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Sunday, May 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:23-29.


Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year C

1 May 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:23-29.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year C

1 May 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermon 27, 8-10 (trans. ©Friends of Henry Ashworth)

“We will come to him and make our dwelling with him”

     “My Father and I will come to him,” that is to say, to the holy of heart, says the Son of God, “and we will make our home with him.” It seems to me that when the psalmist said to God: “You make your dwelling in the holy place, you who are Israel’s praise,” he had no other heaven in mind than the hearts of the saints (Ps 21:4 Vulg). The Apostle Paul expresses it quite clearly: “Christ lives in our hearts through faith” (Eph 3:17). Surely it is no wonder that the Lord Jesus gladly makes his home in such a heaven because, unlike the other heavens, he did not bring it into existence by a mere word of command. He descended into the arena to win it; he laid down his life to redeem it. And so after the battle was won he solemnly declared: “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I have chosen to dwell” (Ps 131[132]:14)…

“Why, then, are you sorrowful, my soul, and why are you troubled within me?” (Ps 41[42]:6). Are you trying to find a place for the Lord within yourself? Who among us can provide a fitting place for the Lord of glory, a place worthy of his majesty! O that I might be counted worthy to worship at his footstool, that I might at least cling to the feet of some saintly soul whom “the Lord has chosen to be his dwelling place!” (Ps 32[33]:12).

     However, the Lord has only to anoint my soul with the oil of his mercy for me in my turn to be able to say: “I have run the way of your commandments because you have enlarged my heart” (Ps 118[119]:32). Then perhaps, even if I cannot usher him into a large and richly furnished room in my heart where he may eat with his disciples (Mk 14:15), I shall at least be able to offer him “a place to lay his head” (Mt 8:20).

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year C

1 May 2016

Saint of the day

St. Joseph the Worker

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Saint Joseph the Worker

Readings proper for the feast:

Gn. 1:26-2:3 or Col. 3:14-24; Mt 13:54-58    

Today is also a wonderful occasion to reflect on the importance of work in the life of the human person, the family and the community. We are made in the image and likeness of God, we participate with God in the work of maintaining and sanctifying His creation. We work with Jesus, Jesus said “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” Jn. 5:17

   “Every day St. Joseph, as a carpenter, provided for the family’s needs with manual work. Thus the Church rightly points to him as the patron of workers.

  The dignity of the human person is constructed through 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.”

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

 

 

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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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.

Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.

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