Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Tomorrow, Thursday, some will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension and on Friday a Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost. It is considered the “first Novena” – since . from Friday after Ascension to Saturday before Pentecost we have 9 days ( “novena” comes from the Latin word for 9). I’ll post a link to the Novena for Pentecost tomorrow for all those who may want to prepare for the Great Feast of Pentecost.
Today is Wednesday of the 6th wk of Easter and an optional Memorial of St. Bernadine. Readings for both days are beautiful – but I’m posting only the Gospels for both and the part of the Responsorial for the optional Memorial due to CAF limit on word count.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when He comes, the Spirit of Truth,
He will guide you to all Truth.
He will not speak on His own,
but He will speak what He hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify Me,
because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is Mine;
for this reason I told you that He will take from what is Mine
and declare it to you.” (Jn 16:12-15)
From Memorial of St. Bernardine of Siena:
Responsorial Ps. 40
R Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I, …
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here am I, …
"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows Me will have the light of life. (Jn 8:12)
As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey to Jerusalem,
someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
And to another he said, "Follow me."
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But He answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God."
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God." (Lk 9:57-62)
Come Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your Faithful as you filled our Mother Mary with Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Full Mass Readings are found HERE