Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily Message): 7 May 2021
Mass Readings, Reflection – Homily for Friday May 7, 2021
Weekday of Easter (5)
Today’s Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries
Entrance Antiphon Rv. 5:12
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour, alleluia.
Grant us, Lord, we pray, that being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries, what we celebrate in joy may protect and save us with perpetual power. Through our Lord…
“It has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.”
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 15:22-31)
In those days: It seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole Church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, with the following letter: “The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting. Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, it has seemed good to us in assembly to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.” So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 57:8-9.10- 12 (R. 10a)
R/. I will praise you, Lord, among the peoples.
My heart is ready, O God;
my heart is ready.
I will sing, I will sing your praise.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, lyre and harp!
I will awake the dawn. R.
I will praise you, Lord, among the peoples,
among the nations sing psalms to you,
for your mercy reaches to the heavens,
and your truth to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
may your glory shine on all the earth! R.
ALLELUIA John 15:15b
Alleluia. I have called you friends, says the Lord, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. Alleluia.
“This I command you, to love one another.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 15:12-17)
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
By his very nature, a human person is a ‘community being’ living in solidarity with others, who blossoms only when he is intimately connected with God. This is again stressed in the first reading. As the Council of Jerusalem draws to an end, the apostles write admonishing the disciples to avoid immortality and idolatry and to live according to the principles of Christ. Who in Himself transcends all cultural barriers. Living by those resolutions, the disciples become friends of Christ, chosen and commissioned to go out and bear good fruit. May our heavenly Father grant us the grace to live in love and for love!
Personal Devotional: Day 7 of May Devotion
Every situation we experience in life whether good or bad should be one that will make us to praise the name of Jesus and to witness for Him. We see how Stephen was stoned to death, Paul and Silas were beaten mercilessly and incarcerated into the prison. However, they channeled their pain into Joy and began to pray and sing and the Lord delivered them.
The power of Jesus can unbind and set free whoever is bound by any negative force in this life. All you need to do is to declare for Jesus and believe in Him and you will be saved. Whether in Joy or pain, make sure you are proclaiming Jesus and He will definitely make name for Himself through your situation and can touch the lives of those who listen to you.
There is power in praise and when you pray and praise God from the depth of your heart miracles will happen in an exceptional way. May the praise of the Lord fill your lips and may God intervene in your situation. Amen. And May the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Meditation: Acts 16:22-34/Psalm 138/John 16:5-11
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