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Tuesday, April 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:30-35.


Tuesday of the Third week of Easter

21 April 2015

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,

and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:30-35.

The crowd said to Jesus: «What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

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Tuesday of the Third week of Easter

21 April 2015

Commentary of the day

Baldwin of Ford (?-c.1190)

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Baldwin of Ford (?-c.1190), Cistercian abbot, then Bishop
The Sacrament of the Altar III, 2

“My Father gives you the true bread which comes down from heaven”

      God, – whose nature is goodness, whose substance is love, and whose whole life is benevolence – sent his own Son in the world, the bread of angels, “because of the great love he had for us” (Eph 2,4), because he wanted to show us the meekness of his nature and the affection he has for his children. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (Jn 3,16).

     This is the real bread that the Lord sent from heaven so that we may eat it…; this is what God, in his goodness, has prepared for the poor (Ps 67,9s). For Christ, who came down form heaven for all men, and to the level of each one, attracts everything to him through his inexpressible goodness; he doesn’t reject anybody and he receives all men who want to repent. He gives all those who receive him the most delicious taste. He is the only one who can fulfill all our desires…, and he adapts himself in different ways to one and the other, according to the tendencies, the desires and the appetites of each one…

Everyone finds in him a different taste…For he doesn’t have the same flavor for the one who repents and for the beginner, for the one who progresses and for the one who is at the end. He doesn’t have the same taste in an apostolic life and in a contemplative life, nor for the one who makes use of the world and for the one who doesn’t, for the bachelor and for the married man, for the one who fasts and for the one who makes a distinction between the different days and for the one who considers all days alike (Rom 14,5)…This bread has a sweet taste because it delivers one from all worries, it heals sicknesses, it eases trials, it assists one’s efforts and strengthens one’s hopes…Those who have tasted it hunger for it, those who hunger will be satisfied.

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Tuesday of the Third week of Easter

21 April 2015

Saint of the day

St. Anselm

Archishop an Doctor of the Church

(1033-1109)

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SAINT ANSELM
Archbishop and Doctor of the Church
(1033-1109)

        Anselm was a native of Piedmont. When a boy of fifteen, being forbidden to enter religion, he for a while lost his fervor, left his home, and went to various schools in France. At length his vocation revived, and he became a monk at Bec in Normandy.

The fame of his sanctity in this cloister led William Rufus, when dangerously ill, to take him for his confessor, and to name him to the vacant see of Canterbury. Now began the strife of Anselm’s life. With new health the king relapsed into his former sins, plundered the Church lands, scorned the archbishop’s rebukes, and forbade him to go to Rome for the pallium.

   Anselm went, and returned only to enter into a more bitter strife with William’s successor, Henry I. This sovereign claimed the right of investing prelates with the ring and crozier, symbols of the spiritual jurisdiction which belongs to the Church alone. The worldly prelates did not scruple to call St. Anselm a traitor for his defence of the Pope’s supremacy; on which the Saint rose, and with calm dignity exclaimed, “If any man pretends that I violate my faith to my king because I will not reject the authority of the Holy See of Rome, let him stand forth, and in the name of God I will answer him as I ought” No one took up the challenge; and to the disappointment of the king, the barons sided with the Saint, for they respected his courage, and saw that his cause was their own. Sooner than yield, the archbishop went again into exile, till at last the king was obliged to submit to the feeble but inflexible old man.

        In the midst of his harassing cares, St. Anselm found time for writings which have made him celebrated as the father of scholastic theology; while in metaphysics and in science he had few equals.

        He is yet more famous for his devotion to our blessed Lady, whose Feast of the Immaculate Conception he was the first to establish in the West.

He died in 1109.

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

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