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25 May 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading

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USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16,29-33. The disciples said to Jesus, "Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everythi…More
USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16,29-33.

The disciples said to Jesus, "Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God."
Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."


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Saint Theodore the Studite (759-826)
monk at Constantinople
Catechesis 28 (The Greater Catecheses; rev.)


Let us show a valiant spirit!
Let nothing intervene to hinder the progress of any who travel alongside each other in this evangelical life, but let us walk with agile step though the road be rough and hard, let us show a brave and manly spirit, overcome obstacles, pass along from pathway to pathway, from hill to hill, until we climb onto the mountain of the Lord and make a home for ourselves in the holy place of his impassibility.
Now, companions assist each other on the way; so then, my brothers, as the apostle says: "Bear one another's burdens" (Gal 6:2) and make up for whatever is lacking to others (cf. 2 Cor 8:14 ; Phil 2:30). To the negligence that perhaps holds sway today, noble courage will succeed tomorrow; now one is in gloom and then suddenly one rises to the surface and discovers joy again; at one moment our passions rise up but soon God comes to help us, they are broken and calm returns. For you will only be seen like this yesterday and the day before but, dear friend, you will not always remain the same but the grace of God will draw near you, the Lord will fight for you and perhaps, like the great Antony, you will say: "Where were you just now?" and he will answer: "I wanted to see your combat."
For now, let us persevere, children, dear children; let us be patient for a little, brothers, dear brothers. (…) Who will be crowned without having fought? Who will go to rest if he is not tired (cf. 2 Tim 2:5-6)? Who will gather the fruits of life without having planted virtues in his soul? Cultivate them, prepare the earth with the greatest care, take trouble over it, sweat over it, children, God's workers, imitators of the angels, competitors with incorporeal beings, lights for those who are in the world (cf. Phil 2:15)!