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Saturday, May 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:6-14.


Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2014

“Whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Sermon On The Mount - Our Father

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

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.
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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Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

Commentary of the day

Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation
« Evangelii Gaudium / The Joy of the Gospel»
§180-181 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

Saints Philip et James, apostles sent out to
proclaim the Kingdom of God to the whole world

Reading the Scriptures makes it clear that the Gospel is not merely about our personal relationship with God… The Gospel is about the kingdom of God (Lk 4,43); it is about loving God who reigns in our world. To the extent that he reigns within us, the life of society will be a setting for universal fraternity, justice, peace and dignity. Both Christian preaching and life, then, are meant to have an impact on society. We are seeking God’s kingdom: “Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt 6,33). Jesus’ mission is to inaugurate the kingdom of his Father; he commands his disciples to proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 10,7).

The kingdom, already present and growing in our midst, engages us at every level of our being and reminds us of the principle of discernment which Pope Paul VI applied to true development: it must be directed to “all men and the whole man”. We know that “evangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the unceasing interplay of the Gospel and of man’s concrete life, both personal and social” (Paul VI). This is the principle of universality intrinsic to the Gospel, for the Father desires the salvation of every man and woman (cf. 1Tim 2,4), and his saving plan consists in “gathering up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph 1,10). Our mandate is to “go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” (Mk 16,15), for “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8,19). Here, “the creation” refers to every aspect of human life; consequently, “the mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ has a universal destination. Its mandate of charity encompasses all dimensions of existence, all individuals, all areas of community life, and all peoples. Nothing human can be alien to it”.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

 

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