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Archive for April, 2014

Community Must be Ecclesial

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 1st, 2014
Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
St. Joseph the Worker

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Christian Unity

 

 

WHEN the Apostles are brought again before the Sanhedrin, they do not answer as individuals, but as a community.

We must obey God rather than men. (First reading)

This one sentence is loaded with implications. First, they say “we,” implying a fundamental unity between them. Second, it reveals that the Apostles were not following human tradition, but the Sacred Tradition that Jesus imparted to them. And last, it supports what we read earlier this week, that the first converts in turn were following the Apostles’ teaching, which was Christ’s.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Community… an Encounter with Jesus

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 30th, 2014
Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

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The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, Jean-Léon Gérôme
(1824–1904)

 

 

THE same Apostles who fled Gethsemane at the first rattle of chains now, not only defy the religious authorities, but go straight back into hostile territory to witness to the resurrection of Jesus.

The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people. (First reading)

Chains that once were their shame now begin to weave a glorious crown. Where did this courage suddenly come from?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Sacrament of Community

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 29th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena

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Our Lady of Combermere gathering her children—Madonna House Community, Ont., Canada

 

 

NOWHERE in the Gospels do we read Jesus instructing the Apostles that, once He departs, they are to form communities. Perhaps the closest Jesus comes to it is when He says, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [1]cf. Jn 13:35

And yet, after Pentecost, the very first thing the believers did was form organized communities. Almost instinctively…

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1. cf. Jn 13:35
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Christianity that Changes the World

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 28th, 2014
Monday of the Second Week of Easter

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THERE is a fire in the early Christians that must be re-kindled in the Church today. It was never meant to go out. This is the task of Our Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit in this time of mercy: to bring about the life of Jesus within us, the light of the world. Here is the kind of fire that must burn in our parishes again:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on April 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

St. John Paul II

Giovanni Paolo II

ST. JOHN PAUL II — PRAY FOR US

 

 

I traveled to Rome to sing in a concert tribute to St. John Paul II, October 22nd, 2006, to honor the 25th anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation, as well as the 28th anniversary of the late pontiff’s installation as pope. I had no idea what was about to happen…

A story from the archives, first published October 24th, 2006….

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on April 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lift Our Hands!

 

 

 

CHRIST IS RISEN, ALLELUIA!

Let us lift our hands to our King!

 

 Mark Mallett with Natalie MacMaster on fiddle:

 

 

 

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on April 20th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

The Gospel of Suffering

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 18th, 2014
Good Friday

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YOU may have noticed in several writings, lately, the theme of “springs of living water” flowing from within the soul of a believer. Most dramatic is the ‘promise’ of a coming “Blessing” that I wrote about this week in The Convergence and the Blessing.

But as we meditate upon the Cross today, I want to speak of one more wellspring of living water, one that even now can flow from within to irrigate the souls of others. I am speaking of suffering.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on April 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Third Memorial

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 17th, 2014
Holy Thursday

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THREE times, at the Lord’s Supper, Jesus asked us to imitate Him. Once when He took Bread and broke it; once when He took up the Cup; and last, when He washed the feet of the Apostles:

If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. (Today’s Gospel)

The Holy Mass is not complete without the third memorial. That is, when you and I receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, the Holy Meal is only satisfied when we wash the feet of another. When you and I, in turn, become the very Sacrifice that we have eaten: when we give our lives in service for another:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 17th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Betraying the Son of Man

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 16th, 2014
Wednesday of Holy Week

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BOTH Peter and Judas received the Body and Blood of Christ at the Last Supper. Jesus knew beforehand both men would deny Him. Both men went on to do so in one manner or another.

But only one man did Satan enter:

After he took the morsel, Satan entered [Judas]. (John 13:27)

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on April 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

You Were Born for This Time

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 15th, 2014
Tuesday of Holy Week

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AS you peer out at the Storm that is roiling on the horizon of humanity, you might be tempted to say, “Why me? Why now?” But I want to assure you, dear reader, that you were born for these times. As it says in the first reading today,

The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE HARD TRUTH | on April 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

His Unfathomable Mercy

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for April 14th, 2014
Monday of Holy Week

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NO one can fathom how wide and how deep is the love of God for humanity. Today’s first reading gives us an insight into this tenderness:

A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth…

We are on the threshold of the Day of the Lord, that day which will bring about an era of peace and justice, establishing it to “the coastlands.” The Church Fathers remind us that the Day of the Lord is not the end of the world or even a single 24 hour period. Rather…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, TIME OF GRACE | on April 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

They Will Not See

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 11th, 2014
Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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THIS generation is like a man standing on a beach, watching a ship disappear over the horizon. He does not think of what is beyond the horizon, where the ship is going, or where other ships are coming from. In his mind, what is reality is only that which lies between the shore and the skyline. And that is it.

This is analogous to how many perceive the Catholic Church today. They cannot see beyond the horizon of their limited knowledge; they do not understand the transforming influence of the Church over the centuries: how she introduced education, health care, and charities on several continents. How the sublimity of the Gospel has transformed art, music, and literature. How the power of her truths have manifested in the splendor of architecture and design, civil rights and laws.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE HARD TRUTH | on April 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »