Meditation

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “He is not God of the dead but of the living”

    5/29/2024 10:17:14 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “He is not God of the dead but of the living”

    Today, the Holy Church puts at our disposal —through Christ's words— the reality of resurrection and the properties of resurrected bodies. The Gospel mentions Jesus' meeting with the Sadducees who, with a hypothetical and out-of-the-way example, present Jesus with a question about the resurrection of the dead, which they do not believe in, anyway.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

    5/29/2024 10:10:47 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.``

    Today, we marvel again at Christ's wit and wisdom. With his masterly response, He directly points out to the fair autonomy of the worldly realities: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar” (Mk 12, 17).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “He sent a servant to the tenants to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard”

    5/29/2024 10:04:56 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “He sent a servant to the tenants to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard”

    Today, our Lord invites us to have a walk on his vineyard: "A man planted a vineyard… he leased it to tenant farmers” (Mk 12, 1). We are all tenants of this vineyard. The vineyard is our own soul, the Church and the whole world. God wants fruits from us. First, our personal holiness; then, a constant apostolate with our friends, who will be encouraged by our example and word to get closer to Christ every day;...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “This is my body. This is my blood”

    5/29/2024 9:58:40 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “This is my body. This is my blood”

    Today, we solemnly celebrate the Eucharistic presence of Christ among us, the "gift par excellence": "This is my body… This is my blood" (Mk 14, 22.24). Let us prepare to evoke in our souls the "Eucharistic Wonder" (Saint John Paul II).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “By what authority are you doing these things?”

    5/29/2024 9:54:28 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “By what authority are you doing these things?”

    Today, the Gospel is asking us to think what our intentions are when we go to meet Jesus. Some go without faith, without recognizing His authority: this is why “the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?” (Mk 11,27-28).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “The infant in my womb leaped for joy”

    5/22/2024 8:42:19 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “The infant in my womb leaped for joy”

    Today, we contemplate the Virgin Mary's Visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. As soon as she was told she had been chosen by God the Father to be the Mother of the Son of God, and that her cousin Elizabeth had also received the gift of motherhood, she decidedly set out for the hills to congratulate her cousin, to share with her the joy of having being blessed with the gift of maternity and to serve her.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”

    5/29/2024 8:22:27 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”

    Today, Christ comes out to meet us. We are all just like Bartimaeus: the blind beggar, by whose side Jesus passed by, and who started to call him out until the Lord stopped and called him. We may have a more advantaged name... but our human weaknesses (moral) resemble the beggar's blindness. We cannot see either that Christ lives amongst our brothers and, thus, we treat them as we do...

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: "Think of the Son of Man who has not come to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many"

    5/28/2024 7:56:07 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: ``Think of the Son of Man who has not come to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many``

    Today, the Lord teaches us which our attitude before the Cross must be. The ardent love of Jesus for His Father's Will, to carry out the salvation of Mankind, of each man, of each woman, urges Him to quickly move towards Jerusalem, where "the Son of Man will be given over (…) they will condemn him to death (…) they will scourge him and finally kill him" (Mk 10,33-34). 

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “(…) for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age (…)"

    5/27/2024 8:24:22 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “(…) for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age (…)``

    The Lord's promise is very generous: “you will receive a hundred times more now in this present age (…) and eternal life in the age to come” (cf Mk 10, 30). He cannot be surpassed as far as generosity. But He adds: “with persecutions.” Jesus is very realistic and He does not want to deceive anybody. To be a disciple of his, if we are truly so, will bring us troubles and problems. 

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”

    5/26/2024 6:51:50 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”

    In our Christian life we must learn to master that tendency we have to consider our faith just a mere matter of fulfillment. Our faith is much more than that. It is a sincere adhesion to Someone's heart, Someone who is God. When we set our heart upon something, we also place our life therein and, in the case of our faith, we then overcome the conformism that seems to grip the existence of so many believers. 

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit”

    5/25/2024 10:39:17 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit”

    Today, the liturgy invites us to worship the Most Holy Trinity, our God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One only God in three Persons, in whose name we have been baptized. By the grace of Baptism, we are called to participate in the life of the Most Holy Trinity down here, in the darkness of faith, and, after death, in eternal life...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Let the children come to me”

    5/24/2024 5:45:11 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Let the children come to me”

    Today, children are the news. More than ever before, children have a lot to say, even if the word “infant” means “he who does not speak”. We can better appreciate that in electronic devices: they know how to switch them on and off, how to use them properly and, even how to teach us, adults, to correctly use them. A noted reporter used to say that, “even if infants do not speak it does not mean they do not think”.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “As was his custom, He again taught them”

    5/22/2024 10:30:48 PM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “As was his custom, He again taught them”

    Today, dear Lord, I would like to say a little prayer to thank you for your teaching. You taught with authority, and took the opportunity to do so on every occasion they let you; as a matter of fact, I understand Lord that your basic mission was to transmit the Word of the Father. And you did it.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ,...”

    5/22/2024 5:31:07 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ,...”

    We all have to overcome trial by fire. It is the fire of love and charity that redeems us from our sins so we can be the salt that flavors love, service and charity. As Christians, we find in our prayers and in the Eucharist the strength of faith and the good flavor of the salt of Christ. We shall not remain without our reward!

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Whoever is not against us is for us”

    5/21/2024 6:42:51 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Whoever is not against us is for us”

    Today, we hear a recrimination against the apostle John who sees people doing good in the name of Christ but without being one of His disciples: “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mk 9, 38). Jesus tells us how we should treat these people; embrace them and broaden our minds with humble spirit to be always in communion with them, sharing the same faith,...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men”

    5/20/2024 6:32:01 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men”

    Today, the Gospel teaches us two lessons of Jesus that are closely linked together. On the one hand, He tells them that “and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise” (Mk 9, 31). The Father's purpose for His coming to this world was precisely this: to set us free from sin's slavery and eternal death; thus, we shall become the sons of God...

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: "Behold, your mother"

    5/19/2024 6:16:39 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: ``Behold, your mother``

    Today we remember Mary, Mother of the Church. In this sense, we contemplate the spiritual motherhood of Mary in connection with the Church, which is —in itself— Mother of the People of God, since "no one can have God for Father, who has not the Church for his Mother" (Saint Cyprian)...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Receive the Holy Spirit”

    5/18/2024 8:27:20 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Receive the Holy Spirit”

    Today, on Pentecost, the promise that Christ made to the Apostles is fulfilled. On the evening of Easter Sunday, He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20, 22). The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost solemnly renews and brings to completion this gift with outward manifestations. Thus, the Paschal mystery is culminated.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true”

    5/17/2024 6:09:00 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true”

    Today, we read the end of St. John's Gospel. Actually, it is the end of the appendix St. John's community added to the original text. In this particular case, it is a willingly significant fragment. The Resurrected Lord appears before his disciples and confirms they are to follow him, particularly as regards Peter. Next, comes the text we proclaim today in the liturgy.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: "Do you love me more than these?"

    5/16/2024 6:31:25 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: ``Do you love me more than these?``

    Today, Gospel tells us another story of Jesus’ appearance to His disciples. Intensely, the dialogue between Jesus and Peter illustrates God's mercy as a great love for the disciples and the world. This is not a common dialog between Jesus and His disciple, Peter. Both Jesus and Peter talk about love according to their perspectives. Jesus’ three questions: "Do you love me more than these?" could be seen as His act of reaffirming Peter's twofold status:...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word”

    5/15/2024 6:14:37 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word”

    Today, we find a solid basis for trust in the Gospel: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word...” (Jn 17, 20). It is Jesus' heart, which, in the intimacy of Jesus with his disciples, opens up the inexhaustible treasures of His Love. He wants to strengthen their hearts overwhelmed by the sense of farewell that, during the Last Supper, the Master's words and gestures have left them with.

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “They may share my joy completely”

    5/14/2024 5:57:06 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “They may share my joy completely”

    Today, we live in a world which does not know how to be truly happy with the happiness of Jesus, a world which seeks the happiness of Jesus in all the wrong places and in the wrong ways. Seeking happiness without Jesus only leads to deeper unhappiness. Just look at the soaps on TV, there is always somebody in trouble. The soaps on TV show us the misery of a godless life.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete”

    5/13/2024 8:41:06 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete”

    Today, the Church remembers the day when the Apostles chose the disciple of Jesus who was to replace Judas Iscariot. In one of his homilies St. John Chrysostom quite rightly says: “When we are to opt for persons who must have a certain responsibility we may have to face certain rivalries or discussions.” This is why St. Peter “simply ignores the envy that might have arisen”, and leaves it up to chance and divine inspiration —thus, avoiding such possibility...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Take courage, I have conquered the world.”

    5/12/2024 6:46:04 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Take courage, I have conquered the world.”

    Jesus' words inspire confidence: “Take courage, I have conquered the world.” (Jn 16, 33), that is, through his Passion, Death and Resurrection, He has attained the eternal life, life with nothing to stop it, a limitless life because it has overcome all limits and all difficulties.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “The Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God”

    5/11/2024 6:02:04 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “The Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God”

    Today, on the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we are offered a Word of Salvation unlike any we could have imagined. The Lord Jesus has not only risen, defeating death and sin, but has also been taken up into the glory of God! Thus, the path back to the Father, the path we had lost and that was opened to us in the mystery of Christmas, has been irrevocably offered to us today, after Christ fully gave Himself to the Father on the Cross.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “I came from the Father (...). Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father”

    5/10/2024 8:00:54 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “I came from the Father (...). Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father”

    Today, vigil of our Lord's Ascension into Heaven, the Gospel leaves us with some very fond farewell words. Jesus let us share his most precious mystery; God Father is his origin and, at the same time, his destination: “I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (Jn 16, 28).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Your grief will become joy”

    5/9/2024 8:13:14 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Your grief will become joy”

    Today we begin the Decade of the Holy Spirit. Reliving the memory of the Cenacle, we see the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Mother of Good Counsel, talking with the Apostles. What a warm and abounding conversation! Recalling all the joys they shared with their Master: The Paschal days, the Ascension and Jesus' promises. The sufferings of the Passion days have turned into joy. What a nice atmosphere at the Cenacle! And what is yet to come, as Jesus has assured them.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “You will grieve, but your grief will become joy”

    5/8/2024 8:15:09 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “You will grieve, but your grief will become joy”

    We, Christians of the 21st century, feel the same urge as those of the 1st century. We also want to see Jesus, to experience His presence amongst us, to reinforce the virtues of faith, hope and charity. This is why we feel sad if we think He is not among us, or if we may not feel and detect His presence, or hear and listen to His words. But this sadness becomes deep joy when we experience His definite presence among us.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “I have much more to tell you”

    5/7/2024 8:35:50 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “I have much more to tell you”

    Today is a special day! Imagine the typical day when you are with your family or friends, and you have many things to tell them. Maybe you haven't seen them for a long time or you've come from a great trip or, simply, you've had a day full of experiences. You want to explain everything, but you don't have enough time. Well, this is what happened to Jesus. 
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: "It is better for you that I go"

    5/6/2024 9:29:49 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: ``It is better for you that I go``

    Today, we are presented with a deeper understanding of the reality of the Ascension of the Lord. In the reading from the Gospel of John on Easter Sunday, Mary of Magdala is told not to cling to the Lord because “I have not yet ascended to the Father” (Jn 20, 17). In today's Gospel Jesus notes that the disciples are overcome: “because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go” (Jn 16,6-7). 

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