Daily Catholic Mass – 2017-05-21 – Fr. John Paul

By | September 2, 2019


A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. PHILIP WENT DOWN TO THE CITY OF SAMARIA AND PROCLAIMED THE CHRIST TO THEM. WITH ONE ACCORD, THE CROWDS PAID ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS SAID BY PHILIP WHEN THEY HEARD IT AND SAW THE SIGNS HE WAS DOING. FOR UNCLEAN SPIRITS, CRYING OUT IN A LOUD VOICE, CAME OUT OF MANY POSSESSED PEOPLE, AND MANY PARALYZED OR CRIPPLED PEOPLE WERE CURED. THERE WAS GREAT JOY IN THAT CITY. NOW WHEN THE APOSTLES IN JERUSALEM HEARD THAT SAMARIA HAD ACCEPTED THE WORD OF GOD, THEY SENT THEM PETER AND JOHN, WHO WENT DOWN AND PRAYED FOR THEM, THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, FOR IT HAD NOT YET FALLEN UPON ANY OF THEM; THEY HAD ONLY BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS. THEN THEY LAID HANDS ON THEM AND THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT. VERBUM DOMINI. DEO GRATIAS. LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY. LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY. CRY OUT WITH JOY TO GOD ALL THE EARTH O SING TO THE GLORY OF HIS NAME O RENDER HIM GLORIOUS PRAISE SAY TO GOD HOW AWEMSOME YOUR DEEDS! LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY. BEFORE YOU ALL THE EARTH SHALL BOW DOWN SHALL SING TO YOU SING TO YOUR NAME COME AND SEE THE WORKS OF GOD AWESOME HIS DEEDS AMONG THE CHILDREN OF MEN. LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY. HE TURNED THE SEA INTO DRY LAND THEY PASSED THROUGH THE RIVER ON FOOT LET OUR JOY THEN BE IN HIM HE RULES FOREVER BY HIS MIGHT LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY. COME AND HEAR ALL WHO FEAR GOD I WILL TELL WHAT HE DID FOR MY SOUL BLESSED BE GOD WHO DID NOT REJECT MY PRAYER NOR WITHHOLD FROM ME HIS MERCIFUL LOVE LET ALL THE EARTH CRY OUT TO GOD WITH JOY. A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF SAINT PETER. BELOVED: SANCTIFY CHRIST AS LORD IN YOUR HEARTS. ALWAYS BE READY TO GIVE AN EXPLANATION TO ANYONE WHO ASKS YOU FOR A REASON FOR YOUR HOPE, BUT DO IT WITH GENTLENESS AND REVERENCE, KEEPING YOUR CONSCIENCE CLEAR, SO THAT, WHEN YOU ARE MALIGNED, THOSE WHO DEFAME YOUR GOOD CONDUCT IN CHRIST MAY THEMSELVES BE PUT TO SHAME. FOR IT IS BETTER TO SUFFER FOR DOING GOOD, IF THAT BE THE WILL OF GOD, THAN FOR DOING EVIL. FOR CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED FOR SINS ONCE, THE RIGHTEOUS FOR THE SAKE OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS, THAT HE MIGHT LEAD YOU TO GOD. PUT TO DEATH IN THE FLESH, HE WAS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN THE SPIRIT. VERBUM DOMINI. DEO GRATIAS. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL KEEP MY WORD, SAYS THE LORD, AND MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM AND WE WILL COME TO HIM. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO. LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM JOHANNEM. GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES: “IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. AND I WILL ASK THE FATHER, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER ADVOCATE TO BE WITH YOU ALWAYS, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT ACCEPT, BECAUSE IT NEITHER SEES NOR KNOWS HIM. BUT YOU KNOW HIM, BECAUSE HE REMAINS WITH YOU, AND WILL BE IN YOU. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANS; I WILL COME TO YOU. IN A LITTLE WHILE THE WORLD WILL NO LONGER SEE ME, BUT YOU WILL SEE ME, BECAUSE I LIVE AND YOU WILL LIVE. ON THAT DAY YOU WILL REALIZE THAT I AM IN MY FATHER AND YOU ARE IN ME AND I IN YOU. WHOEVER HAS MY COMMANDMENTS AND OBSERVES THEM IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. AND WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL BE LOVED BY MY FATHER, AND I WILL LOVE HIM AND REVEAL MYSELF TO HIM.” VERBUM DOMINI. LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE. THROUGHOUT THE EASTER WE READ THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES WHICH [HAS AS] THE PRIMARY AUTHOR ST. LUKE. THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE AND THE ACTS SHOULD BE READ TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE SAME AUTHOR. AND UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF WHAT ST. LUKE IN HIS MINISTRY IS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE TO THE FAITHFUL. WE SEE THIS IN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES AFTER THE PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS AND HIS ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN AND THE SENDING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON THE APOSTLES. WE SEE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK. WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN THE CHURCH AND IN EACH ONE OF US? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK WITHIN US? AT WORK WITHIN YOU AND ME? JESUS SAYS IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS IF. IF YOU LOVE ME. THIS IS NOT A DICTATORIAL TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP. IT IS NOT A MASTER AND SLAVE RELATIONSHIP. IF YOU LOVE ME YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. IS IT NOT AN INVITATION? AN INVITATION FROM GOD TO KEEP THESE COMMANDMENTS. THE GOSPEL SAYS THAT I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANS. JESUS SAYS THAT HE WILL SEND THE ADVOCATE. ONE THAT WILL STAND BESIDE. THE PARACLETE. ONE THAT WILL STAND BESIDE AND REALLY IN SCRIPTURAL LANGUAGE PRESIDE, PRESIDE NEXT TO US. ONE THAT WILL INSPIRE US. WHOEVER HAS MY COMMANDMENTS AND OBSERVES THEM IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. ST. PETER SAYS IN THE SECOND READING, “BELOVED, SANCTIFY CHRIST AS LORD IN YOUR HEARTS.” “SANCTIFY” IN OTHER WORDS ENTHRONE HIM IN YOUR HEART. MANY TIMES WE KNOW OF THE ENTHRONEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY DEVOTIONAL THAT WE SOMETIMES DO IN OUR HOMES. THIS IS A REMINDER OF THE GREATER ENTHRONEMENT OF CHRIST. THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST. REMEMBER AT THE END OF THE YEAR WE CELEBRATE THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST WHERE CHRIST IS THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE. JESUS CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE. IS JESUS KING OF MY HEART? HAVE I ENTHRONED HIM AND HAVE I GIVEN HIM DOMINION OVER MY OWN LIFE? HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? THROUGH THE ADVOCATE. THROUGH HIM SENDING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SANCTIFY US; TO SANCTIFY OUR LIVES, THAT WE MAY TRULY ENTHRONE HIM AS THE LORD OF OUR HEARTS AND ESPECIALLY THIS IS THE MISSION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THIS IN CONTEXT. THE MISSION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL IS TO BRING ALL OF SOCIETY IN AND TO BRING ALL OF CULTURE INTO THE REALM OF THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST. THERE ARE PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT THE CLERGY DO NOT NECESSARILY GO. POLITICS. TO DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE CULTURE. WE PREACH THE GOSPEL AND ADMINISTER THE SACRAMENT, BUT THE PRIMARY CALL OF THE LAITY IS ENABLED AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING THE SECULAR REALM TO BRING THE SECULAR REALM INTO THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST, IF THAT MAKES SENSE. TO BRING IT TO HIS REIGN. [WHERE WE ALLOW] KINGSHIP OF CHRIST TO REIGN IN OUR HEARTS. THESE PAST DAYS WE HAD SOME KINDERGARTNERS FROM OUR LADY OF SORROWS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HERE IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA COME HERE. WE ASKED THEM A LOT OF QUESTIONS. WE WENT AROUND THE ROOM AND ASKED THEM WHAT LOVE IS. WHAT DO YOU THINK LOVE IS? YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AT ALL OF THE ANSWERS. EVERY SINGLE LITTLE BEAUTIFUL CHILD HAD A DIFFERENT ANSWER ABOUT WHAT IT IS. I THINK WE KNOW AS THE YEARS GO ALONG, THIRD AND FOURTH AND FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE, IF I ASKED THAT QUESTION TO THEM, THEY WOULD SHRIVEL UP AND SAY NOT MUCH. THEY WOULD NOT BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE. BUT SOMEBODY THAT IS SO INNOCENT, SOMEONE IN KINDERGARTEN COULD COMMUNICATE WHAT THEY THINK IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE WHAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED ABOUT WHAT LOVE IS. WHEN I WOULD ASK THEM [WHAT LOVE IS] THEIR PARENTS WOULD SHEEPISHLY HIDE. LIKE A TURTLE. WHAT IS MY KID GOING TO SAY? WHAT IS LOVE? ALL OF THE ANSWERS THAT WOULD COME OUT OF THEM. THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL ANSWERS. I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT WHAT IS LOVE. ONE CHILD SIMPLY SAID “JESUS”. THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID THAT CLEARLY IN SCRIPTURE. WE CAN ONLY SAY JESUS IS LORD THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLING WITHIN US. BLESSED JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN SAID WE LOVE BECAUSE IT IS OUR NATURE TO LOVE. AND IT IS OUR NATURE BECAUSE GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT, HAS MADE IT OUR NATURE. WE ARE CREATED FOR LOVE AND WE ARE CREATED BY LOVE AND THROUGH LOVE IN ORDER TO LOVE. GOD WHO WAS LOVE, ST. JOHN SAID, WE WERE CREATED BY, WERE CREATED BY HIM IN ORDER TO RECIPROCATE THAT AND TO GIVE IT BACK. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ASKED “WHAT IS THE LAW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT? IN OTHER WORDS, HE SAID WHAT IS THE DISTINCTIVE MORAL PRACTICE OF CHRISTIANS?” WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT? THE ANSWER ST. THOMAS SAYS IS THAT PRINCIPALLY THE LAW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. SIMPLY PUT. THE LAW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ABIDING IN THE CHRISTIAN AND SANCTIFYING THE CHRISTIAN. THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, POURED BY THE FATHER INTO HUMAN HEARTS, TO BE AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE DYNAMO OF THE MORAL LIFE. THAT IS HOW WE LIVE THE COMMANDMENTS. THAT IS HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE GOD AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS IS BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. WE CANNOT KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. THE COMMANDMENTS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO LIVE UNLESS IT WERE FOR THE GRACE OF CHRIST AND GOD PROVIDES THE GRACE IN ORDER FOR US TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. AGAIN HE DOES NOT LEAVE US ORPHANED. AFTER HIS ASCENSION, HE SENDS THE HOLY SPIRIT TO EMPOWER US AND IN THE READINGS WE WILL HEAR THIS ALL THE WAY UP TO THE ASCENSION NEXT SUNDAY WE WILL CELEBRATE IT. THEN THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST WHERE WE REALLY FOCUS ON THEIR RENEWAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S MISSION IN OUR LIFE. BECAUSE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH WITHIN EACH OF US IS DIFFERENT. WE’RE NOT COOKIE CUTTERS. IT IS NOT LIKE. THE WAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS TO OPERATE IN YOUR LIFE AND MY LIFE MAY LOOK VERY DIFFERENT. BROTHER MATTHEW IS ON THE CUSP OF HIS THE DEACONATE ORDINATION WHERE AS IN A VERY POWERFUL WAY THE BISHOP WILL LAY HIS HANDS ON HIM AND INVOKE THE HOLY SPIRIT AND IN HIS SOUL HE WILL BE CHANGED AT THE VERY CORE OF HIS BEING AND WE WILL CALL HIM DEACON MATTHEW AND NEXT YEAR GOD WILLING THE PRIESTHOOD WHERE HE WILL BE GIVEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IN A MORE POWERFUL MANNER. THE MINISTRY THAT HE WILL BE GIVEN WILL LOOK VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE MINISTRY GIVEN TO ME OR FATHER ANTHONY OR FATHER JOSEPH OR FATHER MARK OR FATHER MIGUEL. THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS TO DIFFERENTLY WORK THROUGH EACH ONE OF US. YOU CAN SAY THAT WITH EACH BAPTIZED CHRISTIAN. THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS TO WORK POWERFULLY THROUGH YOU. DO WE ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN? DO WE ALLOW THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TRANSFORM US? TO LIVE HIS COMMANDMENTS? TO LIVE THE COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST? IN THE NEXT CHAPTER ST. JOHN JESUS SAID THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. THOSE WORDS ARE IMPORTANT. IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER. IF. AGAIN THE INVITATION. NOT THIS SUPPRESSIVE KIND OF YOU HAVE TO DO THIS. BUT INSTEAD HE IS INVITING US. IT IS AN INVITATION. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS THE KEY WORD AS. AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. SAINT JOHN PAUL THE SECOND SAID “MAN CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT LOVE. HE REMAINS A BEING THAT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO HIMSELF. HIS LIFE IS SENSELESS IF LOVE IS NOT REVEALED TO HIM, IF HE DOES NOT ENCOUNTER LOVE, IF HE DOES NOT EXPERIENCE IT AND MAKE IT HIS OWN, IF HE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE INTIMATELY IN IT.” AGAIN THE LOVE OF GOD. IF WE ALLOW THE LOVE OF GOD TO REIGN IN OUR HEARTS, THEN HUMAN LOVE WILL BE PROPERLY ORDERED. AGAIN THE DIVINE LOVE. ALLOWING GOD’S TO REIGN IN US TO ENTHRONE HIM AND SANCTIFY HIM IN OUR HEARTS AS ST. PETER SAID. THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT, LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. NO ONE HAS GREATER LOVE THAN THIS THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR ONE’S FRIENDS. THIS IS WHAT JESUS TEACHES US. THIS IS THE POWER OF LOVE. TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR ONE’S FRIENDS AND BE WILLING TO DO THAT. IS IT HARD? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT EASY. THAT IS WHY THE LORD DOES NOT LEAVE US ORPHANS. HE DOES NOT ABANDON US, BUT HE GIVES US THE POWER AND THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO KEEP THE LAW OF GRACE TO KEEP THE MORAL LAW AND TO GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND SANCTIFY THE WORLD. TO BE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST IN THE MIDST OF A WORLD THAT SO DESPERATELY NEEDS HIM.

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