Browsing the 2020 archive of Meditating with Fr. Frank

God works in and through the Ordinary

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/17/20

Daily Reflection- Saturday, April 18th, 2020

The First Reading (Acts 4:31-21) reveals that the Sanhedrin – the Jewish religious leadership in Jerusalem were at a loss at the boldness of Peter and John in their success proclaiming the Risen Christ. The Sanhedrin had judged Peter and John to be ... Read More »

Our Strength Comes from the Risen Christ

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/17/20

Daily Reflection- Friday, April 17th, 2020

Fair to say that inevitable transitions in life can leave us with feelings of grief and sadness for what will be lost. We can only imagine the intense sadness Peter and the disciples must have felt in the wake of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

In today’s Gospel Reading (Jn 21:1-14), Peter and the disciples decide to go fishing, hearkening back to their livelihood before they first encountered Jesus. This may have provided some kind of solace to go back to the familiar in such confusing times. But the Risen Christ meets them where they are, and though it takes some signs for them to recognize that it is, indeed, Jesus, he gently encourages them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat and the catch was incredible. At this, the disciple John recognizes the Risen Savior. Peter only realizes it is Jesus when his fellow disciple tells ... Read More »

“Risen Christ: Increase our Faith”

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/15/20

Daily Reflection- Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Today’s Readings show us that the journey on the path of discipleship can feel challenging and uncertain.

In the First Reading (Acts 3:11-26), Peter and John are pained to cut through the astonishment of the crowd to explain that it is not by ... Read More »

We are Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/13/20

Daily Reflection- Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Among the fruits of Jesus’ glorification is the privilege we have to call God, Our Father. By the power of his cross, death, and resurrection, Jesus has reunited and reconciled us with the Father. In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 20: 11-18), Saint John ... Read More »

Let the Risen Christ Shine Through Our Personal Lives

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/13/20

Daily Reflection, Easter Monday, April 13th, 2020

In today’s readings, several witnesses give testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel Reading (Mt 28:8-15), two women, both named Mary, are overjoyed when they encounter the Risen Christ on their way from the empty tomb. Jesus tells them ... Read More »

¡Aleluya, el SEÑOR resucitó!

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/11/20

Querido Pueblo de Dios de la Pascua,

En este “gran domingo de los domingos”, la “fiesta de las fiestas”, la “Solemnidad de las Solemnidades”, como lo describía san Atanasio, deseo desearles a todos, un domingo de Pascua y una temporada de la Pascua, feliz y llena de bendiciones.

Nuestra ... Read More »

Alleluia, the LORD is Risen!

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/11/20

Pastoral Communications – Fr. Frank

Dear, the Easter People of God,

On this “Great Sunday of Sundays”, the “Feast of Feasts”, the “Solemnity of Solemnities”, as St. Athanasius would describe it, let me wish you all, a Happy and Blessed Easter, and all the Easter Festivities.

 

Our Christian ... Read More »

The Risen Christ Lives and Works Through Us

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/10/20

Easter Vigil Reflection, April 11th, 2020

On Easter Vigil, the “the holiest night of all nights”, Christians everywhere gather to relive the great journey of our Salvation History. The blessing of the Fire and the Easter Candle, the lights, the Exultet, the good news in a series of readings, ... Read More »

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 »