Daily Readings – Breviary and Live the Word

Mon 13 May – (Our Lady of Fatima)
Acts 11:1-18; Psalm: 42; John 10:1-10
“When lovers are together, they spend hours and hours repeating the same thing: ‘I love you!’ What is missing in the people who think the rosary monotonous is love. What is not done for love is worthless.” Sr Lucia

Tue 14 May – ST MATTHIAS, A
Acts 1:15-17 20-26; Psalm: 113; John 15:9-17
Jesus attracted people wherever He went. Some continued to follow Him, while others left when His teachings were difficult. Matthias was one who gladly accepted Jesus’ teaching and was willing to be a ‘witness to His resurrection’.

Wed 15 May – Liturgy of the Day
Acts 12:24 13:5; Psalm: 67; John 12:44-50
Do I really know that God’s commands are in truth the way to eternal life? And do I have that kind of Christ-like love that makes me eager to bring that Good News to others?

Thu 16 May – Liturgy of the Day
Acts 13:13-25; Psalm: 89; John 13:16-20
When we find ourselves talking about “those people” or creating distance by being critical of everybody around us, it would be good to remember that God most likely finds them beautiful too.

Fri 17 May – Liturgy of the Day
Acts 13:26-33; Psalm: 2; John 14:1-6
Often in our spiritual journey we find ourselves lost. We don’t know where we are in relation to God – and we just keep struggling on. At this point, we need to swallow our pride, pull over, and ask for directions.

Sat 18 May – (St John I, PM)
Acts 13:44-52; Psalm: 98; John 14:7-14
Saint John I was a martyr for the faith, imprisoned and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. He was a friend of the renowned Christian philosopher Boethuis, who died in a similar manner.

Sun 19 May – 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Acts 14:21-27; Psalm: 145; John 13:31-35
All have respect and dignity in the eyes of God, who sees much further and deeper into the hearts of people than we do. There is a latent goodness residing in the hardest of hearts and the meanest of spirits.

Something to think about before praying: becoming peaceful and quiet. 
An Excerpt from ‘The Imitation of Christ’ by Thomas à Kempis – Chapter 3 para 1 & 2
Of the good, peaceable man
First keep thyself in peace, and then shalt thou be able to be a peace-maker towards others. A peaceable man doth more good than a well-learned. A passionate man turneth even good into evil and easily believeth evil; a good, peaceable man converteth all things into good. He who dwelleth in peace is suspicious of none, but he who is discontented and restless is tossed away with many suspicions, and is neither quiet himself nor suffereth others to be quiet. He often saith what he ought not to say, and omitteth what it were more expedient for him to do. He considerith to what duties others are bound, and neglecteth those to which he is bound himself. Therefore be zealous first over thyself, and then mayest thou righteously be zealous concerning thy neighbour.
Thou knowest well how to excuse and to colour thine own deeds, but thou wilt not accept the excuses of others. It would be more just to accuse thyself and excuse thy brother. If thou wilt that others bear with thee, bear thou with others. Behold how far thou art as yet from true charity and humility which knows not how to be angry or indignant against any save self alone. It is no great thing to mingle with the good and the meek, for this is naturally pleasing to all, and every one of us willingly enjoyeth peace: but to be able to live peaceably with the hard and perverse, or with the disorderly, or those who oppose us, this is a great grace and a thing much to be commended and most worthy of a man.