Tuesday, April 19, 2022

† "Stop Holding On To... "

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†Saint Quote
"The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor."
–St. Basil the Great

†Today's Meditation
"Hence instead of allowing ourselves to become discouraged and fainthearted under trials which may seem to overwhelm us, let us act in the same way as we do when our bodies are sick, consult a good doctor—a good spiritual director—and applying the remedies he advises, patiently await the effects that it pleases God to give. Everything is meant for our good, and such trials ought to be counted as special graces from God. Whether or not they are sent as a punishment for our sins, they come from Him and we should thank Him for them, placing ourselves entirely in His hands. If we bear them with patience we shall receive greater grace than if we were filled with a sense of fervent devotion."
—Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, p. 74

†Daily Verse
"Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God."
–1 Corinthians 4:5


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St. Timon

St. Timon (1st c.) is mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles. He belonged to the group of seventy disciples who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry. After Jesus' ascension into heaven, St. Timon was one of the original seven deacons, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, chosen by the Apostles to help with the work of ministering to the growing Christian community. Timon was later ordained a bishop by the Apostles. He baptized many Greeks and Jews into the Christian faith. He also had the supernatural ability to heal the sick and to cast out devils. St. Timon suffered martyrdom for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to tradition he was thrown into a furnace, but by the power of God he came out of it unharmed, and later died by crucifixion. His feast day is April 19.


Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Lectionary: 262
Reading I

Acts 2:36-41

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
"Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified."

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
"What are we to do, my brothers?"
Peter said to them,
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call."
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
"Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm

33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22

R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Upright is the word of the LORD,

and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;

of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,

upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death

and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Our soul waits for the LORD,

who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us

who have put our hope in you.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.


Ps 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Jn 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"
She said to them, "They have taken my Lord,
and I don't know where they laid him."
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?"
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
"Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary!"
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni,"
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
'I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.'"
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
"I have seen the Lord,"
and then reported what he had told her.


Daily Meditation: John 20:11-18

Jesus said to her, "Mary!" (John 20:16)

The sound of a familiar voice can cut through a noisy crowd. An infant can recognize her mother's voice even in the womb. And when a lost child hears a parent call his name, all is well again. In today's Gospel, we find Mary Magdalene weeping at Jesus' empty tomb, distraught that she can't even give him a proper burial. She pleads with the man she thinks is the gardener to show her Jesus' body. But then Jesus calls her name: Mary. His voice pierces through her grief and confusion, and suddenly, everything changes. She recognizes her Lord.

Mary didn't expect to find Jesus alive. She had come to anoint the dead body of someone she had watched suffer and die. She ended up looking for a lost corpse. But Mary was the one who was lost: lost in the darkness of her doubt and disappointment. And so Jesus, the living One, found her and called her to himself. Like the Good Shepherd calling out to his lost sheep, Jesus sought her and called her by name. And Mary believed because she knew her shepherd's voice (John 10:3-4).

John shared Mary's encounter with the risen Jesus to encourage the first Christians to believe (John 20:31). He wanted them to trust that the same Jesus who sought out the lost and despairing disciples would seek after them as well. Jesus would call them by name, just as he did with Mary, Thomas, and Peter (John 20:16; 20:29; 21:15). And now, two thousand years later, the Good Shepherd still seeks and saves the lost.

Jesus calls each of us by name. And he asks, Whom are you looking for? What are you struggling to find? Why are you weeping? Our Good Shepherd wants to speak to our hearts, personally, with a familiar voice so that we can recognize him. He says, I am here with you.

This is the wonder of Easter. On our own, we can't find Jesus. But he can find us. Our shepherd knows his sheep; he knows you. Your name is on his lips. At the sound of his voice, you can know the joy of being found.

"Jesus, my Shepherd, help me hear you call my name. Speak, Lord; I am listening."

Acts 2:36-41
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22


From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."

Simon Peter, our first pope becomes the voice of the prophets. Like Noah, and Moses. We need to be saved from corruption. There are corruptions trying to invade every corner of our lives. Especially in children with their liberal cartoons, and indoctrination in schools, anything and everything to corrupt them and ruin them and make them sad, not truly joyful, and much less saved. Save YOURSELVES! This means you and your household! Now we are talking baptism into death and into new life. "For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off...".


We pray in Psalms:
"Upright is the word of the LORD, and all his works are trustworthy. He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."

He loves justice. He loves right. Justice is in God's hands. You've no need to worry about revenge. God knows how to handle our enemies. You need not worry about that. And do not be fooled thinking we have no enemies, for there are plenty of enemies...of the church, and most are simply ignorant (some innocent) of the truth of Christ Savior, this is why Jesus cried from the cross, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they are doing". Innocence crying out to innocence. Purity giving pure love from the cross.


In today's Gospel we heard:
" ... go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"

Last night as we prayed the Joyful mysteries of the rosary, I stopped to let my kids know what had just been revealed to me as we were about to meditate on the finding of the child Jesus in the temple who had been lost for 3 days, allbeit, He was not lost but Mother Mary and Saint Joseph had lost Him.
A light bulb went off as I connected the Passover feast when He was lost to the Passover feast when He was crucified, and "lost" to the world for 3 days and Mary found Him, and in both moments our Lord is saying "I must be about My Father's business" and He was saying to her, "Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father."

What was it like to experience the very first Easter in the world?

Imagine, like me, who having lost the father, the best friend, the provider, and I'm crying my heart out at the tomb, especially to know that his body had disappeared. Now what? And then there are angels telling you that he is not dead, but alive!? And then you actually get to see Him...albeit, unrecognizable at first?

Where am I in this story? I am in the angelic visitation stage, hearing God's message of hope. We are living in that promise, and we are living the message of Christ. Does everyone get to see Jesus? Only those who truly seek Him, with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. And once you see Him, and you love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, then you have the key to everything. For in Him is justice and right. In Him we have hope and light. In Him we can lift up our loved ones to Heaven, for His heart is beyond human comprehension. God did not only send His only Son...He sent His love, and mercy.
Easter then, has become the most phenomenal event that has ever occurred in the history of mankind.
The light has overcome darkness. Those who are in the light are in the knowing. And whence you are in the knowing, you are being.

I hope this finds you in hunger, a true desiring to be one with our Lord in His love and mercy.

from your brother in Christ,


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Philippians 4:12

12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.


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