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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

sixth sunday of Easter

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 56

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him
and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.
Peter, however, raised him up, saying,
“Get up. I myself am also a human being.”

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.”

While Peter was still speaking these things,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.
The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter
were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit
should have been poured out on the Gentiles also,
for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.
Then Peter responded,
“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people,
who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?”
He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm

R. (cf. 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm. R. 
The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel. R. 
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise. R. 

Reading II

Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
and my Father will love him and we will come to him. R. 

Gospel

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

"Begotten By Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday of Easter" from Letters From Home by Dr. Scott Hahn. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.
Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Pugatory

Purpose of …

Question or Common Objection:

Purgatory is not necessary. You’re either saved or not saved.

Catholic Answer:

Purgatory is only for the saved. It’s a place or state where those who died in God’s friendship are made perfect so they can enter heaven, of which St. John writes…

Nothing unclean will enter it.”

Revelation 21:27

It is God’s will that all may come to know him, and may be saved in Jesus Christ:  “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven …. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect…” (CCC 1030, 1031). Some of our non-Catholic friends get needlessly hung up on the word, purgatory. Yet the Church could have called it something else. What’s important to understand and reflect on is there is, indeed, scriptural evidence of this doctrine of faith, for we know that nothing unclean will enter heaven.

Other References:  Mt 12:32; 1 Pt 3:19-20; 1 Cor 3:15; Lk 12:59; 2 Mac 12:44-46; Heb 12:14; CCC 1030-1032, see also 1033-1041.

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additional bible study


"Day 129: David Commits Adultery" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family,
we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united
in a love that is lasting, faithful,
and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, 
to forgive one another from our hearts,
and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,
diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family,
truly become a domestic church
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!


An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.

 

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope
 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
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