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The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052420-ascension.cfm
The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052520.cfm
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052620.cfm
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052720.cfm
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052820.cfm
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052920.cfm
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?”
It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
All Readings: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/053020.cfm
Listen to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Celebrate! Today is an important moment in the Easter season: the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord. Jesus says, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Find some time to pray together, confident that Christ is keeping His promise to be with us always.
How can you help to make disciples from where you are now? What might you teach others about Jesus to help them believe in God and in who He has created them to be?
Day 3 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
Watch Bishop Barron on “Why the Ascension Matters.”
Explain the Holy Spirit to your children – here are some tips.
“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Share your struggles with courage as you encounter whatever challenges you face today. Ask your spouse to pray for you through that struggle.
What can we learn about how Jesus conquers the world not as a King but as a servant? How can this type of conquering bring peace?
Day 4 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
Listen to Fr. Profitt’s homily “Called: Living One’s Call with Clarity.”
Choose an activity from Catholic Icing to learn about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Today’s Gospel speaks of glorifying God. We are comfortable asking for God’s help, thanking Him, or even asking forgiveness; but we feel awkward offering him glory and praise. Embrace that awkwardness as a couple and pray out loud together, praising and glorifying God for His goodness.
What prayers do you think Jesus is bringing to his Father for you? What can you ask Jesus to pray about for you?
Learn about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit from Wild Goose.
Day 5 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
Play the Fruits of the Holy Spirit bean bag toss.
Jesus prays in today’s Gospel that the Father “keep[s us] from the Evil One.” In our marriage, we are called to help one another get to Heaven. Sometimes that requires (gentle) encouragement to avoid temptation. Pray together for the grace to speak the truth to one another about growing in virtue and avoiding our vices.
What are some differences between living for Jesus and living to succeed in the world we live in? What choices would you have to make if you wanted to live for Jesus instead of living for this world? What choices have you already made?
Day 6 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
Talk about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and find examples of each of those gifts in members of your family.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays that the world may know that the Father sent Him and that the Father loves them. How do you, as a couple, share Christ’s love in your world? Find one specific way you can bring that love, in the name of Christ, to a neighbor, family member, or friend.
Where do you see the glory, or the beauty, of God? How could you praise God for this beauty? How could you encourage others to praise God with you?
Day 7 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
Listen to Fr. Michael Ruebling’s homily about the virtues of the Holy Family.
Color a Pentecost picture.
Jesus commands Peter to feed His sheep. We can participate in this call through the gift of hospitality as a couple. Even if we cannot invite others into our homes, we can still offer hospitality in the name of Jesus. Discern together how you can share what you have (material goods, time, and faith) with others.
Why do you think Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him? How would you respond if Jesus asked you the same question?
Pray through the song “Holy Spirit,” sung by Francesca Battistelli.
Day 8 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
Today’s Gospel concludes that there are so many things Jesus did that the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. Talk with your spouse about your relationship with Jesus. What do you know about Him? How does He speak to you? What do you believe He is asking of you?
If you wrote an account of what Jesus has done in your life, just like the gospel writers, what stories would you write? What would you want other people to understand about Jesus from your stories?
Watch Chris Stefanick talk about the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Day 9 of the Holy Spirit Novena.
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