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    First Reading

    Ezekiel 47:1-9.12...
    28/03/2017

    The angel brought me back to the entrance of the Temple, where a stream flowed eastwards from under the Temple threshold, for the Temple faced east. The water flowed from under the right side of the Temple, south of the altar. He took me out by the north gate and led me right round outside as far as the outer east gate where the water flowed out on the right-hand side. The man went off to the east holding his measuring line and measured off a thousand cubits; he then made me wade across the stream; the water reached my ankles. He measured off another thousand and made me wade across the stream again; the water reached my knees. He measured off another thousand and made me wade across the stream again; the water reached my waist. He measured off another thousand; it was now a river which I could not cross; the stream had swollen and was now deep water, a river impossible to cross. He then said , ‘Do you see, son of man?’ He then took me and brought me back to the bank on the river. Now, when I reached it, I saw an enormous number of trees on each bank of the river. He said, ‘This water flows east down to the Arabah and to the sea; and flowing into the sea it makes its waters wholesome. Wherever the river flows, all living wherever the river flows. Along the river, on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails; they will bear new fruit every month, because this water comes from the sanctuary. And their fruit will be good to eat and the leaves medicinal.’


    Gospel

    John 5:1-16...
    28/03/2017

    There was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem next to the Sheep Pool there is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five porticos; and under these were crowds of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed. One man there had an illness which had lasted thirty-eight years, and when Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in that condition for a long time, he said, ‘Do you want to be well again?’ ‘Sir,’ replied the sick man, ‘I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I am still on the way, someone else gets down there before me.’ Jesus said, ‘Get up, pick up your sleeping-mat and walk around.’ The man was cured at once, and he picked up his mat and started to walk around. Now that day happened to be the Sabbath, so the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the Sabbath; you are not allowed to carry your sleeping-mat.’ He replied, ‘But the man who cured me told me, “Pick up your mat and walk around.” ’ They asked, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Pick up your mat and walk around”?’ The man had no idea who it was, since Jesus had disappeared, as the place was crowded. After a while Jesus met him in the Temple and said, ‘Now you are well again, do not sin any more, or something worse may happen to you.’ The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had cured him. It was because he did things like this on the Sabbath that the Jews began to harass Jesus.


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    4th Week of Lent...
    28/03/2017

    The blind, the lame and the paralyzed presented in the Gospel of today represent the essential condition of human being: we are weak and we are in need of help. Jesus today heals a person who had been sick for thirty-eight years. Meeting the sick man, the first question that Jesus asks him is: “Do you want to be healed?” The question seems to be redundant as no one would choose to remain sick. But the question of Jesus is valid and timely for there are many sick people who would prefer to remain ‘sick’. The sick man in the Gospel wanted to be healed but his infirmity prevented him from availing himself of the opportunities. The condition of the sick man warns us that our hesitation to help others can prevent them from experiencing freedom and healing, perhaps for a lifetime. The person next to us may not have access to God unless we help. Similarly, hesitation to seek help from Jesus and from others can keep us ‘sick’ for ever.


  • Saint of the Day

    St Sixtus III

    Son of Xystus, St Sixtus was Chief Roman priest at the time of his election to succeed Pope St Celestine I on 31 July 432. He was known to St Augustine. Sixtus was a conciliator. Following the Council of Ephesus (431) he encouraged the negotiations between Cyril of Alexandria and John of Antioch who were in disagreement regarding the two natures in Christ. When they at last came to an agreement, he wrote to congratulate them (433). Among the other fortifications in the city, Sixtus restored the Liberian Basilica, now called St Mary Major and rebuilt the Lateran Baptistery, giving it the present form. A second basilica was joined to the Church of St Lawrence outside-the-walls to replace what had been carried off by the Visigoths. Valentinian III was persuaded by him to contribute silver and gold ornaments to the basilicas of Sts Peter, Paul and John Lateran. After his death on 19 August 440, his mortal remains were buried in St Lawrence’s church, and his name was included in the 9th century version of the Roman Martyrology by Ado of Sens. Reflection: “Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honour nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honour, delight, heart and soul” (St Bernadette).

Agenda Paolina

 28/03/2017

* SSP: 1988 Maggiorino Vigolungo viene proclamato Venerabile • PD: 1952 inizio Casa DM a Tokyo (Giappone).

 28/03/2017

† PD: Sr. M. Tarcisia Spadaro (2008) - Sr. M. Emanuella Santini (2011) • ISF: Michele Perillo (1996).

Thoughts

 28/03/2017 Be of one mind and heart; let there be the same language, same manner of speaking and may there be one manner of doing things. Yes, let love prevail (APD56, 289).

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