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Saturday, May 24th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15:18-21.

Saturday of the Fifth week of Easter

24 MAY 2014

‘No slave is greater than his master.

JESUS MASTER TEACHER

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:18-21.

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me,
they will also persecute you. If they kept my word,
they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.

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Saturday of the Fifth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint Polycarp (69-155),
Bishop and martyr

Letter to the Philippians,
1-2, 8-9 (trans. Edgar Goodspeed)

“If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you”

I rejoice with you greatly in our Lord Jesus Christ that you welcomed the copies of true love [Ignatius of Antioch and his companions]…who were encumbered with saintly chains, which are the diadems of those truly chosen by God and our Lord. And I rejoice because the deep root of your faith, which has been renowned from early times, still lasts and bears fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sins endured even facing death, and whom “God raised, releasing him from the throes of death” (Acts 2,24). “Though you have not seen him, you believe with unutterable, triumphant joy” (1Pt 1,8)… “He who raised him from the dead will raise us also” (2Cor 4,14), if we do his will and live by his commands and love what he loved… Let us be imitators of his endurance, and if we suffer for his sake, let us glorify him. For he set us this example himself, and this is what we have believed.

So I beg you all to obey the message of uprightness and to exhibit all endurance, such as you saw with your own eyes not only in the blessed Ignatius and Zosimus and Rufus, but also in others of your number, and in Paul himself and the rest of the apostles, being assured that all these “have not run in vain” (Gal 2,2), but in faith and uprightness, and that they are in the place that they have deserved with the Lord, with whom they suffered. For they did not “love the present world” (2Tm 4,10), but Christ who died for us and was raised up by God for our sakes.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Friday, May 23rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15:12-17.

Friday of the Fifth week of Easter

23 MAY 2014

” This I command you: love one another.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:12-17.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.

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Friday of the Fifth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint Clement of Rome,
Pope from 90 to about 100

First epistle to the Corinthians,
49 (trans. breviary Tuesday of the 2nd week of the year, alt.)

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you”

If there is true Christian love in a man, let him carry out the precepts of Christ. Who can describe the co nstraining power of a love for God? (cf. Col 3,14) Its majesty and its beauty who can adequately express? No tongue can tell the heights to which love can· uplift us. Love binds us fast to God. “Love casts a veil over sins innumerable” (1Pt 4,8). There are no limits to love’s endurance, no end to its patience. Love is without servility, as it is without arrogance. Love knows of no divisions, promotes no discord; all the works of love are done in perfect fellowship. It was in love that all God’s chosen saints were made perfect; for without love nothing is pleasing to him. It was in love that the Lord drew us to himself; because of the love he· bore us, our Lord Jesus Christ, at the will of God, gave his blood for us, his flesh for our flesh, his life for our lives.

See then, dear friends, what a great and wondrous thing love is. Its perfection is beyond all words. Who is fit to be called its possessor, but those whom God deems worthy? Let us beg and implore of his mercy that we may be purged of all earthly preferences for this man or that, and be found faultless in love. Though every generation from Adam to the present day has passed from the earth, yet such of them as by God’s grace were perfected in love have their place now in the courts of the godly, and at the visitation of Christ’s kingdom they will be openly revealed…

My friends, if we keep God’s commandments in a true loving comradeship together, so that our sins may be forgiven for that love’s sake, we are blessed indeed.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Thursday, May 22nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15:9-11.

Thursday of the Fifth week of Easter

22 MAY 2014

” As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love. ”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:9-11.

As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy may be complete.

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Thursday of the Fifth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation

« The Joy of the Gospel / Evangelii Gaudium »
§ 5-6 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

“That my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”

The Gospel, radiant with the glory of Christ’s cross, constantly invites us to rejoice. A few examples will suffice. “Rejoice!” is the angel’s greeting to Mary (Lk 1:28). Mary’s visit to Elizabeth makes John leap for joy in his mother’s womb (Lk 1:41). In her song of praise, Mary proclaims: “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” (Lk 1:47). When Jesus begins his ministry, John cries out: “For this reason, my joy has been fulfilled” (Jn 3:29). Jesus himself “rejoiced in the Holy Spirit” (Lk 10:21). His message brings us joy: “I have said these things to you, so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11). Our Christian joy drinks of the wellspring of his brimming heart. He promises his disciples: “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (Jn 16:20). He then goes on to say: “But I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (Jn 16:22). The disciples “rejoiced” (Jn 20:20) at the sight of the risen Christ… Why should we not also enter into this great stream of joy?…

I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved. I understand the grief of people who have to endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a quiet yet firm trust, even amid the greatest distress: “My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is… But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness… It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam 3:17, 21-23, 26).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Wednesday, May 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15:1-8.

Wednesday of the Fifth week of Easter

21 MAY 2014

“I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:1-8.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot
bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me
and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit
and become my disciples.

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Wednesday of the Fifth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

John Tauler (c.1300-1361),
Dominican

Sermon 7, For Septuagesima Sunday

“Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit”

When an upright man feels within himself an inclination to possess God, or grace, or whatever it be, then he ought to think very little of the personal satisfaction it may bring him… People who ascribe their bodily and spiritual gifts wholly to God are the only ones capable and worthy of always receiving yet more graces… Children, the case of such people as these is just like the wood of the vine. Outwardly it looks black, dry and useless. To someone who doesn’t look any closer it appears to be good for nothing but to be thrown on the fire and burned. But within, at the centre of that shoot, veins full of life and great strength are concealed which produce fruit more precious and sweet than that of any other wood or tree.

So it is, too, with these people, the most loveable of all, who hearts are set on God. Outwardly, in appearance, they are like folk who are perishing: they look like black, dry wood since, on the outside, they are humble and small. These are not people of sweeping phrases, great works and outstanding deeds. They are without external attraction and, in their own opinion, do not shine at anything. But whoever would understand the life-giving vein in their depths where they renounce their own natural selves and where God is their lot and their support: what happiness this knowledge would gain that person!

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Tuesday, May 20th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:27-31a.

Tuesday of the Fifth week of Easter

20 MAY 2014

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:27-31a.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you;
my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.
Get up, let us go.

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Tuesday of the Fifth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint John XXIII (1881-1963), pope

Encyclical « Pacem in Terris »
§ 164-171 (trans. © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

“My peace I give to you”

Everyone who has joined the ranks of Christ must be a glowing point of light in the world, a nucleus of love, a leaven of the whole mass (Mt 5,14; 13,33). He will be so in proportion to his degree of spiritual union with God. The world will never be the dwellingplace of peace, till peace has found a home in the heart of each and every man, till every man preserves in himself the order ordained by God to be preserved… So magnificent, so exalted is this aim that human resources alone, even though inspired by the most praiseworthy good will, cannot hope to achieve it. God himself must come to man’s aid with his heavenly assistance, if human society is to bear the closest possible resemblance to the kingdom of God…

By his bitter passion and death Christ washed away men’s sins, which are the fountainhead of discord, misery and inequality… “For He is our peace”… And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off; and peace to them that were nigh” (Eph 2,14f.). The sacred liturgy of these holy days of Easter reechoes the same message: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, after His resurrection stood in the midst of His disciples and said: Peace be upon you, alleluia. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (Jn 20,19f.) It is Christ, therefore, who brought us peace; Christ who bequeathed it to us: “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you.”

Let us, then, pray with all fervor for this peace which our divine Redeemer came to bring us. May He banish from the souls of men whatever might endanger peace. May He transform all men into witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love. May He illumine with His light the minds of rulers… Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through His power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts as brothers, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014
St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

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SAINT BERNARDINE OF SIENA
Franciscan Priest
(1380-1444)

In 1408 St. Vincent Ferrer once suddenly interrupted his sermon to declare that there was among his hearers a young Franciscan who would be one day a greater preacher than himself, and would be set before him in honor by the Church. This unknown friar was Bernardine. Of noble birth, he had spent his youth in works of mercy, and had then entered religion.

Owing to a defective utterance, his success as a preacher at first seemed doubtful, but, by the prayers of Our Lady, this obstacle was miraculously removed, and Bernardine began an apostolate which lasted thirty-eight years. By his burning words and by the power of the Holy Name of Jesus, which he displayed on a tablet at the end of his sermons, he obtained miraculous conversions, and reformed the greater part of Italy.

But this success had to be exalted by the cross. The Saint was denounced as a heretic and his devotion as idolatrous. After many trials he lived to see his innocence proved, and a lasting memorial of his work established in a church. The Feast of the Holy Name commemorates at once his sufferings and his triumph.

He died on Ascension Eve, 1444, while his brethren were chanting the antiphon, “Father, I have manifested Thy Name to men.”

St. Bernardine, when a youth, undertook the charge of a holy old woman, a relation of his, who had been left destitute. She was blind and bedridden, and during her long illness could only utter the Holy Name. The Saint watched over her till she died, and thus learned the devotion of his life.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Monday, May 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:21-26

Monday of the Fifth week of Easter

19 MAY 2014

“Who ever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:21-26.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, (then) what happened that you will reveal
yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send
in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.
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Monday of the Fifth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Symeon the New Theologian (c.949-1022),
Greek monk, saint of the Orthodox churches

Hymn 21 ; SC 174

“The holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything”

Whoever has the Spirit as their teacher
has no need of human knowledge
but, enlightened by this Spirit’s light,
beholds the Son, sees the Father,
and worships the Trinity of Persons,
the one God, who is inexpressibly one by nature.

Stand still, O man! Tremble, you who are mortal by nature,
and consider how you have been taken from nothing
and how, in coming from your mother’s womb,
you saw the world that was made before you were.
And if you could have understood the height of heaven
or show the nature of the sun,
the moon and the stars,
where they are fixed and how they move…,
or even the nature of the earth from which you were taken,
its limits and bounds, its size and greatness…,
if you had uncovered the end of all things
and counted the sand of the sea,
and if, too, you could have known your own nature…,
then would you be able to consider your creator,
how, in the Trinity, Unity dwells without confusion,
and how, in the Unity, there is Trinity without division.

Seek the Spirit!…
Perhaps God will comfort you and grant you,
as he has already granted you to see the world,
the sun and the light of day,
yes, he will deign to enlighten you now in the same way…,
to enlighten you with the light of the Threefold Sun…
Then you will learn the Spirit’s grace:
that, even when absent, he is present by his power
and, when present, he is unseen because of his divine nature,
and is everywhere and nowhere.

If you try to see him with the senses
where will you find him? You will simply say: Nowhere.
But if you have the strength to contemplate him spiritually
it is he, rather, who will enlighten your soul
and open the eyes of your heart.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Sunday, May 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:1-12.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year A

18 MAY 2014

“Master, show us the Father”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:1-12.

Jesus said to his disciples: «Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where (I) am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father,
and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year A

Commentary of the day

Saint John-Paul II,
Pope from 1978 to 2005

Encyclical « Dives in Misericordia »
§ 12-13 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

“Master, show us the Father”

The Church… shares the uneasiness of so many of the people of our time. Moreover, one cannot fail to be worried by the decline of many fundamental values, which constitute an unquestionable good not only for Christian morality but simply for human morality, for moral culture… In connection with this picture of our generation, a picture which cannot fail to cause profound anxiety, there come to mind once more those words which, by reason of the Incarnation of the Son of God, resounded in Mary’s Magnificat, and which sing of “mercy from generation to generation” (Lk 1,50)… The Church must bear witness to the mercy of God revealed in Christ, in the whole of His mission as Messiah…

Some theologians affirm that mercy is the greatest of the attributes and perfections of God, and the Bible, Tradition and the whole faith life of the People of God provide particular proofs of this. It is not a question here of the perfection of the inscrutable essence of God in the mystery of the divinity itself, but of the perfection and attribute whereby man, in the intimate truth of his existence, encounters the living God particularly closely and particularly often. In harmony with Christ’s words to Philip, the “vision of the Father”-a vision of God through faith finds precisely in the encounter with His mercy a unique moment of interior simplicity and truth, similar to that which we discover in the parable of the prodigal son (Lk 15,11).

“He who has seen me has seen the Father.” The Church professes the mercy of God, the Church lives by it in her wide experience of faith and also in her teaching, constantly contemplating Christ, concentrating on Him, on His life and on His Gospel, on His cross and resurrection, on His whole mystery. Everything that forms the “vision” of Christ in the Church’s living faith and teaching brings us nearer to the “vision of the Father” in the holiness of His mercy.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Saturday, May 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:7-14.

Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

17 MAY 2014

“If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:7-14.

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father,
and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226),
Founder of the Friars Minor
Admonitions, § 1 (trans. ©Classics of Western Spirituality)

“How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? ”

The Lord Jesus says to His disciples: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would also have known my Father; and from now on you will know him and have seen him.” Philip says to him: “Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us.” Jesus says to him: “Have I been with you for so long a time and you have not known me? Philip, whoever sees me, sees also my Father.” The Father “lives in inaccessible light” , and “God is Spirit” and, “No one has ever seen God”: therefore he cannot be seen except in the Spirit (cf. 1 Tim 6,16; Jn 4,24; Jn 1,18; 6,64). But neither, inasmuch as He is equal to the Father, is the Son seen by anyone other than the Father or other than the Holy Spirit…

Therefore, “O sons of men, how long will you be hard of heart?” (Ps 4,3 Vg) 15. Why do you not recognize the truth and believe in the Son of God? See, daily he humbles himself as when he came from the royal throne (Wsd 18,15) into the womb of the Virgin. Daily he comes to us in humble form; daily he comes down from the bosom of the Father upon the altar in the hands of the priest. And as He appeared to the holy apostles in true flesh, so now He reveals Himself to us in the sacred bread.

And as the apostles saw only his flesh by means of their bodily sight, yet believed him to be God as they contemplated Him with the eyes of faith, so, as we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, we too are to see and firmly believe them to be his most holy Body and Blood living and true. And in this way the Lord is always with his faithful, as he himself says: “Behold I am with you even to the end of the world” (Mt 28,20).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Friday, May 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:1-6.

Friday of the Fourth week of Easter

16 MAY 2014

“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:1-6.

Jesus said to his disciples: «Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where (I) am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the
life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.

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Friday of the Fourth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation

« Evangelii Gaudium / The Joy of the Gospel »
§ 265.267 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

” No one comes to the Father except through me”

Jesus’ whole life, his way of dealing with the poor, his actions, his integrity, his simple daily acts of generosity, and finally his complete self-giving, is precious and reveals the mystery of his divine life. Whenever we encounter this anew, we become convinced that it is exactly what others need, even though they may not recognize it… Sometimes we lose our enthusiasm for mission because we forget that the Gospel responds to our deepest needs, since we were created for what the Gospel offers us: friendship with Jesus and love of our brothers and sisters… We have a treasure of life and love which cannot deceive, and a message which cannot mislead or disappoint. It penetrates to the depths of our hearts, sustaining and ennobling us. It is a truth which is never out of date because it reaches that part of us which nothing else can reach. Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love…

In union with Jesus, we seek what he seeks and we love what he loves. In the end, what we are seeking is the glory of the Father; we live and act “for the praise of his glorious grace” (Eph 1,6). If we wish to commit ourselves fully and perseveringly, we need to leave behind every other motivation. This is our definitive, deepest and greatest motivation, the ultimate reason and meaning behind all we do: the glory of the Father which Jesus sought at every moment of his life. As the Son, he rejoices eternally to be “close to the Father’s heart” (Jn 1,18). If we are missionaries, it is primarily because Jesus told us that “by this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (Jn 15,8). Beyond all our own preferences and interests, our knowledge and motivations, we evangelize for the greater glory of the Father who loves us.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Thursday, May 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 13:16-20.

Thursday of the Fourth week of Easter

16 MAY 2014

“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever receives the one I send receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 13:16-20.

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet,
he said to them: «Amen, amen, I say to you,
no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger
greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the scripture might be fulfilled,
‘The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.’
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

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Thursday of the Fourth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation

« Evangelii Gaudium / The Joy of the Gospel »
§ 24 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

“No messenger is greater than the one who sent him”

The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (1 Jn 4,19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast (Lk 14,23). Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved.

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Lord gets involved and he involves his own, as he kneels to wash their feet. He tells his disciples: “You will be blessed if you do this” (Jn 13:17). An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice (Jn. 10,3).

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