Thursday, VII week of Easter, Year A

Father, I pray also for those who will believe in me

Readings: 1st: Acts 22:30; 23, 6-11; Ps: 16; Gos: John 17:20-26

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com

Today is Thursday of the Seventh week of Easter. We continue our reflection on the last encounter of Christ with his disciples.

So, today’s gospel presents the last part of the priestly and ecumenical prayer of Christ for his immediate and future followers.

Looking forward the future, Christ manifested his great desire not only for us, but also for those whom his Father will add to his flock through our missionary endeavor.

He Prayed: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word. This means that, he took it for granted that we are going to fulfill his mandate: “Go into the world and make disciples of all the nations.”

Through this prayer, Christ reminds us that we equally have a role to play. That is, to encourage others through our work and word, to become his disciples, and to expand the community of believers.

So, the redemptive work of Christ does not end in one being saved alone, but in continuing the work of Christ, until every other person out there can experience the love of God which unites us to him. This is the desire that Christ expressed in his prayer today.

So, Christ asked the Father for the unity of both his immediate and future disciples. This unity is very important to the success of our mission because, without love and unity we do not deserve credibility.

It is really tragic to see much division both among us Catholics, and generally, among us Christians who say that we believe in Christ. There is no doubt that, in spite of the great progress we have made, division continues to rob us of credibility.

As disciples of Christ, we must continue to work hard in order to restore this credibility though fraternal dialogue. It seems a difficult task. However, Christ continues to intercede for us: “Father, may they may be one, as we are one.”

So, as we continue with our novena to the Holy Spirit, let us ask Christ to generously fill us with the Holy Spirit, so that we may learn to live in unity.

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

Miércoles de VII Semana de Pascua, Año A

Que sean uno, como nosotros

Lecturas: 1ra: Hch 20:17-27; Sal: 68; Ev: John 17:1-11

Esta breve reflexión fue escrita por el Reverendo Padre Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. Él es un sacerdote católico y un miembro de la Congregación de los Padres y Hermanos del Espíritu Santo (Espirítanos). Él está trabajando con el Grupo Internacional Espirítano De Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Él es el administrador de la Parroquia La Resurrección del Señor, Canóvanas y el Canciller de la Diócesis de Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. Para más detalles y comentarios se puede contactarlo encanice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

En este miércoles de la séptima semana de Pascua seguimos reflexionando sobre la “Oración Sacerdotal” de Cristo por sus discípulos.

Hoy vemos un aspecto muy importante de esta oración. Es la base del diálogo del Ecumenismo Cristiano. Es decir, por la unidad cristiana.

Esta oración es la base de la famosa encíclica del Papa Juan Pablo II, “UT unum sint” sobre el compromiso ecuménico (25 de mayo de 1995). Después de 25 años, todavía mantiene su relevancia y carácter profético.

Como todo buen pastor, líder y padre, una de las mayores preocupaciones de Cristo es la unidad de su rebaño. Sabía que Satanás haría todo lo posible para dividir y dispersarlos.

Cristo sabía que la división era una amenaza inminente, para la vida y la misión de sus discípulos. Así que, oró apasionadamente: “Santo Padre, guárdela en tu nombre. Para que sean uno, como somos uno.”

Mirando a nuestra situación hoy como cristianos, uno puede ser tentado a decir que la oración de Cristo no fue contestada porque, su Iglesia está tan dividida. Sin embargo, simplemente muestra que Cristo lo vio venir.

Así que, ofreció esta oración porque sabe que la unidad es más poderosa que la división. Que logramos más unidos que divididos. Que somos mejores juntos de lo que estamos divididos.

La división que hoy vemos entre nosotros es un fracaso de nuestra parte como cristianos, y no el fracaso de la oración de Cristo. Es el producto de nuestra desobediencia, debilidad y egoísmo.

Según el Papa Juan Pablo II: “Creer en Cristo significa desear unidad. Es un acto de obediencia que amplía el horizonte del corazón y la mente.” La división es una señal de que necesitamos la intervención y la misericordia de Dios.

Hoy, Cristo continúa orando por nosotros. Sigue pidiéndole a su Padre que nos proteja y nos mantenga unidos en su misión.

Así que, continuar nuestra novena al Espíritu Santo, el evangelio de hoy nos ayuda a prepararnos para el nuevo derramamiento del Espíritu Santo en nuestra vida este Pentecostés. Oremos para que nos ayude cuando venga.

La paz sea con ustedes

¡Maranatha!

 

Wednesday, VII week of Easter, Year A

May they be one, just as we are one

Readings: 1st: Acts 20:17-27; Ps: 68; Gos: John 17:1-11

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com 

On this Wednesday of the Seventh week of Easter, we continue our reflection on the “Priestly Prayer” of Christ for his disciples.

Today, we see a very important aspect of this prayer. It is the basis of the dialogue of Christian Ecumenism. That is, on Christian unity.

This prayer is the basis of the famous encyclical of Pope John Paul II, “Ut unum sint” on ecumenical commitment (25 May, 1995). After 25 years, it still maintains its relevance and prophetic character.

Like every good shepherd, leader and parents, one of the greatest concerns of Christ is the unity of his flock. He knew, that Satan would do everything possible to divide and disperse them.

Christ knew that division was an imminent threat, to the life and mission of his disciples. So, he prayed passionately: “Holy Father, keep them in your name. So that they may be one, just as we are one.”

Looking at our situation today as Christians, one may be tempted to say that, the pray of Christ was not answered because, his Church is so divided. However, it simply shows that Christ saw it coming.

So offered this prayer because, he knows that unity is more powerful that division. He knows that we achieve more united than divided. He knows that we are better together than when we are divided.

The division we see today among ourselves is a failure on our part as Christians, and not the failure of the prayer of Christ. It is the product of our disobedience, weakness and selfishness.

Pope John Paul writes: “To believe in Christ, means to desire unity. It is an act of obedience that broadens the horizons of the heart and mind.” So, division is a sign that we are in need of God’s intervention and mercy.

Today, Christ continues to pray for us, his followers. He continues to ask his Father protect and keep us united in his mission.  

As we continue our novena to the Holy Spirit, today’s gospel helps us to prepare for new out pouring of the Holy Spirit in our life this Pentecost. Let us pray that he will help us when he comes.

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

Tuesday, VI week of Easter, Year A

Saint Philip Neri, Pray for us

Readings: 1st: Acts 20:17-27; Ps: 68; Gos: John 17:1-11

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com 

On this Tuesday of the Seventh week of Easter, the church celebrates the memorial of a great saint, Philip Neri.

Philip Neri (1515-1595) was born in Florence and died in Rome. He lived a spotless childhood in Florence. Later, he came to Rome and after living for fifteen years as a pilgrim and hermit was ordained a priest. He was the founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.

Today’s gospel from the gospel According to John, is on the words that Jesus addressed to the Father at the moment of His farewell. It was also the last encounter of Christ with his disciples.

It is the testament of Jesus in the form of a prayer. This is also called the Priestly Prayer. After a very long reflection by Christ with his disciples, he ended it with prayer.

Through this prayer, Christ expressed the sentiments and concerns he had at that moment in which He was leaving this world, and returning to the Father. With these sentiments Christ intercedes for us before his father.

In this prayer, He expresses the most intimate sentiment of His heart in the presence of Father.  He also, knew that it was time for him to be glorified.

Christ has completed his mission. He has show us the way to eternal life. So, it is left for us to follow him if we want to enjoy it. Eternal life is not just for the future. It is a gift partly given now, and we receive it though our faith in Christ.

Saint Philip Neri, Pray for us

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

Martes de VII Semana de Pascua, Año A

San Filipo Neri, ruega por nosotros

Lecturas: 1ra: Hch 20:17-27; Sal: 68; Ev: John 17:1-11

Esta breve reflexión fue escrita por el Reverendo Padre Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. Él es un sacerdote católico y un miembro de la Congregación de los Padres y Hermanos del Espíritu Santo (Espirítanos). Él está trabajando con el Grupo Internacional Espirítano De Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Él es el administrador de la Parroquia La Resurrección del Señor, Canóvanas y el Canciller de la Diócesis de Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. Para más detalles y comentarios se puede contactarlo encanice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

En este martes de la Séptima semana de Pascua, la iglesia celebra la memoria de un gran santo, Felipe Neri.

Philip Neri (1515-1595) nació en Florencia y murió en Roma. Vivió una infancia impecable en Florencia.

Más tarde, llegó a Roma y después de vivir durante quince años como peregrino y ermitaño fue ordenado sacerdote. Era el fundador de la Congregación del Oratorio.

El evangelio de hoy según San Juan, es en las palabras que Jesús dirigió al Padre en el momento de su despedida y salida de. También, fue el último encuentro de Cristo con sus discípulos.

Es el testamento de Jesús en forma de oración. Esta oración se llama la Oración Sacerdotal. Después de una larga reflexión de Cristo con sus discípulos, lo terminó con una oración emocionada al Padre.

A través de esta oración, Cristo expresó los sentimientos y preocupaciones que tenía en ese momento que estaba saliendo este mundo, y regresando al Padre. Con estos sentimientos Cristo intercedió por nosotros ante su padre.

También, en esta oración, expresó el sentimiento más íntimo de su corazón en la presencia del Padre, porque, sabía que era hora para que el sea glorificado.

Cristo ha cumplido su misión. Él nos ha mostrado el camino hacia la vida eterna. Así que, nos queda seguirlo si queremos disfrutarlo. La vida eterna no es solo para el futuro. Es un regalo que se da en parte ahora, y la recibimos a través de nuestra fe en Cristo.

San Filipo Neri, ruega por nosotros

La paz sea con ustedes

¡Maranatha!

 

Lunes de VII Semana de Pascua, Año A

Ahora creemos que has venido de Dios

Lecturas: 1ra: Hch 19:1-8; Sal: 67; Ev: John 16:29-33

Esta breve reflexión fue escrita por el Reverendo Padre Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. Él es un sacerdote católico y un miembro de la Congregación de los Padres y Hermanos del Espíritu Santo (Espirítanos). Él está trabajando con el Grupo Internacional Espirítano De Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Él es el administrador de la Parroquia La Resurrección del Señor, Canóvanas y el Canciller de la Diócesis de Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. Para más detalles y comentarios se puede contactarlo encanice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Hoy es lunes de la séptima semana de Pascua. En el Evangelio de hoy, las palabras y el consejo de Cristo parecen más claros a sus discípulos.

Ahora, parecen entender lo que ha sido tratando de comunicarles a través de parábolas e historias.

Así que, después de escucharlo, le dijeron: ” Ahora sí nos estás hablando claro y no en parábolas. Ahora sí estamos convencidos de que lo sabes todo. Por eso, creemos que has venido de Dios.”

Ahora, se han convencido de quién es Cristo, y de la veracidad de su palabra y misión. Este largo discurso finalmente ha hecho una gran diferencia en su vida.

Este es el poder del diálogo. Este es el poder de permitir que Cristo nos habla. Este es el poder de sentarse y escuchar atentamente a Cristo.

Sin embargo, los discípulos pensaron que lo han entendido todo. Sí, han recibido una verdadera luz para aclarar sus problemas, pero todavía, era una luz muy tenue. Necesitan más claridad.

Aunque tenues, esta luz es la intuición fundamental de la fe según la cual Jesús es para nosotros la revelación del Dios Padre.

Así que, a pesar de su tenue, al menos, esta luz provocó una tremenda profesión de fe de los discípulos de Cristo: ” Ahora creemos que has venido de Dios.” Algo nuevo a pasado en su vida.

La sabiduría ha brillado su luz sobre ellos. Esta luz iluminó su corazón y su mente, que ha estado oscurecido durante mucho tiempo por la incredulidad. Esto fue solo el principio. El Espíritu Santo nos revelará más cosas acerca Cristo cuando llegue.

Así que, oremos para que el día de pentecostés recibamos el Espíritu Santo y sus dones, para que su venida nos ayude a madurar en nuestra fe en Cristo. Alleluia, Alleluia! 

La paz sea con ustedes

¡Maranatha!

 

Monday, VI week of Easter, Year A

Now we believe that you came from God

Readings: 1st: Acts 19:1-8; Ps: 67; Gos: John 16:29-33

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com 

Today is Monday of the Seventh week of Easter. In today’s Gospel, the words and advice of Christ seem to become clearer to his disciple.

Now, they appear to understand what he has been trying to communicate to them through parables and stories.

So, after listening to him, they said to him: “Now, you are speaking plainly and not using veiled language. Now, we see that you know everything. Because of this we believe that you came from God.”

Now, they have become convinced of both who Christ is, and about the veracity of his word and mission. This long discourse has finally made a big difference in their life.

This is the power of dialogue. This is the power of sitting and listening attentively to Christ. This is the power of allowing him to speak to us.

However, the disciples thought that they have understood everything. Yes, they have received a true light to clarify their problems, but it was still a very dim light. They need more clarity.

Though dim, this light is the fundamental intuition of faith according to which Jesus is for us. the revelation of God the Father.

So, in spite of its dimness, at least, this light provoked a tremendous profession of faith from the disciples of Christ: “Now we believe that you came from God.” A new thing has happened.

Wisdom has shined its light on them. This light illumined their heart and mind, that has been long darkened by unbelief.  This was only the beginning. The Holy Spirit will reveal more things about Christ to us, when he eventually comes.

So, let us pray that on Pentecostés day we may receive the Holy Spirit and his gifts, that his coming will help us mature in our faith in Christ. Alleluia, alleluia!

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!