Sunday, April 30th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 24:13-35.
Third Sunday of Easter
30 April 2017
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 24:13-35.
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them
who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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The Sunday Mass – 3rd Sunday of Easter
(April 30, 2017)
Presider: Rev. Chris Lemieux
Third Sunday of Easter
30 April 2017
Commentary of the day
Saint Gregory the Great
Pope, Doctor of the Church
Homily 23; PL76, 1182
“Do not neglect hospitality” (Heb 13,2)
There were two disciples on a journey together. They did not believe and yet they were speaking about the Lord. Suddenly he himself appeared but in a form they were unable to recognise… They invited him to share their company, as one does with a traveller… So they prepared the table, set the meal, and the God whom they had failed to recognise in Scriptural explanation they now discovered in the breaking of bread. Thus it was not in hearing God’s commandments that their minds were opened but in doing them: “For it is not those who hear the law who are just in the sight of God; rather, those who observe the law will be justified” (Rom 2,13). If anyone wants to understand what he has heard, he should hasten to carry out whatever of it he has already managed to grasp. The Lord was not recognised while he was speaking; but he deigned to make himself known when he was offered a meal.
So let us delight in hospitality, my very dear brethren; let us take pleasure in practising charity. With regard to this Paul affirms: “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” (Heb 13,1f.; Gn 18,1f.). Peter says, too: “Be hospitable to one another without complaining” (1Pt 4,9). And Truth itself declares to us: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me”… “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,” the Lord will say on Judgement Day, “you did for me” (Mt 25,35.40)… Yet in spite of all this, how lazy we are before the grace of hospitality! Let us take our measure of this virtue’s greatness, my brothers. Let us welcome Christ to our table so that we may be welcomed at his eternal banquet. Let us show hospitality to Christ present in the stranger at this present time so that when judgement comes we may not be like strangers whom he does not recognise (Lk 13,25) but he may receive us like brothers into his Kingdom.
Third Sunday of Easter
30 April 2017
Saint of the day
St. Pius V,
ST PIUS V
A Dominican friar from his fifteenth year, Michael Ghislieri, as a simple religious, as inquisitor, as bishop, and as cardinal, was famous for his intrepid defence of the Church’s faith and discipline, and for the spotless purity of his own life.
His first care as Pope was to reform the Roman court and capital by the strict example of his household and the severe punishment of all offenders. He next endeavored to obtain from the Catholic powers the recognition of the Tridentine decrees, two of which he urgently enforced-the residence of bishops, and the establishment of diocesan seminaries.
He revised the Missal and Breviary, and reformed the ecclesiastical music. Nor was he less active in protecting the Church.
We see him at the same time supporting the Catholic King of France against the Huguenot rebels, encouraging Mary Queen of Scots, in the bitterness of her captivity, and excommunicating her rival the usurper Elizabeth, when the best blood of England had flowed upon the scaffold, and the measure of her crimes was full.
But it was at Lepanto that the Saint’s power was most manifest; there, in October, 1571, by the holy league which he had formed, but still more by his prayers to the great Mother of God, the aged Pontiff crushed the Ottoman forces, and saved Christendom from the Turk.
Six months later, St. Pius died, having reigned but six years.
St. Pius was accustomed to kiss the feet of his crucifix on leaving or entering his room. One day the feet moved away from his lips. Sorrow filled his heart, and he made acts of contrition, fearing that he must have committed some secret offence, but still he could not kiss the feet. It was afterwards found that they had been poisoned by an enemy.
Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. 
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SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER NEWSLETTER IN THAI
“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
“This is my commandment:
love one another as I love you.”
BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,
FOR WE HAVE SINNED.
HERE I AM, LORD;
I COME TO DO YOUR WILL
I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land;
thus you shall know that I am the LORD. I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL