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Monday, April 20th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:22-29.


Monday of the Third week of Easter

20 April 2015

“Rabbi, when did you get here?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:22-29.

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.] The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

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Monday of the Third week of Easter

20 April 2015

Commentary of the day

Blessed John Henry Newman

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 Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890),

Cardinal, founder of the Oratory in England, theologian
PPS IV, 17 “Christ Manifested in Remembrance”

“Rabbi, when did you get here?…- This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent”

      Christ refused to bear witness to Himself, or say what He was, or whence he came. Thus He was among them “as he that serveth.” (Lk  22,27). Apparently, it was not till after His resurrection, and especially after His ascension, when the Holy Ghost descended, that the Apostles understood who had been with them. When all was over they knew it, not at the time. Now here we see, I think, the trace of a general principle, which comes before us again and again both in Scripture and in the world, that God’s Presence is not discerned at the time when it is upon us, but afterwards, when we look back upon what is gone and over…

Events happen to us pleasant or painful; we do not know at the time the meaning of them, we do not see God’s hand in them. If indeed we have faith, we confess what we do not see, and take all that happens as His; but whether we will accept it in faith or not, certainly there is no other way of accepting it. We see nothing. We see not why things come, or whither they tend. Jacob cried out on one occasion, “All these things are against me;” (Gen. 42,36) certainly so they seemed to be…Yet all these things were working for good. Or pursue the fortunes of the favourite and holy youth who was the first taken from him; sold by his brethren to strangers, carried into Egypt, tempted by a very perilous temptation, overcoming it but not rewarded, thrown into prison, the iron entering into his soul, waiting there till the Lord should be gracious, and “look down from heaven;” but waiting—why? and how long? It is said again and again in the sacred narrative, “The Lord was with Joseph;”…Thus though the Lord was with him, apparently all things were against him. Yet afterwards he saw, what was so mysterious at the time;—”God did send me before you,” he said to his brethren, “to preserve life … It was not you that sent me hither, but God” (Gn 45,7).

      Wonderful providence indeed which is so silent, yet so efficacious, so constant, so unerring! This is what baffles the power of Satan. He cannot discern the Hand of God in what goes on.

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Monday of the Third week of Easter

20 April 2015

Saint of the day

St. Marcellinus, Bishop (4th century)

SAINT MARCELLINUS
Bishop
(4th century)

        St. Marcellinus was born in Africa, of a noble family; accompanied by Vincent and Domninus, he went over into Gaul, and there preached the Gospel, with great success, in the neighborhood of the Alps.

        He afterwards settled at Embrun, where he built a chapel in which he passed his nights in prayer, after laboring all the day in the exercise of his sacred calling. By his pious example as well as by his earnest words, he converted many of the heathens among whom he lived.

He was afterwards made bishop of the people whom he had won over to Christ, but the date of his consecration is not positively known. Burning with zeal for the glory of God, he sent Vincent and Domninus to preach the faith in those parts which he could not visit in person.

        He died at Embrun about the year 374, and was there interred. St. Gregory of Tours, who speaks of Marcellinus in terms of highest praise, mentions many miracles as happening at his tomb.

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

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