading

The revelation of the Trinitarian mystery stands out in the texts of the liturgy of today. The passage from Exodus reveals the unity of God and the Father’s heart "of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness.

Reading: 1st Acts 2:1-11; 2nd 1Cor.12:3-7,12-13; Gospel: Jn.20:19-23.

THEME of the readings.

“The Holy Spirit is present and active among the followers of Jesus”. The Twelve disciples of Jesus and the first Christian community were strengthened by the Holy Spirit just as He enlivens the liturgy of the Word today (first reading). Fifty days after Easter, we commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; a powerful wind which filled the Upper Room and descended on those who were gathered there. In the Gospel the risen Jesus says to the Twelve: "Receive the Holy Spirit."

Theme: Discovering fire of true love

The day will come, said Teilhard de Chardin, “when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.” In a sense the annual feast of Pentecost is another opportunity, placed in the path for discovering and participating in the ever-present fire which is God’s love.

Theme: Prayer is the way

What humanity has to cherish today is a place whether actual virtual that can act like a spiritual meeting of minds and hearts. In such a place it is possible to pause and pray and be together with others who believe in and are committed to a supreme. It is a place like the Upper Room which offers time and place for the necessary human and divine exchanges which keep individuals and communities on track and clear-eyed, realistic about the present and optimistic about the future. Those who seek the company of one another in a place of prayer find support, feedback and advice concerning similar values and goals. It is in the place of this nature that ideas of diverse nature can be aired, evaluated and appreciated. It is in such a place that acceptance and affirmation are found when difficulties threaten to depress both joy and hope. Places of prayer are think-tanks where the sharing of enthusiasms and imaginations can offer new life to those wearied by the banality of routine tasks.

Readings: 1st: Acts 1:1-11; Ps.46; 2nd: Eph.1:17-23; Gospel: Mt.28:16-20.

Theme – the connection between the readings.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." This is how the Risen Christ addressed his disciples before he took his leave to Heaven (Gospel). This was to indicate that his going back to Heaven where he was from the beginning does not reduce his divine power in the world. At the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples ask Jesus if he is going to restore the kingdom to Israel. The ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven for that matter marks the end of his historical presence in the world but it emphasises the power and sovereignty he exercises from heaven as Lord of history and of the universe.

Theme: It is our duty to go out and evangelize

The forty days that preceded the Ascension were days of preparation for the young Church. Like Moses, Elijah, Jesus and the members were equipped for their mission of being witnesses to Jesus to the ends of the earth. Jesus’ departure anticipated his return. He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.

1st: Acts 8:5-8.14-17; Ps.65; 2nd: 1 Pet.3:15-18; Gospel: Jn.14:15-21.

Theme of the readings.

"I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever," Jesus promises in the Gospel. This last Sunday of the Easter season prepares and in a certain way anticipates the feast of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit – the Pentecost. The liturgy presents Jesus promising the Spirit, the same power of the Spirit who raised him to life, and who, in Jesus’ name, the Apostles communicate to the baptised Samaritans. In his First Letter, St. Peter says: "In the body Christ was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life" (2nd reading). And St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles presents Peter and John, who "prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit" (1st reading).

Theme: The Holy Spirit will teach you

Although, the feast of Pentecost, with its outpouring of the Holy Spirit is still ahead, it is obvious in each of today’s readings that the Spirit was indeed present and active among the early believers from the moment Jesus’ saving work was accomplished. What we mark and observed liturgically, as distinct acts in salvation history are actually all features of one event, the Christ-event. In other words, the Incarnation, Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, the Ascension and Pentecost are so closely interconnected that they merely represent the temporal development of one and the same salvific event, the time structure of a singly deed of God performed in history and for humanity.

1st: Acts 6:1-7; 2nd: 1 Pet.2:4-9; Gospel: Jn.14:1-12

Theme of the readings

"There are many rooms in my Father’s house," It is a spiritual house, a full meeting of disciples. These expressions in this Sunday’s liturgy belong to the same semantic field to mean: a building, both as an edifice and a meeting or dwelling place. "There are many rooms in my Father’s house and I am going now to prepare a place for you," is the expression used by Jesus in the Gospel according to St. John. St. Peter reminds the Christians that they too are "the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God. You are living stones making a spiritual house says the second reading. In the first reading, the Apostles, confronting a problem in the community, gathered the disciples, possibly in the Upper Room and asked them to select seven deacons to serve the widows of the Hellenist Christians. This was intended to streamline the preaching of the word by giving it ample time.

Theme: Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life

The Sunday message during Eastertide is an invitation for us to renew our knowledge with the growing Church. Each Sunday, the selected texts open a literary window, as it were, through which we the contemporary believers can glimpse into the lives of our spiritual ancestors and therein discover for ourselves a fresh source of edification and encouragement in living the faith. As time went by following Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples who had to come to terms with the fact of their faith and its consequences upon their lives was turning them into a Church. In this scenario, men, women and children who would otherwise have had little or nothing to do with one another because of cultural, social, political and/or economic factors were suddenly thrust together by virtue of their common commitment to Christ.

Readings. 1st: Acts 2:14.36-41; Ps.22; 2nd: 1Pt.2:20-25; Gospel: Jn.10:1-10.  

Theme of the readings: 

"I am the gate of the sheepfold, Jesus tells you and I most solemnly" As the gate to the sheepfold, one cannot do without Jesus and his message (Gospel). In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter exhorts his listeners: "You must repent and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins" (first reading). Again Peter, in his First Letter, writes: "You had gone astray like sheep, but now you have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls" (second reading), showing one of the functions of the gate, which is to protect the flock from anything that could harm it.

World Vocation Sunday

Theme: To be called is to be sent.

From the early centuries of the Church, the period after Easter was characterized as a time of ongoing formation and maturation in the faith for those who had been baptized and received into the community during the Holy Triduum. Called mystagogia in Greek, or postbaptismal catechesis, the goal of this period was to engage the newly baptized in a more profound experience of the paschal mystery both on an intellectual level as well as on the level of lived personal experience. Both the personal experience of the newly baptized and the community experience of the faithful were of crucial importance during this stage of the catechumenal journey. Personal faith needs the support of the faith of the community just as the faith community needs the presence of the catechumens to continually renew itself and to keep it from taking its faith for granted. In reminding the faithful of their need for continual mystagogia, Cyprian who was bishop of Carthage from 248-258 AD developed a spirituality of becoming which was rooted in baptism as well as in the eschatological future. He called believers to preserve and to develop what they had already become by baptism and to grow more and more into what they were intended one day to be.

 Theme: Fire in our hearts

During the weeks after Easter, mother Church puts us in touch with the first men and women who experienced the risen Jesus in an attempt to deepen our appreciation and understanding of this, the linchpin of our faith. It is evident that the people who encounter the risen Lord in the Easter stories had come to an end of their wisdom. They were alarmed and disturbed by his death; they were roving about the grave of the Lord nervously like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, their last hopes are destroyed. That is why it is erroneous to think that the resurrection narratives can be interpreted as a human invention or as a product of wishful thinkingon the part of the disciples. After Jesus’ death, the disciples were at a loss. It was only through their revelatory experiences of his resurrection that they began to comprehend the Jesus event as a work of God which forever changed the course of human history. Today, the readings assist us to comprehend how Jesus is the set plan and purpose of God. Through his death and resurrection God has worked miracles, signs and wonders in order to help us gain the lost confidence. In fact all our faith and hope as believers are centered on this mystery.

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