Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Fifth Sunday of Easter (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this fifth Sunday in the season of Easter all of us are called to be filled with love, for we are God’s people and disciples, and God is love. If God is love Himself, then how can we not be filled with love? All those who genuinely believed and called themselves followers of God must be like Him in all things, and in particular, in the matter of love.

And what is love, brothers and sisters in Christ? Love is something that has often eluded our understanding, as there are really so many different interpretations, meanings, and ways how we exhibit and show love in our daily living. And surely many of us equate love with what we have seen in the popular media, when two starry-eyed lovers fall for each other, doing silly things and happy things together.

Yes, love does cause people to be happy and to be joyful, and it is genuine love that will bring about true joy and happiness. But love endures and remains even when things are gloomy and dark, when we struggle and encounter difficulties in life. It is true love that will persist on amidst these challenges and that is also how we know if love is truly present in our relationships and interactions with one another.

First of all, what is love? Love is, in its essence and core, consist of sacrifice and giving of oneself, of commitment and dedication, of care and concern, not for oneself but for another person. If love is based first and foremost on our own desires and wants, then I am afraid that this kind of love is not truly a genuine love, for there are ulterior motives driving behind the facade of love, that will easily fall away in the moment of difficulties and challenges.

That is why, brothers and sisters in Christ, in our community today and in our whole world today, there are so many different tragedies and difficulties that people of various backgrounds experience because there is a lack of love or true, genuine love in our interaction and relationship with each other. We show love that is not real love, but one that is basically a transactional relationship where we want things to go our way, and for us to benefit from this love we show.

But that is not love, for real love is something that is giving and not taking away, a sharing and not an exclusion. And there has been no better example of love than indeed, God Himself, He Who is Love, Incarnate in the flesh, in the form of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who came down into this world bearing the love of God not just in words but in action, as He showed us all what God’s love truly is like.

He Himself has shown us what real, genuine and unconditional love is like. He laid down His own life on the cross, bearing all the sufferings and difficulties, the pains and sorrows of our humanity’s innumerable sins. He took up all those without complaints or the desire to gain anything for Himself. He gave Himself so completely to us that He even shed His Body and Blood for our sake, that we may all be saved.

Thus, when the Lord Jesus spoke of His new commandment, the commandment of love that He has brought into this world, He Himself became the first to fulfil that commandment, as He loved His heavenly Father so completely that He obeyed His will that He had to bear the burden of the Cross, and at the same time also loving all of us so much that to bear such a painful burden and going through a most humiliating death of a criminal on the Cross was something that Christ did for us.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, all of us as Christians are called to follow the example of Our Lord Himself, in how we should live our lives, in how we interact with one another and in how we should love our friends and families, all those who are dear and precious to us. We are called to bear true love in all of our actions, that instead of being people who are selfish and seeking for only our own benefits, we can be people who are self-giving and compassionate, as Christ had done for us.

That is why, each and every one of us must commit ourselves to the path of love, to die to our pride and desire within us, the two things that often become the ruin of many friendships and relationships, as conflicting desires and human pride cause pain, hurt, jealousy, anger and many other forms of sufferings for us. Instead, we should be role models of our loving faith, so that in everything we do, love and indeed, genuine, compassionate love will be in everything we do and become the foundation of our very existence.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, as we continue to progress through this blessed season of Easter, let us make it our commitment to be more loving and be more compassionate in all things, and learn to share God’s many blessings and graces He has given us with our brethren who have not been so fortunate. Let us all reach out to them with love, and let the love of God be in everything we do and fill the whole world with the wonders of this love.

May God bless us all and may He empower us all to live courageously with faith, with hope and with love from now on, each and every days of our lives, now and forevermore. Amen.

Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Fifth Sunday of Easter (Gospel Reading)

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John 13 : 31-33a, 34-35

At that time, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. God will glorify Him, and He will glorify Him very soon. My children, I am with you for only a little while.”

“I give you a new commandment : Love one another! Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Fifth Sunday of Easter (Second Reading)

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Revelations 21 : 1-5a

Then, I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and no longer was there any sea. I saw the new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God, out of heaven, adorned as a bride prepared for her husband.

A loud voice came from the throne, “Here is the dwelling of God among mortals : He will pitch His tent among them, and they will be His people; He will be God-with-them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the world that was, has passed away.”

The One seated on the throne said, “See, I make all things new.”

Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Fifth Sunday of Easter (Psalm)

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Psalm 144 : 8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab

Compassionate and gracious is YHVH, slow to anger and abounding in love. YHVH is good to everyone; His mercy embraces all His creation.

All Your works will give You thanks; all Your saints, o Lord, will praise You. They will tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your power.

That all may know of Your mighty deeds, Your reign and its glorious splendour. Your reign is from age to age; Your dominion endures from generation to generation.

Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Fifth Sunday of Easter (First Reading)

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Acts 14 : 21b-27

Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra and Iconium, and on to Antioch. They were strengthening the disciples, and encouraging them to remain firm in the faith; for they said, “We must go through many trials to enter the kingdom of God.” In each church they appointed elders and, after praying and fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in Whom they had placed their faith.

Then they travelled through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. They preached the word in Perga and went down to Attalia. From there, they sailed back to Antioch, where they had first been commended to God’s grace, for the task they had now completed. On their arrival, they gathered the Church together, and told them all that God had done through them, and how He had opened the door of faith to the non-Jews.

(Usus Antiquior) Fourth Sunday after Easter (II Classis) – Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Offertory, Secret Prayer of the Priest, Communion and Post-Communion Prayer

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Offertory

Psalm 65 : 1, 2, 16


Jubilate Deo, universa terra, psalmum dicite Nomini Ejus : venite et audite, et narrabo vobis, omnes qui timetis Deum, quanta fecit Dominus animae meae, Alleluja.

 

English translation


Shout with joy to God, all the earth. Sing all of you a psalm to His Name. Come and hear, and I will tell you, all you who fear God, what great things the Lord had done for my soul. Alleluia.

 

Secret Prayer of the Priest


Deus, qui nos, per hujus sacrificii veneranda commercia, unius summae divinitatis participes effecisti : praesta, quaesumus; ut, sicut Tuam cognoscimus veritatem, sic eam dignis moribus assequamur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

 

English translation


O God, who through the holy relationship of this sacrament, had made us partakers of one supreme divinity, grant, we beseech You, that as we know Your truth, so we may follow it with worthy behaviour. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Communion

John 16 : 8


Cum venerit Paraclitus Spiritus veritatis, ille arguet mundum de peccato et de justitia et de judicio, Alleluja, Alleluja.

 

English translation


When the Paraclete shall come, the Spirit of truth, He shall convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

Post-Communion Prayer

Adesto nobis, Domine, Deus noster : ut per haec, quae fideliter sumpsimus, et purgemur a vitiis et a periculis omnibus eruamur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

 

English translation


Be near us, o Lord, our God, that through those things which we have faithfully received, we may both be cleansed of sin and rescued from all dangers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

(Usus Antiquior) Fourth Sunday after Easter (II Classis) – Sunday, 19 May 2019 : Holy Gospel

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Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Joannem – Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. John


John 16 : 5-14


In illo tempore : Dixit Jesus discipulis suis : Vado ad eum, qui misit me : et nemo ex vobis interrogat me : Quo vadis? Sed quia haec locutus sum vobis, tristitia implevit cor vestrum. Sed ego veritatem dico vobis : expedit vobis, ut ego vadam : si enim non abiero. Paraclitus non veniet ad vos : si autem abiero, mittam eum ad vos.

Et cum venerit ille, arguet mundum de peccato et de justitia et de judicio. De peccato quidem, quia non crediderunt in me : de justitia vero, quia ad Patrem vado, et jam non videbitis me : de judicio autem, quia princeps hujus mundi jam judicatus est.

Adhuc multa habeo vobis dicere : sed non potestis portare modo. Cum autem venerit ille Spiritus veritatis, docebit vos omnem veritatem. Non enim loquetur a semetipso : sed quacumque audiet, loquetur, et quae ventura sunt, annuntiabit vobis. Ille me clarificabit : quia de meo accipiet et annuntiabit vobis.

 

English translation


At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “I go to Him who sent Me, and none of you asked Me, ‘Where do You go?’ But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow had filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is expedient to you that I go, for if I do not go, the Paraclete will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

“And when He comes, He will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment. Of sin, because they do not believe in Me, and of justice, because I go to the Father, and you shall no longer see Me, and of judgment, because the prince of this world is already judged.”

“I still have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot hear them now, but when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will teach you all truth, for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever things that He has heard. He shall speak, and all the things that are to come, He shall show to you. He shall glorify Me because He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it to you.”