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Friday, May 30th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16:20-23a.

Friday of the Sixth week of Easter

30 MAY 2014

“Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:20-23a.

Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices; you will grieve,
but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again,
and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy
away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask
the Father in my name he will give you.

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Friday of the Sixth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard (1091-1153),
Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church

Sermons on the Song of Songs, no. 37
(trans. ©Cistercian Publications Inc., 1976)

“You will grieve, but your grief will become joy”

“They went forth, sowing their seeds.” But why? Shall they always weep? God forbid! “They shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves” (Ps 125[126],8). And so rightly do they shout for joy, since they bring back sheaves of glory. But you say: that is for the resurrection on the last day; a long time to wait! ” Do not permit your will to be broken, do not yield to pusillanimity; you have in the meantime “the first-fruits of the Spirit” (2Cor 1,22), which even now you may reap with joy. Sow for yourselves righteousness, and reap the hope of life. These words do not postpone your triumph till the last day when the object of your desire will be possessed, not hoped for; they refer to the time now at your disposal. But when eternal life does come, what great gladness there will be, what joy beyond imagining! And can the hope of this great happiness be without happiness even now?

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Thursday, May 29th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 28:16-20.

The Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity – Year A

29 MAY 2014

” I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 28:16-20.

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold,
I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

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The Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity – Year A

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The Feast of the Ascension, also known as Ascension Thursday, Holy Thursday (only by some denominations; not to be confused with Thursday of Holy Week), or Ascension Day, commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated) of Christian churches, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. In the Roman Catholic church it is also known as the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter (following the count given in Acts 1:3), although some Roman Catholic provinces have moved the observance to the following Sunday.

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The Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity – Year A

Commentary of the day

Saint Romanos Melodios (?-c.560),
Composer of hymns

Hymn 48, The Ascension, 2-4, 7-8 ; SC 283

” I am with you always, until the end of the age”

He who came down to earth – he alone knows how – at the moment of leaving it – how? – he alone knows – took with him those he loved and led them up a mountain… to raise up their heads and hearts… Stretching out his wings, the Lord covered thus, like an eagle, the nest he tenderly sheltered (Dt 32,11) and said to his little ones: “I have sheltered you in my shadow against all harm (Ps 90[91],1): love me as I have loved you. I will never leave you; I am with you; and no one will stand against you” (cf Mt 28,20; Rm 8,31)…

The Lord caused great grief to his apostles by these words. Perhaps they even wept and said…: “Are you leaving us? Are you going away from those who love you?… This is what causes us great sorrow because our desire is to be with you. We seek your face…; there is no other God but you (Ps 26[27],8; Is 45,5). Go not far from those who love you but remain with us and say to us: ‘I am not leaving you: I am with you and no one will stand against you…’”

The Lord, seeing the cries of those whom he loved, supported them like a father his children…: “Friends, do not cry; this is not the time for tears… This is my hour of joy: to go to my Father ‘I take wings and I will dwell’ in my tent (Ps 138[139],9). For I have made a tent from the firmament of heaven…, as Isaiah says: ‘He stretches out the heavens like a vault and like a tent to dwell in’ (Is 40,22) the God who says to his own: ‘I will not leave you: I am with you and no one will stand against you.’”

“Be glad and radiant, put on a joyful countenance, ‘sing a new song’ (Ps 97[98],1), since all that is about to happen is happening for your sake. For love of you I have descended here and to give you pleasure and be received by you I have gone from place to place. It is for love of you again that I ascend again to heaven so as to make ready the place where I am to be with you: for “in my Father’s house are many dwelling places” (Jn 14,2)… Therefore I am going to prepare a dwelling for you and take you there. I am not leaving you: I am with you and no one will stand against you.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Wednesday, May 28th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16:12-15.

Wednesday of the Sixth week of Easter

28 MAY 2014

“Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take
from what is mine and declare it to you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:12-15.

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me, because he will take from what is
mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is
mine and declare it to you.

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Wednesday of the Sixth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Catechism of the Catholic Church
§ 797-799 (trans. rev.)

“He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you”

“What the soul is to the human body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church” (St Augustine)… The Holy Spirit makes the Church “the temple of the living God” (2Co 6,16; 1Co 3,16). Indeed, “it is to the Church herself that the ‘Gift of God’ has been entrusted…. In it is in her that communion with Christ has been deposited, that is to say: the Holy Spirit, the pledge of incorruptibility, the strengthening of our faith and the ladder of our ascent to God…. For where the Church is, there also is God’s Spirit; where God’s Spirit is, there is the Church and every grace” (St. Irenaeus).

The Holy Spirit… works in many ways to build up the whole Body in charity: by God’s Word…; by Baptism, through which he forms Christ’s Body (1Cor 12,13); by the sacraments, which give growth and healing to Christ’s members; by “the grace of the apostles, which holds first place among his gifts” (Vat II, LG 7); by the virtues, which make us act according to what is good; finally, by the many special graces (called “charisms”), by which he makes the faithful “fit and ready to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up of the Church” (LG 12). Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Tuesday, May 27th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16:5-11.

Tuesday of the Sixth week of Easter

27 MAY 2014

“For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:5-11.

But now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world in regard
to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has
been condemned. Coming of the Advocate

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Tuesday of the Sixth week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890),
priest, founder of a religious community, theologian

Sermon « The Spiritual Presence of Christ in the Church »,
PPS, t. 6, no.10

“If I go, I will send the Advocate to you”

Christ really is with us now, whatever be the mode of it. This he says expressly Himself; “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Mt 28,20)… You may be led to explain his declaration thus; “He has come again, but in his Spirit; that is, his Spirit has come instead of him; and when it is said that he is with us, this only means that his Spirit is with us.” No one, doubtless, can deny… that the Holy Ghost is come; but why has he come? to supply Christ’s absence, or to accomplish his presence? Surely to make him present. Let us not for a moment suppose that God the Holy Ghost comes in such sense that God the Son remains away. No; he has not so come that Christ does not come, but rather he comes that Christ may come in his coming. Through the Holy Ghost we have communion with Father and Son. “In Christ we are built together,” says Saint Paul, “for an habitation of God through the Spirit” and: “Strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Ep 2,22; 3,16f). The Holy Spirit causes, faith welcomes, the indwelling of Christ in the heart. Thus the Spirit does not take the place of Christ in the soul, but secures that place to Christ…

The Holy Spirit, then, vouchsafes to come to us, that by his coming Christ may come to us, not carnally or visibly, but may enter into us. And thus he is both present and absent; absent in that he has left the earth, present in that he has not left the faithful soul; or, as he says himself, “The world sees me no more, but you see me.” (Jn 14, 19).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Monday, May 26th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15:26-27.16:1-4a.

Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

26 MAY 2014

“I did not tell you this from the beginning,
because I was with you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:26-27.16:1-4a.

When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify, because you have been with me
from the beginning.
I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact,
the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will
think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.
“I did not tell you this from the beginning,
because I was with you.


Sunday, May 25th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:15-21.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A

25 May 2014

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:15-21.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another
Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it,
because it remains with you, and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them is
the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A

Commentary of the day

Paul VI,
Pope from 1963-1978

General Audience of 17/05/1972

“The world cannot accept it, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you”

“The Spirit blows where he wills,” said Jesus in his conversation with Nicodemus (Jn 3,8). Therefore, on a doctrinal and practical level, we are not able to draw up any exclusive norms concerning the Holy Spirit’s interventions in people’s lives. He can manifest himself under the most unrestricted and unexpected forms: “He plays on the surface of the earth” (Prv 8,31)… But for anyone who wants to seize the supernatural waves of the Holy Spirit there is one rule, one requirement that commonly stands out: the interior life. It is within the soul that the encounter with this inexpressible guest takes place: “of the soul the sweetest guest” as the marvellous liturgical hymn for Pentecost says. Man becomes a “temple of the Holy Spirit”, repeats Saint Paul (1Cor 3,16; 6,19).

People today, and christians too, very often, even those consecrated to God, tend to become more and more secular. But they cannot and must not ever forget this fundamental requirement of interior life if they want their lives to remain christian and animated by the Holy Spirit. Pentecost has been preceded by eight days of recollection and prayer. Interior silence is necessary in order to hear God’s word, feel his presence, hear the call of God.

Our minds today are far too turned outwards…; we do not know how to meditate, how to pray. We do not know how to silence all the noise made inside us by outside interests, images, feelings. There is no peaceful, dedicated space in our hearts for the flame of Pentecost… The conclusion is obvious: we need to give the interior life its place in the ordering of our tumultuous lives; a place that is special, silent, pure. We need to recollect ourselves again that the lifegiving and sanctifying Spirit may dwell within us.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


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.

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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


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