Saturday, May 20, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest, O.F.M. (1380-1444): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Lucifer of Calgiari, Bishop (died circa 370): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed María Angélica Pérez, Religious (1897-1932, A.K.A. María Crescentia), nicknamed "Sister Sweetness:" Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter sixteen, verses one thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred, verses one(b) & two, three, & five;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses eighteen thru twenty-one.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel balances our Easter joy with the warning of danger from a society opposed to God: “If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.”

It is altogether appropriate that, during this Easter season, we rejoice. The Lord is risen; he is truly risen. Jesus Christ is Lord. God is King. Sin and death have been defeated. All of that is true and remains centrally important during this season.

At the same time, we must not succumb to a “cheap grace” interpretation of Christianity, whereby Christ is risen and all is well. As Julian of Norwich said, “All will be well, all manner of things will be well.” Notice the future tense. The definitive battle has been won, but the war continues. The struggle is ongoing.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Bernardine
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter four, verses eight thru twelve;
Psalm Forty, verses eight(a) & nine(a);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses fifty-seven thru sixty-two.

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