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Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel,scj

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Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 6:52-59
“He who eats this bread will live forever”.

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; 54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.” 59 This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Abiding in Christ, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

” Jesus recommended to us His Body and Blood in bread and wine, elements that are reduced into one out of many constituents. What is meant by eating that food and taking that drink is this: to remain in Christ and have Him remaining in us.” (excerpt from Sermon on John 26,112)

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, you nourish and sustain us with your very own presence and life-giving word. You are the bread of life – the heavenly food that sustains us now and that produces everlasting life within us. May I always hunger for you and be satisfied in you alone.”

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Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel, scj

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Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 6:44-51
“If anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever”

44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, `And they shall all be taught by God.’ Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Studying the  with humility, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“My ambition as a youth was to apply to the study of the Holy Scriptures all the refinement of dialectics. I did so, but without the humility of the true searcher. I was supposed to knock at the door so that it would open for me. Instead I was pushing it closed, trying to understand in pride what is only learned in humility. However, the all-merciful Lord lifted me up and kept me safe.” (excerpt from Sermon 51,6)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, you are the living bread which sustains me in this life. May I always hunger for the bread which comes from heaven and find in it the nourishment and strength I need to love and serve you wholeheartedly. May I always live in the joy, peace, and unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and in the age to come.”

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel,scj

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Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day, says the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 6:35-40
“I will raise you up at the last day”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; 39 and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Possessing the Scriptures, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“When you understand anything in the Scriptures, it is love that is manifesting itself to you. When you fail to understand, it is love that is hiding itself from you. Those, therefore, who possess charity possess both what is manifest in the divine words and what is hidden in them.” (excerpt from Sermon 350,2)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus Christ, your death brought life and hope where there was once only despair and defeat. Give me the unshakable hope of everlasting life, the inexpressible joy of knowing your unfailing love, and the unwavering faith and obedience in doing the will of our Father in heaven.”

2018.04.18 #Θεωσις ELE NÃO DESISTE DE VOCÊ

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TERCEIRO DOMINGO DA PÁSCOA – ANO B (Pe. Lucas, scj)

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Caros irmãos, celebrando o terceiro domingo da Páscoa, meditaremos, no evangelho desta liturgia, a aparição de Jesus Cristo morto e ressuscitado logo após a volta dos discípulos de Emaús (cf. Lc 24,35-48). Nele, o Senhor nos convida a sermos suas testemunhas (cf. Lc 24,48). Para tanto, porém, é necessário reconhecê-lo para receber o perdão que vem do arrependimento e da conversão.

É justamente esta a sequência deste relato evangélico: Jesus ressuscitado aparece, download (2)apresentando-se aos discípulos para suscitar-lhes a fé. Em seguida, os discípulos são chamados a compreender que é no Senhor que Deus cumpre as Suas promessas (cf. At 3,13-15.17-19 – primeira leitura) e é n’Ele que recebemos o perdão dos pecados (cf. 1Jo 2,1-5a – segunda leitura).

Assim, a todo discípulo, impõe-se a necessidade do testemunho, ou seja, de manifestar, em obras e palavras, a vida nova que o Senhor nos conquistou para que mais pessoas sejam por Ele encontradas e mudem-se para o Caminho. Isso, porém, é impossível se não começar por nós, quando, ao recebermos o anúncio do amor de Deus que se manifesta na humanidade de Jesus Cristo, buscarmos de coração aberto a conversão e Seu perdão.

Peçamos a intercessão da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, para que Deus nos dê Seu Espírito e nos faça perseverar neste Caminho!

2018.04.15 #Θεωσις O QUE É UMA VERDADEIRA CONVERSÃO?!

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Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribiero,scj

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Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 6:1-15
The miraculous sign of Jesus.

1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as  they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!” 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

God enables us, by Leo the Great, 400-461 A.D.

“In rendering service to the grace of God, we are not only made subject to our King through obedience but are even joined to him through the will. If we are of one mind with him (willing what he wills, disapproving of what he disapproves), he himself will bring us victory in all our battles. He who has given the ‘will’ will bestow also the ability. In this way can we ‘cooperate’ with his works, speaking that prophetic utterance in the exultation of faith: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defender of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?'” (excerpt from Sermon 26,4,2)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, you satisfy the deepest longing of our heart and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Psalm 81:16). Fill me with gratitude and give me a generous heart that I may freely share with others what you have given to me.”

 

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