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Monday, April 28th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 3:1-8.


Monday of the Second Week of Easter

28 APRIL 2014

“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come
from God, for no one can do these signs that you are
doing unless God is with him.”

18 march Jesus with Nicodemus

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:1-8.

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are
a teacher who has come from God,
for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again?
Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”
Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter
the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.
Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Commentary of the day

Saint Gertrude of Helfta (1256-1301),
Benedictine nun

The Exercises, no. 1,
To restore baptismal innocence ;
SC 127 (trans. ©Cistercian publications,1989)

“Being born of water and Spirit”

For immersion in the fountain, say: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Ah Jesus, fountain of life, make me drink a cup of the living water from you so that, having tasted you, I may thirst for eternity for nothing other than you. Immerse me totally in the depth of your mercy. Baptize me in the spotlessness of your precious death… In the water from your holiest side, wash away every spot with which I have ever spotted my baptismal innocence. Fill me with your Spirit and possess me totally in purity of body and soul (cf Jn 4,10; 19,34)…

For the white robe, say: Ah Jesus, sun of justice, make me clothe myself with you so that I may be able to live according to your will. Make me, under your guidance, preserve my robe of baptismal innocence white, holy, and spotless, and present it undefiled before your tribunal, so that I may have it for eternal life.
In receiving the light, you will pray for inner enlightenment. Ah Jesus, inextinguishable light, kindle the burning lamp of your charity within me indistinguishably, and teach me to guard my baptism without blame. Then, when called, I come to your nuptials, being prepared I may deserve to enter into the delights of eternal life to see you, the true light, and the mellifluous face of your divinity (cf Mt 25,1f)…

Lord God, who have made me in such a way as also to reshape me: Ah! renew your Holy Spirit in my heart today… Make me great in faith, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, delighting in your praise, fervent in spirit, faithfully serving you, Lord God, any true king, and persevering vigilantly with you to the very end of my life. Thus, what I now believe in hope. I may gladly see with my eyes in reality. Let me see you as you are; let me see you face to face (1Jn 3,2; 1Co 13,12). There, dear Jesus, satiate me with yourself; there, in the fruition of your sweet countenance, let there be rest for me for ever. Amen.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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