Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide

'Tis the festival of Our Lady of Good Counsel: Our Lady-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Cletus, Pope & Martyr (died circa 92, A.K.A. Anacletus), third Bishop of Rome, martyred in the reign of the emperor Domitian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Marcellinus, Pope & Martyr (died 304) twenty-ninth Bishop of Rome, martyred in the reign of the emperor Diocletian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Stephen of Perm, Bishop (circa 1340-1396): Wikipedia-link & Britannica-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter five, verses seventeen thru twenty-six;
Psalm Thirty-four, verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to John, chapter three, verses sixteen thru twenty-one.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron:
Friends, our Gospel passage today includes one of Jesus’ best-known and best-loved sayings. The Lord is speaking to Nicodemus and he tells him, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

Why does the Son come? Because God is angry? Because God wants to lord it over us? Because God needs something? No, he comes purely out of love, out of God’s desire that we flourish: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

It is not in order to work out his anger issues that the Father sends the Son, but that the justice of the world might be restored. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s salvific intent, displayed throughout the Old Testament.

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