Monday May 11, 2020
Weekday of Easter (5)
Today’s Rosary: Joyful Mystery
The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep, and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.
May your right hand, O Lord, we pray, encompass your family with perpetual help, so that, defended from all wickedness by the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son, we may make our way by means of your heavenly gifts. Through our Lord…
“We bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God.”
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 14:5 -18)
In those days: When an attempt was made [at Iconium] by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest Paul and Barnabas and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they preached the gospel. Now at Lystra there was a man sitting, who could not use his feet; he was a cripple from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking; and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and walked. And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, because he was the chief speaker, they called Hermes. And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the people. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out among the multitude, crying, “Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways; yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” With these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 115:1-2.3-4. 15- 16 (R. lab)
R/. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name give the glory,
for your merciful love and fidelity.
Why should the nations say:
“Where is their God?” R.
But our God is in the heavens;
he does whatever he wills.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands. R.
R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
May you be blest by the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
The heavens, the heavens belong to the Lord,
but to the children of men, he has given the earth. R.
ALLELUIA John 14:26
Alleluia. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Alleluia.
The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send will teach you all things.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 14:21-26)
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Jesus makes the assertion that keeping his commandments is equal to loving him. And loving him means being an object of the love of the father who, together with the Son, will make his home in us. To be the home of the Father and the Son and the spirit who proceeds from them, the Blessed Trinity! To have the Holy Trinity living in us! We are so precious as to be little homes for God to dwell in. God can dwell only where there is love, for God is love. Loving God means loving one another. All the commandments are summarized in this one word: love. To be a loving person means to be a home for God to dwell in. Barnabas and Paul show in today’s first reading what it means to be a dwelling place of God. Lord, cleanse me and make me pure so that I may be a worthy home for you.
Blessing for the new week
A very good morning to you my dearest friend. I hope your night was cool and you are ready to conquer this new week. May God lead you as you begins this new week and may His presence and glory shield you from every harm.
As God promised Jacob that he will go with him and not to leave him, I pray that he shall lead you to where you will find favour and pasture and your coming back to your home shall be in Joy and with lots of testimony. May the heavenly dew fall upon the labour of our hands so that it shall blossom and flourish super – abundantly.
Just maintain your stand before God in adoration and he will make everything well for you. Go out with faith, put in your best and let God surprise you with His blessings
Let the place of your encounter with God be the cancel of your blessings May God be with you and help you to conquer the challenges that his week will bring. Have a wonderful week ahead. Amen.
Meditation: Genesis 28:1-22 / Psalm 91
Personal Devotional: Day 11 May Devotion
When we let fear rule our heart and reign in us we will be unable to carry out our God given mission on earth. Therefore, this is a time to be courageous as our Mother Mary is and keep working for God.
Jesus courageously carried out His mission here on earth and He gave His disciples the power to stay strong by the power of the Holy Spirit to keep working for Him. Pain, persecution and suffering could come along the way in following Jesus, but we should stay strong just like our Mother Mary knowing that in the end our sorrows shall be turned into Joy. Fear not, keep working for God and you will overcome.
Meditation: John 16:20-23
Holy Spirit of God, come into me and help me to be courageous as I do the work of God. Bring joy into my life and through my work may I bring joy to others and win souls into God’s Kingdom. Amen._*And May the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.*
M A Y D E V O T I O N
Program of Daily Events for May Devotion (Personal / Group)
Introduction: Sign of the Cross + / (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament optional)
Act of contrition: O my God because you’re so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace I will not sin again.
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate heart of Mary: O most pure heart of Mary, full of goodness, show your love towards us. Let the flame of your heart, O Mary, descend on all people. We love you immensely. Impress on our hearts true love so that we may long for you. O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we sin. You know that all we sin. Grant that through your most pure and motherly heart, we may be healed from every spiritual sickness. Grant that we may always experience the goodness of your motherly heart, and that through the flame of your heart we may be converted. Amen.
Rosary Recitation and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Begin with the invocation of the Holy Spirit: Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the heart……….
Art of Reparation to the Immaculate heart of Mary: O Most Holy Virgin, and Our Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of your immaculate Heart surrounded with the thorns placed therein at every moment by the blasphemies and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity. We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother and of promising a true devotion to your Immaculate Heart. We therefore kneel before you to manifest the sorrow we feel for the grievances that people cause you, and to atone by our prayers and sacrifices for the offenses with which they return your love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. Hasten the conversion of sinners that they may love Jesus Christ and cease to offend the Lord, already so much offended. Turn your eyes of mercy toward us, that we may love God with all our heart on earth and enjoy him forever in Heaven.
Brief talk on Blessed Virgin Mary.
Gift of candle light and offering of petition. (Lighting of candles and submission of petition).
Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayers for the intention of Our Holy Father (One Our Father, One Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father).