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Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
“Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom?”

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him. 33 And they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

 

Meditation:

Whose glory do you seek? There can be no share in God’s glory without the cross. When Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion, it did not make any sense to his disciples because it did not fit their understanding of what the Messiah came to do. And they were afraid to ask further questions! Like a person who might receive a bad verdict from the doctor and then refuse to ask further questions, they, too, didn’t want to know any more. How often do we reject what we do not wish to see? We have heard the good news of God’s word and we know the consequences of accepting it or rejecting it. But do we give it our full allegiance and mold our lives according to it? Ask the Lord to fill you with his Holy Spirit and to inspire within you a reverence for his word and a readiness to obey it.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Downward roots enable upward growth, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Observe a tree, how it first tends downwards, that it may then shoot forth upwards. It fastens its root low in the ground, that it may send forth its top towards heaven. Is it not from humility that it endeavors to rise? But without humility it will not attain to higher things (Proverbs 18:12). You are wanting to grow up into the air without a root. Such is not growth, but a collapse.” (excerpt from THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, SERMON 38.2)

Prayer
“Lord Jesus, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross.  Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness.”

 

 

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Monday 21,2018

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed mother of the Church, you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 19:25-34
Woman, behold, your son! Disciple, behold, your mother!

25b Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. 28 After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When son,Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 31 Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high  day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that  they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; 33 but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

God borrows Mary’s flesh to lead humanity to glory, by an anonymous early author from the Greek church

“The virgin mother, when wine was lacking, wanted Jesus to do a miracle. She was at once answered, ‘Woman, what have I to do with you?’ as if to say plainly, The fact that I can do a miracle comes to me from my Father, not my mother. For it was from the nature of his Father that he could do miracles but from the nature of his mother that he could die. When he was on the cross, then, in dying he acknowledged his mother whom he commended to the disciple, saying, ‘Behold your mother.’ And so, when he says, ‘Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour is not yet come” (John 2:4). he is in effect saying, In the miracle, which I did not from your nature, I do not acknowledge you. When the hour of death shall come, however, I shall acknowledge you as my mother, since it is from you that I can die.” (excerpt from LETTER 10.39.27)

Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, you offer us abundant grace, mercy, and forgiveness through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to live a grace-filled life as Mary did by believing in your promises and by giving you my unqualified “yes” to your will and your plan for my life.”

PENTECOSTES – ANO B (Pe. Lucas, scj)

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Caros irmãos, celebramos neste domingo a solenidade de Pentecostes e podemos meditar o trecho do Evangelho segundo São João no qual o Senhor Ressuscitado dá o Espírito Santo aos Apóstolos e, com Ele, o poder de perdoar os pecados Ícone - Pentecostes(cf. Jo 20,19-23). Deixemo-nos, então, tocar pelo Espírito para sermos, também nós, membros vivos do Corpo de Cristo, isto é, da Igreja.

Cremos com o Apóstolo que “Ninguém pode dizer: Jesus é o Senhor, a não ser no Espírito Santo” (1Cor 12,3b), ou seja, ninguém se faz cristão. Assim, é possível vislumbrar o porquê de não sermos uma simples ONG, como tanto tem insistido o Papa Francisco, e não podermos definir a Igreja por aquilo que fazemos: Ela não nasce da nossa vontade como uma associação humana, mas é verdadeiramente Corpo Místico de Cristo e, portanto, divina.

Sim, a Igreja é divina porque brota da iniciativa de Deus e subsiste pela ação do Espírito Santo que chama toda humanidade à mesma fé, como se vê na imagem da linguagem universal (cf. At 2,6). Por isso, se pode dizer com segurança que na Igreja o mistério da Encarnação continua na história, o que se vê claramente no testemunho dos santos. E é através deste grande mistério que toda a humanidade toma parte na reconciliação operada pelo Senhor Jesus Cristo como hoje contemplamos (cf. Jo 20,22-23).

Assim fica claro que o Espírito é para a Igreja aquilo que a alma é para o corpo. Peçamos, então, ao Senhor que envie sobre nós o Seu Espírito de Amor a fim de que sejamos renovados à medida de nosso Senhor. E confiantes que a vinda do Paráclito nunca cessa (cf. CEC 732), imploremos sobretudo a docilidade para correspondermos plenamente aos seus desígnios e nos tornarmos testemunhas das maravilhas que o Senhor quer e pode fazer em nossas vidas.

Que a Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, nossa Mãe e modelo daqueles que se deixam moldar pelo Espírito, nos ajude neste caminho de constante conversão.

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will send you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
I will guide you to all truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 21: 20-25

20 Peter turned and saw them following the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that I will remain until I eat, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23 The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that I will remain until I eat, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. 25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written,

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Peter follows, John remains, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“The Lord either said what he said to Peter about his martyrdom, or he said it about the gospel of John. As regards the martyrdom and this ‘Follow me,’ [he means] suffer for me, suffer what I did. Because Christ was crucified, Peter too was crucified… while John experienced none of this. That is what is meant by, ‘It is thus that I wish him to remain.’ Let him fall asleep without wounds, without torment, and wait for me. You, Peter, ‘Follow me,’ suffer what I did. That’s one way these words can be explained…
“As regards the Gospel of John, though, this is what I think is meant: that Peter wrote about the Lord, others too wrote, but their writing was more concerned with the Lord’s humanity … But while there is something about the divinity of Christ in Peter’s letters, in John’s gospel it is very much to the fore … He soared above the clouds and soared above the stars, soared above the angels, soared above every creature and arrived at the Word through which all things were made . ” (excerpt from Sermon 253.5.5)

 

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May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love. “

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Thursday (May 17, 2018) of the Seventh Week of Easter

Alleluia Jn 17:21
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 17: 20-26
“May they become perfectly one”

20 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may also be in the world, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that I want to be with you, I want to be with you, I want to be with you, I want to be with you. , to behold my glory which you have given me in your love for me before the foundation of the world 25 The righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you; I made known to them your name,and I will make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. “

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Prayer of unity for all who believe, by Cyprian of Carthage – first martyr bishop of Africa, 200-258 A.D.

“The Lord’s loving-kindness, no less than his mercy, is great in respect of our salvation in that, not content to redeem us with his blood, he in addition prayed for us. See now what the desire of his petition was, that just as the Father and Son are one, so also we should abide in absolute unity. From this, it may be evident how greatly someone sins who divides unity and peace, since even the Lord himself petitioned for this same thing. He no doubt desired that his people should in this way be saved and live in peace since he knew that discord cannot come into the kingdom of God.” (excerpt from THE LORD’S PRAYER 30.1

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, have mercy on all your people who have been redeemed by the precious blood of your Son who offered up his life for us on the cross. Pardon our sins and heal our divisions that we may grow in love, unity, and holiness together as your sons and daughters. May all Christian people throughout the world attain the unity for which Jesus prayed on the eve of his sacrifice. Renew in us the power of the Holy Spirit that we may be a sign of that unity and a means of its growth. Increase in us a fervent love, respect, and care for all of our brothers and sisters who believe in Jesus Christ.”

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Wednesday (3-16-2018) of the Seventh Week of Easter

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

Scripture: John 17: 11-19
* “Consecrated in God’s truth” *

11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth 18 As you sent me into the world, only I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they may also be consecrated in truth.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The Bond of Christian Unity in Love, by Cyril of Alexandria, 375-444 A.D.

“Christ wishes the disciples to be kept in a state of unity by maintaining a like-mindedness and an identity of will, being mingled together as it were in soul and spirit and in the law of peace and love for one another. He wishes them to be bound together tightly with an unbreakable bond of love, that they may advance to such a degree of unity that their freely chosen association might even become an image of the natural unity that is conceived to exist between the Father and the Son. That is to say, he wishes them to enjoy a unity that is inseparable and indestructible, which may not be enticed away into a dissimilarity of wills by anything at all that exists in the world or any pursuit of pleasure, but rather reserves the power of love in the unity of devotion and holiness. And this is what happened. For as we read in the Acts of the Apostles, ‘the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul’ (Acts 4:32), that is, in the unity of the Spirit. This is also what Paul himself meant when he said ‘one body and one Spirit’ (Ephesians 4:4). ‘We who are many are one body in Christ for we all partake of the one bread’ (1 Corinthians 10:17; Romans 12:5), and we have all been anointed in the one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).”
(excerpt from COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 11.9.18)

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, take my life and make it wholly pleasing to you. Sanctify me in your truth and guide me by your Holy Spirit that I may follow you faithfully wherever you lead.”

Daily Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribeiro, scj

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Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter.

Alleluia, alleluia.
I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you always.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

*Scripture: John 17:1-11*
“This is eternal life – to know the Father the only true God”

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; 5 and now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made. 6 “I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; they were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; 8 for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours; 10 all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Eternity will be ours when faith sees, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“We are distanced from eternity to the extent that we are changeable. But eternal life is promised to us through the truth. Our faith, however, stands as far apart from the clear knowledge of the truth as mortality does from eternity. At the present we put faith in things done in time on our account, and by that faith itself we are cleansed. In this way, when we have come to sight, as truth follows faith, so eternity may follow on mortality. Our faith will become truth, then, when we have attained to that which is promised to us who believe. And that which is promised to us is eternal life. And the Truth – not that which shall come to be according to how our faith shall be, but that truth that always exists because eternity is in it – the Truth then has said, ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ When our faith sees and comes to be truth, then eternity shall possess our now changed mortality.” (excerpt from ON THE TRINITY 4.18.24.34)

(Prayer of Francis de Sales, 1567-1622)
“If only I possessed the grace, good Jesus, to be utterly at one with you! Amidst all the variety of worldly things around me, Lord, the only thing I crave is unity with you. You are all my soul needs. Unite, dear friend of my heart, this unique little soul of mine to your perfect goodness.You are all mine; when shall I be yours? Lord Jesus, my beloved, be the magnet of my heart; clasp, press, unite me for ever to your sacred heart. You have made me for yourself; make me one with you. Absorb this tiny drop of life into the ocean of goodness whence it came.”

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