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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

thursday of the seventh week of Easter

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 300

Wishing to determine the truth
about why Paul was being accused by the Jews,
the commander freed him
and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.
Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.

Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,
so he called out before the Sanhedrin,
“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;
I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
When he said this,
a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,
and the group became divided.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection
or angels or spirits,
while the Pharisees acknowledge all three.
A great uproar occurred,
and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party
stood up and sharply argued,
“We find nothing wrong with this man.
Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
The dispute was so serious that the commander,
afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them,
ordered his troops to go down and rescue Paul from their midst
and take him into the compound.
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage.
For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem,
so you must also bear witness in Rome.”

Responsorial Psalm

R.    (1)  Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot. R.    
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R.    
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. R.
You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever. R.    

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord. R.

Gospel

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
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.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection


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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Mary

Was She Sinless?

Question or Common Objection:

Catholics think Mary never sinned, but she called God her “savior.”  That means she must have sinned.

Catholic Answer:

God did save Mary – by giving her a special grace to preserve her from sin.  The angel Gabriel said to Mary …

Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you.”

Luke 1:28

To be “full of grace” means to be without sin.  When you have a deep understanding of Holy Scripture and Mary’s role in Salvation History, you’ll understand why she was (and needed to be) preserved from the stain of Original Sin.

The Ark of the Covenant was created perfectly to hold the Word of God (The Ten Commandments).  The Ark also contained Aaron’s rod (staff), which signified the priestly office of the Priesthood; and the Ark contained the manna from heaven (see Hebrews 9:4).  The Ark of the Covenant of the Old Testament was a prefigurement of what, or who, was to come.  The Ark prefigured Mary.  The Church Fathers, intimate with and having a deep understanding of Holy Scripture, acclaimed Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant – for Mary’s womb carried Jesus Christ.  Nestled within her womb for nine months was the Eternal High Priest, the Incarnate Word of God, and the Bread come down from Heaven.  Jesus, in His Person, established the New Covenant.  

In a Coptic sermon, attributed to Saint Athanasius, the Holy Virgin is thus addressed:

“O Ark of the new covenant, clad on all sides with purity in place of gold; the one in whom is found the golden vase with its true manna, that is the flesh in which lies the God-head.”

So, like the Ark of the Covenant we understand of the Old Testament, Mary, too, was created perfectly to hold within her Jesus Christ.  It was God who preserved her without the stain of sin because it would be Mary who would one day hold within her womb Jesus the Eternal High Priest, God in the Flesh, and the Bread of Heaven.  All generations would soon call her blessed, for she would become the Mother of God.  She who was created … gave birth to her Creator.  How awesome is that!

Other References:  Ex 25:10-22; Gen 3:15; Lk 1:49

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additional bible study


"Day 140: David's Prayer of Thanksgiving" 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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