Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-05-20 – Fr. Joseph

By | September 12, 2019


A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT IN ICONIUM BY BOTH THE GENTILES AND THE JEWS, TOGETHER WITH THEIR LEADERS, TO ATTACK AND STONE PAUL AND BARNABAS. THEY REALIZED IT, AND FLED TO THE LYCAONIAN CITIES OF LYSTRA AND DERBE AND TO THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE, WHERE THEY CONTINUED TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS. AT LYSTRA THERE WAS A CRIPPLED MAN, LAME FROM BIRTH, WHO HAD NEVER WALKED. HE LISTENED TO PAUL SPEAKING, WHO LOOKED INTENTLY AT HIM, SAW THAT HE HAD THE FAITH TO BE HEALED, AND CALLED OUT IN A LOUD VOICE, “STAND UP STRAIGHT ON YOUR FEET.” HE JUMPED UP AND BEGAN TO WALK ABOUT. WHEN THE CROWDS SAW WHAT PAUL HAD DONE, THEY CRIED OUT IN LYCAONIAN, “THE GODS HAVE COME DOWN TO US IN HUMAN FORM.” THEY CALLED BARNABAS “ZEUS” AND PAUL “HERMES,” BECAUSE HE WAS THE CHIEF SPEAKER. AND THE PRIEST OF ZEUS, WHOSE TEMPLE WAS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CITY, BROUGHT OXEN AND GARLANDS TO THE GATES, FOR HE TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE INTENDED TO OFFER SACRIFICE. THE APOSTLES BARNABAS AND PAUL TORE THEIR GARMENTS WHEN THEY HEARD THIS AND RUSHED OUT INTO THE CROWD, SHOUTING, “MEN, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? WE ARE OF THE SAME NATURE AS YOU, HUMAN BEINGS. WE PROCLAIM TO YOU GOOD NEWS THAT YOU SHOULD TURN FROM THESE IDOLS TO THE LIVING GOD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH AND SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM. IN PAST GENERATIONS HE ALLOWED ALL GENTILES TO GO THEIR OWN WAYS; YET, IN BESTOWING HIS GOODNESS, HE DID NOT LEAVE HIMSELF WITHOUT WITNESS, FOR HE GAVE YOU RAINS FROM HEAVEN AND FRUITFUL SEASONS, AND FILLED YOU WITH NOURISHMENT AND GLADNESS FOR YOUR HEARTS.” EVEN WITH THESE WORDS, THEY SCARCELY RESTRAINED THE CROWDS FROM OFFERING SACRIFICE TO THEM. VERBUM DOMINI DEO GRATIAS. NOT TO US, O LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY. NOT TO US, O LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY. NOT TO US, O LORD, NOT TO US BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE GLORY BECAUSE OF YOUR MERCY, BECAUSE OF YOUR TRUTH. WHY SHOULD THE PAGANS SAY, “WHERE IS THEIR GOD?” NOT TO US, O LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY. OUR GOD IS IN HEAVEN; WHATEVER HE WILLS, HE DOES. THEIR IDOLS ARE SILVER AND GOLD, THE HANDIWORK OF MEN. NOT TO US, O LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY. MAY YOU BE BLESSED BY THE LORD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH. HEAVEN IS THE HEAVEN OF THE LORD, BUT THE EARTH HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN. NOT TO US, O LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING AND REMIND YOU OF ALL I TOLD YOU. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA.>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM JOHANNEM. GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES: “WHOEVER HAS MY COMMANDMENTS AND OBSERVES THEM IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL BE LOVED BY MY FATHER, AND I WILL LOVE HIM AND REVEAL MYSELF TO HIM.” JUDAS, NOT THE ISCARIOT, SAID TO HIM, “MASTER, THEN WHAT HAPPENED THAT YOU WILL REVEAL YOURSELF TO US AND NOT TO THE WORLD?” JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID TO HIM, “WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL KEEP MY WORD, AND MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM, AND WE WILL COME TO HIM AND MAKE OUR DWELLING WITH HIM. WHOEVER DOES NOT LOVE ME DOES NOT KEEP MY WORDS; YET THE WORD YOU HEAR IS NOT MINE BUT THAT OF THE FATHER WHO SENT ME. “I HAVE TOLD YOU THIS WHILE I AM WITH YOU. THE ADVOCATE, THE HOLY SPIRIT WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME- HE WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING AND REMIND YOU OF ALL THAT I TOLD YOU.” VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE WE WELCOME THIS MORNING FATHER DANIEL MENTESANA AND HE IS THE CHAPLAIN AT THE SHRINE OF ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON IN EMMITSBURG MARYLAND AS WELL AS AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES THERE IN EMMITSBURG MARYLAND. HE WILL BE ON JIM AND JOY’S SHOW AND FRIDAY HE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THE GROTTO THERE. AND ONE STORY FOR MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THAT GROTTO, FOR SOME REASON PEOPLE LIKE TO TELL ME THEIR STORIES SO I GUESS I CAN SHARE MINE WITH YOU. I MET THIS MARRIED COUPLE WHEN I WAS PRAYING THERE AT THE GROTTO AT EMMITSBURG AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES AND THEY WERE HAPPILY THERE WITH A HEALTHY NEWBORN CHILD. THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY HAD COME THERE AND THANKSGIVING. BECAUSE DURING THE PREGNANCY THERE WAS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE CHILD IN THE WOMB. SO THEY MADE A PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE IN EMMITSBURG. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. THERE ARE MANY TITLES OF OUR LADY WHERE YOU GO AND CAN WALK AROUND AND I LIKE THE VIETNAMESE DEVOTION THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL STATUE. AND THEY CAME THERE ON PILGRIMAGE TO ASK OUR LADY’S HELP FOR THIS CHILD IN THE WOMB. AND THEY RECEIVED A FAVOR THAT THEY WERE ASKING FOR AND NOW THEY HAD A HEALTHY CHILD IN THEIR ARMS. SO WE KNOW THAT ALL OF THIS POINTS TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS MORE AT WORK IN THE WORLD THAN MEETS THE EYE. THERE IS THE DIVINE THAT HAS ENTERED INTO HUMAN HISTORY IN THE INCARNATION AND THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, THE POWER OF THAT GLORY THAT RESURRECTION IS AT WORK IN THE WORLD. TODAY IS A STATE OF SPECIAL JOY FOR US HERE. AND FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS COME TO KNOW AND LOVE THIS LITTLE CHAPEL. OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS. BECAUSE IT WAS DEDICATED 57 YEARS AGO TODAY. ON MAY 20, 1962 THIS CHAPEL WAS DEDICATED THE SISTERS BEGAN THEIR LIFE OF ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT. IT WAS FOUNDED AND MAYBE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF IT REALLY WAS NOT UNDERSTOOD AT THAT POINT. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF IT BEING FOUNDED ON THE FEAST OF ST. BERNADINE OF SIENA. HE WAS 1 OF THE GREAT PREACHERS OF THE RENAISSANCE. CONSIDER THE GREATEST PREACHER OF THE TIME. BUT NOW WE UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF IT. IT IS SAID THERE WAS NO PART OF ITALY THAT DID NOT HEAR HIS VOICE. THAT HE TRAVELED ON FOOT ALL OVER ITALY. HE WOULD SPEAK TO HUGE CROWDS. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE PIAZZAS. THERE WERE MANY MIRACLES THAT ACCOMPANIED HIS PREACHING AS WELL AFTER HIS DEATH. I THINK WITHIN 6 YEARS HE WAS PROCLAIMED A SAINT AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1444. ST. BERNADINE OF SIENA. BUT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PLACE ALSO. HOW THE GOSPEL HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. HERE FROM THIS LITTLE HUMBLE CHAPEL THAT HAS COME TO BE KNOWN AND LOVED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SO MANY PEOPLE COME HERE WHO WANT TO SEE THE CHAPEL WHERE THEY SEE THE DAILY MASS THE PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN COMFORTED. THEY HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED AND HEARD THE GOSPEL PREACHED FROM HERE. I WAS LOOKING OVER MY HOMILY NOTES THAT I HAD PREACHED ON ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY AND SOME OF THE SISTERS WERE ACTUALLY GIVEN PERMISSION TO BE HERE ON THAT DAY. INCLUDING 1 OF THE FOUNDING SISTERS SISTER MICHAEL WHO WAS HERE. I LOOKED ON THOSE NOTES AND RELEARNED THAT THAT WAS ALSO THE DAY THE WORLD COMMUNICATION DAY AND POPE BENEDICT HAD PROCLAIMED A THEME FOR WORLD COMMUNICATION DAY ON THAT DAY AND THIS WAS 2012. MAY 20. THE THEME FOR WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY WAS SILENCE AND WORD. PATH TO EVANGELIZATION. SILENCE? WHAT DOES SILENCE HAVE TO DO WITH COMMUNICATIONS? HE GOES ON TO SAY THAT SILENCE IS AN INTEGRAL PART, AN INTEGRAL ELEMENT OF COMMUNICATION. IN SILENCE HE SAID WE COME TO UNDERSTAND OURSELVES AND IDEAS COME TO BIRTH. ESPECIALLY SILENCE BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. SILENCE AND PRAYER. SILENCE WE COME TO UNDERSTAND OURSELVES AND IDEAS COME TO BIRTH. HE SAID SILENCE IS ESSENTIAL IF WE ARE TO DISTINGUISH WHAT IS IMPORTANT FROM WHAT IS INSIGNIFICANT. GOD SPEAKS TO US IN SILENCE AND SILENCE LEADS US TO CONTEMPLATION AND THEN IN CONCLUSION HE SAID OUT OF SUCH CONTEMPLATION SPRINGS FORTH WITH ALL ITS INNER POWER THE URGENT SENSE OF MISSION. THE COMPELLING OBLIGATION TO COMMUNICATE THAT WHICH WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD. SO THAT ALL MAY BE IN COMMUNION WITH GOD. YOU THINK ABOUT IN TODAY’S 1ST READING SPOKE ABOUT IT HOW ST. PAUL SPEAKING, THERE WAS NO SYNAGOGUE IN LYSTRA. THERE’S A ROMAN COLONY AND THERE WAS NO SYNAGOGUE WE COULD TYPICALLY COULD GO TO PREACH AND SO HE WAS PREACHING AND THEY WORSHIPED ZEUS THERE THEY HAD A PRIEST OF ZEUS WHO WAS THERE. AND HE IS PREACHING AND HE SAID YOU KNOW THAT GOD STILL HAD REVEALED HIMSELF TO THE GENTILES AND IN BESTOWING HIS GOODNESS HE DID NOT LEAVE HIMSELF WITHOUT WITNESS. SO EVEN NATURE ITSELF SPEAKS TO US. IT IS THE BOOK OF NATURE IN WHICH WE SEE SOMETHING OF THE ONE WHO HAS MADE ALL OF NATURE. SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT JUST TODAY’S LIVING AGAINST NATURE LIVING CONTRARY TO NATURE, HOW NECESSARY SILENCE IS TO REALLY CONTEMPLATE. TO REALLY THINK THESE THINGS THROUGH. REGARDING OUR OWN GENDER IDENTITY, OUR OWN MARRIAGE. HAVE WE REALLY THOUGHT THESE THINGS THROUGH? WHAT DOES NATURE HAVE TO SAY TO US ABOUT THE CREATOR OF NATURE? IT IS IN SILENCE AND IN PONDERING THESE THINGS, POPE BENEDICT SAID THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH WHAT IS IMPORTANT FROM WHAT IS INSIGNIFICANT. AND FROM THAT SPRINGS THIS MISSION THAT WE WANT TO SHARE WHAT WE HAVE COME TO KNOW. JESUS IN TODAY’S GOSPEL SAYS WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL BE LOVED BY MY FATHER AND I WILL LOVE HIM AND REVEAL MYSELF TO HIM. BUT HE SAYS WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL KEEP MY WORD AND MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM AND WE WILL COME TO HIM AND MAKE OUR DWELLING WITH HIM. THAT WORD DWELLING, IN GREEK IS – –, AND WE HEARD THAT LAST FRIDAY IN THE GOSPEL THAT VERY SAME WORD, DWELLING. JESUS HADN’T IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE THERE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES. THAT VERY SAME WORD THAT NOW WE HEAR IN JOHN 14:21. IN JOHN 14:2 WE HEARD ON FRIDAY IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE THERE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES AND TODAY WE HEAR THAT WE WILL COME TO HIM AND MAKE OUR DWELLING WITH HIM. WHAT IS THIS SAYING TO US? WHAT IS JESUS SAYING TO US? THAT GOD DWELLING IN US IS ALREADY A SHARING IN THE LIFE OF HEAVEN. WE ARE ALREADY BEGINNING EITHER OUR HEAVEN OR OUR HELL BY WHETHER WE ARE LISTENING TO THE LORD AND OBSERVING WHAT HE TEACHES US AND THE LOVING HIM AND BEING LOVED BY HIM 1ST AND FOREMOST BUT LOVING HIM IN RETURN, AND THROUGH THAT THEN ALREADY THE LIFE OF HEAVEN’S BEGINNING IN US. HE IS DWELLING IN US. THERE’S A DWELLING PLACE IN HEAVEN WHERE THE FULLNESS OF THAT WILL BE REVEALED. NOW WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SILENCE THAT IS WHAT ENABLES US TO ENTER INTO THAT INTERIOR LIFE. THAT LIFE OF UNION WITH THE LORD WILL BECOME TO KNOW HIM AND HE REVEALS HIMSELF TO US. THE RISEN LORD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US, THE DIVINE LOVE THAT COMES TO US WE COME TO KNOW THAT DIVINE LOVE. IT IS IN THAT SILENCE THAT INTERIOR LIFE. MOTHER ANGELICA SAID ABOUT THE NETWORK, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE PEOPLE WILL NOT TALK ABOUT WHAT WAS DONE BUT HOW IT WAS DONE. HOW WAS IT DONE? THROUGH PRAYER. IT SHOWS THE POWER OF PRAYER SHE SAID. IT IS THAT INTERIOR LIFE AND IT IS COMING TO KNOW THE LORD THAT WE HAVE THE SENSE OF MISSION THAT WE WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH OTHERS SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN BE IN COMMUNION WITH GOD. THIS IS HOW WE UNDERSTAND THE ZEAL OF ST. PAUL. WHAT WE SEE IS HOW PUBLIC OPINION CHANGES. SO ST. PAUL IN TODAY’S 1ST READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, THEY WANT THEY PROCLAIM HIM AS GOD APPEARED THAT THE GODS HAVE COME TO US. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO HEAR TOMORROW? THOSE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO STONE HIM AND I CONI HIM THEY COME OVER TO LYSTRA AND THEY CONVINCED THE PEOPLE, NO THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL AND WE NEED TO STONE THEM TO DEATH. SO THEY STONED PAUL IN THE CITY AND HE IS STONED SO MUCH HE IS BEATEN WITH THOSE LARGE STONES THAT THEY THINK HE IS DEAD. THEY DRAG HIM OUT OF THE CITY AND LEAVE HIM FOR DEAD. HOW PUBLIC OPINION CAN CHANGE. ONE DAY YOU ARE PRAISED IN THE NEXT MOMENT THEY WANT YOUR LIFE. THAT IS WHY ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI WOULD SAY WHAT A MAN IS BEFORE GOD THAT IS WHAT HE IS AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. THAT IS THAT INTERIOR LIFE OF SILENCE THAT COMING TO KNOW THE INDWELLING OF THE BLESSED TRINITY. COMING TO BEGIN THAT LIFE OF HEAVEN ALREADY IN THIS DWELLING IN US OF GOD IN US THE LIGHTING TO BE IN US IN THE SOUL OF GRACE IS ALREADY BEGINNING THE LIFE OF HEAVEN. NOW THE SAINT WE CELEBRATE TODAY ST. BERNADINE OF SIENA, HE HAD A WEAK RASPY VOICE. BUT HE ENTERED THE FRIARS IN HIS 20S. FOR 12 YEARS, FOR 12 YEARS, HE LIVED IN SOLITUDE AND IN PRAYER. 12 YEARS. BUT THEN IT LIES WITHIN THAT INTERIOR LIFE THAT HE HAD COME TO KNOW THAT HAD GROWN WITHIN HIM, HIS OWN CONTEMPLATING THE WORDS OF OUR LORD, COMING TO KNOW THEM TO OBSERVE THEM, AND TO HAVE THAT LIFE GROW WITHIN HIM THAT NOW HE HAS THIS MISSION, HE IS BEING CALLED TO GO OUT AND TO BRING THE GOOD NEWS TO OTHERS SO THAT OTHERS ALSO MAY HAVE THE LIFE OF GOD ALIVE IN THEM. HE SAID THERE WAS NO PLACE AS I SAID IN ITALY THAT DID NOT HEAR THE VOICE OF ST. BERNADINE. OVER THE COURSE OF THOSE 12 YEARS HIS VOICE BECAME CLEAR AND STRONG SO THAT HE COULD PREACH TO THESE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND THEY COULD HEAR HIM THEY WOULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES. THEY WOULD BURN THE THINGS THAT WERE CONTRARY TO LIVING IN ACCORD WITH THEIR FAITH AND THEY WOULD RETURN TO THE LORD. SO MY DEAR PEOPLE WE THANK GOD THAT WE HAVE THIS EVIDENCE, WHETHER AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE IN EMMITSBURG MARYLAND OR THE WONDERFUL THINGS GOD HAS DONE THROUGH THIS LITTLE CHAPEL HERE THIS LITTLE CHAPEL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS HERE OR THROUGH ST. BERNADINE OF SIENA WHO WAS INITIALLY [SUFFERING WITH A WEAK] VOICE BUT THROUGH A LIFE OF PRAYER AND TURNING TO THE LORD AND THROUGH DIVINE GRACE WE FIND HELP IN OUR TIME OF NEED AND THAT HE SENDS US OUT. ST. PAUL WE WILL HEAR ABOUT TOMORROW. HE NOT ONLY WAS PRAYED OVER AFTER BEING THOUGHT TO BE DEAD. BUT THEN HE SAID LET US GO TO DERBY. AND HE GOES BACK TO LYSTRA AND ICONIUM. BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT THERE ARE BELIEVERS THERE NEED TO BE STRENGTHENED. AND HE SAYS TO THEM HE ENCOURAGES THEM TO STAND STRONG IN THE FAITH AND HE SAYS IT IS THROUGH MANY TRIBULATIONS THAT WE WILL COME TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THAT IS WHERE WE PROVE OUR LOVE FOR GOD. ST. BERNADINE OF SIENA, THERE WERE THOSE WHO WANTED HIM HE SAID THAT AT ONE TIME WANTED HIM FRIED OR BURNT. BUT HE DID CONTINUE TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL. WHAT MATTERED TO HIM WAS WHAT GOD THOUGHT OF HIM AND SO HE CONTINUED TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT COME TO FAITH IN JESUS, THE HOLY NAME HE PROCLAIMED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. JESUS WE TRUST IN YOU. JESUS WE LOVE YOU. REVEAL YOURSELF TO US. MAKE YOUR DWELLING WITHIN US AND SEND US WHERE YOU WILL.

4 thoughts on “Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-05-20 – Fr. Joseph

  1. Gladys Compere Post author

    Thank you for the mass ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏

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  2. Marjorie Thomas Post author

    Glory to God in the Highest forever, and ever 👍👌✌️😇👼❤️❤️♥️♥️🙏🙏

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