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    First Reading

    Acts 20:17-27...
    30/05/2017

    From Miletus Paul sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus. When they arrived he addressed these words to them: ‘You know what my way of life has been ever since the first day I set foot among you in Asia, how I have served the Lord in all humility, with all the sorrows and trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. I have not hesitated to do anything that would be helpful to you; I have preached to you and instructed you both in public and in your homes, urging both Jews and Greeks to turn to God and to believe in our Lord Jesus. And now you see me on my way to Jerusalem in captivity to the Spirit; I have no idea what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit, in town after town, has made it clear to me that imprisonment and persecution await me. But I do not place any value on my own life, provided that I complete the mission the Lord Jesus gave me—to bear witness to the good news of God’s grace. I now feel sure that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will ever see my face again. And so on this very day I swear that my conscience is clear as far as all of you are concerned, for I have without faltering put before you the whole of God’s purpose.’


    Gospel

    John 17:1-11a...
    30/05/2017

    Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you; so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity, he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him. And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world existed. I have revealed your name to those whom you took from the world to give me. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now at last they have recognised that all you have given me comes from you for I have given them the teaching you gave to me, and they have indeed accepted it and know for certain that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me. It is for them that I pray. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All I have is yours and all you have is mine, and in them I am glorified. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.’


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    7th Week of Easter...
    30/05/2017

    In the prayer of Jesus, he speaks of his glory and the glory of his Father.  Through the cross that Jesus endured, God revealed the depth of his great love for sinners and the power of redemption which cancels the debt of sin and death. Jesus gave his Father the supreme honour and glory through his obedience and his willingness to accept the cross. In the cross we see a new way of love—a love that is unconditional, sacrificial, generous and beyond comprehension. In his prayer he also speaks of eternal life. Eternal life is to have the life of God within us. The glory of God is his children obeying his commandments and living the word of God in its fullness. Let us pray that we may be united with Christ.


  • Saint of the Day

    St Joan of Arc

    T he “Maid of Orleans” and liberator of France, Jean d’Arc was a native of Domremy in Lorraine. The youngest of five children of a poor peasant farmer named Jacques, she was from her 13th year conscious of supernatural “voices” directing her. Three years later these voices (Sts Michael, Margaret and Catherine) insistently urged her to lead the French King’s armies to victory over the English, just when their complete defeat seemed imminent — “It is God who commands it!” In the ensuing winter, however, many military advantages were lost through procrastination and political jealousies, and when Joan was captured at Compiegne by the Burgandians, the urgrateful Charles abandoned her to her fate — she was sold by her captors to the English, who, in order to rid themselves of one who inspired their troops with superstitious terror, had her condemned for witchery by subservient prelates and judges. In 1431, just 19, she was burned alive at the stake at Rouen. A generation later, a re-trial of her case, at the request of her family, established Joan’s complete innocence. Joan of Arc was canonized in 1920 and is the Patron of France. Reflection: “Accept everything with willing heart. Do not mind your martyrdom; at the end you shall come to the Kingdom of Paradise” (Voices to St Joan of Arc).

Agenda Paolina

 30/05/2017

† SSP: D. Aldo Varaldo (1997) • FSP: Sr. Lorenzina Ligari (1935) - Sr. M. Alessandrina Migliardi (1973) - Sr. M. Veritas Grau (2004) • PD: Sr. M. Pacis Ferrero (2000) - Sr. M. Amalia Bertolusso (2007) • SJBP: Sr. Eugenia Milan (2013) • IMSA: Maria Ascanio (2009) • ISF: Anna Maria Cocci (2009) - Andrea Colaluce (2014).

Thoughts

 30/05/2017 May the family of Nazareth be the model and the example of our religious family (FSP43, p. 448).

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