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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-27-17, OM, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-27-17 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 05/26/2017 8:38:12 PM PDT by Salvation

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10

R. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 16:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I came from the Father and have come into the world;
now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:23b-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”


TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
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1 posted on 05/26/2017 8:38:13 PM PDT by Salvation

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2 posted on 05/26/2017 8:39:35 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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3 posted on 05/26/2017 8:41:27 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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4 posted on 05/26/2017 8:42:01 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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From: Acts 18:23-28

Galatia and Phrygia


[23] After spending some time there he (Paul) departed and went from place to
place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos in Ephesus and Corinth


[24] Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He
was an eloquent man, well versed in the scriptures. [25] He had been instructed
in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately
the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. [26] He
began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him and expounded to him the way of God more accurately. [27] And
when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to
the disciples to receive him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who
through grace had believed, [28] for he powerfully confuted the Jews in public,
showing by the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

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Commentary:

18:23-21:26. Paul’s third apostolic journey starts, like the earlier ones, from Anti-
och, but it ends with his imprisonment in Jerusalem (Acts 21:27ff). It was a long
journey, but Luke devotes most attention to events in Ephesus.

To begin with Paul tours the cities he already evangelized in Galatia and Phrygia:
this would have taken him from the last months of 53 to early 54. Then he goes
to Ephesus, where he stays for almost three years and meets up with all kinds of
contradictions (cf. 2 Cor 1:8), as he describes it in his letter to the Corinthians in
spring 57: “To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted
and homeless…. We have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the
offscouring of all things” (1 Cor 4:11, 13). Despite this, or perhaps because of it,
his apostolate was very fruitful and the Christian message spread through all pro-
consular Asia, to important cities like Colossae, Laodicae, Hierapolis, etc. and to
countless towns; as he put it in a letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 16:9), “a wide
door for effective work has opened to me”.

The Apostle had to leave Ephesus on account of the revolt of the silversmiths,
moving on towards Macedonia and Achaia to visit the churches he founded on
his second journey—Philippi, Thessalonica and Corinth. He stayed there the three
months of the winter of 57/58. On his return journey (to Jerusalem, to bring money
collected) he went via Macedonia to avoid a Jewish plot. He embarked at Neapo-
lis (the port near Philippi), stopping off at Troas, Miletus (where he met with the el-
ders from Ephesus whom he had called to come to him), Tyre and Caesarea, and
managing to reach Jerusalem in time for the Passover.

24. Priscilla and Aquila knew how valuable a man with Apollos’ qualities would be
if he were to dedicate himself to the Lord’s service; so they took the initiative and
spoke to him. St. Escriva sees this episode as a good lesson about boldness in
speaking about God, as “an event that demonstrates the wonderful apostolic zeal
of the early Christians. Scarcely a quarter of a century had passed since Jesus
had gone up to heaven and already his fame had spread to many towns and vil-
lages. In the city of Ephesus a man arrived, Apollos by name, ‘an eloquent man,
well versed in the scriptures’. . . . A glimmer of Christ’s light had already filtered in-
to the mind of this man. He had heard about our Lord and he passed the news on
to others. But he still had some way to go. He needed to know more if he was to
acquire the fullness of the faith and so come to love our Lord truly. A Christian cou-
ple, Aquila and Priscilla, hear him speaking; they are not inactive or indifferent.
They do not think: ‘This man already knows enough; it’s not our business to teach
him.’ They were souls who were really eager to do apostolate and so they ap-
proached Apollos and ‘took him and expounded to him the way of God more ac-
curately”’ (”Friends of God”, 269).

This was the kind of zeal the first Christians had; a little later on St Justin wrote:
“We do our very best to warn them [Jews and heretics], as we do you, not to be
deluded, for we know full well that whoever can speak out the truth and fails to
do so shall be condemned by God” (”Dialogue with Tryphon”, 82, 3).

27. God uses people, in this case Apollos, to channel his grace to the faithful.
They are instruments of his; they preach his word and reap an apostolic harvest,
but it is God himself who makes the harvest grow, by providing his grace. “It de-
pends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy” (Romans 9:16). “It
is not we who save souls and move them to do good. We are quite simply instru-
ments, some more, some less worthy, for fulfilling God’s plans for salvation. If at
any time we were to think that we ourselves were the authors of the good we do,
then our pride would return, more twisted than ever. The salt would lose its flavor,
the leaven would rot and the light would turn into darkness” (St. J. Escriva,
“Friends of God”, 250).

Hence the importance of supernatural resources in apostolic activity: building is
in vain if God does not support it (cf. Psalm 127:1). “All the exterior effort is a
waste of time, if you lack Love. It’s like sewing with a needle and no thread” (St.
J. Escriva, “The Way”, 967).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

5 posted on 05/26/2017 8:42:52 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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From: John 16:23b-28

Fullness of Joy (Continuation)


[Jesus said to His disciples,] [23b] Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything
of the Father, He will give it to you in My name. [24] Hitherto you have asked
nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

[25] “I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer
speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father. [26] In that day you will
ask in My name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; [27]
for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed
that I came from the Father. [28] I came from the Father and have come into the
world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

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Commentary:

25-30. As can be seen also from other passages in the Gospels, Jesus spent
time explaining His doctrine in more detail to His Apostles than to the crowd (cf.
Mark 4:10-12 and paragraph)—to train them for their mission of preaching the
Gospel to the whole world (cf. Matthew 28:18-20). However, our Lord also used
metaphors or parables when imparting instruction to the Apostles, and He does
so in this discourse of the Last Supper—the vine, the woman giving birth, etc.:
He stimulates their curiosity and they, because they do not understand, ask Him
questions (cf. verses 17-18). Jesus now tells them that the time is coming when
He will speak to them in a completely clear way so that they will know exactly
what He means. This He will do after the Resurrection (cf. Acts 1:3). But even
now, since He knows their thoughts, He is making it ever plainer to them that
He is God, for only God can know what is happening inside someone (cf. 2:25).
Verse 28, “I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am lea-
ving the world and going to the Father” summarizes the mystery of Christ’s Per-
son (cf. John 1:14; 20:31).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

6 posted on 05/26/2017 8:43:59 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible by Darton, Longman & Todd

Liturgical Colour: White.


First reading Acts 18:23-28 ©

Paul came down to Antioch, where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia, encouraging all the followers.

  An Alexandrian Jew named Apollos now arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, with a sound knowledge of the scriptures, and yet, though he had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual earnestness and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had only experienced the baptism of John. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak boldly in the synagogue, they took an interest in him and gave him further instruction about the Way.

  When Apollos thought of crossing over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote asking the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived there he was able by God’s grace to help the believers considerably by the energetic way he refuted the Jews in public and demonstrated from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 46(47):2-3,8-10 ©

God is king of all the earth.

or

Alleluia!

All peoples, clap your hands,

  cry to God with shouts of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

  great king over all the earth.

God is king of all the earth.

or

Alleluia!

God is king of all the earth,

  sing praise with all your skill.

God is king over the nations;

  God reigns on his holy throne.

God is king of all the earth.

or

Alleluia!

The princes of the people are assembled

  with the people of Abraham’s God.

The rulers of the earth belong to God,

  to God who reigns over all.

God is king of all the earth.

or

Alleluia!


Gospel Acclamation Jn14:16

Alleluia, alleluia!

I shall ask the Father,

and he will give you another Advocate

to be with you for ever.

Alleluia!

Or Jn16:28

Alleluia, alleluia!

I came from the Father

and have come into the world,

and now I leave the world

to go to the Father.

Alleluia!


Gospel John 16:23-28 ©

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

anything you ask for from the Father he will grant in my name.

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.

Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.

I have been telling you all this in metaphors,

the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in metaphors;

but tell you about the Father in plain words.

When that day comes you will ask in my name;

and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you,

because the Father himself loves you for loving me

and believing that I came from God.

I came from the Father and have come into the world

and now I leave the world to go to the Father.’

7 posted on 05/26/2017 8:46:42 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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Pray for Pope Francis.

8 posted on 05/26/2017 8:47:12 PM PDT by Salvation (“With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26)

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