Monday, March 28th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 28:8-15.
28 March 2016
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
“Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 28:8-15.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened.
They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’
And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy (him) and keep you out of trouble.”
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present (day).
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DAILY MASS – Monday 28 March 2016
28 March 2016
The Octave of Easter
Monday in the Octave of Easter
Easter, the most important feast of the Church year, has an “octave”, that is, it is celebrated for eight days — through the following Sunday or “”Low Sunday”, the Octave of Easter Day.
This is beautiful sequence written in 1048. Sublime, poetic, and beautiful, this hymn is considered extremely precious by the Church. She only makes use of it once a year, during the greatest feast of the liturgical year!
How beautiful it is, to see that the same things were believed at the beginning of the second millenium! This hymn is almost a thousand years old, yet our Faith is the same today as it was then.
How marvellous is the Catholic Faith, which doesn’t change with the times, but always remains the same – “Jesus Christ yesterday, today, and tomorrow”. The essentials of our Faith must never change, as there is no change with God or Jesus Christ. God is the Unchanging One.
May you praise the Paschal Victim, immolated for Christians.
The Lamb redeemed the sheep: Christ, the innocent one, has reconciled sinners to the Father.
A wonderful duel to behold, as death and life struggle: The Prince of life dead, now reigns alive. Tell us, Mary Magdalen, what did you see in the way? I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ, and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one: The Angelic witnesses, the winding cloth, and His garments. The risen Christ is my hope: He will go before His own into Galilee. We know Christ to have risen truly from the dead: And thou, victorious King, have mercy on us. Amen. Alleluia.
28 March 2016
Commentary of the day
|Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homily on the Great Saturday, 10-12“Jesus met them on their way and greeted them”“Come and see the place where he lay” (Mt 28,6)…Come and see the place where the act that guarantees your resurrection was composed. Come and see the place where death was buried. Come and see the place where a body, a seed not sowed by man, produced a multitude of shoots for eternal life…”Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and they will see me. Tell my disciples the mysteries you have seen.”
This is what the Lord told the women. And now once again, he stands at the edge of the baptismal pool, invisible, near the faithful, he hugs the newly baptized as his friends and brothers…He fills their hearts and their souls with jubilation and joy. He washes their sins in the fountains of his grace. He anoints with the perfume of the Spirit those who have been regenerated. The Lord becomes the one who feeds them and he becomes their food. He provides for his servants their part of spiritual nourishment. He tells all the faithful: “Take and eat the bread from heaven, receive the source that comes out from my side, the source from which one can always draw without it ever drying up. You who hunger, satisfy your hunger; you who thirst, get drunk with a sober and health giving wine”.
28 March 2016
Saint of the day
St. Gontran was the son of King Clotaire, and grandson of Clovis I. and St. Clotildis. Being the second son, whilst his brothers Charibert reigned at Paris, and Sigebert in Ostrasia, residing at Metz, he was crowned king of Orleans and Burgundy in 561, making Chalons his capital.
When compelled to take up arms against his ambitious brothers and the Lombards, he made no other use of his victories, under the conduct of a brave general called Mommol, than to give peace to his dominions. The crimes in which the barbarous manners of his nation involved him he effaced by tears of repentance.
The prosperity of his reign, both in peace and war, condemns those who think that human policy cannot be modelled by the maxims of the Gospel, whereas nothing can render a government more flourishing.
He always treated the pastors of the Church with respect and veneration. He was the protector of the oppressed, and the tender parent of his subjects. He gave the greatest attention to the care of the sick. He fasted, prayed, wept, and offered himself to God night and day as a victim ready to be sacrificed on the altar of His justice, to avert
His indignation which he believed he himself had provoked and drawn down upon his innocent people. He was a severe punisher of crimes in his officers and others, and, by many wholesome regulations, restrained the barbarous licentiousness of his troops; but no man was more ready to forgive offences against his own person.
With royal magnificence he built and endowed many churches and monasteries.
This good king died in 592, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, having reigned thirty-one years and some months.
Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. 
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER NEWSLETTER IN THAI
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”
“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
HOSANNA HEAVENLY SOUND
Gospel Moods a very good collections of Old Classic Christian Hymns
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful