One Minute Reflection – 20 April – Easter Thursday – Fifth Day of the Octave
Daily Meditation: May we be one in faith. love and peace through the Eucharist.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
REFLECTION – “Let us gather round Him to cherish the memory of His words and of the events contained in Scripture; let us relive His Passion, death and Resurrection. In celebrating the Eucharist we communicate with Christ, the victim of expiation and from Him we draw forgiveness and life. What would our lives as Christians be without the Eucharist? The Eucharist is the perpetual, living inheritance which the Lord has bequeathed to us in the Sacrament of His Body and His Blood and which we must constantly rethink and deepen so that, as venerable Pope Paul VI said, it may “impress its inexhaustible effectiveness on all the days of our earthly life” (Insegnamenti, V , p. 779).”……..Pope Benedict XVI 2009
PRAYER – Heavenly Father, we are scattered in this world and so easily distracted from seeing You. Help me to communicate in love to those around me
who gather in Your love. Let me praise Your name from my heart and rejoice that I have been given the grace of faith through Your love for me. Lord Jesus, remember Your holy Church, built on the apostles and reaching to the ends of the earth and let Your blessing and peace rest on all who gather to celebrate at Your feast in the most holy Eucharist. Amen
One Minute Reflection – 19 April – Wednesday of Easter Octave
Daily Meditation: Give us the joy of this feast.
Then the disciples from Emmaus
told what happened on the road
and how they knew he was the Lord
when he broke the bread.
— Luke 24:35
REFLECTION – “The fact that archaeologists have not identified the location of Emmaus with any certainty, holds for me a certain value : it suggests that Emmaus is really everywhere, the road that leads there is the path of every Christian, indeed, every human being. On our own journeys, the risen Jesus is a traveling companion who rekindles in our hearts the warmth of faith and hope and the breaking of the bread of eternal life. This beautiful evangelical text already contains the structure of the Mass: in the first part listening to the Word through the Scriptures; second in the Eucharistic liturgy and communion with Christ present in the sacrament of his Body and his Blood. Nourishing ourselves in this twofold meal, the Church builds itself up and is renewed every day in faith, hope and charity.”……………..Pope Benedict XVI 2008
PRAYER – Loving Father, do I feel this joy so deeply each year? I know how solemn this season is and yet I am overcome by sheer delight. I celebrate this joyful time of remembering how I am brought to new life by the sacrifice Your Son made for me. Help me to delight in the gift He left us, help me to experience the great joy of the feast of the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist the food to nourish me on my own road to Emmaus. Amen