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Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Monday 2015



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Mark 16:9-18
"(Jesus) having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils.  She then went to those who had been his companions and who were mourning and in tears, and told them.  But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him. After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country.  These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either. Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table.  He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.  And he said to them 'Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned.  These are the signs that will be associated with believers:  In my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues, they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hand on the sick, who will recover' "


*Notes: *Bible verses used in this post are from The Jerusalem Bible, Copyright 1966, Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden city, New York. Text in parens ( ) is Humble Blogger's summary of text not quoted  **Digital image was purchased  by Humble Blogger from dreamstime.com for exclusive use in this Blog.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday 2015


Mary Magdalene, Mary, & Salome at empty tomb of Jesus Christ early Sunday morning, 
Image © James Steidl | Dreamstime.com**
Mark 16:1-8*
"When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him.  And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb, just as the sun was rising.  They had been saying to one another 'Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?'  But when they looked they could see that the stone--which was very big--had already been rolled back.  On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement.  But he said to them 'There is no need for alarm.  You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified:  he has risen, he is not here.  See, here is the place where they laid him.  But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, He is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him just as he told you...' "

Notes: *Bible verses used in this post are from The Jerusalem Bible, Copyright 1966, Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden city, New York.  **Digital image was purchased  by Humble Blogger from dreamstime.com for exclusive use in this Blog.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday 2015



Jesus dies on the Cross next to two thieves
[Photo © Jozef Sedmak | Dreamstime.com taken of an original (or reproduced) painting by Peter Paul  Rubens (abt. 1619) in  St. Peter's Church in Ghent Belgium**]

John 18:1 to 19:37*
(Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He is taken to Annas and High Priest Caiaphas during which time his chief disciple Peter (who said he would never betray Christ)  disowns Him.  He is then taken to Pilate who has soldiers put a crown of thorns on Jesus' head and has him scourged.  Finally Pilot brings Jesus before the people who shout "Crucify him!")

"Do you want me to crucify your king? said Pilate. The chief priests answered 'We have no no king except Caesar'  So in the end Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified."

"It was Preparation Day, and to prevent the bodies remaining on the cross during the sabbath--since that sabbath was a day of special solemnity--the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away.  Consequently the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with him and then the other.  When they came to Jesus they found he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water..."

Notes: *Bible verses used in this post are from The Jerusalem Bible, Copyright 1966, Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden city, New York. Text in parens ( ) is Humble Blogger's summary of text not quoted  **Digital image was purchased  by Humble Blogger from dreamstime.com for exclusive use in this Blog.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Holy Thursday 2015

Jesus celebrates His Last Supper with his Disciples
[Photo © Jozef Sedmak | Dreamstime.com taken in St. Nicholas Church in Rome**]
John 13:1 to 17:26*
"It was before the festival of the Passover, and Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father.  He had always loved those who were his in the world but now he showed how perfect his love was.  They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him.  Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God..."  (Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and gives a long farewell discourse in which he talks of Judas' betrayal and instructs the disciples about how they are to go forward after his death)

Notes: *Bible verses used in this post are from The Jerusalem Bible, Copyright 1966, Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden city, New York. Text in parens ( ) is Humble Blogger's summary of text not quoted  **Digital image was purchased by Humble Blogger from dreamstime.com for exclusive use in this Blog.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday 2015


Jesus Enters Jerusalem on a Donkey
[Photo © Jozef Sedmak | Dreamstime.com taken in St-Germain-des-Pres church in Paris**]


John: 12:1-16*
"Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, Where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead.  They gave a dinner for him there;" (where Mary anointed his feet with very costly ointment). "Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead...The next day the crowds who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took branches of palm and went out to meet him shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessings on the King of Israel who comes in the name of the Lord..."

*Notes: *Bible verses used in this post are from The Jerusalem Bible, Copyright 1966, Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden city, New York. Text in parens ( ) is Humble Blogger's summary of text not quoted  **Digital image was purchased  by Humble Blogger from dreamstime.com for exclusive use in this Blog.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Destiny Ann" Lives!


Image of Newborn baby clutching her mothers finger 
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This amazing (short) story started with a text message this morning from one of our shared family plan iPhone users that her son dropped her iPhone breaking the front face crystal.  While chatting with "Destiny Ann" online at the Verizon web site, asking about possibilities for a replacement phone,  I asked if "Destiny Ann" was her real name or a pseudonym used for phone purposes.  She replied:

"It is definitely my real name :)  Mom had difficulties and I was pronounced dead when I was born. When the nurse checked one more time, she found a faint heartbeat and mom decided I was destined to live, hence the name. Ann is my middle name but since there's another Destiny on chat, I use my middle name with my first name to save on confusion lol."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday 2015


"Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return"  is said as ashes are applied in the form of a cross, to a Catholic's  forehead.   (Ashes in Hand Image © Ansis | Dreamstime.com)
The Lenten season in the Catholic church and others begins today 2/18/15  and concludes with a glorious celebration on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015.  It's intended to be a time (about 40 days)  of prayer, fasting, reflection and good works.

At today's Ash Wednesday's Masses, a portion of the First Reading" taken from Joel 2:12-14 reads as follows:

13 Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness and relenting in punishment.

14 Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing.  Offerings and libations for the Lord, your God.*

*Scripture quotes are from The New American Bible (St. Joseph Edition), 1970