Saturday, April 30, 2016
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The Reciprocal Gift – Divine Intimacy Meditation:
The Reciprocal Gift Presence of God – May I be all Yours, Lord, and You all mine. MEDITATION “God does not give Himself wholly to us until He sees that we are giving ourselves wholly to Him” (Teresa of Jesus, Way of Perfection, 28). God respects man’s liberty so much that, although desiring to have …
In Praise of Gentleness:
In Praise of Gentleness from a text written by St Ambrose Has anyone asked for your mercy yet during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy? No? Then, perhaps a meditative reading of St. Ambrose’s words here may help engender the kind of demeanor in us, which might inspire them to do so. St. Ambrose, who …
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Monday, April 25, 2016
On Earth as It Is in Heaven:
Our Lord teaches us to pray that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in Heaven”. But I sometimes fancy that we (and I know for certain that I) have seldom given any thought to what that means. I think that, in part, it’s because we don’t quite know what to make of …
Moving From Grief to Grace with Jeannie Ewing:
Grief will eventually touch all our lives, whether in the loss of a loved one or a seemingly unbearable Cross. However, we don’t have to be defined by whatever grief will come our way. In today’s podcast, Michael is joined by author Jeannie Ewing to discuss the ways we can understand the grieving process and ultimately overcome …
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Scripture Speaks: Love One Another:
At the Last Supper, Jesus announces that His betrayal by Judas begins an outbreak of God’s glory. How can this be? Gospel (Read Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35) St. John tells us that after Satan had entered Judas, driving him out into the night to report to Jesus’ enemies (see Jn 13:21-30), the Lord began to speak …
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Chris Tomlin – Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
From the album – Until The Morning
Amazing grace How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed
My chains are gone I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, who called me here below
Will be forever mine Will be forever mine"
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Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
May the Divine Assistance always remain with you, and give you Peace.
God Bless you. Thanks for reading this blog and being a friend.
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The Gospel Reading for April the 15,
Friday of the Third Week of Easter
John 6:52-59 ~ Jesus Concludes His teaching on the Bread of Life
52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. 54 Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55 For my Flesh is true food and my Blood is true drink. 56 Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 59 These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Jesus has been teaching the Jews who witnessed the miracle feeding of the more than the 5,000 the day before. They are at the Synagogue at Capernaum on the Sabbath, and He has told them that He is the “I AM” who is the “Bread of Life.” The Jews were shocked by Jesus’ announcement that His Flesh must be eaten and that they must also drink His Blood in order to have life. He is speaking literally and sacramentally, and He is using extremely strong language in the different verbs for “to eat” in the dialogue. In the earlier part of the dialogue (verses 49-53), Jesus uses the normal Greek verbs for “eat or consume” = “phago/ephagos.” He continues using the normal verbs for “eat” until, becoming frustrated with the people’s lack of understanding in verse 52 where He increases the intensity of His words in verse 54 as He abruptly changes the verb. Now, when He speaks about Himself in verses 54, 56, 57, and 58, He uses the verb whose Greek root “trogo” which means to “chew or gnaw.” This word is used in Greek literature to describe the feeding of animals, and it was not used in the 1st century to describe the eating habits of people. In chapter 6 this verb is used four times in the second half of the Bread of Life discourse and is used a 5th time in John 13:18. In every case the verb “trogo” it is used in connection with Christ. It is clear that the use of this verb marks a change of emphasis from ordinary eating to the necessity of faith in the consumption of the Eucharist. The graphic and almost crude connotation of this verb adds even greater force to the repetition of Jesus’ words as He demands we express our faith by eating in a real and physical way His Body and by consuming in a real and physical way His Blood in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
The other shocking element of Jesus’ discourse for the Jews is what He told them they must do in order to have eternal life in eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood. It was a violation of the Law of God. From the time that Noah and his family were first given permission kill and eat animals after the great Flood, consuming raw flesh or drinking blood was prohibited as a violation of the covenant. The restriction is given by divine command nine times in the Old Testament (Gen 9:3-4; Lev 9:4; 3:17; 7:26; 17:10-12, 14; 19:26; Dt 12:16, 23-28). The reason is that in God’s divine plan for mankind’s salvation, He had given blood as the means of atonement for sins: “Since the life of a living body is in its blood, I have made you put it on the altar, so that atonement may thereby be made for your own lives, because it is the blood, as the seat of life, that makes atonement. That is why I have told the Israelites: no one among you, not even a resident alien, may partake of blood” (Lev 17:11-12; also see Heb 9:7, 22). In the liturgy of worship at God’s holy altar the command was: “… there you must offer both the flesh and the blood of your holocausts on the altar of the LORD, your God, of your other sacrifices the blood indeed must be poured out against the altar of the LORD, your God” (Dt 12:27). Only the roasted or cooked flesh of ritually “clean” animals could be consumed as part of worship in communion sacrifices for the people or sin sacrifices that the priests ate (Lev 6:17-19; 7:11, 15). Even in their communities when they killed animals and ate their cooked flesh, the blood had to be poured out on the ground (Dt 12:20-25). So important was this prohibition under the law that anyone who violated the law was excommunicated from the covenant people (Lev 17:14).
But was Jesus speaking literally or figuratively? Many of Jesus’ disciples certainly thought He was speaking literally and could not accept that He was asking them to violate a prohibition that would effectively separate them from the Sinai Covenant: “Then many of his disciples who were listening said, ‘This saying is hard; who can accept it?’ (Jn 6:60), and “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him” (6:66). The point is Jesus didn’t stop them from leaving. Had he been speaking symbolically, He wouldn’t have let them leave believing a lie. He didn’t stop them because He literally meant “Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food and my Blood is true drink” (verses 54-55). It was Jesus’ intent to separate those who believed Jesus was the Son of God and divine Messiah from the Old Covenant. Those who believed were going to receive a New and eternal Covenant promised by the prophet Jeremiah in the 6th century BC and by Jesus at the Last Supper. At the Last Supper Jesus offered what was promised in the Bread of Life Discourse when He gave those present His Flesh and Blood in a communal meal that signaled the end of the sacred meal of the Passover and the beginning of a new sacred meal in a new and eternal covenant (Jer 31:31-34; Lk 22:19-20).
When Jesus challenged the Apostles saying, “Do you also want to leave?” (Jn 6:67), St. Peter’s response was “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:68-69). They all stayed, including Judas who stayed but didn’t believe.
In which camp do you stand? Have you walked away from Christ in the Eucharist like the former disciples who refused to believe, or do you come to the Eucharist believing that you are receiving the Real Presence of Christ, His true Body and Blood, in the Eucharist as a foretaste of everlasting life like Peter and the other Apostles, or are you like Judas who stayed but didn’t really believe? Resolve to be a Peter and not a Judas. Believe and receive the promises of Jesus Christ that lead to eternal life!
For a more complete teaching on the Bread of Life Discourse, see the study on the Gospel of John chapter 6:http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/John_Gospel/Chapter%206.htm .
Michal E. Hunt Copyright © 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Aridity and Contemplation:
"Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, …"
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Things Accelerate Toward the End – Prophecy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
“The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid … "
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Catholic Columnist, Ross Douthat, was in Utah yesterday (4/11)...
Columnist Likens Future of Religious Liberty to LDS Experience
Monday, April 11, 2016
Thank you Cardinal Raymond Burke!
'Amoris Laetitia’ and the Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church
It hurts my heart that so many 'catholic' commentators are speaking against the Pope these days!
Where is Love? If anyone is wrong, Our Lord will correct. Our part is only to Love and forgive. There are too many self-appointed 'judges' today and not enough compassion. May we ask Our Father to help us bring only Love to this world, not judgement. Only Love heals.
Pope Francis says Christ's love is open to all – that's why we go to Confession :: EWTN News
"The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope..."
ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA
OF HIS HOLINESSPOPE JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, April 10, 2016
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Tales From 'Blessed Sacrament': The Church I Knew, That Is No More - Crisis Magazine:
"Catholicism is not just a religion: it is a country of the heart and of the mind. No matter how resolutely they turn their backs on it, people born within it never quite shed their accents. And there are a great many who cannot emigrate, no matter how uninviting living conditions become …"
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Mother Angelica’s Ten Eucharistic Lessons:
Mother Angelica left us many priceless pearls, none of which are sugar coated. “I live because of the Eucharist”. With these poignant words of Mother Angelica reveal her identity as an apostle of the Eucharist.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come into contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up, and see no longer me, but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine. It will be You, shining on others through me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You.
By Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
St. Vincent Ferrer: Angel of the Apocalypse:
St. Vincent Ferrer was one of the greatest preachers the Church has ever known, but even if we are not called to evangelize on the same scale, there are a few important things we can take from his life and example to use in our own lives as we share the gospel in our individual way.
How Little We Know Ourselves - Crisis Magazine:
The Lenten and Easter seasons call each of us to renewed reflection on our journey through life. Prayerful reading of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection is a sure way to strive for something Father George Rutler expressed so well—we are to let Jesus “make of our graves what he made of his own borrowed tomb: …
Monday, April 4, 2016
The Wedding Singer and Divine Intimacy:
How close do you want to be to God? I guess it depends on where we are in this sometimes amazing, often confusing, even heart-wrenching journey of life. I think in the beginning that question can send a little shiver up the back of our necks. Intimacy with God? Yikes. God is just a Big Person, …
Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move – Jubilee Year of Mercy!:
"Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move! Jubilee Year of Mercy For several weeks, I have been pondering an unusual little phrase that I came across in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [Evangelii Gaudium]. The words just jumped off the page. He writes, “Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross …"
Catholic Bishops: Centuries of Religious Freedom at Risk with Virginia Veto
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) cited concern for same-sex couples and the interests of business leaders among reasons for rejecting new religious freedom protections.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
“How many expressions there are of God’s mercy! This mercy comes to us as closeness and tenderness, and because of this, comes also as compassion and solidarity, as consolation and forgiveness. The more we receive, the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves. It is something which burns within our hearts, driving us to love, thus recognizing the face of Jesus Christ, above all in those who are most distant, weak, alone, confused and marginalized.”
~ Pope Francis