Monday, May 18, 2020

Catholic Mass Reading: 18 May 2020 - The Holy Spirit Witnesses With Us

Catholic Mass Readings: 18 May 2020 - The Holy Spirit Witnesses With Us

Catholic Mass Reading: 18 May 2020 - The Holy Spirit Witnesses With Us


Monday May 18, 2020
Weekday of Easter (6)
Vestment: White
Today’s Rosary: Joyful Mystery

St John I, Pope, M. Opt Mem

Entrance Antiphon Rom 6:9
Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death will no longer have dominion over him, alleluia.


Collect
Grant, O merciful God, that we may experience at all times the fruit produced by the paschal observances. Through our Lord...



FIRST READING
“The Lord opened her heart to listen to what was said by Paul.”
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16:11-15)

Setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia, and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days; and on the sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshipper of God. The Lord opened her heart to listen to what was said by Paul. And when she was baptised, with her household, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

The word of the Lord.



RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 149: 1bc-2.3-4.5-6a and 9bc (R. 4‹i)
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Or: Alleluia.

Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker;
let Sion’s children exult in their king. R.

Let them praise his name with dancing,
and make music with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the poor with salvation. R.

R/. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Or: Alleluia.

Let the faithful exult in glory,
and rejoice as they take their rest.
Let the praise of God be in their mouths.
This is an honour for all his faithful. R.



ALLELUIA
Alleluia. The Spirit of truth will bear witness to me, says the Lord; and you also are witnesses. Alleluia.



GOSPEL
“The Spirit of truth will bear witness to me.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 15:26-16:4a)

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Counsellor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning. I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them.”

The Gospel of the Lord.



Today's Reflection
The Holy Spirit witnesses with us. He opens the hearts of people to accept the message of Christ. Lydia’s heart was opened to accept the message of Christ. We witness with our words and deeds. The Holy Spirit witnesses with us by opening the hearts of those who listen to us, or meet us. We can witness by the way people see us handle our suffering. We can witness by giving someone a copy of the bible, texting someone a verse of the scripture, praying with someone, giving a helping hand, consoling someone in pain and visiting someone who is lonely. Be a witness.





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 begin 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 18 May Devotion

If you are looking for an inspiration on what true love is, we can find it in the life of our Mother Mary for she knows what true love is and gave so much of it to the world .

Anyone who chooses to love as Jesus loves, must be willing to give something and our Mother Mary gave everything to take care of Jesus and at the same time extended the same care to us her children by constantly interceding for us before Jesus and obtaining for us the good we desire. We must look at her example and begin to give more of ourselves to God in love for humanity.


Meditation: John 21:20-25



Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, fill my heart with your love as you did for your mother the Blessed Virgin Mary. May I give more love to the world as you gave to me and in the end may your love conquer every evil. Amen. *And May the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.




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