Day: April 2, 2024

April 4, 2024 Reflection – “Look at my hands and my feet…”

“Look at my hands and my feet…”   April 4, 2024 Thursday of Easter Week! Dear Family of Mary! Jesus Christ is Risen from the Dead! Alleluia!!! A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 24:35-48 The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.  While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”  The Gospel of the Lord. I love this account of the disciples first up close encounter with the Risen Jesus! They had to test Him out! Hand, feet, touching Him, seeing Him eat! I is so human! And Jesus is so human!!! We need to be this simple with the Risen Jesus as well. Think and pray about how human His is! Human like us!! Our Lady said to us: November 2, 2019 “Dear children, my beloved Son always prayed and glorified the Heavenly Father. He always said everything to Him and trusted in His will. This is what you, my children, should also do, because the Heavenly Father always listens to His children. One heart in one heart – love, light and life. The Heavenly Father gave Himself through a human face, and this face is the face of my Son. You, apostles of my love, you should always carry the face of my Son in your hearts and your thoughts. You should always think of His love and His sacrifice. You should pray to always feel His presence, because, apostles of my love, that is the way for you to help all those who do not know my Son, who have not come to know His love. My children, read the book of the Gospel. It is always something new, it is what binds you to my Son who was born to bring the words of life to all of my children and to sacrifice Himself for all. Apostles of my love, carried by the love for my Son, bring love and peace to all of your brothers. Judge no one. Love everyone according to the love for my Son. In this way, you will also be caring for your soul, and it [your soul] is that what is most precious, which truly belongs to you. Thank you.” Our Lady wants us to love Jesus, who became one of us to save us. He is risen, and He is still one of us, in our humanity. What a mystery of love!! Blessed Easter!!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c) Mary TV 2024 PS. Today is Day 7 of the Divine Mercy Novena! Pray it with us on Mary TV, on the Hour of Mercy.

April 3, 2024 Reflection – On the Road!

On the Road! April 3, 2024 Wednesday within the Octave of Easter Dear Family of Mary! Today Denis and I travel home from Medjugorje. It is a sad day for us, but we are so grateful for our time here! We will be unpacking the graces for many days. But I realized that the Gospel for today is quite appropriate because it tells the story of two of Jesus’ disciples who were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus. And they were debating about all that had happened to Jesus. Here is the account of that trip for those two very blessed disciples: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 24:13-35 That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his Body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the Eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.   The Gospel of the Lord. Denis and I expect to encounter Jesus on our trip as well! Because the Lord is always finding ways to break into our lives! Jesus is Risen!! He is with us!! We are so blessed!! Blessed Easter!!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c) Mary TV 2024 PS. Today is Day 6 of the Divine Mercy Novena! Pray it with us on Mary TV, on the Hour of Mercy. (We may not be able to record today’s prayer.)