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Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who believed
That what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Alleluia, alleluia

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
“He who is mighty has done great things for me”

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel,in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

Quote from the early church fathers:

John prophecies from the womb,
by Maximus of Turin (died between 408-423 AD)

“Not yet born, already John prophesies and, while still in the enclosure of his mother’s womb, confesses the coming of Christ with movements of joy – since he could not do so with his voice. As Elizabeth says to holy Mary, ‘As soon as you greeted me, the child in my womb exulted for joy.’ John exults, then, before he is born. Before his eyes can see what the world looks like, he can recognize the Lord of the world with his spirit. In this regard, I think that the prophetic phrase is appropriate: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you came forth from the womb I sanctified you’ (Jeremiah 1:5). Thus we ought not to marvel that after Herod put him in prison, he continued to announce Christ to his disciples from his confinement, when even confined in the womb he preached the same Lord by his movements.” (excerpt from SERMON 5.4)

 

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me joy in seeking you more earnestly. Increase my faith in all your promises, my hope in the joy of heaven, and my love for You as my All.”

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Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man cane to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Mark 10:32-45
“Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?”

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.” 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Quote from the early church fathers:

The way to glory and honor, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Ponder how profound this is. They were conferring with him about glory. He intended to precede loftiness with humility and, only through humility, to ready the way for loftiness itself. For, of course, even those disciples who wanted to sit, the one on his right, the other on his left, were looking to glory (Matthew 20:20-23; Mark 10:35-40). They were on the lookout, but did not see by what way. In order that they might come to their homeland in due order, the Lord called them back to the narrow way. For the homeland is on high and the way to it is lowly. The homeland is life in Christ; the way is dying with Christ (Matthew 6:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17-33). The way is suffering with Christ; the goal is abiding with him eternally. Why do you seek the homeland if you are not seeking the way to it?” (excerpt from TRACTATE ON JOHN 28.5.2.13)

*Prayer:*
“Lord Jesus, your death brought life and freedom. Make me a servant of your love, that I may seek to serve rather than be served.”

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Reading:
Mark 10:28-31
“We have left everything and followed you”

28 Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

Quote from the early church fathers:

The spiritual sense of leaving the family,
by Clement of Alexandria, 150-215 A.D.

“Do not let this passage trouble you. Put it side by side with the still harder saying Jesus delivered in another place in the words, ‘Whoever hates not father, and mother, and children, and his own life besides, cannot be my disciple’ (Luke 14:26). Note that the God of peace, who exhorts us to love our enemies, does not arbitrarily require us literally to hate or abandon those dearest to us. But if we are to love our enemies, it must be in accordance with right reason that, by analogy we should also love our nearest relatives… But insofar as one’s father, or son, or brother, becomes for you a hindrance to faith or an impediment to godly life, one should then not collude with that temptation. Attend to the spiritual, rather than the fleshly, meaning of the command.” (excerpt from SALVATION OF THE RICH MAN 22.13)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I want to follow you as your disciple and to love you wholeheartedly with all that I have. Fill my heart with faith, hope, and love that I may always find peace and joy in your presence.”

Santo Atanásio fala sobre a Trindade

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Das Cartas de Santo Atanásio, bispo.

Não devemos perder de vista a tradição, a doutrina e a fé da Igreja católica, tal como o Senhor ensinou, tal como os apóstolos pregaram e os Santos Padres transmitiram. De fato, a tradição constitui o alicerce da Igreja, e todo aquele que dela se afasta deixa de ser cristão e não merece mais usar este nome.

Ora, a nossa fé é esta: cremos na Trindade santa e perfeita, que é o Pai, o Filho e o Espírito Santo; nela não há mistura alguma de elemento estranho; não sant'atanasio0502wse compõe de Criador e criatura; mas toda ela é potência e força operativa; uma só é a sua natureza, uma só é a sua eficiência e ação. O Pai cria todas as coisas por meio do Verbo, no Espírito Santo; e deste modo, se afirma a unidade da Santíssima Trindade. Por isso, proclama-se na Igreja um só Deus, que reina sobre tudo, age em tudo e permanece em todas as coisas (cf. Ef 4,6). Reina sobre tudo como Pai, princípio e origem; age em tudo, isto é, por meio do Verbo; e permanece em todas as coisas no Espírito Santo.
São Paulo, escrevendo aos coríntios acerca dos dons espirituais, tudo refere a Deus Pai como princípio de todas as coisas, dizendo: Há diversidade de dons, mas um mesmo é o Espírito. Há diversidade de ministérios, mas um mesmo é o Senhor. Há diferentes atividades, mas um mesmo Deus que realiza todas as coisas em todos (lCor 12,4-6).

Os dons que o Espírito distribui a cada um vêm do Pai por meio do Verbo. De fato, tudo o que é do Pai é do Filho; por conseguinte, as graças concedidas pelo Filho, no Espí­rito Santo, são dons do Pai. Igualmente, quando o Espírito está em nós, está em nós o Verbo, de quem recebemos o Espírito; e, como o Verbo, está também o Pai. Assim se cumpre o que diz a Escritura: Eu e o Pai viremos a ele e nele faremos a nossa morada (Jo 14,23). Pois onde está a luz, aí também está o esplendor da luz; e onde está o esplendor, aí também está a sua graça eficiente e esplendorosa.

São Paulo nos ensina tudo isto na segunda Carta aos coríntios, com as seguintes palavras: A graça do Senhor Jesus Cristo, o amor de Deus e a comunhão do Espírito Santo estejam com todos vós (2Cor 13,13). Com efeito, toda a graça que nos é dada em nome da Santíssima Trindade, vem do Pai, pelo Filho, no Espírito Santo. Assim como toda a graça nos vem do Pai por meio do Filho, assim também não podemos receber nenhuma graça senão no Espírito Santo. Realmente, participantes do Espírito Santo, possuímos o amor do Pai, a graça do Filho e a comunhão do mesmo Espírito.

(Ofício das Leituras – Solenidade da Santíssima Trindade)

SOLENIDADE DA SANTÍSSIMA TRINDADE – ANO B (Pe. Lucas, scj)

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Caros irmãos, celebramos neste domingo a solenidade da Santíssima Trindade, na qual reconhecemos a realidade do único Deus vivo e verdadeiro. Temos, então, para nossa meditação as últimas palavras de Jesus conforme do Evangelho de S. Mateus: “Toda a autoridade me foi dada no céu e sobre a terra. Portanto, ide e fazei discípulos meus todos os povos, batizando-os em nome do Pai e do Filho e do Espírito Santo, e ensinando-os a observar tudo o que vos ordenei!” (cf. Mt 28,18-20).

Nesta frase de envio, evidencia-se a dupla realidade da palavra (anúncio) e dos Ícone da Trindadesacramentos (Batismo) para a comunhão de todos os povos com o Senhor. Meditemos, então, a primeira realidade: a palavra. Nosso Senhor nos pediu claramente para fazermos que todos os povos se tornem Seus discípulos ensinando-os a observar tudo o que Ele nos ensinou. Não querendo esquecer de toda a realidade da ação do Espírito Santo na missão da Igreja e na conversão de cada pessoa, deixo aqui duas perguntas que podem nos ajudar a fazer um bom exame de consciência diante do Senhor, nosso Deus.

  1. Como podemos ensinar àqueles que não creem o que o Senhor nos ensinou se nós também não conhecemos tais coisas? Sejamos humildes em reconhecer que a maioria de nós católicos conhecemos muito pouco nossa fé e, por isso, muitas vezes nos sentimos embaraçados diante dos questionamentos do mundo a respeito de nossa fé. Contentamo-nos com um conhecimento muito rasteiro das realidades mais importantes para nossa vida, justamente nos dão o sentido e a orientação mais profunda e, assim, não somos capazes de dar as razões da nossa esperança àqueles que nos pedem (cf. 1Pd 3,15).
  2. Como podemos transmitir tudo o que o Senhor nos ensinou sem combatermos em nosso próprio coração a tendência de escolher o que crer ou seguir? Em outras palavras, se nosso coração está tomado pelo relativismo, não seremos capazes de transmitir o Evangelho. Pois, quando nos arvoramos juízes da Palavra de Jesus e não seus servidores, de maneira a escolhermos a nosso bel prazer o que crer em detrimento do todo – ou, pior ainda, preferimos seguir outros senhores que não Jesus Cristo, amputando assim o íntegro ensinamento do Senhor – nunca seremos capazes de deixar-nos transformar por Deus. E esta transformação é condição para transmitirmos a feliz esperança de Seu Amor a todos os que convivem conosco.

Que a Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, nossa Mãe, nos ensine a deixarmo-nos moldar pela Palavra de Deus.

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Friday  of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia

Gospel: Mark 10:1-12
*What God has joined together*

1 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. 2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.’ 7 `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Quote from the early church fathers:

*Mutual servants, equally serving,* by Tertullian, 160-225 A.D.

“Where are we to find language adequately to express the happiness of that marriage which the church cements, the oblation confirms, the benediction signs and seals, the angels celebrate, and the Father holds as approved? For all around the earth young people do not rightly and lawfully wed without their parents’ consent. What kind of yoke is that of two believers who share one hope, one desire, one discipline, one service? (Ephesians 4:4) They enjoy kinship in spirit and in flesh. They are mutual servants with no discrepancy of interests. Truly they are ‘two in one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31). Where the flesh is one, the spirit is one as well. Together they pray, together bow down, together perform their fasts, mutually teaching, mutually entreating, mutually upholding. In the church of God they hold an equal place. (Romans 12:15; 15:6; Galatians 3:28; 1 Corinthians 12:12) They stand equally at the banquet of God, equally in crises, equally facing persecutions, and equally in refreshments. Neither hides anything from the other. Neither neglects the other. Neither is troublesome to the other (Philippians 1:27).” (excerpt from TO HIS WIFE 2.8)

*Prayer:*
“Lord Jesus Christ, your call to holiness extends to all in every state of life. Sanctify our lives – as married couples and as singles – that we may live as men and women who are consecrated to you. Make us leaven in a society that disdains life-long marriage fidelity, chastity, and living single for the Lord”.

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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

Godspel: Mark 9:38-40
“Any one who does a mighty work in my name”

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. 40 For he that is not against us is for us.

Meditation:

Do you rejoice in the good that others do? Jesus reprimands his disciples for their jealousy and suspicion. They were upset that someone who was not of their company was performing a good work in the name of Jesus. They even “forbade” the man “because he was not following us”. Jesus’ reply is filled with wisdom: “No one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.” Are we not like the disciples when we get upset at the good deeds of others who seem to shine more than us? Paul says that “love is not jealous… but rejoices in the right” (1 Corinthians 13:4,6).

A Daily Quote for the early church fathers:

Encouraging good works done in Christ, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“We ought not be disturbed because some who do not belong or do not yet belong to this temple, that is, among whom God does not or does not yet dwell, perform some works of power, as happened to the one who cast out devils in the name of Christ (Mark 9:38, Luke 9:49). Although he was not a follower of Christ, Christ ordered that he be allowed to continue because it gave a valuable testimony of his name to many… The centurion Cornelius also saw the angel that was sent to him to say that his prayers had been heard and his alms accepted (Acts 10:3-4), even before he was incorporated into this temple by regeneration.” (excerpt from  LETTER 187, TO DARDANUS 36)

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may radiate the joy of the Gospel to others. May your light and truth shine through me that others may find new life and joy in you, and freedom from sin and oppression.”

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