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Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 14:21-26
 “If you love me, keep my word”

21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all  that I have said to you.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

God is pleased to dwell in us, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“God is not too grand to come, he is not too fussy or shy, he is not too proud – on the contrary he is pleased to come if you do not displease him. Listen to the promise he makes. Listen to him indeed promising with pleasure, not threatening in displeasure, “We shall come to him,” he says, “I and the Father.” To the one he had earlier called his friend, the one who obeys his precepts, the keeper of his commandment, the lover of God, the lover of his neighbor, he says, “We shall come to him and make our abode with him.” (excerpt from Sermon 23,6)

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, in love you created me and you drew me to yourself. May I never lose sight of you nor forget your steadfast love and faithfulness. And may I daily dwell upon your word and give you praise in the sanctuary of my heart, You who are my All.”

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

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Caros irmãos, celebramos, neste fim de semana, o quinto domingo da Páscoa. Nele, temos, para nossa meditação, o Evangelho de São João (15,1-8), no qual o Senhor se compara à videira verdadeira: “Eu sou a videira e vós os ramos” (v.5a). Assim, evidencia-se, de forma inequívoca, a relação vital, fundamental e insubstituível, que temos, como cristãos, com Jesus Cristo.

Meditemos, então, a Palavra de Jesus: “sem mim nada podeis fazer” (Jo 15,5c). Trata-se de uma frase de clareza meridiana. Nela, se demonstra que, sem estarmos em comunhão com o Senhor, não há alternativa: nada [de bom] podemos fazer. A imagem da videira à qual devemos estar unidos nos ajuda a compreender esta realidade: não somos capazes icone-cristo-a-videira-verdadeiranem ao menos de querer o bem por nossas próprias capacidades. O Apóstolo mesmo deixa isso bem claro na carta aos Filipenses: “é Deus quem, segundo o seu beneplácito, realiza em vós o querer e o executar” (2,13). Já no querer o bem há um movimento da Graça que sustenta nossa vontade. E, sem este movimento, não somos capazes de nada.

Dessa forma, fica claro o porquê é absolutamente necessário ter uma vida de intimidade com Deus através da oração. Não existe outra forma: Jesus é o caminho e ninguém vai ao Pai senão por Ele (cf. Jo 6,6), ou seja, não há como, por nós mesmos, sem a ajuda da Graça, nos convertermos e chegarmos à santidade – que é a meta final. Portanto, nada de desculpas: é preciso buscar desesperadamente a intimidade com Deus, por Jesus Cristo, no Espírito Santo porque não existe outra alternativa. Entende, agora, porque S. Pio de Pietrelcina dizia: “Quem reza muito se salva. Quem reza pouco está em perigo. Quem não reza se perde”?

Que a Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, Mãe de Deus e nossa, nos ampare e nos ajude a perseverar neste Caminho!

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, says the Lord.                          Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 14:7-14
“Lord, show us the Father”

7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; 14 if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The Father’s portrait in the Son, by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.

“By means of this image the Lord showed Philip the Father. Yes, he who looks on the Son sees, in portrait, the Father. Notice what kind of portrait is spoken of. It is truth, righteousness, the power of God. It is not silent, for it is the Word. It is not insensible, for it is Wisdom. It is not vain and foolish, for it is power. It is not soulless, for it is the life. It is not dead, for it is the resurrection.” (excerpt from ON THE CHRISTIAN FAITH 1.7.50)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, you fill us with the joy of your saving presence and you give us the hope of everlasting life with God our Father in Heaven. Show me the Father that I may know and glorify him always.”

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
No one comes to the Father except through me.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 14:1-6
Do not let your hearts be troubled!

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Walk by faith in the truth, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Persevere now in walking by faith in the truth, that you may succeed in coming at a definite and due time to the sight of the same truth. For as the apostle says, ‘While staying here in the body, we are away from the Lord. For we are walking by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:6-7). We are led to the direct sight and vision of the Father by Christian faith. That is why the Lord says, ‘No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (excerpt from SERMON 12.5)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, you fill us with the joy of your saving presence and you give us the hope of everlasting life with the Father in Heaven. Show me the Father that I may grow in the knowledge of your great love and truth.”

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus Christ, you are the faithful witness,the firstborn of the dead,
you have loved us and freed us from our sins by your Blood.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 13:16-20
“The one who receives me”.

16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the scripture may be fulfilled, `He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I tell you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me.”

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The Master wants his servants to reach their potential, by Origen, 185-254 A.D.

“The Savior, who is Lord, does something that surpasses all other lords, who have no desire to see their servants rise up to their level. He is such a Son of the Father’s goodness and love that, although he was Lord, he produced servants who could become like him, their Lord, not having the spirit of bondage, which comes from fear, but the spirit of adoption in which they too cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ So then, before becoming like their teacher and lord, they need to have their feet washed because they are still deficient disciples who possess the spirit of bondage to fear. But when they attain the stature of master and lord… then they will be able to imitate their master and wash the disciple’s feet as the teacher. (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 32.120–22)

Prayer:

“Eternal God, who are the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you, that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom, in Jesus our Lord.” (Prayer of Saint Augustine)

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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25th April 2018 (Wednesday)
Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

Alleluia, alleluia.
We proclaim Christ crucified;
he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: Mark 16:15-20
“Go and preach the Gospel to the whole creation”

15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will  recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

A Daily Quote for Easter season:

The Gospel proclaimed to all creation, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“The command to the apostles to be witnesses to him in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8) was not addressed exclusively to those to whom it was immediately spoken. They alone would not be the only ones who would carry such an enormous task to completion. Similarly he seems to be speaking to the apostles very personally when he says: ‘Behold I am with you even to the end of the world’ (Matthew 28:20), yet who does not know that he made this promise to the universal church which will last from now even to the consummation of the world by successive births and deaths?” (excerpt from LETTER 199,TO HESYCHIUS 49)

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, through the gift of your Holy Spirit, you fill us with an indomitable spirit of praise and joy which no earthly trial can subdue. Fill me with your resurrection joy and help me to live a life of praise and thanksgiving for your glory. May I witness to those around me the joy of the Gospel and the reality of your victory over the grave and gift of everlasting life.”

 

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Tuesday (April 24) of the Fourth Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 10:22-30
“My sheep hear my voice”

22 It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The Great might of Christ’s hand, by Clement of Alexandria, 150-215 A.D.

“The faithful also have the help of Christ, and the devil is not able to snatch them. Those who have an endless enjoyment of good things remain in Christ’s hand, no one thereafter snatching them away from the bliss that is given to them. [No one can throw them] into punishment or torments. For it is not possible that those who are in Christ’s hand should be snatched away to be punished because of the great might Christ has. For ‘the hand’ in the divine Scripture signifies ‘the power’” It cannot be doubted therefore that the hand of Christ is unconquerable and mighty to all things.” (excerpt from the COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 7.1)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who secures what is best for each one of us. In you alone I place all my trust and hope both now and forever. Open my ears to hear your voice today and to follow your commands.”

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