ACTS 14:19-28; PS 145:10-11, 12-13AB, 21; JN 14:27-31A
Reflection: “But the world must know that I love the Father and that I do as the Father has commanded me.” Will people say this of us when we depart this world? Will they know our love and service to the Father from our actions and the way we lived our life? Our lives must image God through our service, our love, our devotion, and our prayer. When we leave this world we will leave a legacy behind us. What will that legacy be?
Reflection for younger saints: Jesus is preparing His disciples for His assension into heaven. Jesus reminds us that He loves the Father and that He always did as God commanded. God asks us to love and serve Him just as Jesus did.
Big Picture: How will you be remembered?
Younger saints: Jesus tells us that he loves God and He always followed God’s commands. We are to live like Jesus, so how are we to live? How do we love God? (By visiting Jesus in the adoration chapel, by going to Mass, by loving and being kind to others.) How do we follow God’s commands? (By following God’s 10 commandments, by obeying the teachings of the Catholic Church, and by listening to God when He talks to us in prayer.)
Older saints: How does the world know you and see you? Do others know you love God? Do others know you faithfully following God’s commands? Reflect on 1-2 changes you need to make in your life so that others will know your love and obedience to God.
Fun Fact: The fifth commandment is: Thou shalt not kill. In this we are commanded to care for our spiritual and bodily well-being, and to do the same for our neighbor. The fifth commandment forbids murder, suicide, fighting, anger, hatred, revenge, drunkenness, reckless driving, and bad example (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 93).
Saint of the day:
Name: Saint Pius V
What they are remembered for: St. Pius V was Pope during a difficult and challenging time for the Church. He was faced with bringing the Church back together following scandal, corruption, and the Reformation. After the Council of Trent closed in 1563, Pope Pius V was in charge of implementing all the sweeping changes that were adopted. With his background as a Dominican friar, Pope Pius V was devoted to prayer and fasting as a part of his service as Pope.
Feast day: April 30