Daily Readings Reflections
Acts 20:28-38 | Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36 | John 17:11-19
"I commend you now to the Lord, and to that gracious word of His which can enlarge you." —Acts 20:32
As Pentecost approaches, the Lord shines the spotlight ever more brightly on His Word. In the sixth day of the Pentecost novena, we are praying for a great outpouring and reception of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. One of the first actions ... More
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 | Psalm 113:1-8 | John 15:9-17
"The saying in Scripture uttered long ago by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David was destined to be fulfilled in Judas." —Acts 1:16
While the Church, about to be born at Pentecost, was praying in the upper room (see Acts 1:14), Peter stood up and quoted two obscure sentences from the Psalms (Acts 1:20). The first one, Psalm 69:26, if applied to Judas Iscariot's apostleship, ... More
Acts 19:1-8 | Psalm 68:2-7 | John 16:29-33
"There is no need for anyone to ask You questions." —John 16:30
There is no need for us to question God in a prideful, doubting way. Zechariah questioned God's messenger by asking: "How am I to know this?" (Lk 1:18) He was struck dumb for nine months.
However, we do have a need to question God in a ... More
Acts 1:1-11 | Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 or Ephesians 1:17-23 | Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 | Luke 24:46-53
"He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight." —Acts 1:9
Scripture links "the promise of the Father" (Lk 24:49) to the Ascension of Jesus to the Father (Acts 1:4-5). Just before Jesus ascended to His Father, He told His disciples, "Wait, rather, for the fulfillment of My Father's promise...within a ... More
He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin if he recovered. He regained his health but ignored the promise. A riding accident prompted him to ...
Acts 18:23-28 | Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10 | John 16:23-28
Apollos established "from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah." —Acts 18:28
While in the city of Ephesus, Apollos unpacked the Old Testament Scriptures that referred to Jesus and established that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah (Acts 18:28). In so doing, Apollos imitated Jesus, Who while walking on the road to Emmaus, ... More
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Acts 18:9-18 | Psalm 47:2-7 | John 16:20-23
"When she has borne her child, she no longer remembers her pain." —John 16:21
During World War II, four Allied soldiers who were encamped behind enemy lines in Germany discovered critical enemy battle plans. If the Allied leaders knew of these plans, thousands of lives could be spared. The four soldiers decided to ski ... More
Catharine, born in Bologna, was related to the nobility in Ferrara and was educated at court there. She received a liberal education at the court and developed some interest and talent in painting. In ...
"When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word." —Acts 18:5, RNAB
St. Paul came alone to the Greek city of Corinth (Acts 18:1-3). Paul had been given the spiritual gift of teaching. However, he was an outreach team of one, and so his impact was limited. He found work as a tentmaker to support himself (Acts ... More
The Peter we’re focusing on ...
"He has set the day on which He is going to 'judge the world with justice' through a Man He has appointed — One Whom He has endorsed in the sight of all by raising Him from the dead." —Acts 17:31
When Paul had proclaimed to the Athenians that Jesus had been risen from the dead, "some sneered, while others said, 'We must hear you on this topic some other time' " (Acts 17:32). Today, the reaction to Jesus' resurrection is similar. Over a ... More
"He led them up into his house, spread a table before them, and joyfully celebrated with his whole family his newfound faith in God." —Acts 16:34
During an earthquake, a jailer was about to commit suicide (Acts 16:27). Paul and Silas stopped the jailer, who took them home. "They proceeded to announce the word of God to him and to everyone in his house" (Acts 16:32). Then "he led them up ... More