Monday, May 15, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Backlog Edition, II
Sunday, 14 May was the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Paschal-link & Wikipedia-link Easter.

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Fifth Sunday of Easter
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter six, verses one thru seven;
Psalm Thirty-three, verses one & two, four & five, & eighteen & nineteen;
The First Letter of Peter, chapter two, verses four thru nine;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fourteen, verses one thru twelve.

Commentary: Audio Easter Gospel reflection by Jeff Cavins: Encountering the Word.

Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel passage today, Jesus once again explains his union with the Father. The disciples are gathered around Jesus at the Last Supper, abiding in intimacy with him, asking questions and seeking wisdom. Listen to Jesus’ words: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Later, Paul picks up on this idea when he refers to Jesus as the “icon of the invisible God.”

In these accounts, we sense the humility of the Logos. Jesus says, “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.” Neither the words nor the deeds of Jesus are his own. They are received from the Father. The Trinitarian theological tradition respects this when it speaks of the Son as the interior word of the father and as having received everything from the Father.

Otherwise, 14 May would have been the festival of Saint Matthias, Apostle (died circa 80): Apostle-link ūnus, Apostle-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould have been the festival of Saint Érembert of Toulouse, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 610-672): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Mass Journal: Week 20
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
In every age, the Church experiences problems & difficulties. Our time is no different. The solution to the prpoblems that plague our lives & the Church is unchanging & singular. The problems are many; the solution is solitary. Personal holiness is the answer to every problem. In every situation of my life, in every problem, in every difficulty, I know that if I allow the values & principles of the Gospel to guide me, it will turn out for the best.

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