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XI DOMINGO DO TEMPO COMUM – ANO B (Pe. Lucas, scj)

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Caros irmãos, no XI Domingo do Tempo Comum rezamos com o trecho do Evangelho segundo S. Marcos no qual Jesus usa parábolas para apresentar o Reino de Deus (cf. Mc 4,26-34). Neste relato, o Senhor o compara com a força que faz a semente brotar da terra por si mesma, sem que o agricultor saiba, e, mesmo quando esta semente é tão pequena ao ponto de ser desprezível, realidade é transformada. Aproximemo-nos, então, para daí tirar lições concertas para nossa vida.

Penso que ser cristão, hoje, seja, de fato, acreditar, quase à loucura, no que é pequeno e grao de mostardaàs vezes desprezível (cf. 1Cor 1,20-25). Pois, diante das potências que se movimentam para governar nosso mundo, o que é crer em Deus, o que é ter uma família, o que é educar os filhos? Praticamente nada. Diante do mal do pecado que existe em nós, o que é a fé para mudar a nossa vida, ou o poder da oração para nos levar à santidade? Aparentemente nada.

Porém, o que era a Cruz de Cristo diante do Império Romano? Quem era aquele pobre de Nazaré e aqueles galileus diante das potências do mundo? Quem eram São Francisco e São Domingos diante da necessidade de reformar a Igreja? Esta lista não teria fim… Mas o que ainda se vê do grande Império são suas ruínas, enquanto a Igreja, ainda que enfraquecida, atacada por todos os lados, continua a questionar, a incomodar e a indicar o Caminho da verdade a todos, inclusive àqueles que não creem.

Do pequeno, da fraqueza e do fracasso brotam uma força indomável capaz de transformar por completo a nossa vida e, a partir daí, transformar o mundo inteiro. O Senhor escolheu agir a partir daí. Portanto, é necessário ainda, e talvez mais do que nunca, acreditar no poder de Deus que age a partir da fé. E, se até para tão pouco é preciso que o Senhor nos socorra, peçamos, desde já, que Ele não nos abandone jamais.

Que a bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, Nossa Senhora da Esperança, interceda por nós, a fim de que perseveremos, dia após dia, no movimento de nos colocar nas mãos daquele que nos pode transformar por completo.

Anúncios

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribiero

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June 16, 2018
Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary

Alleluia, alleluia.
Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;
and favor me with your law.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel:  Matthew 5:33-37
Let what you say be simply Yes or No

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’  34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply `Yes’ or `No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Meditation:

How forceful are honest words! (Job 6:25) Jesus addressed the issue of honesty and truthfulness in one’s conduct and speech. What does it mean to be true to one’s word? To be true to oneself and to others requires character. Unfortunately many people today miserably fail here. No wonder we don’t trust many in positions of leadership and influence. God is the source of all truth and there is nothing false or deceitful in him. His word is truth and his law is truth. His truth liberates us from illusion, deceit, and hypocrisy.  Jesus told his disciples that the truth will make you free (John 8:32).

Quote from the early church fathers:

The Light of Truth, by Chromatius (died 406 AD)

“By the grace of gospel teaching, the law given by Moses acquired an advantage. The law prescribes that one must not swear falsely; but according to the gospel one must not swear at all. The Holy Spirit had seen fit to order this through Solomon when he said, ‘Do not accustom your mouth to oaths’ (Sirach 23:9). And again: ‘Even as a well-chastised servant is not deterred from envy, whoever swears and does business will not be purged from sin’ (Sirach 23:11). Therefore it is absolutely inappropriate for us to swear. What need is there for us to swear when we are not allowed to lie at all and our words must always be true and trustworthy, so much so that they may be taken as an oath? On this, the Lord not only forbids us to swear falsely but even to swear, lest we appear to tell the truth only when we swear and lest (while we should be truthful in our every word) we think it is all right to lie when we do not take an oath. For this is the purpose of an oath: Everyone who swears, swears to the fact what he is saying is true. Therefore the Lord does not want a gap between our oath and our ordinary speech. Even as there must be no faithlessness in an oath, in our words there must be no lie. For both false swearing and lying are punished with divine judgment, as the Scripture says: ‘The mouth that lies kills the soul’ (Wisdom 1:11). So whoever speaks the truth swears, for it is written: ‘A faithful witness will not lie’ (Proverbs 14:5). (excerpt from TRACTATE ON MATTHEW 24.2.2–4)

[Note: Chromatius was an early Christian scholar and bishop of Aquileia, Italy. He was a close friend of John Chrysostom and Jerome. He died in 406 AD. Jerome describead him as a “most learned and most holy man.”]

“Set a watch, Lord, upon my tongue, that I may never speak the cruel word which is not true; or being true, is not the whole truth; or being wholly true, is merciless; for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Quote from the early church fathers:

The Light of Truth, by Chromatius (died 406 AD)

“By the grace of gospel teaching, the law given by Moses acquired an advantage. The law prescribes that one must not swear falsely; but according to the gospel one must not swear at all. The Holy Spirit had seen fit to order this through Solomon when he said, ‘Do not accustom your mouth to oaths’ (Sirach 23:9). And again: ‘Even as a well-chastised servant is not deterred from envy, whoever swears and does business will not be purged from sin’ (Sirach 23:11). Therefore it is absolutely inappropriate for us to swear. What need is there for us to swear when we are not allowed to lie at all and our words must always be true and trustworthy, so much so that they may be taken as an oath? On this, the Lord not only forbids us to swear falsely but even to swear, lest we appear to tell the truth only when we swear and lest (while we should be truthful in our every word) we think it is all right to lie when we do not take an oath. For this is the purpose of an oath: Everyone who swears, swears to the fact what he is saying is true. Therefore the Lord does not want a gap between our oath and our ordinary speech. Even as there must be no faithlessness in an oath, in our words there must be no lie. For both false swearing and lying are punished with divine judgment, as the Scripture says: ‘The mouth that lies kills the soul’ (Wisdom 1:11). So whoever speaks the truth swears, for it is written: ‘A faithful witness will not lie’ (Proverbs 14:5). (excerpt from TRACTATE ON MATTHEW 24.2.2–4)

(Note: Chromatius was an early Christian scholar and bishop of Aquileia, Italy. He was a close friend of John Chrysostom and Jerome. He died in 406 AD. Jerome describead him as a “most learned and most holy man.”)

Prayer:

“Set a watch, Lord, upon my tongue, that I may never speak the cruel word which is not true; or being true, is not the whole truth; or being wholly true, is merciless; for the love of Jesus Christ our Lord.”

SOBRE A APROVAÇÃO DO ABORTO NO BRASIL

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O aborto está para ser aprovado no Brasil pela via do ativismo judicial. Assista o vídeo até o fim e compreenda o que está acontecendo.

SALMODIAREI COM O ESPÍRITO, SALMODIAREI COM A MENTE

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Dos Comentários sobre os Salmos, de Santo Ambrósio, bispo

O que há de mais agradável que um salmo? Davi já bem dizia: Louvai ao Senhor, porque é bom o salmo; a nosso Deus, alegre e belo louvor. E é verdade! O salmo é a bênção para o povo, a glória de Deus, o louvor da multidão, o aplauso de todos, a palavra do universo, a voz da Igreja, a canora confissão da fé, a devoção cheia de valor, a alegria da liberdade, o clamor do regozijo, a exultação da alegria. O salmo abranda a ira, desfaz a preocupação, Santo Ambrósioconsola na tristeza. Ele é a proteção noturna, o diurno ensinamento, um escudo no temor, uma festa na santidade, a imagem da tranquilidade, o penhor de paz e de concórdia, fazendo, à semelhança da cítara, um só cântico de muitas e diferentes vozes. Na aurora do dia, ressoa o salmo. Repercute o salmo ao cair da noite. Rivalizam no salmo a doutrina e a graça: ao mesmo tempo canta-se para deleite e aprende-se para instrução. O que é que não te ocorre ao ler os salmos?

Neles leio: Cântico para o amado e logo me inflamo de desejo da sagrada caridade. Neles encontro a graça das revelações, os testemunhos da ressurreição, os dons da promessa. Por eles aprendo a evitar o pecado, desaprendo de envergonhar-me da penitência pelas minhas faltas.

O que é o salmo senão o instrumento das virtudes com que o venerável Profeta, tangendo-o com a palheta do Espírito Santo, faz ressoar pelo mundo a doçura da música celeste? Ao mesmo tempo em que ele, coordenando por meio de liras e cordas, isto é, das coisas mortas, a distinção dos diversos sons, dirigia o cântico do divino louvor para as realidades supremas. Ensinava com isso, em primeiro lugar, que devíamos morrer ao pecado e, em seguida, discernir em nossa vida mortal as várias obras de virtude pelas quais nossa gratidão se eleva até Deus.

Davi ensinou que devemos cantar no íntimo de nós mesmos, salmodiar no íntimo, como Paulo cantava, pois dizia: Orarei com o espírito, orarei com a mente; salmodiarei com o espírito, salmodiarei com a mente. Ensinou também que devíamos ordenar nossa vida e seus atos para a visão das realidades superiores, a fim de que o gosto pela doçura não excite os instintos do corpo, com os quais não se redime nossa alma, ao contrário se torna pesada. E, no entanto, o santo Profeta lembra-se de salmodiar para a redenção de sua alma, quando diz: Salmodiarei a ti, ó Deus, na cítara, Santo de Israel; ao cantar a ti jubilarão meus lábios e minha alma que remiste.

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia, alleluia.
Shine like lights in the world,
as you hold on to the word of life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 5:27-32
“If your eye causes you to sin”

27 “You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body  be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole  body go into hell.  31 “It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Quote from the early church fathers:

The fuel of adultery, by Chromatius (died 406 AD)

“Because adultery is a serious sin and in order to uproot it, lest our conscience be defiled, he [Jesus] forbade even lust, which is the fuel of adultery. According to the words of blessed James in his epistle, ‘Lust when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death’ (James 1:15). The Holy Spirit speaks concerning this to David: ‘Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock’ (Psalm 137:9). The symbolism here is that the blessed and truly evangelical person roots out the desires and lust of the flesh arising from human weakness. He does this immediately before they grow, at the onset, through faith in Christ who has been described as a rock” (1 Corinthians 10:4) (excerpt from TRACTATE ON MATTHEW 23.1.6–7)

[Note: Chromatius was an early Christian scholar and bishop of Aquileia, Italy. He was a close friend of John Chrysostom and Jerome. He died in 406 AD. Jerome describead him as a “most learned and most holy man.”]

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, begin a new work of love within me. Instill in me a greater love and respect for your commandments. Give me a burning desire to live a life of holiness and righteousness. Purify my thoughts, desires, and intentions that I may only desire what is pleasing to you and in accord with your will.”

A PALAVRA É VIVA QUANDO SÃO AS OBRAS QUE FALAM

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Dos Sermões de Santo Antônio de Pádua, presbítero.

Quem está repleto do Espírito Santo fala várias línguas. As várias línguas são os vários testemunhos sobre Cristo, a saber: a humildade, a pobreza, a paciência e a obediência; falamos estas línguas quando os outros as veem em nós mesmos. A palavra é viva quando são as obras que falam. Cessem, portanto, os discursos e falem as obras. Estamos saturados de palavras, mas vazios de obras. Por este motivo o Senhor nos amaldiçoa, como amaldiçoou a figueira em que não encontrara frutos, mas apenas folhas. Diz São sto_antonio_icone_ortodoxoGregório: “Há uma lei para o pregador: que faça o que prega”. Em vão pregará o conhecimento da lei quem destrói a doutrina por suas obras.

Os apóstolos, entretanto, falavam conforme o Espírito Santo os inspirava (cf. At 2,4). Feliz de quem fala conforme o Espírito Santo lhe inspira e não conforme suas ideias! Pois há alguns que falam movidos pelo próprio espírito e, usando as palavras dos outros, apresentam-nas como suas, atribuindo-as a si mesmos. Destes e de outros semelhantes, diz o Senhor por meio do profeta Jeremias: Terão de se haver comigo os profetas que roubam um do outro as minhas palavras. Terão de se haver comigo os profetas, diz o Senhor, que usam suas línguas para proferir oráculos. Eis que terão de haver-se comigo os profetas que profetizam sonhos mentirosos, diz o Senhor, que os contam, e seduzem o meu povo com suas mentiras e seus enganos. Mas eu não os enviei, não lhes dei ordens, e não são de nenhuma utilidade para este povo – oráculo do Senhor (Jr 23,30-32).

Falemos, portanto, conforme a linguagem que o Espírito Santo nos conceder; e peçamos-lhe humilde e devotamente que derrame sobre nós a sua graça, a fim de podermos celebrar o dia de Pentecostes com a perfeição dos cinco sentidos e na observância do decálogo. Que sejamos repletos de um profundo espírito de contrição e nos inflamemos com essas línguas de fogo que são os louvores divinos. Desse modo, ardentes e iluminados pelos esplendores da santidade, mereceremos ver o Deus Uno e Trino.

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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13 June 2018 (Wednesday)
Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Teach me your paths, my God,
and guide me in your truth.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 5:17-19
Great are those who teach and obey the commandments,

17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away,not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Quote from the early church fathers:

What you teach, you should do, by Chromatius (died 406 AD)

“While it is sinful to abolish the least of the commandments, all the more so the great and most important ones. Hence the Holy Spirit affirms through Solomon: ‘Whoever despises the little things shall gradually die’ (Sirach 19:1b). Consequently nothing in the divine commandments must be abolished, nothing altered. Everything must be preserved and taught faithfully and devotedly that the glory of the heavenly kingdom may not be lost. Indeed, those things considered least important and small by the unfaithful or by worldly people are not small before God but necessary. For the Lord taught the commandments and did them. Even small things point to the great future of the kingdom of heaven. For this reason, not only words but also deeds are important; and you should not only teach, but what you teach, you should do.” (excerpt from TRACTATE ON MATTHEW 20.2.1–3)

[Note: Chromatius was an early Christian scholar and bishop of Aquileia, Italy. He was a close friend of John Chrysostom and Jerome. He died in 406 AD. Jerome described him as a “most learned and most holy man.”]

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, grant this day, to direct and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts, minds, and bodies, so that all our thoughts, words, and deeds may be in accord with your Father’s law and wisdom. And thus may we be saved and protected through your mighty help.”

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