Browsing the April 2020 archive of Meditating with Fr. Frank

Salvation Came Through the Cross of Jesus

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/09/20

Daily Reflection- Good Friday, April 10th, 2020

If these were normal times (unfortunately not), Christians everywhere would flock to the Church today on Good Friday, to venerate the wood of the Cross, mindful of the depth of God’s love for us, and for the world, even to the death ... Read More »

The Eucharist Transforms Us into Humble Servants

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/08/20

Daily Reflection- Holy Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Tonight, we recall the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, and the beginning of the Easter Triduum – the Three Holiest Days of the Church calendar.

The Readings are worthy of the solemnity, telling us about the first Passover, ... Read More »

“Our Salvation came at a cost”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/07/20

Daily Reflection- Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

 

The suffering Servant described by the prophet Isaiah in today’s Frist Reading (Isaiah 50:4-9a), prefigured the passion, death, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today’s Gospel Reading (Mathew 26: 14-25), sets the stage for Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. For 30 pieces ... Read More »

“God heals our brokenness”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/06/20

Daily Reflection- Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Today’s Readings (Isaiah 49: 1-6; John 13: 21-38), tell us the Good News: God shares our pain and cares about our struggles. Though our own pride and selfishness may move us away from God, he will never leave us. Faced with the selfish ... Read More »

“God will always have the last word”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/05/20

Daily Reflection- Monday, April 6th, 2020

Yesterday, on Palm Sunday, we commemorated Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem as King, but only to be betrayed by Judas. Apparently, the betrayal, the passion and death of Jesus seemed but a humiliating defeat. But appearances can be deceiving. Just ... Read More »

Palm Sunday

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/04/20

Today is the Passion Sunday or, the Palm Sunday. On this day the Church celebrates Christ’s triumphant entrance into the city of Jerusalem to accomplish his paschal mystery on the cross. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of the Holy Week. Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, is the ... Read More »

“We are the Covenant People of God through Christ”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/04/20

Daily Reflection- Saturday, April 4th, 2020

In today’s First Reading (Ezekiel 37:21-28), we hear of God making a covenant promise to the Israelites: “I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling shall be with them”. In today’s Gospel Reading (John 10:31-42), Saint John the Evangelist attests to ... Read More »

“Who do we say Jesus is?”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/02/20

Daily Reflection- Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Christ the Good Shepherd 

We are in the final days leading to Holy Week. This weekend we will commemorate Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. A week from today we will remember the passion, death, and the glorious resurrection of Christ ... Read More »

“What is Faith?”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/01/20

Daily Reflection- Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC no.146) describes faith as “a gratuitous gift from God, and an assent of our of our will to the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio (c. 1603)

In today’s First Reading (Genesis 17: 3-9), God promises “to make Abraham the Father of a host of nations”. Abraham responds by putting his faith in God and trusts that what is promised will be fulfilled. Indeed, Isaac, the son-heir, is born to Abraham and Sarah, out of what had previously been a barren relationship. Thus, from Isaac, Abraham’s descendants extend through King David, down to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world. This is the salvation history of which Jesus reminds his listeners in today’s Gospel Reading (John 8: 51-59). Where faith is, nothing is impossible for ... Read More »

“Faith in God is our true freedom”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 3/31/20

Daily Reflection- Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Today’s Readings (Daniel 3:14-20, 91-95; John 8:31-42), reveal to us the kind of freedom God desires for each of us.

It is the freedom by which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, courageously chose to die for the love of God, rather than bowing to ... Read More »