Day By Day

 

JOURNAL POSTINGS Monday 29 May 2017, Easter Feria. 'In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world'. The phrase, 'Be of good cheer', is not about a forced cheerfulness in the face of very real disaster; the Greek word means 'to have courage, to be comforted'. Another translation is, 'be brave'. This courage is a gift, founded in Jesus' own victory over all that organises itself against and apart from God. May we learn to trust it, and to trust Him. God bless you.

Sunday 28 May 2017, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In this superb plaque from Rome, which is preserved in Germany and which dates from about the year 400, Christ ascends to heaven as if by striding up a mountainside. His right hand is taken by the hand of His Father, as in the Scripture 'He was taken up into heaven'. Jesus had said to Mary Magdalene, 'Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, "I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God"'. May our hearts and souls ascend with Him, to dwell with Him continually, as He dwells in us. God bless you.

Saturday 27 May 2017, Feast of S Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop. The national shrine of S Augustine of Canterbury is at Ramsgate, Kent, and so we pray for the work of the shrine and for pilgrims who will be visiting there during their special week of celebrations. May God touch many hearts through the intercession of S Augustine, Apostle of England, and may he pray for each one of us. God bless you.

Friday 26 May 2017, S Philip Neri, Optional Memoria. S Philip said: 'The most beautiful prayer we can make, is to say to God, "As Thou knowest and willest, O Lord, so do with me"'. On the feast day of this great saint, let us make the self-offering he commended to us, in simplicity and love. May God bless you and draw us closer to Himself.

Thursday 25 May 2017, S Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church. 'He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbour'. This quotation from today's Saint echoes the Apostle John, who wrote similarly. The image is from an early manuscript of Bede's writing. May the promised Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, guide us in the paths of love of God and of neighbour, so closely intertwined. God bless you this day.

Wednesday 24 May 2017, Easter Feria. 'When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth'. In these days, our hearts are guided towards the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost, following on from the Ascension of the Lord. Different aspects of the Holy Spirit are brought before us in these extracts from the Last Discourses in S John's Gospel which form the Mass Gospel readings. Here, it is 'Truth'. The Hebrew background to this word 'Truth', 'emeth', is: stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness, faithfulness.All of these qualities are present in our Lord's promise of the coming Spirit. May we prepare our hearts to receive Him afresh, and may God bless you today.

Tuesday 23 May 2017, Easter Feria. 'I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you'. These words from today's Gospel bring together two mysteries of the Rosary, as well as of the Gospel itself, namely the Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Let us enter deeply into these mysteries, that our Lord may show us more of Himself. His infinite Love knows what is best for us in all our varied situations. May God bless you this day.

 

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