#GospelToday (Jn 19:25-30)
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."
Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I thirst."
There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished." And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
"O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery, the fullness of charity and of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."
~ From The Roman Missal: Collect for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
#GospelToday (Lk 4:16-21)
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
Fr. de Souza weighs-in on the injustice against Cardinal Pell:
#GospelToday (Mt 26:20-25)
When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, "Surely it is not I, Lord?"
He said in reply, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born."
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" He answered, "You have said so."
"Observers say that the unanimous ruling by the country’s highest court constitutes a scathing indictment of the fundamentally unjust proceedings that led to the cardinal’s wrongful conviction and imprisonment."
Edward Pentin has written an excellent summary of this case:
Attack on Pearl Harbor press conference...
Once upon a time, the mainstream news media did their best to provide objective information to inform our citizens. They were patriotic, respectful of our president and at least tried to be as non-partisan as possible.
No more. At this point, I don't think they even pretend to be anything but partisan operatives. Truth has little standing.
If today's "news reporters" were transported back in time, say to December 7, 1941 these might be their questions of the president:
More on Cardinal Pell:
From the National Catholic Register:
#GospelToday (Jn 13:21-27)
When he had said this, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, "Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus' side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus' chest and said to him, "Master, who is it?"
Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it."
So he dipped the morsel and [took it and] handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After he took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."
Thank God, justice was finally served in Australia for Cardinal George Pell. His outrageous conviction was UNANIMOUSLY quashed by their highest court. The prior verdict is officially changed to acquitted.
He was convicted on completely uncorroborated testimony of a single alleged victim. There was a LOT of evidence and witnesses to his innocence, including to the impossibility it could have happened at all as charged. Why was he convicted? Anti-Catholic bigotry was having its day and apparently in Australia only the highest court could fix it. Thank God for that, but he should never have been convicted in the first place.
#GospelToday (Jn 12:3-8)
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one [of] his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, "Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days' wages and given to the poor?" He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
Not to worry, God knows your heart during this special time. I was confirmed 10 years ago, but I remember reflecting on my pre-confirmation status. It is analogous to baptism by desire. The sacrament itself is very important, conferring grace and marking full entry into the Church -- but by your heart you have already entered.
#GospelToday (Mt 26:14-16)
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
My patron saint!
#GospelToday (Jn 11:49-54)
But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish."
He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
So from that day on they planned to kill him.
So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples.
#GospelToday (Jn 10:37-42)
If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize [and understand] that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
[Then] they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, "John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true."
And many there began to believe in him.
Canon Law Made Easy (trust me, it never is) does a good job addressing the complete cancellation of public Mass. TLDR - it is not legal to do that.
They have 2 pieces on it, an initial one from a week ago:
...and a follow-up from today:
#GospelToday (Jn 8:51,57-59)
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death."
So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM."
So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.
#GospelToday (Jn 8:39-42)
They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham."
Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. You are doing the works of your father!"
[So] they said to him, "We are not illegitimate. We have one Father, God."
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me."
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