Thursday, June 1, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr (circa 100-165), martyred in the reign of the emperor Marcus Aurelius: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Justin was a philosopher & a martyr. He was born of pagan parents at Flavia Neapolis in Samaria at the beginning of the second century. Following his conversion to the faith he wrote many works in defense of religion, of which we have two: the Apology & the Dialogue with Trypho. He also opened a school at Rome in which public debates were held. Justin was martyred along with several companions during the reign of Marcus Aurelius around the year 165.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Rónán of Locronan, Bishop (sixth century, A.K.A. of Cornwall, the Silent): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed John Storey, Martyr (circa 1504-1571, also spelt Story), martyred in the reign of the queen Elizabeth I: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: This is the sixth consecutive day on which we've remembered a martyr or martyrs put to death by the monstrous tyranny of Elizabeth Tudor. It was not enough for the Tudor tyrant that Storey, several times a Member of Parliament, had already been driven into exile, no. He was kidnapped from Antwerp by Tudor agents & hauled back to England to be subjected to a kangaroo court & then hanged, drawn, & quartered at Tyburn. Hateful & cursed be the name Tudor!

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter twenty-two, verse thirty & chapter twenty-three, verses six thru eleven;
Psalm Sixteen, verses one, two(a), & five; seven & eight; nine & ten; & eleven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter seventeen, verses twenty thru twenty-six.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus prays for our unity with him and for us to be immersed in God’s love: “I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

We are not simply supplicants or penitents, calling to God from without; we are sons and daughters, calling to him from within. God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, even to the limits of godforsakenness, even into sin and death, into the darkest corners of human experience, in order to find us.

But the paschal mystery is intelligible only in the light of the doctrine of the Trinity. This acrobatic act of love is possible only if there is, in the very being of God, a sender and one that he can send, only if there is a Father and a Son. The Father and the Son are united in love, and this love is itself the divine life. And thus there is a spirit, co-equal to the Father and the Son, which is the love shared between them.
Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Justin
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses eighteen thru twenty-five;
Psalm Thirty-four, verse five;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter five, verses thirteen thru nineteen.

The First Letter of Peter, chapter one, verses seventeen thru twenty-five.

Commentary: Reverence (1:17-21) & Mutual Love (1:22-25).

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