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Seventh Sunday of Easter (for our readers who celebrated the Ascension last Thursday): Now that Christ has already ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, the disciples have yet to commence the mission given to them by Christ. And the mission they are about to undertake is a daunting mission, one that requires intense preparation. So we hear in the Acts of the Apostles that they went to the Upper Room—the very place where the Eucharist and the priesthood were instituted the previous month—and “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer” (Acts 1:14). United in prayer, they await the coming of the Holy Spirit, the “Advocate” that Christ promised the disciples to be sent by the Father. Thus, they conducted the first Novena.
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Today’s Gospel, as in the last couple of Sundays (including weekdays, if you attend daily Mass), presents a sort of “throwback” into the days leading to His Passion. Having celebrated the Last Supper with, and bade farewell to, His disciples through a series of discourses, as well as in preparation for his great sacrifice on Calvary, Jesus prays to His Father in the garden of Gethsemani. Unity is also shown in today's Gospel: In the priestly prayer of Christ, there is not only a longing for the unity of all peoples into Him, but also a manifestation of the complete union between Him and the Father. May all Christians work together to make the unity that Jesus prayed for come true!
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Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the Savior of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord: Here in the Philippines, we refer to the graduation ceremony in two ways, namely: Pagtatapós and Commencement Excercises. We call it Pagtatapós (literally, completion) because it marks the end of years of studies. We also call it a Commencement because it marks the start of a new challenge for the graduates as they face either the real world or more years of studies. The same applies our celebration of Christ’s Ascension into Heaven today. It marks the culmination of his earthly mission and, for his disciples, the commencement of the mission given to them by Christ: to “go into all the world and to preach the Gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).
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We too have been given this mission, every time we attend the Mass. Having received God’s blessing, the priest dismisses us with these words: “Go forth, the Mass is ended”. Ite, missa est! Go now, I send you forth; you have a mission to accomplish—to love and serve the Lord, to glorify Him by your life! For what good is it for us Christians to listen to the Word of God if we do not put it into practice? What good is it for us to say that we follow Christ, if we do not observe all that He has commanded us?
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Dear friends, we are disciples of Christ by virtue of our Baptism. With joy and trust in Him, let us accept and fulfill the Great Commission, knowing that He is always with us until the end.
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Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

"But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts."
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LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:9-17. 
Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. 
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. 
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete."
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.
You are my friends if you do what I command you. 
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. 
This I command you: love one another.
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Sixth Sunday of Easter: “Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est”—where true charity is dwelling, God is present there— or as we Filipinos express it in song: “Dakilang pag-ibig, saan man manahan; Diyos ay naroon, walang alinlangan”. People throughout the course of history have contemplated on the meaning of love and expressed praises for such a noble virtue. In like manner, Christians throughout the ages have held the virtue of love as the very foundation of their religion, and so share the message of God’s love for all of humankind through word and action.
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St. Clare of Assisi once said: “we become what we love, and who we love shapes what we become”. In today’s Gospel Reading, Christ, the True Vine, presents himself as a model of charity: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love” (John 15:9). Throughout history, God has shown his merciful love—a love that conquers all and endures forever—to His chosen people like a father’s love for his children (cf. CCC 218-220). Great is His love for the world that God gave them a gift more precious than silver or gold, His only begotten Son, to redeem the world from the powers of sin and death: “In this is love”, as the apostle John tells us in today’s Second Reading, “not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the expiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
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“Purihi't ibigin ang ating Diyos na Siyang unang nagmamamahal; kaya't buong pag-ibig rin nating mahalin, ang bawat kapatid at kapwa”. As we come to worship today, let us give thanks to God who first loved us, and just as God loves each and every one of us, we should do the same to one another, bearing in mind the words of the same apostle: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (v. 8 ).
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Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honor of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Peace I leave 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. .
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Lean on Jesus for through him we can do all things. #GospelForToday #WordsToLiveBy

Fifth Sunday of Easter: I tend the family garden every morning after Mass. We all know that plants need tender loving care as much as we humans do. To ensure their survival, we water them and see to it that they receive plenty of sunlight. To help them grow and bear fruit, we give them fertilizer (in our household, we use coffee grounds and food scraps) and, when necessary, prune them.
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All these remind us of today’s Gospel reading, wherein Christ presents an image of the Church as a living plant: He is the Vine, and we, being His disciples, are the branches (John 15:5). Just as each branch receives nutrition from its source, so too do each member of His Body receive sanctifying grace from Christ, who is head over all. Those who abide in Christ bears much fruit, but those who do otherwise will be cut off and be consigned to the fire.
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As members of the Mystical Body of Christ and as branches of the True Vine, we are called to bear fruit in our lives. How? By remaining in His love and by proclaiming it through our words and actions. Today, Christ reminds us to rely on God, the source of life and holiness, and to seek His guidance in whatever we do everyday. After all, as He said: “apart from me, you can do nothing”.
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Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Fourth Sunday of Easter: As I recall my stay in a Benedictine Abbey last Holy Week, the words of our retreat master during a conference came to my mind: “Christ is both shepherd and sheep”. He is the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). At the same time, He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and our Passover Lamb, who was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7). By our Baptism, we become members of His body, the Church, and so we are invited to follow His example. As sheep, we are called to follow Christ, the Good Shepherd, for as the Psalmist tells us in the Invitatory from today’s Lauds: “He is our God, and we, the people who belong to his pasture, the flock that is led by his Hand” (Psalm 95:7). As shepherds, we are called to guide our fellow sheep, to lead them closer to Christ. Let us respond to the Good Shepherd’s call today, and, just as a shepherd who guides his sheep, let us guide and lead others to God through our words and our actions. ____________________ Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Third Sunday of Easter: On the night before He died, as He was washing the feet of His disciples, Jesus told them: “What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand” (John 13:7). At first, the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about. It was only after Jesus's resurrection did they start to make sense of what Jesus has said and done.
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In today's Gospel (Luke 24:35-48), following the encounter at Emmaus, the Risen Christ stood in the midst of the disciples, greeting them: “Peace be with you”. But they were initially perturbed about seeing Him in their midst—they thought they saw a ghost! To this, He asked them: “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts?” He then proceeded to show them his wounded hands and feet, to prove that Jesus is standing in their midst. He was also given fish to eat, to prove that Jesus is once again alive and kicking, having conquered the powers of sin and death.
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Like what He did on the road to Emmaus, Jesus opened the minds of His disciples, that they may understand what was written about Him in the Scriptures: that Christ would suffer, die, and rise again, and that His message is to be preached throughout the world. In the end, He told them, “You are witnesses of these things”—God's loving plan of salvation for all humankind has unfolded before your very eyes. Today, Jesus is calling each and every one of us to be His witnesses, to make Himself known in the Proclamation of the Word and in the Breaking of the Bread.
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May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY💒

GOSPEL FOR TODAY🎚John 20:29 "BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND HAVE BELIEVED."

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday): In this day and age when “fake news” and “alternative facts” are rampant, we tend to doubt whatever information that we hear or read in the news, and so we try to verify if such information is correct and coming from a credible source.
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Such was the experience of the apostle Thomas, who, in today’s Gospel, did not believe at first that Christ rose from the dead, for he was absent when Christ appeared to his other disciples the week before. In that very room, Thomas was given an opportunity to see for himself that it is indeed Christ. Having not only seen, but also touched, the wounds of the Risen Christ, Thomas acclaimed: “My Lord and my God!”
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On this last day of the Easter Octave, may we too recognize our Lord and our God in the Eucharist. Let us also join the Psalmist in giving thanks to the Lord for his goodness to us. Indeed, his mercy endures forever.
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God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own: increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Easter Sunday: Today, the good news is proclaimed to the world: God is longer dead; He is now alive! All of creation sings the song: Alleluia!
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It is providential that Easter Sunday this year (2018) falls on April Fools’ Day, to remind us of the fact that Christ’s death and resurrection deeply humiliated the powers of sin and death, and disproved their claim to victory, which they made on that first Good Friday afternoon.
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To all fellow Christians, and to all people of good will, I wish you a blessed and happy Easter. May the infinitely worthy Christ, who rose again from the dead, fill our hearts with hope as we celebrate with joy the greatest victory the world has ever experienced, and may He grant us the grace to proclaim this message of hope to the ends of the earth.
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That in all things, God may be glorified!
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O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Palm Sunday: Just as the people of Jerusalem welcomed the Lord Jesus into their city, may we welcome Him today into our homes and into our hearts, as we join them in saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
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Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Fifth Sunday of Lent: There is a Mexican saying: “They try to bury us, but they don't know we are seeds”. Throughout much of Christ’s earthly ministry, the Pharisees and the Scribes have attempted to discredit Him. Little did they know that His powerful message would eventually reach beyond the land of Judaea and into the farthest corners of the Earth.
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Today's Gospel reminds us that Christ's death, which He predicted, would be beneficial. In other words, His death will bring life and salvation to us: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24).
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As we continue our journey to Calvary, let us resolve to leave behind a life of sin and begin anew a life of service to our Lord and King, who, once lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Himself (v. 32).
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By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Lætare Sunday): We are halfway through our Lenten journey and Easter is just around the corner. For this reason we rejoice, while toning down the otherwise somber nature of Lent.

Today's Gospel presents to us another reason to rejoice. The dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus contains the rationale behind God's plan of salvation, found in perhaps one of the best known passages in the Bible: For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have eternal life (John 3:16). On this halfway point of our Lenten journey, let us give thanks to God, who is rich in mercy, for giving us His only begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the World. God is calling us today to tell the world of His love, and to share the joy of the Good News to everyone!
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O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Third Sunday of Lent: As members of the Body of Christ, we regard our physical bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, compelling us to treat our own bodies with dignity and respect. In today's Gospel, we are reminded of this teaching. As we hear the story of Jesus cleansing the temple of money changers and sellers of merchandise, we are reminded to get rid of things that would lead us to sin. In saying “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”, we are reminded of our own mortality and the hope of the resurrection on the last day.
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To guide us in our inward spring cleaning, we have as our First Reading the Ten Commandments, which was delivered by God to Moses and the people of Israel. As we reflect on each commandment, let us make this resolution: Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep these laws.
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O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

Second Sunday of Lent: There is a saying: “Everything changes and continues to change, and the only thing permanent is change itself.” From time to time, we express our desire to change, and are given opportunities to do so. Last week, for instance, we have been told: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
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We hear in our Gospel today that Jesus experienced what we Filipinos call “banyuhay”—a metamorphosis or transfiguration—atop Mount Tabor, becoming radiant in glory in the presence of three of his disciples: “His garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them” (Mark 9:3).
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For the past couple of years, we hear from the President and his supporters: “Change is coming”. But how can we change our country if we cannot start with ourselves? Dear friends, the season of Lent is indeed a time for us to change our lives for the better. Today, God is inviting us to turn away from our evil ways, to experience our own banyuhay, and to renew our commitment to serve Him. Let us heed his call to listen to Jesus, God's beloved Son in whom He is well pleased.
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O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

First Sunday of Lent: “The Church reminds us of that mystery at the beginning of Lent, so that it may give us the perspective and the meaning of this Time, which is a time of combat. . . . And while we cross the Lenten ‘desert’, we keep our gazed fixed upon Easter, which is the definitive victory of Jesus against the Evil One, against sin and against death. This is the meaning of this First Sunday of Lent: to place ourselves decisively on the path of Jesus, the road that leads to life. To look at Jesus. Look at what Jesus has done and go with Him.
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This path of Jesus passes through the desert. The desert is the place where the voice of God and the voice of the tempter can be heard. In the noise, in the confusion, this cannot be done; only superficial voices can be heard. Instead we can go deeper in the desert, where our destiny is truly played out, life or death. And how do we hear the voice of God? We hear it in his Word. For this reason, it is important to know Scripture, because otherwise we do not know how to react to the snares of the Evil One.
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Now let us enter into the desert without fear, because we are not alone: we are with Jesus, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. In fact, as it was for Jesus, it is the Holy Spirit who guides us on the Lenten journey; that same Spirit that descended upon Jesus and that has been given to us in Baptism.” (Pope Francis, Angelus address, February 22, 2015)
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Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observance of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday

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