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Friday, May 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:1-6.


Friday of the Fourth week of Easter

1 May 2015

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:1-6. 

Jesus said to his disciples: «Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.
Where (I) am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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Friday of the Fourth week of Easter

1 May 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Ambrose (c.340-397)

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 Saint Ambrose

(c.340-397)

Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church

On Good and Evil, 12, 52-55; CSEL 32, 747-750 (copyright Friends of Henry Ashworth )

“The way, the truth, and the life”

Let us advance boldly towards our Redeemer Jesus; let us boldly join the assembly of the saints, the gathering of the righteous. For we shall go towards those who are our brothers and sisters, towards those who have instructed us in the faith… The Lord will be the light of all, and that “true light which enlightens everyone” (Jn 1:9) will shine for all. We shall go to where the Lord Jesus has prepared dwelling places for his servants, so that where he is, we might also be, for that is his will… And he tells us what he wants: “I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.” (Jn 14:3)…

He showed us the place and the way when he said: “You know the place where I am going, and you know the way.” The place is with the Father; the way is Christ, as he said himself: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Let us set out on this way, let us attach ourselves to the truth, let us follow the life. The way is what leads us, the truth is what strengthens us, the life is what gives itself of its own accord. And so that we might really understand what he wants, he adds further on: “Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory.” (Jn 17:24)

We will follow you, Lord Jesus. But in order for us to follow you, call us, because without you no one will ascend towards you. For you are the way, the truth, the life. You are also our help, our trust, our reward. Welcome those who belong to you, you who are the way; strengthen them, you who are the truth; give them life, you who are the life.

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Friday of the Fourth week of Easter

1 May 2015

Saint of the day

St. Joseph the Worker

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Saint Joseph the Worker

        Every day St. Joseph had to provide for the family’s needs with hard manual work. Thus the Church rightly points to him as the patron of workers.

        Today’s is also a wonderful occasion to reflect on the importance of work in the life of the human person, the family and the community.

   The human being is the subject and the primary agent of work, and in the light of this truth, we can clearly perceive the fundamental connection between the person, work and society. Human activity – the Second Vatican Council recalls – proceeds from the human person and is ordered to the person. According to God’s design and will, it must serve the true good of humanity and allow “man as an individual and as a member of society to cultivate and carry out his integral vocation” (cf. Gaudium et spes, n. 35).

In order to fulfil this mission, a “tested spirituality of human work” must be cultivated that is firmly rooted in the “Gospel of work” and believers are called to proclaim and to witness to the Christian meaning of work in their many activities and occupations (cf. Laborem exercens, n. 26).

May St. Joseph, such a great and humble saint be an example that inspires Christian workers, who should call on him in every circumstance. Today I wish to entrust to the provident guardian of the Holy Family of Nazareth the young people who are training for their future profession, the unemployed, and those who are suffering from the hardship of the shortage of employment, families and the whole world of work, with the expectations and challenges, the problems and prospects that characterize it.

(John Paul II – General audience, Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Wednesday, 19 March 2003)

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