Gospel reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel Ribiero, scj

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Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 3:31-36
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life”

31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is  above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony; 33 he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for it is not by measure that he gives the Spirit; 35 the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.


Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Always bless the Lord! by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“When are you to ‘bless the Lord?’ When he showers blessings on you? When earthly goods are plentiful? When you have a plethora of grain, oil, wine, gold, silver… – while your mortal body remains healthy, uninjured and free from disease; while everything that is born on your estate is growing well, and nothing is snatched away by untimely death; while every kind of happiness floods your home and you have all you want in profusion? Is it only then that you are to bless the Lord? No, but ‘at all times.’ So you are to bless him equally when from time to time, or because the Lord God wishes to discipline you, these good things let you down or are taken from you, when there are fewer births or the already-born slip away. These things happen, and their consequence is poverty, need, hardship, disappointment and temptation. But you sang, ‘I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be in my mouth always,’ so when the Lord gives you these good things, bless him, and when he takes them away, bless him. He it is who gives, and he it is who takes away, but he does not take himself away from anyone who blesses him. (excerpt from EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 34.3)


“Lord Jesus Christ, let your Holy Spirit fill me and transform my heart and mind that I may choose life – the abundant life you offer to those who trust in you. Give me courage to always choose what is good, true, and just and to reject whatever is false, foolish, and contrary to your holy will.”



Gospel reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel, scj

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him
may have eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

*Scripture: John 3:7-15*
“You must be born anew”

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’ 8 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can this be?”10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

A Daily Quote from early church fathers:

He descended so that we might ascend, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Spiritual birth happens when human beings, being earthly, become heavenly. And this can only happen when they are made members of me. So that he may ascend who descended, since no one ascends who did not descend. Therefore everyone who needs to be changed and raised must meet together in a union with Christ so that the Christ who descended may ascend, considering his body (that is to say, his church)6 as nothing other than himself.”


“Lord Jesus Christ, your death brought life for us. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may walk in freedom and joy in the knowledge of your great victory over sin and death.”

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel, scj

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Monday April 9, 2018
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
and we saw his glory.
Alleluia, alleluia.


Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
 “You have found favor with God”

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” 35 And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


“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 plan for my life.”

A Daily Quote from early church fathers:

Do you wish to be great? by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Just imagine the incredible kindness and mercy! He was the only Son, but He did not want to remain alone. So that humans might be born of God God was born of humans. Begotten of God is He through Whom we were created – Born of a woman is He through Whom we are to be re-created. The Word first wished to be born of humans, so that you might be assured of being born of God” (excerpt from Sermon on John 2, 13)


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Caros irmãos, celebramos, neste domingo, a Divina Misericórdia, conforme instituição de São João Paulo II. E, no evangelho desta liturgia (Jo 20,19-31), temos a célebre cena da profissão de fé de São Tomé na qual resplandece uma ordem e uma bem-aventurança: “não sejas incrédulo, mas fiel […]. Bem-aventurados os que creram sem terem visto” (cf. Jo 20,27.29). Entendendo, assim, a fé como o meio necessário de acesso à Misericórdia, aproximemo-nos desta realidade fundamental de nossa vida espiritual.

Diz o Catecismo: “A fé é a resposta do homem a Deus que se revela e a ele se doa” (CEC sthome26); resposta essa só possível pelos auxílios interiores do Espírito Santo. Assim, trata-se de uma graça, mas também de um ato humano (cf. CEC 153-154) que é, ainda, um ato profundamente eclesial (cf. CEC 181). E aqui temos um grande desafio dos nossos dias: crer na Igreja e como Igreja.

É no seio da comunidade apostólica que Tomé se encontra com o ressuscitado e o professa como Senhor e Deus. É no seio da Igreja católica que somos chamados a responder positivamente Àquele que se revela e se doa. E somos felizes quando conseguimos compreender que a Igreja é muito mais do que um CNPJ, mas é o Corpo de Cristo que se estende pelos séculos nos trazendo a possibilidade de estar em comunhão com Cristo, nossa Cabeça, através da fé e dos dons que nos chegam através da organização visível (cf. LG 7-8).

Que a Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, Mãe da fé, interceda por nós a fim de que sejamos cada vez mais firmes no ato de crer para, assim, vencer o mundo (cf. 1Jo 5,4 – segunda leitura)!

Gospel reading And Meditation by Fr Daniel, scj

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Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture: Mark 16:9-15
“Go and preach the Gospel to the whole creation”

9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. 12 After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. 14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because  they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.


“Lord Jesus Christ, increase my faith and hope in the power of your resurrection. And give me joy and courage to be your witness to others and to boldly speak of what you have done to save us from sin and death.”

A Daily Quote for Easter Week:

The Great Commission, by Augustine of Hippo, 430-543 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 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,” 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)

Gospel and Meditation by Fr Daniel, scj.

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Friday in the Octave of Easter

Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Alleluia, alleluia.

John 21:1-14
“Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples”

1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it  in, for the quantity of fish.

7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he  was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so  many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.


“Lord Jesus, you are the Resurrection and the Life. Increase my faith in the power of your resurrection and in the truth that you are truly alive! May I never doubt your life-giving word nor stray from your presence.”

Daily Quote for Easter Week:

Resurrected Bodies, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“The bodies of the righteous at the resurrection will need neither any fruit to preserve them from dying of disease or the wasting decay of old age nor any bodily nourishment to prevent hunger and thirst. For they will be endowed with such a sure and inviolable gift of immortality that they will not eat because they have to, but only if they want to. Not the power but the necessity of eating and drinking shall be taken away from them… just like our Savior after his resurrection took meat and drink with his disciples, with spiritual but still real flesh, not for the sake of nourishment, but in an exercise of his power.” (excerpt from City of God 13.22)

Gospel Reading and Meditation by Fr Daniel, scj.

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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
Alleluia Ps 118:24

Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 20:11-18
“I have seen the Lord!”

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they  have laid him.” 14 Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my  Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” 18 Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


“Lord Jesus, may I never fail to recognize your voice nor lose sight of your presence as you open the Scriptures for me and speak your life-giving word.”

A Daily Quote for Easter season:

The Easter Alleluia,  by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“Because there are these two periods of time – the one that now is, beset with the trials and troubles of this life, and the other yet to come, a life of everlasting serenity and joy – we are given two liturgical seasons, one before Easter and the other after. The season before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live here and now, while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present signifies the happiness that will be ours in the future. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life; what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer; but now the fast is over and we devote the present season to praise. Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing.” (excerpt from commentary on Psalm 148, 1-2)

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