Saturday, April 22, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Saturday / Octave of Easter

'Tis the Saturday within the Octave of Easter: Octave-link.

Otherwise, 22 April would be the festival of Saint Soter, Pope (died circa 174), twelfth Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Caius, Pope (died 296, also spelt Gaius), twenty-eighth Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Agapetus I, Pope (died 536), fifty-seventh Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Theodore of Sykeon, Bishop (died circa 613): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter four, verses thirteen thru twenty-one;
Psalm One Hundred Eighteen, verses one, fourteen & fifteen(a,b) & sixteen thru twenty-one;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter sixteen, verses nine thru fifteen.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron:
Friends, in today’s passage Jesus commissions his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all. A great lesson of the Resurrection is that the path of salvation has been opened to everyone. Paul told us that “though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself and took the form of slave… accepting even death, death on a cross.”

In a word, Jesus went all the way down, journeying into pain, despair, alienation, even godforsakenness. Why? In order to reach all of those who had wandered from God. Then, in light of the Resurrection, the first Christians came to know that, even as we run as fast as we can away from the Father, all the way to godforsakenness, we are running into the arms of the Son. The Resurrection shows that Christ can gather back to the Father everyone whom he has embraced through his suffering love.

So let us not domesticate the still stunning and disturbing message of Resurrection. Rather, let us allow it to unnerve us, change us, and set us on fire.

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