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Tuesday, May 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14:6-14.


Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

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

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it

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DAILY MASS – 05/3/2016

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Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Hilary (c.315-367), Bishop of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church
On the Trinity, 7, 34-36

“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus said: “If you know me, you know the Father too. From now on you know him and have seen him.” We see Jesus Christ, the man. The apostles had his outward appearance before their eyes, that is to say, his human nature, whereas God, who is without flesh of any kind, cannot be discerned in a wretched fleshly body. In what way, then, can it be said that to know him is to know the Father?

These unexpected words trouble the apostle Philip…; the weakness of his human mind makes him unable to understand so strange a statement… So, with the impetuousness allowed by familiarity and his faithfulness as an apostle, he questions his Master: “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied!”… It isn’t that he wants to look on the Father with his physical eyes, but he asks to have an understanding of the one whom he sees with his eyes. Since, seeing the Son in his human form, he fails to understand how, by this, he has seen the Father…

Then the Lord answers him: “Have I been so long with you, Philip, and still you do not know me?” He reproaches him for not realizing who he is… Why had no one recognized him when they had been seeking him so long? It was because, in order to recognize him, they had to recognize the divinity, the Father’s nature, within him. Indeed, all the works he had done were properly God’s works: walking on the water, commanding the winds, accomplishing things impossible to understand such as changing water into wine or multiplying the loaves… putting demons to flight, banishing sickness, bringing healing to bodily ills, correcting disabilities from birth, forgiving sins, restoring the dead to life. All these things are what he has done in the flesh and these are what allow him to call himself Son of God. Hence his reproaches and lamentation: because no one recognized through the mysterious reality of his human birth the divine nature which was accomplishing these miracles through the human nature the Son had assumed.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2016

Saints Philip and James

 Apostles – Feast

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Saints PHILIP and JAMES
Apostles

        Philip was one of the first chosen Disciples of Christ. On the way from Judea to Galilee Our Lord found Philip, and said, “Follow me” Philip straightway obeyed; and then in his zeal and charity sought to win Nathaniel also, saying, “We have found him of whom Moses and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth;” and when Nathaniel in wonder asked, “Can any good come out of Nazareth?” Philip simply answered, “Come and see,” and brought him to Jesus.

        Another characteristic saying of this apostle is preserved for us by St. John. Christ in his last discourse had spoken of his Father; and Philip exclaimed, in the fervor of his thirst for God, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough”

        St. James the Less, the author of an inspired epistle, was also one of the Twelve. St. Paul tells us that he was favored by a special apparition of Christ after the Resurrection. On the dispersion of the apostles among the nations, St. James was left as Bishop of Jerusalem; and even the Jews held in such high veneration his purity, mortification, and prayer, that they named him the Just.

The earliest of Church historians has handed down many traditions of St. James’s sanctity. He was always a virgin, says Hegesippus, and consecrated to God. He drank no wine, wore no sandals on his feet, and but a single garment on his body. He prostrated himself so much in prayer that the skin of his knees was hardened like a camel’s hoof. The Jews, it is said, used out of respect to touch the hem of his garment. He was indeed a living proof of his own words, “The wisdom that is from above first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, full of mercy and good fruits.”

        He sat beside St. Peter and St. Paul at the Council of Jerusalem; and when St. Paul at a later time escaped the fury of the Jews by appealing to Cæsar, the people took vengeance on James, and crying, “The just one hath erred,” stoned him to death.

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

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Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2016

Saint of the day

Bl. Tommaso Acerbis († 1631)

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BLESSED TOMMASO ACERBIS
Friars Minor Capuchin

(1563-1631)

 

Bl. Tommaso Acerbis, from Olera (Italy) was born in 1563 and died in Austria in 1631.

        He has been beatified by Pope Francis on September 21st, 2013.

 

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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15-20

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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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