Read and listen to the Word of May 11, 2023
Thursday of the fifth week of Easter
I believe that those who convert from the nations should not be bothered God.
From the Acts of the Apostles
In those days, since a great discussion had arisen, Peter got up and said to them: «Brothers, you know that, for a long time now, God in mezzo a voi ha scelto che per bocca mia le nazioni ascoltino la parola del Vangelo e vengano alla fede.
IS God, che conosce i cuori, ha dato testimonianza in loro favore, concedendo anche a loro lo Spirito Santo, come a noi; e non ha fatto alcuna discriminazione tra noi e loro, purificando i loro cuori con la fede.
Now then, why try God, placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that by the grace of the Lord Jesus we are saved, as are they."
The whole assembly was silent and they listened to Barnabas and Paul who reported what great signs and wonders God had accomplished among the nations through them.
When they had finished speaking, James took the floor and said: «Brothers, listen to me. Simone reported as from the beginning God ha voluto scegliere dalle genti un popolo per il suo nome.
Con questo si accordano le parole dei profeti, come sta scritto: “Dopo queste cose ritornerò e riedificherò la tenda di Davide, che era caduta; ne riedificherò le rovine e la rialzerò, perché cerchino il Signore anche gli altri uomini e tutte le genti sulle quali è stato invocato il mio nome, dice il Signore, che fa queste cose, note da sempre”.
For this reason I believe that those who convert from the nations should not be bothered God, ma solo che si ordini loro di astenersi dalla contaminazione con gli idoli, dalle unioni illegittime, dagli animali soffocati e dal sangue.
In fact, since ancient times, Moses has had someone who preaches it in every city, since it is read every Saturday in the synagogues".
Word of God.
From Psalm 95 (96)
R. Announce the marvels of the Lord to all peoples.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
sing to the Lord, you men of all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name. R.
Announce his salvation from day to day.
In the midst of the nations narrate his glory,
tell all peoples of its marvels. R.
Say among the people: "The Lord reigns!"
The world is stable, it will not be able to falter!
He judges the peoples righteously. R.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord,
and I know them and they follow me. (Jn 10:27)
Stay in mine love, for your joy to be full.
From the Gospel according to John
At that time, he said Jesus to his disciples:
"As the Father he loved me, I also loved you. Stay in mine love.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in mine love, as I have kept the commandments of the Father mine and I remain in his love.
I have told you these things so that my joy is in you and your joy is complete».
Word of the Lord.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (313-350)
bishop of Jerusalem and doctor of the Church
Baptismal catechesis n°7,4-7 (trad. cb© evangelizo)
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 1:3)
As soon as you pronounce the name of Father, one also thinks of the Son; as also naming the Son immediately think of Father.
If there is a Fathermust be understood absolutely Father of an Son; and if there is a Sonabsolutely mean Son of an Father. (…)
Certainly, in a broader sense, God is Father of a multitude of beings, but by nature and in reality is the Father of the alone Son only begotten, our Lord Jesus Christ; he is without needing time, but because he has always been the Father dell’Unigenito. (…)
It's a Father perfect that generated a Son perfect, who gave everything to him who begat – for “everything, he says Jesus, it was given to me by Father mio” (Mt 11,27),
who is honored by the Only Begotten “I honor the Father mine” (Jn 8:49) says the Son, and again: “as I have kept the commandments of the Father mine and I remain in his love” (Gv 15,10) – perciò diciamo anche noi con l’Apostolo:
“Blessed be you God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father merciful and God of all consolation” (2 Co 1,3) and “let us bend our knees before the Father, from whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth takes its name" (Eph 3:14-15), glorifying him with Son Unigenito. (…)
If in fact we are allowed to say, especially in prayers: "Father nostro che sei nei cieli” (Mt 6,9), è per puro dono della misericordia.
Since it is not to be born according to nature, del Father of the heavens, which we call it"Father”, but transformed, from slavery to adoption, by the grace of Father, for the action of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we are allowed to use this name because of his infinite mercy.
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Dwelling in the current oflove of God, take up a permanent residence, is the condition to ensure that our love do not lose your ardor and audacity along the way. We too, like Jesus and in Him, we must welcome with gratitude thelove which comes from Father and stay in this love, cercando di non separarcene con l’egoismo e con il peccato.
It is a challenging program but not impossible. First of all, it is important to realize that thelove of Christ non è un sentimento superficiale, no, è un atteggiamento fondamentale del cuore, che si manifesta nel vivere come Lui vuole.
Jesus in fact he says: «If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, as I have kept the commandments of the Father mine and I remain in his love» (v. 10). L'love it is realized in everyday life, in attitudes, in actions; otherwise it is only something illusory. They are words, words, words: that is not thelove.
L 'love it is concrete, every day. Jesus he asks us to observe his commandments, which are summarized in this: «that you love one another as I have loved you» (v. 12). (Regina caeli, 6 May 2018)