Unable to bear all that Jesus could have told them, the Disciples still had questions. When the Lord said that He would leave them for a little while, they had no idea that Crucifixion would take Him from their midst. When the Risen Lord appeared, they realized that, true to His word, they would not ask Him how or why or anything else. They would single-mindedly and wholeheartedly rejoice! The Lord soon ascended to heaven, after promising that the Holy Spirit would come to teach them and remind them of the lessons learned from Jesus. The Holy S

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Before His Passion and death, Jesus promised the Disciples that He would come back. No matter what, they should remain in His love by keeping His Word and loving one another. Reassuringly, our Savior said that they would stay connected to Him like branches on a vine. Later, Gentiles saw miracles and thought that Greek gods had come to them until Saint Paul shouted that He and Barnabas were human beings. On the other hand, Jews stoned Paul and mistakenly thought they had left him for dead. Why do we sometimes try to tell the vine grower, our hea

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Events in this week's Scripture readings span from before the Crucifixion to the early Church guided by the Holy Spirit. When the Lord described Himself as the sheepgate, the Pharisees didn't connect the analogy to entering heaven only through Him. Before ascending to heaven, Jesus told the Disciples that they knew the way to the place He would prepare for them. That completely baffled Thomas, at least until Jesus called Himself the Way. The Lord left plenty for the Disciples to do. The Apostles and the Church proceeded to welcome anyone, Jews

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People could easily see the multiplication of loaves and fish as a miracle and followed Jesus to see what more lay in store. When the Lord promised His flesh as the Bread of eternal life, however, many found the idea too hard to swallow. They left, not understanding that He can satisfy every need. Jesus asked the Twelve if they wanted to leave, too. They stayed because they believed. The Lord will not reject anyone who comes to Him hungry and thirsty, suffering the pangs caused by too little faith. When we feel overburdened, underqualified, or

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Jesus withdrew so that the crowd would not try to make Him king after five loaves and two fish miraculously became a meal for thousands. The Gospel of John assures us that God doesn't ration the gift of the Holy Spirit, either. To Nicodemus, a Pharisee, the idea of grown people "born from above" and "born of the Spirit" made no sense, but He kept listening to Jesus. Later, with the Apostles on trial before the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel advised letting them go. If just a fad, their endeavors would die out. If not, the Sanhedrin might

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Picture the Risen Lord lightheartedly greeting His friends and followers. Mary Magdalene mistook Him for the gardener. ("Mary!") Two disciples heading to Emmaus a couple of days after the Crucifixion asked if He hadn't heard about the things that occurred in Jerusalem. ("What sort of things?") Mistaken for a ghost, Jesus asked the Disciples for something to eat. (Would a ghost do that?) Jesus appeared on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius, and Peter jumped into the water. (What could the Lord say?) Peter and John later found themselves in hot wat

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Martha, Mary, and Lazarus held a dinner for Jesus and the Disciples. Judas objected when Mary anointed Jesus' feet with costly oil, but the Lord realized that holding on to her loving act would help when she grieved for Him after the Crucifixion. At the Last Supper, the Lord revealed that Peter would deny Him three times but still follow Him later. After letting Jesus down, Peter would need to recall that the Lord didn't want him to quit. On the Cross, Jesus entrusted His Mother and the Disciple whom He loved (probably John) to one another as m

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