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To:DYABGroup From:Leo Lastimosa Subject:[DYAB 1512] Kapamilya Gospel Date:Tue, 8 May 2012 05:06:40 +0800


Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Tuesday of the Fifth week of Easter

Saint(s) of the day : St Victor

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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI]: "I am going away and I will come back to you"

Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28.

However, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God."
They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

Psalms 145(144):10-11.12-13ab.21.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.

Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14:27-31a.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you, 'I am going away and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me. Get up, let us go.

Copyright Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Commentary of the day :

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI]
Meditations on Holy Week, 1969

"I am going away and I will come back to you"

John the Evangelist makes the two sacraments [of baptism and the eucharist] rise up from the cross: he sees them welling from the Lord's open side (19,34) and finds in it the fulfilment of one of Jesus' sayings in his farewell discourse: I am going away and I will come back to you (Gk). In leaving, I am coming; yes, my departure death on the cross is also my arrival.

So long as we are alive our bodies are not just the bridge joining us together but also the wall that separates us, encloses us within the unassailable fortress of self... His open side becomes the symbol of the new opening our Lord has gained in death. From now on the barrier of his body is removed: the blood and water flow from his side in a great river across history; as the Resurrected One he is the open space who invites us all.

His return is not a distant event at the end of time: it already began at the moment of his death when, even as he went away, he came amongst us in an altogether new way. So, in the death of the Lord, the fate of the grain of wheat was accomplished: if it is not buried in the earth it remains a single grain, but if it falls into the ground and dies it bears fruit a hundredfold (Jn 12,24). All of us are still living from the fruit of that grain of wheat that died. In the eucharistic bread we receive the inexhaustible multiplication of the loaves of Jesus Christ's love, substantial enough to satisfy the hunger of all ages.

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