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May, Month of Mary

Fifth Sunday of Easter

A greeting in Resuscitated Christ the Church grants this month of May to Mary to know her and love her more. May is the month of the flowers and is during spring season. Many families in this month celebrate the sacrament of a relative. Also, in this month we celebrated Mother’s Day and flowers are the most frequent gift of child to give to those who gave them life. This month we greet Mary, by praying the holy rosary as a family which is the best gift, who offered her life to care and serve Jesus Christ Our Renderer.

In the Gospel, taken from the chapter 14 of St. John, he offers us a spiritual portrait of the Virgin Mary, where Jesus says: if anyone loves me keep my word and my father will love him and we will come to him and make our home in him ( JN 14.23). This expression can be applied to what is the first and perfect disciple of Jesus, Mary observed the first and full word of her son, showing that the loved for him not only as a mother, but even before as a humble and obedient servant of God our Father. The Holy Trinity incarnated in her. How not to think of Mary’s heart as a temple of
the holy spirit, where she meditated and faithfully interpreted everything her son said and did? (JN 14, 26). In this way before and after the Passover, the mother of Jesus also became our mother and role model of the Church.

Readings of the Week

Monday: Acts 14:5-18; Ps 115:1-4, 15-16; Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13ab, 21; Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3, 10; Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-10, 12; Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1b-3, 5; Jn 15:18-21
Sunday: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Seminarian of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

My name is Rafael Anthony Gonzalez and I am 25 years old. I am studying to be a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I feel very blessed to be the seminarian at Mary Immaculate Church, where I worked as the parish receptionist from 2015-2108. My vocation to enter the seminary began at a young age, then grew as I entered college. I felt an invitation from Jesus to enter the seminary and discern the priesthood. After speaking with Jesus and asking Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary to pray for me, I made the decision to apply for the seminary and was accepted. I have just completed my first year in seminary at Queen of Angels Center for priestly formation, and I can say it has been challenging in various ways, but by working hard and by God’s grace, I have overcome. I ask you all to keep me in my prayers and be assured of mine. I look forward to learning from all of you. Jesus invites all of us to serve him in various ways, but we are all equal for him. Let us work with one another to lift each other up, and live a life for Christ and His Holy Church. Thank you for all the prayers you have given me, my vocation would not be possible without your support. May God bless you all, and please don’t forget to pray for me.