Day By Day

 

JOURNAL POSTINGS Tuesday 25 April 2017, S Mark, Evangelist, Feast. Today's image is that of the beginning of S Mark's Gospel, in Coptic and Arabic. On the left is S Mark himself taking down his Gospel. The Coptic Church is the ancient See of S Mark, who by longstanding tradition first evangelised the region. Egypt's Christians are sorely tried at present, and so we pray especially for them today, and for the Coptic Patriarch, Pope Tawadros II. May God bless you this day.

Monday 24 April 2017, S George, Martyr, Patron of England, Solemnity. In this fourteenth century illuminated manuscript, the figure of S George appears twice: once at the bottom, and on the left hand side in the middle of the capital 'D' of the word 'Deus', where he is identified by his red cross on a white background, in both shield and flag. S George belongs traditionally to the Middle East, so on this day as we pray for England, we pray also for the region of the Middle East, and for all who face persecution for the Faith there. God bless you.

23 April 2017, Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday. At his homily for the canonisation of S Faustina on 30 April 2000, S John Paul II said: 'As the Apostles once did, today too humanity must welcome into the upper room of history the risen Christ, who shows the wounds of his Crucifixion and repeats: Peace be with you! Humanity must let itself be touched and pervaded by the Spirit given to it by the risen Christ. It is the Spirit who heals the wounds of the heart, pulls down the barriers that separate us from God and divide us from one another, and at the same time, restores the joy of the Father's love and of fraternal unity. … And you, Faustina, a gift of God to our time, a gift from the land of Poland to the whole Church, obtain for us an awareness of the depth of divine mercy; help us to have a living experience of it and to bear witness to it among our brothers and sisters. May your message of light and hope spread throughout the world, spurring sinners to conversion, calming rivalries and hatred and opening individuals and nations to the practice of brotherhood. Today, fixing our gaze with you on the face of the risen Christ, let us make our own your prayer of trusting abandonment and say with firm hope: Christ Jesus, I trust in you! Jezu, ufam tobie!' May God bless you and may you experience His mercy this day.

22 April 2017, Easter Saturday, Solemnity. Here is another view of the paschal moon, as she was setting in the western sky. Today's Gospel reading gives us the 'longer ending' of S Mark's Gospel. In it the words 'they did not believe' occur twice, and Jesus in His appearance upbraids the disciples for their unbelief and hardness of heart. So it may also be with us; the challenge to us is to believe, and to live from that belief. We will not be disappointed, for God is not outdone in generosity. May God bless you today and pour out His gifts upon you.

21 April 2017, Easter Friday, Solemnity. This is a full paschal moon from last week, photographed early in the morning. It is a real reminder of the paschal sacrifice of our Lord, in which, as we partake of the Eucharistic Host, we participate at each Mass. 'Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. Not with the old leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth'. May you be drawn ever deeper into this sacrifice of truth and love, and may God's blessing rest upon you.

20 April 2017, Easter Thursday, Solemnity. 'Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you"'. These words, from today's Gospel reading, give our Lord's characteristic Easter greeting - Peace. S Bede of Jarrow wrote, 'When the Saviour appeared to His disciples, He immediately imposed on them the joys of peace. He repeated that same thing that is a part of the celebrated glory of immortality that He gave as a special pledge of salvation and life when He was about to go to His passion and death. "Peace I leave to you. My peace I give you"'. May Christ's peace enter your heart and give you joy this day. God bless you.

19 April 2017, Easter Wednesday, Solemnity. Today the Church gives us the Emmaus story as the Mass Gospel, when the disciples recognise Jesus in the breaking of bread. In this recognition, He vanishes, and they are left with the conviction of their faith and of their memory. They could not help speaking of what they had seen and heard. May we too recognise Him in the breaking of bread, and be given the grace to live from this conviction in faith and in trust. God bless you.

 

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