Thursday, May 25, 2017
FRIDAY, 6TH Week of Easter
May 26, 2017 – FRIDAY, 6TH Week of Easter
St. Philip Neri, Priest
Acts 18: 9 - 18 /I Jn 16:20 - 23
Florentine St. Philip Neri (1515 - 1595) founded the Congregation of the Oratory.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 18:9-11
One night, in a vision, the Lord said to Paul, "Do not be afraid, but continue speaking and do not be silent, for many people in this city are mine. I am with you, so no one will harm you." So Paul stayed a year and a half in that place, teaching the word of God among them.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 16: 20- 23
Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. A woman in childbirth is in distress because her time is at hand. But after the child is born, she no longer remembers her suffering because of such great joy: a human being is born into the world.
"You will feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice. And no one will take your joy from you. When that day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, he will give you."
In the first reading, God assures Paul of his presence and support in his missionary work, "Do not be afraid ... I am with you."
In the Gospel reading, Jesus assures his disciples of his continuing presence and support, even after he has left them. Indeed, in reality he was not leaving them: he continues to be for them at the right hand of the Father in heaven: "Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you."
Today is the memorial of St. Philip Neri, Priest and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory. In his time, like St. Paul in the early Church, St. Philip Neri "filled the people of Rome with new ardor and re-evangelized the city."
Jesus assured his disciples of his continuing presence and guidance. He tells them that, working for him and with him in preaching the Good News, they will be filled with joy. Though St. Paul and St. Philip Neri encountered many problems and much opposition in their ministry, they remained joyful in their love and service of Christ and the Good News.
We pray that we, too, in whatever tasks we have in living and preaching Christ and the Good News, may remain joyful in the Lord, confident of his presence and his help.
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Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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