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DOMINGO DE RAMOS E DA PAIXÃO DO SENHOR – ANO B (Pe. Lucas, scj).

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Caros irmãos, com a liturgia do Domingo de Ramos e da Paixão do Senhor abrimos a celebração da Semana Santa. E, nela, temos como que a síntese de tudo o que vamos celebrar nesses dias: a manifestação do Amor de Deus em Jesus Cristo crucificado ao qual somos chamados a respondermos positivamente (cf. Mc 11,1-10). Peçamos ao Senhor que ilumine nossa oração.

O evangelho da Missa (cf. Mc 14,1-15,47) traz o relato da Paixão de nosso Senhor segundo downloadSão Marcos. E, na cruz de nosso Senhor encontramos a manifestação definitiva do amor de Deus por nós, segundo o Apóstolo: “Deus demonstra seu amor para conosco pelo fato de Cristo ter morrido por nós quando éramos ainda pecadores” (Rm 5,8). Porém, este amor permanece infrutífero se não recebe nosso assentimento. Assim, o Amor se torna um convite ao qual ninguém pode ficar indiferente. Qual será a nossa resposta? Dependendo dessa resposta, nos colocamos num determinado grupo.

Lembremo-nos o que Bento XVI demonstrou, escrevendo como teólogo: “a multidão que, na periferia da cidade, presta homenagem a Jesus não é a mesma que, depois, há de pedir sua crucifixão” [1]. Vemos, então, dois grupos distintos: aqueles que acolhem o Senhor e o aclamam “Bendito aquele que vem em nome do Senhor” e aqueles que mais tarde gritariam: “crucifica-o”. A opção é nossa. Se respondemos positivamente ao convite do Senhor, nos unindo a Ele em Sua Paixão a cada cruz do dia a dia, pela graça de Deus, participaremos também de sua ressurreição e glorificação.

Peçamos, então, a intercessão da Virgem das Dores para que a celebração desta semana santa reavive em nós o dom do Espírito Santo a fim de vivermos integralmente a nossa fé católica.

 

 

 

[1] BENTO XVI, Jesus de Nazaré: da entrada em Jerusalém até a ressurreição, p. 18. Principia Editora.

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Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Verse Before the Gospel Ezek 18:31

 Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

Gospel Reading:
John 11: 45-56 
They took counsel how to put him to death.

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him; 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.” 48 If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will eat and destroy both our holy place and our nation. ” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all; 50 you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish. ” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but to gather into the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they took counsel how to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews, but went from there to the country near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim; and there I stayed with the disciples. 55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. “What do you think?” “They will not eat the feast?”

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, may our disciples be ready to lay down our lives in conformity to your will, to willingly suffer and die for you, that we may also share in your victory and glory.”

The Daily Quote for Lent:

The crucifixion is always lived , by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 AD

“The Crucifixion is something that must continue throughout our life, not for forty days only, although Moses, Elijah, and Christ fasted forty days. We are meant to learn from them not to cling to this present or imitate what it says, but to nail our unregenerate selves to the cross. ” (excerpt from Sermon 205.1)

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Verse Before the Gospel See Jn 6:63c, 68c

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.

Gospel Reading:
John 10:31-42
“I am the Son of God”

31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, `You are blaspheming,’ because I said, `I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in  the Father.” 39 Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him; and they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.

Prayer:
“Write upon my heart, O Lord, the lessons of your holy word, and grant that I may be a doer of your word, and not a forgetful hearer only.”

A Daily Quote for Lent:

The sacrifice of Christ, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Even though the man Christ Jesus, in the form of God together with the Father with whom He is one God, accepts our sacrifice, nonetheless He has chosen in the form of a servant to be the sacrifice rather than to accept it. Therefore, He is the priest Himself Who presents the offering, and He Himself is what is offered.” (excerpt from City of God, 10,20)

 

 

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Verse Before the Gospel Ps 95:8
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Gospel Reading:  John 8:51-59
“Before Abraham was, I am”.

51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. 55 But you have not known him; I know  him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.  56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, let your word be on my lips and in my heart that I may walk in the freedom of your everlasting love, truth and goodness.

A Daily Quote for Lent:

Christ died that you might live, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“For you Christ allowed Himself to be crucified, to teach you humility. He was alive, and you were dead. He died that you might live. God vanquished death so that death might not overcome human beings.” (excerpt from Sermon on John 2,4;14,13)

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Verse Before the Gospel.

Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.

Gospel Reading:
Matthew 26:14-25
The tragedy of the betrayal.

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests  15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. 17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. 20 When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; 21 and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. 24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man  if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

“God our Father, we are exceedingly frail and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking. Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts; for Jesus Christ’s sake.”  (Prayer of Thomas a Kempis)

A Daily Quote for Lent:
God’s help for a complete conversion, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“When we transform our old life and give our spirit a new image, we find it hard and tiring to turn back from the darkness of earthly passions to the serene calm of the divine light. We thus ask God to help us that a complete conversion may be brought about in us.” (excerpt from Confessions 10,4)

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Verse Before the Gospel
* The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to him will live for ever. *

Gospel Reading: John 8: 21-30
* “When you have lifted up the Son of man” *

21 Again he said to them, “I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you can not come.” 22 Then said the Jews, “Will he kill himself, since he says,` Where I am going, you can not eat ‘? ” 23 I said to you, “You are from below, I am from above, you are of this world, I am not of this world. you believe that I am he. ” 25 They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Even what I have told you from the beginning.” 26 I have a lot to say about you and much to judge; ” 27 They did not understand that I spoke to them of the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. “30 As he spoke thus, many believed in him.

“Lord Jesus, you came to set us free from sin, doubt, fear, and ignorance. Your word brings life, truth, and healing to mind, heart, soul, and body. Let your healing love free me from the blindness of sin and disbelief and from the destructive force of evil and wrongdoing. May I always find peace, joy, and strength in knowing your merciful love, truth, and goddness.”

 

A Daily Quote for Lent:

Aided by Christ’s grace, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“God the Father said: ‘I sent you one who would seek you out, walk with you, and forgive you. , side, and feet: hands with which he gave pardon to sinners, and side from which flowed the ransom of the redeemed. ‘”(excerpt from Sermon 16A, 10)

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Verse Before THE GOSPEL Ps 84:5
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord; they never cease to praise you.

Gospel Reading:
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24  
*Joseph did as the angel commanded him.*

16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary  had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary  your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife.

“Lord Jesus, you came to free us from the power of sin, fear, and death, and to heal and restore us to wholeness of life. May I always trust in your saving help, guidance, wisdom, and plan for my life.”

A Daily Quote for March 19:

The character of Joseph, from a homily by Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153

“Joseph’s character and qualities can be deduced from the fact that God honored him with the title of father, and, although his doing so was a mere matter of convenience, this was what he was known as and believed to be. Joseph’s own name, which as you know means “increase”, supplies further indications. Call to mind the great patriarch of old who was sold into Egypt, and you will realize that it was not only his name that our saint received but also his chastity, innocence, and grace. His brothers’ envy had caused the earlier Joseph to be sold and taken to Egypt, thus symbolizing the selling of Christ: the later Joseph carried Christ into Egypt, fleeing before Herod’s envy… The first Joseph had the gift of interpreting dreams: the second was given a revelation of the divine plan and a share in its accomplishment. Joseph the patriarch stored up grain, not for himself but for all the people: our Joseph was given custody of the living bread from heaven to keep safe both for himself and the whole world. There is no doubt that the Joseph to whom the Savior’s mother was engaged was a good and faithful man. He was, I say, the wise and faithful steward whom the Lord appointed to support his mother and care for himself in childhood, singling him out for his complete reliability to help him with his momentous plan.” (Hom. 2 super Missus est, 11.16: PL 183, 69-70)

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