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Monday, April 27th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 10:1-10.


Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

27 April 2015

When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them,

and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.

pppas0332  GGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 10:1-10. 

Jesus said: «Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came (before me) are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

27 April 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine

(354-430)

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Saint Augustine

(354-430)

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
45th Treatise on the Gospel of Saint John

“Whoever enters through me will be safe.”

“My solemn word is this: I am the sheepgate.” Jesus just opened the gate that he had shown us to be closed. He himself is that gate. Let us recognize him, let us enter and rejoice to have entered.

“All who came before me were thieves and marauders.” We must understand: “Those who came outside of me.” The prophets came before he arrived; were they thieves and marauders? Not at all, for they did not come outside of Christ; they were with him. He had sent them as messengers before him, and he held in his hands the heart of these people whom he had sent… He said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (Jn 14:6) If he is the truth, those who were in the truth were with him. Those who, on the contrary, came outside of him, are thieves and marauders, for they came only to plunder and kill. Jesus said: “The sheep did not heed them.”…

But the righteous believed that he would come, just as we believe that he has already come. Times have changed, faith is the same… One single faith unites those who believed that he would come and those who believe that he has come. We all see him at different times coming in by the same gate of faith, that is to say, through Christ… Yes, all who believed in the past, at the time of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, or of Moses or the other patriarchs and prophets, who all announced Christ, were already his sheep. They heard Christ himself through them; they did not hear a strange voice, but his own.

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Monday of the Fourth week of Easter

27 April 2015

Saint of the day

St. Zita of Lucca,

Virgin

(1218-1278)

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SAINT ZITA
Virgin

(1218-1278)

        Zita lived for forty-eight years in the service of Fatinelli, a citizen of Lucca. During this time she rose each morning, while the household were asleep, to hear Mass, and then toiled incessantly till night came, doing the work of others as well as her own.

Once Zita, absorbed in. prayer, remained in church past the usual hour of her bread-making. She hastened home, reproaching herself with neglect of duty, and found the bread made and ready for the oven. She never doubted that her mistress or one of her servants had kneaded it, and going to them, thanked them; but they were astonished. No human being had made the bread. A delicious perfume rose from it, for angels had made it during her prayer.

For years her master and mistress treated her as a mere drudge, while her fellow-servants, resenting her diligence as a reproach to themselves, insulted and struck her. Zita united these sufferings with those of Christ her Lord, never changing the sweet tone of her voice, nor forgetting her gentle and quiet ways.

At length Fatinelli, seeing the success which attended her undertakings, gave her charge of his children and of the household. She dreaded this dignity more than the worst humiliation, but scrupulously fulfilled her trust. By her holy economy her master’s goods were multiplied, while the poor were fed at his door. Gradually her unfailing patience conquered the jealousy of her fellow-servants, and she became their advocate with their hot-tempered master, who dared not give way to his anger before Zita. In the end her prayer and toil sanctified the whole house, and drew down upon it the benediction of Heaven.

        She died in 1278, and in the moment of her death a bright star appearing above her attic showed that she had gained eternal rest.

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

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