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Learn to Live Everything with Jesus

5th Sunday of Easter

“I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.”Ps. 22

It is essential to learn to live everything with Jesus, who is always with us, wanting to guide and help us, so that the cross may be smoother and lighter. This comes through the grace of a living faith, which we must humbly ask for, to truly know that we are never alone, much less in moments of adversity and trial, when we feel overwhelmed or burdened. COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED. AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.

The proof that you are not truly aware that Christ is with you is if you fall into despair, if you feel overwhelmed; for if you know that Christ is with you and helps you with all your commitments or trials, you will have peace, and you will live each day united with Him.

It is essential to learn to live illuminated by faith, otherwise it would not benefit us as God wants it to benefit us. It would be of no use to have the instrument to solve something if I leave it in the suitcase and do not use it. We have a faith capable of giving us a new perspective, especially on others, so that we can love and forgive them; on crosses and adversities so that they can be bearable, and we can carry them; on our own life, so that we can accept it, even with all its imperfections.

If we do not learn now that we have lucidity and the ability to learn, it will be too late, for no one can give us their oil so that our lamp can be lit, it is a personal task. No one can feed for me, or study for me. Each one is responsible for their own spiritual growth in faith and holiness.

If I am not capable of living in the presence of God and aware that He accompanies me in what is easy, much less will I be able to perceive Him and benefit from His love and help when going through difficulties, persecutions, and trials. It is essential to learn to walk with Jesus, to lean on Him.

Jesus is like a lightning rod, if we are united to Him, the outbursts of anger or slander will not stay with us nor harm us, for we will experience the comfort of His beatitudes, considering ourselves fortunate to suffer for His sake and united with Him.

What an example of faith and love many saints give us, who went to martyrdom with acceptance and Joy, knowing that Jesus was with them. Likewise, Jesus wants us to live every day, united with Him in everything, to be in the truth, and not distorted, to have peace in the midst of the storms that arise, to have love, even in the midst of lovelessness, to have patience even when humanly one would fall into despair.

“My Father’s glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and you will become my disciples”Jn 15:8

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Acts 9:26-31/Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 (26a)/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8
Monday: Acts 14:5-18/Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16/Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28/Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21/Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6/Ps 122: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5/Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21/Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10/Jn 15:9-11
Friday: 1 Cor 15:1-8/Ps 19:2-3, 4-5/Jn 14:6-14
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10/Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 5/Jn 15:18-21
Next Sunday: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (see 2b)/1 Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 5th Sunday of Easter
Monday: St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Tuesday: St. Pius V, Pope
Wednesday: St. Joseph the Worker
Thursday: St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; National Day of Prayer
Friday: Sts. Philip and James, Apostles
Next Sunday: 6th Sunday of Easter