Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 7:1-17):
‘Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by
his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the
town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son
of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the
townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not
cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers
stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.
During Wednesday’s General Audience Pope Francis reminded
the gathered that Friday 13 May is the memorial of Our Lady of
Fatima, stressing the importance of paying heed to Mary’s words not to offend
God any more than we already have and to focus our hearts and minds on
abandoning ourselves to God’s love and mercy.
The pope said: “In this apparition, Mary invites us once
again to prayer, penitence and conversion. She asks us to offend God no more….She
warns all humanity of the need to abandon itself to God, the wellspring of love
The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
The National Catholic Register has reported a possible Eucharistic miracle in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, USA.
It is reported that a host started to bleed at St Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah during November.
As is standard in such situations, the substance will be subjected to a simple blood test to establish whether the blood is human. The Church, which adopts a cautious reverence in the case of possible miracles, will then proceed to instruct further tests to ensure that there are no other explanations.
Today’s First Reading (Wisdom 13:1-9):
'Naturally stupid are all men who have not known God
and who, from the good things that are seen, have not been able to discover Him-who-is,
or, by studying the works, have failed to recognise the Artificer.
Fire however, or wind, or the swift air,
the sphere of the stars, impetuous water, heaven’s lamps,
are what they have held to be the gods who govern the world.
If, charmed by their beauty, they have taken things for gods,
let them know how much the Lord of these excels them,
From Sunday’s Gospel (John 6:24-35):
‘I tell you most solemnly,
it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven,
it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,
the true bread;
for the bread of God
is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.’
‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’
‘I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.’’
Reading this Gospel passage and, in particular, the words of Jesus leave us in no doubt.
Sunday’s Gospel (John 6: 1-15):
‘Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do.
Only this man has the power to save us
Sunday’s First Reading (Acts 4:8-12):
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today.
Walter Fretz was born at 19 weeks gestation after his mother suffered a miscarriage. He sadly only lived for a few moments outside of the womb, but this hasn't prevented his short life from having a significant impact on the abortion debate.
Little Walter's story has been changing hearts and minds across the globe and this is in no small part down to the images released by his family, taken shortly after he was born.
The images show the true beauty of humanity, even at the very early stages of development.
The next few days are simply fascinating! The future of every human being has already been affected by what is about to unfold as our Lenten journey comes to an end and we find ourselves immersed in the incredible reality of Christ's Passion, death and Resurrection.
With the exception of reading this article, stop whatever you are doing right now. Take a moment to ponder the reality of what you are about to read and let it really sink in....
Around two thousand years ago a man was brutally beaten and killed.