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April 30, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
Monday of Fifth Week of Easter
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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Our first reading recounts and episode in the ministry of Saints Paul and Barnabas to the Gentiles in which they are hailed as gods. In the Gospel, Jesus prepares his disciples for his eventual suffering and death, explaining that the Holy Spirit will come upon therm.

The Spirit of God is upon us, guiding us to share the Good News with our brothers and sisters. The Spirit of God is given to each of us in baptism and confirmation. If we allow it, this same Spirit enlightens our hearts and minds. Enlightened, we recognize the works of God. We discern which gifts the Spirit has given to each of us. We act to share these gifts with others so they may come to believe.

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 285

Reading 1 Acts 14:5-18

There was an attempt in Iconium
by both the Gentiles and the Jews,
together with their leaders,
to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.
They realized it,
and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe
and to the surrounding countryside,
where they continued to proclaim the Good News.

At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,
who had never walked.
He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,
saw that he had the faith to be healed,
and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.”
He jumped up and began to walk about.
When the crowds saw what Paul had done,
they cried out in Lycaonian,
“The gods have come down to us in human form.”
They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,”
because he was the chief speaker.
And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city,
brought oxen and garlands to the gates,
for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments
when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,
“Men, why are you doing this?
We are of the same nature as you, human beings.
We proclaim to you good news
that you should turn from these idols to the living God,
who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.
In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways;
yet, in bestowing his goodness,
he did not leave himself without witness,
for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.”
Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds
from offering sacrifice to them.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16

  1. (1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Not to us, O LORD, not to us
    but to your name give glory
    because of your mercy, because of your truth.
    Why should the pagans say,
    “Where is their God?”
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Our God is in heaven;
    whatever he wills, he does.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
    the handiwork of men.
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May you be blessed by the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    Heaven is the heaven of the LORD,
    but the earth he has given to the children of men.
    R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 14:26

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
    and remind you of all I told you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 14:21-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“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.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name —
he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

 

May 1, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the reading from Colossians, Paul offers us a challenge: let the peace of Christ control our hearts. In the Gospel, Jesus experiences skepticism from his hometown, causing him to move on because of their lack of faith.

Let the peace of Christ rule our hearts. When we go about our day with the warmth of Jesus in our hearts, the lives of the people around us are better for it. We, too, will be happier when we let our faith in Jesus shine forth.

Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 286

Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
arrived and won over the crowds.
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city.
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the Church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21

  1. (see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Making known to men your might
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
    and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
    R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See Lk 24:46, 26

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
    and so enter into his glory.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 14:27-31a

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

 

May 2, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In Acts, Paul and Barnabas meet with early Christian leaders to discuss whether Gentiles can embrace Christianity without being circumcised. The Gospel begins with Jesus identifying himself as the true vine, the Father as the vine grower and the disciples as branches. Whoever remains in him will bear much fruits.

By bearing much fruits, we glorify the Lord. Today’s Gospel challenges us to consider which branch we are most like: one that bears fruit, or one that is withered. To be fruitful, we must grow as part of the vine – united with Christ and with one another. This is how we become Christ’s disciple. Apart from him, we can do nothing.

Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 287

Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
by Paul and Barnabas with them,
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters
about this question.
They were sent on their journey by the Church,
and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria
telling of the conversion of the Gentiles,
and brought great joy to all the brethren.
When they arrived in Jerusalem,
they were welcomed by the Church,
as well as by the Apostles and the presbyters,
and they reported what God had done with them.
But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers
stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them
and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”

The Apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5

  1. (see 1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I rejoiced because they said to me,
    “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
    And now we have set foot
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Jerusalem, built as a city
    with compact unity.
    To it the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    According to the decree for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
    In it are set up judgment seats,
    seats for the house of David.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia JN 15:4A, 5B

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
    whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
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.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

 

May 3, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Saint Paul lays out before the Corinthians the core beliefs of our Christian faith: Christ died for our sins, rose again and appeared to his disciples. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches the Apostles of the essential unity that exists between him and the Father.

We know the Father through the Son. Who Jesus is and his intimate union with the Father lies at the core of our Scripture readings today. We know the Father when we come to know Jesus, and believe in what is true: that Jesus die for our sins, was buried and was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Image: Detail of reredos | Polytych by Maestà | Wikimedia

Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
Lectionary: 561

Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-8

I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the Apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5

  1. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    Day pours out the word to day;
    and night to night imparts knowledge.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Not a word nor a discourse
    whose voice is not heard;
    Through all the earth their voice resounds,
    and to the ends of the world, their message.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 14:6b, 9c

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord;
    Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 14:6-14

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

 

May 4, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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The first reading tells of the early Church leaders’ decision to send helpers with Paul and Barnabas to the Gentiles converts in Antioch. They delivered the news that minimum requirements would be imposed on the converts. In the Gospel, Jesus commands his followers to love one another as he loves them.

Gospel love is not an emotion, but an action and commitment. Love, as spoken of in the Gospels, is not an emotion, but an action and a commitment. It is serious business. We are to see Jesus in every person and love them as Jesus loves us.

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 289

Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31

The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.'”

And so they were sent on their journey.
Upon their arrival in Antioch
they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 57:8-9, 10 and 12

  1. (10a) I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and chant praise.
    Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
    I will wake the dawn.
    R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,
    I will chant your praise among the nations.
    For your mercy towers to the heavens,
    and your faithfulness to the skies.
    Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
    above all the earth be your glory!
    R. I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 15:15b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I call you my friends, says the Lord,
    For I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 15:12-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.”

 

May 5, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Paul and Timothy continue their missionary work, and as a result the early Church grew stronger in faith and increased in number. In the Gospel, Jesus warns his disciples that they will encounter resistance because they have been chosen by him and the one who sent him.

Jesus has chosen us to go into the world to spread the Good News. Jesus tells his disciples that those who do the will of the one who sent him into the world will face resistance from all who belong to the world and not to God. Discipleship carries with it a cost – let us pray for the grace to be strong in faith when we are tested.

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 290

Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10

Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
where there was a disciple named Timothy,
the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city,
they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
and increased in number.

They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 5

  1. (2a) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    serve the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful song.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Know that the LORD is God;
    he made us, his we are;
    his people, the flock he tends.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is good:
    his kindness endures forever,
    and his faithfulness, to all generations.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Col 3:1

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If then you were raised with Christ,
    seek what is above,
    where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”

 

May 6, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Peter speaks of fearing the Lord and doing his work, and the Holy Spirit comes upon the believers. Peter commands even the Gentiles who have received the Holy Spirit to be baptized. In John First letter, the writer of loving one another because God is love, and he abides in us when we love. Jesus explains in the Gospel that we are commended to love as he has loved – by laying down our lives for each other.

Following the commands of the Lord brings life and joy. The Lord’s commands are not restricting or limiting, but rather are the way to our fulfillment in this life and the next. We can love and be loved by our creator by following his commandments.

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 56

Reading 1 Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him
and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.
Peter, however, raised him up, saying,
“Get up. I myself am also a human being.”

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.”

While Peter was still speaking these things,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.
The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter
were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit
should have been poured out on the Gentiles also,
for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.
Then Peter responded,
“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people,
who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?”
He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4

  1. (cf. 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 1 Jn 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Alleluia Jn 14:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
    and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 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 might 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.”