Adults/Teens: Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. In our faith, we believe that God exists in three distinct persons. How can it be that one God can exist in three persons? Much debate and study have been done in response to that question. The truth we know is that God exists in the Father and the Father loves the Son completely and totally, the Son in turn loves the Father and out of the perfect self-giving love of the Son and the Father, the Spirit comes forth. The persons of the Trinity have specific actions and roles that they play, all of which come together in one Triune God. Scripture makes it clear to us that the Father and the Son are one, there is no hierarchy in the Trinity. Jesus tells us that God will take from what is His and declare it to us through the Holy Spirit. In other words, the truth we all seek, the guidance we all need, the love we all desire is freely given to us from God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is alive and with us through the Spirit today, in our world. The Father's love for us is flowing through Christ 's Church and active in the world through us as His witnesses and disciples. What a beautiful role we play in the story of Salvation! We, along with the Trinity, have a role and a mission to share the Gospel with the whole world in order that everyone might experience eternal life.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: Today, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost! This is the memorial of the day that Jesus sent down the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles so that they might go out and fulfill His mission in the world. At St. Andrew, our Mission Statement is: "We are a Roman Catholic community committed to the formation of disciples, who use their gifts to fulfill His mission." The call at Pentecost is exactly that which we strive to answer here at St. Andrew. We are all sent out on a mission of evangelism. We are all sent out to answer the call of Christ and we need the support of a strong Catholic community to accomplish this goal. May God continue to bless St. Andrew the Apostle and may we all, as the Body of Christ, continue striving to live out our mission of evangelizing the world!!READ MORE
Adults/Teens: Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Jesus tells His Apostles that He will send "the promise of my Father." Here, like in the previous weeks we have read, Jesus is speaking about the coming of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus blesses the Apostles and tells them to remain in Jerusalem, He is then taken up into Heaven. The Ascension of Jesus is important because He again fulfills the necessary stipulations of the Savior. Jesus must leave us in order for the Advocate to continue His teachings and allow for the passing down of the Gospel through the ages. Finally, in the Gospel this week, we see the Apostles rejoicing that Jesus has been taken up into Heaven.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: Jesus continues in the Gospel this weekend with the same theme from last week. Last week, in John 13, Jesus told us that the world will know we are His disciples by the way we love others. This week, Jesus tells us what we will do if we love Him - we will keep His word. One of the best ways we can show our love and devotion to Christ is to keep His commandments; to live our lives according to His word. Our actions should follow the example of Christ. Jesus then explains that He will soon send the Holy Spirit to act as the Advocate of He and the Father to us on earth. Jesus tells the disciples that He gives them His peace - and that He gives in a different way than the world. What does this mean? Jesus is telling us that He will soon give the Holy Spirit fully to His true followers. The Spirit will act in the lives of the faithful in real and incredible ways. We, as Christ's disciples, should rejoice that He is in Heaven with the Father and that the Advocate is here for us today! Let us all pray that the Holy Spirit dwell in us and move us to action for the Lord.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us to love one another. What a simple yet profound challenge! Jesus goes a step further and even tells us how Christians will be visible. The world will know that we are the disciples of Christ not by what we wear, or the music we listen to, or even the things we way- the world will know we are His disciples by our love. Jesus has shown us how to love and it is up to us, as His disciples, to share that love with others. Those who do not see love on a daily basis, those who have been deeply hurt by people they cared for, need to see the love of Christ in us.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel reading this week, Jesus is speaking to the Jews gathered around Him at the Portico of Solomon. They have asked him to tell them plainly if He is the Messiah and stop leaving them in suspense. Jesus responds by telling them that they do not believe because they are not among His sheep. Those who believe that Jesus is the Messiah are His sheep and He is their shepherd. We are all called to believe in Christ and to trust that he will guide us. We can have confidence that God will never abandon us because, as Jesus says in the Gospel this week, "no one can take the sheep out of the hands of the father."READ MORE
Adults/Teens: When Jesus appeared to the disciples, they must have been frightened at first. Their faith in Him ultimately led them to accept the gift that Christ bestowed on them- the institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Another important aspect to the Gospel is Thomas’ doubt. How often do we also doubt the power of the Lord? Thomas needed to see with his own eyes that Christ had returned. Jesus appears for Thomas so that he might believe; but blessed are those who believe because they know in their hearts what their eyes may not perceive.READ MORE
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel reading today, we encounter a frantic Mary Magdalene telling Peter and John that Jesus is no longer In the tomb where he had been for three days. Peter and John rush to the scene, and having no idea what they might encounter when they reached the tomb of Christ. It is always interesting to read that the disciples, "did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead." We might ask ourselves how they could not have known that He would rise again. After all, Jesus had told them what was to come. The reality is though, that the Apostles were truly crushed that Jesus had died.READ MORE
O Jesus! Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness of all Thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto Thine. From the crown of Thy Head to the Soles of Thy Feet there was not one spot on Thy Body that was not in torment, and yet , forget ting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not cease to pray to Thy heavenly Father for Thy enemies, saying, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Through this great Mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that the remembrance of Thy Most Bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.
—4th prayer of 15 prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden on the Passion of Christ
Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life.
Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.
Adults/Teens: In the Gospel today, Jesus is faced with a choice. Should he succumb to the bait that the Pharisees and Scribes put out for Him? Should He condemn the woman that is caught in the act of adultery? It is prescribed in the Law of Moses that a woman be stoned if she be accused of infidelity to her husband. Jesus does not take the bait. He acknowledges the women's sinfulness, but He does it in private, after all the others have left. He reminds the men that if they are without sin, they should throw a stone at her. Of course none of us are completely without sin at all times. And Jesus offers redemption to the woman through a challenge- "Go and do not sin anymore." We are all called to turn away from sin and accept the mercy of God. Let us seek out His forgiveness for the times we have sinned against Him and others.READ MORE