Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Thursday May 7, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 282
Reading 1 ACTS 13:13-25
From Paphos, Paul and his companions
set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia.
But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats.
After the reading of the law and the prophets,
the synagogue officials sent word to them,
“My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation
for the people, please speak.”

So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow children of Israel and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out,
and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert.
When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan,
he gave them their land as an inheritance
at the end of about four hundred and fifty years.
After these things he provided judges up to Samuel the prophet.
Then they asked for a king.
God gave them Saul, son of Kish,
a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
Then he removed him and raised up David as their king;
of him he testified,
I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’“

Responsorial Psalm89:2-3, 21-22, 25 AND 27
R.    (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’”
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaRV 1:5AB
R. 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.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 13:16-20
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint May 7 : St. John of Beverley a Holy Bishop who Died in 721 in England

St. John of Beverley

7 May 721, Beverley

This illustrious saint was born at Harpham, a village in the province of the Deiri, which comprised Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the rest of the kingdom of the Northumbers, on the south side of the Tyne; what lay beyond it being called Bernicia. An earnest desire of qualifying himself for the service of God drew him young into Kent, where he made great progress in learning and piety, in the famous school of St. Theodorus, the archbishop, under the direction of the holy abbot Adrian. Afterwards returning into his own country, he pursued the exercises of piety in the monastery of men under St. Hilda at Whithy; till in the beginning of the reign of king Alfred, upon the death of Eata, he was made bishop of Hagulstad, or Hexam. What time he had to spare from his functions he consecrated to heavenly contemplation; retiring for that purpose into the churchyard of St. Michael's, beyond the river Tyne, about a mile and a half from Hagulstad, especially during the forty days of Lent. He was accustomed to take with him some poor person, whom he served during that time. Once in the beginning of a Lent, he took with him a dumb youth, who never had been able to utter one word, and whose head was covered with hideous scabs and scales, without any hair. The saint caused a mansion to be built for this sick youth within his enclosure, and often admitted him into his own cell. On the second Sunday he made the sign of the cross upon his tongue, and loosed it. Then. he taught him to say <Gea>, which signifies in Saxon <Yea>, or <Yes>; then the letters of the alphabet, A, B, C, and afterwards syllables and words. Thus the youth miraculously obtained his speech.
Moreover, by the saint's blessing the remedies prescribed by  a physician whom he employed, his head was entirely healed, and became covered with hair. When St. Wilfred returned from banishment, St. John yielded up to him the see of Hagulstad: but some time after, upon the death of Bosa, a man of great sanctity and humility, as Bede testifies, he was placed in the archiepiscopal chair of York. Venerable Bede, who received the holy orders of deacon and priest at his hands, gives ample testimony to his sanctity; and relates the instantaneous cure of the sick wife of a neighboring thane or lord, by holy water, and several other miracles performed by him, from the testimony of Bercthun, abbot of Beverley, and Herebald, abbot of Tinmouth, who had been eye-witnesses to several of them. St. John made frequent retirement his delight, to renew thereby his spirit of devotion, lest the dissipation of exterior employs should extinguish it.
He chose for his retreat a monastery which he had built at Beverley, then a forest, now a market-town, twenty-seven miles from York. This monastery, according to the custom of those times, he erected for the use of both sexes, and put it under the government of his disciple, Bercthun, or Brithun, first abbot of Beverley, then called Endeirwood, or wood of the Deiri. In 717, being much broken with age and fatigues, he resigned his bishopric to his chaplain, St. Wilfrid the, younger, and having ordained him bishop of York, he retired to Beverley, where he spent the remaining four years of his life in the punctual performance of all monastic duties. He died there the death of the just, on the 7th of May, 721. His successor governed the see of York fifteen years, was a great lover of the beauty of God's house and is named among the saints, April the 29th. The monastery of Beverley having been destroyed by the Danes, king Athelstan, who had obtained a great victory over the Scots by the intercession of St. John, founded in his honor, in the same place, a rich collegiate church of canons.
King Henry V. attributed to the intercession of this saint the glorious victory of Agincourt, on which occasion a synod, in 1416, ordered his festival to be solemnly kept over all England. Henschenius the Bollandist, in the second tome of May, has published four books of the miracles wrought at the relics of Saint John of Beverley, written by eye-witnesses. His sacred bones were honorably translated into the church by Alfric, archbishop of York, in 1037: a feast in honor of which translation was kept at York on the 25th of October.
On the 13th of September, (not the 24th, as Mr. Stevens says,) in 1664, the sexton, digging a grave in the church of Beverley, discovered a vault of freestone, in which was a box of lead, containing several pieces of bones, with some dust, yielding a sweet smell; with inscriptions, by which it appeared that these were the mortal remains of St. John of Beverley, as we read in Dugdale's History of the Collegiate Church of Beverley, who has transcribed them, p. 57. These relics had been hid in the beginning of the reign of king Edward VI. Dugdale and Stevens testify, that they were all reinterred in the middle-alley of the same church. Alcuin had an extraordinary devotion to St. John of Beverley, and in his poem on the saints of York, published by Thomas Gale gives a long history of the miracles wrought by him from verse 1085 to 1215. Rabanus Maurus has placed Alcuin in his Martyrology on the 19th of May, and Henschenius on that day gives his life, and mentions several private Martyrologies in which his name is found, though he has never been anywhere honored in the office of the church. source: TheLives of the Saints:AlbanButler.X8

Big News for Canada as Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Damphousse to New Ottawa-Cornwall Archdiocese and Bishop Guy Appointed to Pembroke

News Release Archdiocese Ottawa-Cornwall:
Today, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, announced the official canonical amalgamation of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall into one ecclesiastical circumscription, creating the new Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. The decree takes effect on May 6, 2020.

The Holy Father also announced that I will become the first Archbishop of the newly created archdiocese.

His Excellency the Most Rev. Marcel Damphousse, (picture below)currently Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, has been appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

His Excellency the Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., currently auxiliary bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall, has been named Bishop for the Diocese of Pembroke.
(Today, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., Bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Desrochers was serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. Bishop Desrochers will assume the pastoral governance of the Diocese from the Most Reverend Michael Mulhall, who currently serves as its Apostolic Administrator as well as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston.)

A new logo has been created for the new Archdiocese and appears below.

History of this Amalgamation

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., who at the time was the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, was named the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall on January 16, 2016. At that time, he was tasked with making a recommendation about the possible amalgamation of the two dioceses.
Over the following years, a series of consultations was held in the two dioceses and a recommendation was sent to the Vatican in June 2017.

On April 27, 2018, it was announced that Pope Francis had united the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall to the Archdiocese of Ottawa “in the person of the bishop.” Thus Archbishop Prendergast became the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall.

On December 12, 2018, Father Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. was named the auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall.

In early 2019, a Transition Committee was struck consisting of key representatives of both dioceses. Over the past year, they have been meeting to discuss and work out the various aspects of uniting the two dioceses into the new Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

Although the canonical amalgamation has now been announced, the civil amalgamation will take place several months from now following an Act of Parliament.

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Pope Francis Asks Everyone to Join in Prayer of the Rosary on Friday, May 8th for Peace in the World - Full Text-Video

Apostolic Palace Library
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Catechesis: 1. The mystery of prayer
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Today we begin a new cycle of catechesis on the theme of prayer . Prayer is the breath of faith, it is its most proper expression. Like a cry that comes from the heart of those who believe and trust in God.
Let's think of the story of Bartimeo, a character of the Gospel (cf. Mk 10: 46-52 and par.) And, I confess, for me the cutest of all. He was blind, sat begging on the side of the road on the outskirts of his city, Jericho. He is not an anonymous character, he has a face, a name: Bartimeo, that is "son of Timaeus". One day he hears that Jesus would pass by. In fact, Jericho was a crossroads of people, continuously crossed by pilgrims and merchants. Then Bartimeo lurks: he would have done everything possible to meet Jesus. Many people did the same: remember Zacchaeus, who climbed the tree. Many wanted to see Jesus, too.
So this man enters the Gospels like a voice crying out loud. He does not see us; he does not know if Jesus is near or far, but he hears him, understands him from the crowd, which at a certain point increases and approaches ... But he is completely alone, and nobody cares about it. And what does Bartimeo do? Shout. And screams, and continues to scream. He uses the only weapon in his possession: the voice. Start shouting: "Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!" (v. 47). And so he continues, shouting.
His repeated screams annoy, do not seem polite, and many scold him, tell him to keep quiet: "But be polite, do not do this!". But Bartimaeus is not silent, on the contrary, he shouts even louder: «Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!» (v. 47). That stubborn stubbornness of those who seek grace and knock knock on the door of the heart of God. He shouts, knocks. That expression: "Son of David" is very important; it means "the Messiah" - confesses the Messiah - it is a profession of faith that comes out of the mouth of that man despised by all.
And Jesus listens to his cry. Bartimaeus' prayer touches his heart, the heart of God, and the doors of salvation are opened for him. Jesus calls him. He leaps to his feet and those who previously told him to keep quiet now lead him to the Master. Jesus speaks to him, asks him to express his desire - this is important - and then the cry becomes a question: "May I see again, Lord!" (see v. 51).
Jesus says to him: "Go, your faith has saved you " (v. 52). He recognizes that poor, helpless, despised man, all the power of his faith, which attracts the mercy and power of God. Faith is to have two hands raised, a voice that cries out to implore the gift of salvation. The Catechism states that "humility is the foundation of prayer" ( Catechism of the Catholic Church , 2559). Prayer comes from the earth, from humus - from which derives "humble", "humility" -; it comes from our precarious state, from our continuous thirst for God (cf. ibid ., 2560-2561).
Faith, we have seen it in Bartimeo, is a cry; non-faith is stifling that cry. That attitude that people had, in silencing him: they were not people of faith, but he was. Suffocating that cry is a kind of "silence". Faith is protest against a painful condition for which we do not understand why; non-faith is limited to suffering a situation to which we have adapted. Faith is hope of being saved; non-faith is to get used to the evil that oppresses us and to continue like this.
Dear brothers and sisters, let's begin this series of catecheses with the cry of Bartimeo, because perhaps everything has already been written in a figure like his. Bartimeo is a persevering man. Around him there were people who explained that begging was useless, that it was an unanswered shouting, that it was a noise that only disturbed, that please stop shouting: but he did not remain silent. And in the end he got what he wanted.
Stronger than any contrary argument, in the heart of man there is a voice that invokes. We all have this voice inside. A voice that comes out spontaneously, without anyone commanding it, a voice that questions the meaning of our journey down here, especially when we are in the dark: “Jesus, have mercy on me! Jesus, have mercy on me! ". Beautiful prayer, this.
But perhaps these words are not carved in the whole of creation? Everything invokes and pleads for the mystery of mercy to find its definitive fulfillment. Not only do Christians pray: they share the cry of prayer with all men and women. But the horizon can still be widened: Paul says that the whole creation "groans and suffers the pains of childbirth" ( Rom 8:22 ). Artists often make themselves interpreters of this silent cry of creation, which presses in every creature and emerges above all in the heart of man, because man is a "beggar of God" (cf CCC , 2559). Beautiful definition of man: "beggar of God". Thanks.

Je salue cordially les fidèles de langue française. Chers frères et sœurs, les temps difficult que nous vivons sont favorables pour redécouvrir la nécessité de la prière dans notre vie! Ouvrons largement les portes de notre cœur à l'amour de Dieu notre Père, qui saura nous écouter! Que Dieu vous bénisse!
I cordially greet the French-speaking faithful. Dear brothers and sisters, the difficult moments in which we live are conducive to the rediscovery of the need for prayer in our life! Let's open the doors of our hearts to the love of God our Father, who will know how to listen to us! God bless you! ]
I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media. In this Easter season, I invoke upon you and your families the joy and strength that come from the Risen Christ. May God bless you!
I greet the English-speaking faithful connected through the social media. In this Easter season I invoke upon you and your families the joy and fortitude that come from the risen Christ. God bless you! ]
Von Herzen grüße ich die Brüder und Schwestern deutscher Sprache. Das Gebet ist der schönste Ausdruck des Glaubens in Gott und des Vertrauens in seine barmherzige Liebe. Bitten wir Gott, uns ein demütiges Herz zu schenken, dass alles von ihm erhofft und immer den Durst nach ihm verspürt. Der auferstandene Herr erfülle in dieser österlichen Zeit unsere Herzen mit seinem Frieden und seiner Freude.
With affection I greet the German-speaking brothers and sisters. Prayer is the most beautiful expression of faith in God, of trust in his merciful love. We ask God to give us a humble heart that hopes for everything from him and always feels thirsty for him. In this Easter season, the Risen Lord fill our hearts with his peace and joy .]
I cordially greet you to the words of the language that you sign to the través de los medios de comunicación social. Pidamos a Jesús, el buen Pastor, que nos concede ser hombres y mujeres de oración, que con confianza y perseverancia presentemos al Padre compasivo nuestras necesidades y las de todos nuestros hermanos. Pasado mañana, 8 de mayo, if celebrating the fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Luján in Argentina. That, Mother of God and Mother of God, intercede por nosotros y nos obtenga de su Hijo las gracias necesarias en este tiempo de dificultad que el mundo atraviesa. Que Dios los bendiga.
Saúdo cordially os fiéis de língua portuguesa. Queridos amigos, a oração abre a porta da nossa vida a Deus and nos ajuda a sair de nós mesmos para ser solidários com os outros que vivem na provação. Assim, sobretudo neste momento de pandemia, poderemos levar-lhes consolação, luz e esperança. Sobre vós e vossas famílias, desça a bênção do Senhor.
I cordially greet the Portuguese-speaking faithful. Dear friends, prayer opens the door of our life to God and helps us to go out of ourselves to be in solidarity with others immersed in the trial. Thus, especially in this pandemic moment, we can bring them comfort, light and hope. May the blessing of the Lord come upon you and your families .]
أحيي جميع المؤمنين الناطقين باللغة العربية ، المتابعين لهذه المقابلة عَبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي. لنتعلم من صلاة بَرطيماوُس الأعمى أن نطلب أولاً رحمة الله بإلحاح وإيمان. ولنترك للربّ أن يُظهر رحمته علينا بالطريقة التي يراها هو مناسبة لخلاصنا. ليبارككم الرب جميعًا ويحرسكم دائمًا من كل شر!
I greet the Arabic-speaking faithful who follow this meeting through the social media. We learn from the prayer of the blind Bartimaeus to ask first of all the mercy of God with insistence and faith. Let us allow the Lord to show us his mercy in the way he considers it appropriate for our salvation. The Lord bless you all and always protect you from all evil! ]
Pozdrawiam wszystkich Polaków. Drodzy bracia i siostry, pojutrze będziecie obchodzili uroczystość św. Stanisława, biskupa i męczennika, patroness Polski. Od wieków ten wielki Święty pozostaje w pamięci iw duchowości Polaków jako nieugięty obrońca wiary, porządku moralnego i społecznego, opiekun najsłabszych i bezbronnych, pasterz gotwie za. Przez jego wstawiennictwo módlmy się za Kościół w Polsce i za naród polski, aby - w dzisiejszej, trudnej sytuacji światowej spowodowanej pandemią, iw każdym czasie - mógł cawyłę. Z serca wam błogosławię!
I greet all the Poles. Dear brothers and sisters, the day after tomorrow you will celebrate the solemnity of St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr, patron of Poland. For centuries this great saint has remained in the memory and spirituality of the Poles as an intrepid defender of the faith, of the moral and social order, protector of the weakest and most defenseless, a shepherd ready to give his life for Christ and his sheep. Through his intercession, we pray for the Church in Poland and for the Polish people, so that - in today's difficult world situation caused by the pandemic and at all times - they can enjoy the blessing of God, peace and prosperity. I bless you from my heart! ]

On the occasion of May 1st, I received several messages relating to the world of work and its problems. In particular, I was struck by that of agricultural laborers, including many immigrants, who work in the Italian countryside. Unfortunately, many times they are harshly exploited. It is true that there is a crisis for everyone, but the dignity of people must always be respected. Therefore, I welcome the appeal of these workers and all the exploited workers and call on the crisis to be an opportunity to put the dignity of the person and the dignity of work at the center.

The day after tomorrow, Friday 8 May, the intense prayer of the "Supplication to Our Lady of the Rosary" will rise at the Shrine of Pompeii. I urge everyone to join spiritually in this popular act of faith and devotion, so that through the intercession of the Holy Virgin, the Lord may grant mercy and peace to the Church and to the whole world.
I greet the Italian-speaking faithful. We have just started the month of May, which Christian popular devotion consecrates to the Mother of the Lord. I urge you to entrust yourselves to her, who was given us as Mother under the Cross.
I address a special thought to the elderly, young people, the sick and newlyweds. Place yourself confidently under the maternal protection of Mary and be sure that she will not make you miss her comfort in the hour of trial. The Lord bless you and Our Lady protect you.
FULL TEXT + IMAGE Source: - Translation from Italian

In Pakistan, Priests Bring the Blessed Sacrament Door-to-Door so the Faithful can Receive the Eucharist

ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Eucharist distributed "door to door" to the faithful: the Church cares for the spiritual needs of the people of God
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - The Blessed Sacrament brought to the streets of the neighborhoods, to bless the houses; masses in Urdu followed online by the faithful also in other parts of the world; the Eucharist distributed "door to door" to parishioners: in this way the Church in Pakistan tries to take care of the spiritual life of the people of God in times of lockdown and pandemic.
"To save ourselves from the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have two tasks. The first is to save people and protect their health; the second is to protect and strengthen faith. The person can be saved by observing measures such as social distancing and lockdown; faith is strengthened by continuing to participate in masses and prayers online": says to Agenzia Fides Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, at the head of the diocese of Lahore, who daily celebrates a mass broadcast online for the faithful of Pakistan on Facebook and on diocesan Catholic TV, while in Pakistan confinement continues to contain the spread of coronavirus. Archbishop Sebastian also said: "We try to fulfill our responsibility to observe social distancing and avoid visiting relatives and friends", but "we maintain spiritual relationship and mutual comfort".
Even in the Archdiocese of Karachi, Catholic priests periodically go out to show their closeness to the faithful to strengthen their faith. Anthony Abraz, parish priest of St. Thomas Parish in Karachi went to the neighborhoods where most Christian faithful live, bringing the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament to bless the people and satisfy the spiritual need of the faithful.
Speaking with Fides Fr. Anthony says: "While the lockdown for Covid-19 is in place, people have physical and spiritual needs. Feeling the spiritual thirst of people, we decided to go out into the streets holding the Blessed Sacrament. People stopped in front of the main doors or balconies to worship and venerate the Lord present in the Eucharist and to receive the Eucharistic blessing".
Fr. Anthony says: "We cannot gather, but with this special pastoral approach we go to the various neighborhoods to remember that God is with us and does not abandon us. We see a lot of joy among people who feel consoled in this difficult moment".
Noman Noel, priest of St. James parish in Karachi, who celebrates mass broadcast online, tells Fides: "After discussing with our parish pastoral group, we 4 priests of the parish decided to go to the areas of our Christian community to distribute Holy Communion. Taking the necessary precautions we visited people door to door to distribute the Eucharist: it was a powerful sign of God who comes to visit his people". Fr. Noman observes: "This has brought joy and happiness. I have seen people who had tears in their eyes. I was amazed at the response of the people and the love for the Eucharist. We hope and pray that this moment of trial will pass soon. Following the rules and social distancing we would like to distribute Holy Communion once a month to our parishioners".
Father Aamir Bhatti, priest and CEO of the "Good News Catholic Web TV", speaking with Fides, informed: "We are broadcasting the Holy Mass daily and more than 1,000 people connect to the Urdu Mass from other parts of the world . Before Mass, prayer intentions sent by the faithful are read and Mass is celebrated especially for the people's prayer intentions".
Archbishop Joseph Arshad of the Catholic diocese of Rawalpindi-Islamabad also organized Eucharistic adoration to pray for the healing of the world from coronavirus. Speaking to Fides, the Archbishop says: "In this critical moment for humanity, we pray without stopping and let us all join together in prayer so that the grace of God's healing may be a powerful force for our community and all over the world". (AG-PA) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2020)

At Mass, Pope Francis says "Jesus' mission is to illuminate...He himself said: "I am the light of the world" and Prays for those who Work in Media

"Have the courage to see our darkness,
so that the light of the Lord may come in and save us"
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Let us pray today for men and women who work in the media. In this pandemic time, they risk a lot and work is a lot. May the Lord help them in this work of transmission, always, of the truth.
This passage from John's Gospel (cf. 12: 44-50) shows us the intimacy that existed between Jesus and the Father. Jesus did what the Father told him to do. And for this reason he says: "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me, but in the One who sent me" (v. 44). Then he specifies his mission: "I have come into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me may not remain in darkness" (v. 46). It looks like light . Jesus' mission is to illuminate: the light. He himself said: "I am the light of the world" ( Jn8:12). The prophet Isaiah had prophesied this light: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light" (9, 1). The promise of light that will illuminate the people. And the mission of the apostles is also to bring light. Paul said it to King Agrippa: "I have been elected to illuminate, to bring this light - which is not mine, it belongs to another - but to bring light" (cf. Acts 26,18). It is the mission of Jesus: to bring light. And the mission of the apostles is to bring the light of Jesus. To illuminate . Because the world was in darkness.
But the drama of the light of Jesus is that it has been rejected. Already at the beginning of the Gospel, John says it clearly: “He came to his family and his family did not welcome him. They loved darkness more than light "(cf. Jn 1,9-11). Getting used to the darkness, living in the darkness: they cannot accept the light, they cannot; they are slaves of darkness. And this will be the struggle of Jesus, he continues: to illuminate, to bring the light that makes us see things as they are, as they are; it shows freedom, it shows the truth, it shows the way to go, with the light of Jesus.
Paul had this experience of the transition from darkness to light when the Lord met him on the road to Damascus. He was blinded. Blind. The light of the Lord blinded him. And then, after a few days, with baptism, the light was restored (cf Acts 9 : 1-19). He had this experience of the passage from the darkness, in which he was, to the light. It is also our passage, which we sacramentally received in Baptism: for this reason Baptism was called, in the first centuries, Illumination (cf. San Giustino, Apologia I, 61, 12), because it gave you the light, "made you enter" . For this reason, in the Baptism ceremony we give a lit candle, a candle lit to the father and mother, because the child, the girl is illuminated, is illuminated.
Jesus brings the light. But the people, the people, his people rejected it. He is so accustomed to the darkness that the light dazzles him, he cannot go ... (cf. Jn 1 : 10-11). And this is the drama of our sin: sin blinds us and we cannot tolerate light. We have sick eyes. And Jesus says it clearly, in the Gospel of Matthew: “If your eye is sick, your whole body will be sick. If your eye sees only darkness, how many darkness will there be within you? " (cf Mt 6,22-23). Darkness ... And the conversion is to pass from darkness to light.
But what are the things that sicken the eyes, the eyes of faith? Our eyes are sick: what are the things that "bring them down", that blind them? The vices , the worldly spirit , the prideThe vices that "bring you down" and also, these three things - vices, pride, the worldly spirit - lead you to make society with others to stay safe in the darkness. We often talk about the mafias: this is it. But there are "spiritual mafias", there are "domestic mafias", always, looking for someone else to cover themselves and stay in the darkness. It is not easy to live in the light. The light shows us many bad things within us that we don't want to see: the vices, the sins ... We think of our vices, we think of our pride, we think of our worldly spirit: these things blind us, they distance us from the light of Jesus .
But if we start thinking about these things, we will not find a wall, no, we will find an exit, because Jesus himself says that He is the light, and also: “I came into the world not to condemn the world, but to save the world "(Cf. Jn 12 : 46-47). Jesus himself, the light, says: “Have courage: let yourself be illuminated, let yourself be seen for what you have inside, because it is I who will carry you forward, to save you. I don't condemn you. I save you "(cf. v. 47). The Lord saves us from the darkness that we have inside, from the darkness of everyday life, of social life, of political life, of national, international life ... There is so much darkness inside. And the Lord saves us. But he asks us to see them first; have the courage to see our darkness so that the light of the Lord may come in and save us.
We are not afraid of the Lord: he is very good, he is mild, he is close to us. He came to save us. We are not afraid of the light of Jesus.
Prayer to make spiritual communion
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, at least spiritually come to my heart. As already came, I embrace you and I join you all. Don't let me ever separate you from you.

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