Friday, May 5, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide, Late Edition

'Tis the festival of Saint Hilary of Arles, Bishop (circa 400-449): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Aventinus of Tours, Deacon & Hermit (died 1180): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Edmund Rice, Confessor, C.F.C. (1762-1844), founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers & Congregation of Presentation Brothers: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.F.C. & Wikipedia-link F.P.M.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter nine, verses one thru twenty;
Psalm One Hundred Seventeen, verses one(b,c) & two;
The Gospel according to John, chapter six, verses fifty-two thru fifty-nine.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel declares that the Word really became flesh. Why has the incarnation been resisted from the very beginning? Why is the extension of the incarnation, which is the Eucharist, still such a source of division?

I think it has to do with flesh. God became one of us, as close to us as blood and muscle and bone. It is no longer correct to say simply that God is in his heaven and we are on the earth. It is not correct to say simply that God is spirit and we are matter. Matter has been invaded by spirit. But in Jesus, God became flesh, and more to the point, he invites us to eat his body and drink his blood. But that means that he wants us to take him into ourselves.

“Now, wait a minute!” many people think. That’s a little too close for comfort, for it means that he wants to be Lord of my flesh and my bones, that he wants to move into every nook and cranny of my life. My work, my recreation, my sexual life, my life of play—all those fleshy things that I do—he wants to be Lord of all of that! And that’s precisely right.
Bible Study
The First Letter of Peter, chapter two, verses eleven thru twenty-five;
The First Letter of Peter, chapter three (verses one thru twenty-two);
The First Letter of Peter, chapter four, verses one thru eleven.

Commentary: III. The Christian in a Hostile World: Christian Examples (2:11&12), Christian Citizens (2:13-17), Christian Slaves (2:18-25), Christian Spouses (3:1-7), Christian Conduct (3:8-12), Christian Suffering (3:13-22), Christian Restraint (4:1-6), & Christian Charity (4:7-11).

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