esus is in Jerusalem. The chief priests, the Scribes and the elders of the people have been thinking for a long time that he should be got rid of. A valid accusation against Him could be the one of ensnaring him in his speech.
s him with the Scriptures, thus making him understand that the Scriptures always give the right answers. All you have to do is to know them:” The first is this: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these”.
Sac. Costantino Di Bruno
The Christian: he who lets every man meet with Christ
Reflections starting from the Homily by H. H. Benedict XVI in the solemnity of the Assumption 2006
“We hear once more the word of Elizabeth, fulfilled in Mary's Magnificat: 'Blessed is she who believed'. The first and fundamental act in order to become a dwelling place of God and thus find definite happiness is to believe; it is the faith, the faith in God, in that God who showed himself in Jesus Christ and makes himself be heard in the divine Word of the Holy Scripture” (Homily).
e into a vision of faith the fear of God is necessary. “(…) His mercy is on those who fear him". [The Virgin Mary], with all the Scriptures, talks of the "fear of God". Perhaps this is a word we are little familiar with or we do not love very much. But "fear of God" is not anguish; it is quite a different thing. As sons, we have no anguish of the Father, but we have fear of God; the worry not to destroy the love on which our life is placed” (Homily). In order to take the sin away from the world and give man the possibility of becoming adoptive son of God, temple of the Holy Spirit, home of God; the Lord has donated his life on the cross. Like Christ, the Christian must give to God his life in favour of his own brothers, he must consume it for the good of the souls.
Sac. Fabio Rotella
HE IS ONE AND THERE IS NO OTHER BUT HIM
THE LORD IS ONE (Dt 6,2-6)
Why does man change God with too much facility? Man does not change God just to change God. If it were so, passing from one God to another there would be no sense in it. Man changes God in order to change God’s Word. By changing the Word, he also changes his law and morality. To the sons of Israel, who are about to enter the Promised Land, the Lord says that there are no other Gods. “The Lord is our God, the Lord alone”. If only one is the Lord and he is our God, it follows that also one is the Word, one the law, one the moral of men. Whoever does not observe the moral that the Word entails is as if he changed God. Truthfully there is no other God and man is in the lap of death. When a man understands that the unity is not in God that takes place, but on God’s only Word, the only source of real life, then he will have made a step forward in the journey of his true humanity. Until he avoids the comparison with the only Word of God, his humanity will always be lived on the fringes of truth and of morality. One only God. One only Word of God. One only morality. One only real humanity.
HE HAS BEEN MADE PERFECT FOREVER (Heb 7,25-28)
Aaron’s priesthood was short lasting: the time span of a man’s life. With death another man used to take his place. Jesus’ priesthood is eternal, because after three days he has risen from death and now lives in heaven where he lives it in favour of the salvation of all humanity. The priesthood of Aaron’s sons was lived by men submitted to human fragility and weakness. They needed to offer sacrifices for the expiation of their own sins. On the contrary Christ is the holy, innocent man, without stain, separated from sinners, elevated above the heavens. He has no need to offer sacrifices day after day first for his own sins and then for those of the whole world. He offered himself once for all. His sacrifice is unrepeatable. These differences say the eternal abyss that exists between the priesthood according to Aaron and that of Christ Jesus. With Christ Jesus animals are no longer offered to the Lord, Jesus offers himself and in Him every one of his disciples is called to offer himself. They offer themselves by fulfilling in all and everything God’s Will in fullness of obedience and listening.
OF ALL THE COMMANDMENTS, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT? (Mk 12,28-34)
Today Jesus admirably unites the love towards God and the love towards the neighbour. We are not talking of a single love but of two separate and distinct loves, as separate and distinct are the persons to be loved: God and man. Every person has to be loved with a special love, which is not dictated by man, by his thoughts and his will. It is the Word that tells us how we must love God and how to serve the neighbour. Love and obedience, obedience is the listening, the listening is fulfilled on the Word. The Word that dictates the love for the Lord, also dictates the service for the brothers. In such a sense loving man is loving the Word of God; it is loving God, because it is obedience to God. God is the one and only foundation of real, holy, pure, just, perfect love. Where God is not placed at the foundation of love, where his Word is rejected as the only law of charity, man enters a confusion of non truth. Love according to God brings life to humanity. The other love, the one generated by man’s discretion, generates only death. Today the Lord asks us to start loving him with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our strength. One can do this by bringing himself into his Word. One only Word, two loves: the one of God and the other for the neighbour.
SHE PUT IN TWO COINS, WORTH ONLY A FRACTION OF A PENNY
THE JAR OF FLOUR WILL NOT BE USED UP (1Kings 17,10-16)
God loves the prophets and guards them, so that they may keep on carrying out their mission. Elijah is the prophet of the living God at a time of general idolatry. His life is menaced and he, through the Lord’s command, goes to Zarephath of Sidon: “Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have designated a widow there to provide for you”. What the prophet asks the widow is not out of his will. Not even what he promises is through his will. The prophet must believe God’s word: Elijah obeys and sets up home in Zarephath, where he meets a widow who was gathering sticks and to whom he asks for some food. Who receives a command, too, must obey God’s word, which is always accompanied by the word of the faith: “'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth”. Everything is from God’s word, which however, must turn into faith, into obedience, so that what the Lord says may be fulfilled to the smallest detail. Without the faith of who asks and who obeys, the word of God looses its efficacy. The efficacy of the word is the faith.
BY THE SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF (Heb 9,24-28)
The letter to the Hebrews talks of two apparitions of Jesus. “But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice”. He has appeared in the flesh to carry out redemption, through his death by cross. However, there is a second coming, or appearance: “So also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.” Jesus will come to welcome all these into his kingdom. But whoever is going to wait for his salvation? Whoever believed in him, has lived according to his Word, carried out his will, gave him witness before men also with martyrdom, that is, with the sacrifice of his own life. Having persevered till the end, now he waits to be welcomed in Paradise, in the eternal place that Jesus after his death went to prepare for him. Who dissociates himself today, on earth, from his redemption, cannot wait the Lord for salvation. He may only wait for him for the judgement of eternal condemnation.
SHE PUT IN EVERYTHING - ALL SHE HAD TO LIVE ON (Mk 12,38-44)
Today Jesus reveals his Apostles some false and sinful ways of living religion: “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honour in synagogues, and places of honour at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation”. This is a false way because it is all centred on the glory and goodness of the self person. It is very sinful for robberies causing damage to widows, perpetrated in the name of God. Another way of living falsely the religion is that of the rich who put in the temple treasury large sums. Those are sums which cost them nothing. These make no sacrifices, no renunciation, no hardship for the Lord. On the contrary “a poor widow put in two small coins”. She does not give from her surplus, she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood”. It is the religion of sacrifice and renunciation founded however on the big faith in God’s providence. This widow gives everything to the Lord in the faith that the Lord would have given her everything, everything she needed to live. This is the real religion: all for all.
Apostolic Movement - Pastoral Year 2006/2007
EVERY MONDAY IN THE S. IANNI PAROCHIAL CHURCH (CZ):
16.00: Welcome - H. Rosary - Confessions
17.00: Exhortation words of the Inspirer Mrs. Maria Marino
17.30: H. Mass
18.00: Catechesis held by the Central assistant monsignor Costantino di Bruno
SPIRITUALITY MEETINGS HELD BY THE CENTRAL ASSISTANT:
1° and 3° THURSDAY, 17.30: S. Maria del Carmelo (Siano) - 2° THURSDAY, 17.30: H. Rosary (CZ Sala) - 26/10, 28/12, 22/2, 26/4, 28/6, 17.30: S. Giovanni Battista (CZ Centro) - 28/9, 23/11, 25/1, 22/3, 24/5, 17.30: S. Barbara (CZ, P.za Roma).
OTHER MEETINGS HELD IN THE PARISHES:
CATANZARO (S. IANNI LOC.) - 'Maria Madre della Chiesa' Parish
Catechesis: 1°, 2°, 3° SATURDAY, 18.00, Parochial church
Spirituality meetings: 4° SATURDAY, 18.00; SUNDAY, 10.15 (Loc. Cava)
CATANZARO (SIANO LOC.) - "S. Maria del Carmelo" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 18.45; Spirituality meetings: 1° e 3° THURSDAY, 17.00
SIGNORELLO LOC. - S. Anna Chuch: Spirituality: SUNDAY, 10.00
CATANZARO - "S. Giovanni Battista" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 18.30; parochial spirituality meeting: 2° TUESDAY, 18.30;
Spirituality meetings held by the Central assistant: 26/10, 28/12, 22/2, 26/4, 28/6, 17.30
CATANZARO - "Madonna del Carmine" Parish
Catechesis: WEDNESDAY, 18.00; Spirituality meetings: 1/12, 2/2, 4/5, 6/7, 18.30
CATANZARO (BELLAVISTA) - "S. Barbara" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 18.45; Spirituality meetings: 3/11, 5/1, 2/3, 1/6, 18.30
Spirituality meetings held by the Central assistant: 28/9, 23/11, 25/1, 22/3, 24/5, 17.30
CATANZARO (MATER DOMINI) - "Mater Domini" Parish
Spirituality meetings: 1° and 3° SATURDAY, 18.30
CATANZARO SALA - "Ss. Rosario" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 18.15; Spirituality meetings: 2° THURSDAY, 17.30
S. MARIA DI CZ - "S. Maria Zarapoti" Parish
Spirituality meetings: 1 and 3 SUNDAY of the month, 17.00
S. MARIA DI CZ (CASSIODORO LOC.) - "S. Maria Della Pace" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 18.15
S. MARIA DI CZ (BARONE LOC.) - "S. Massimiliano M. Kolbe" Parish
Catechesis: SUNDAY, 17.45
S. MARIA DI CZ (PISTOIA NEIGHBOURHOOD) - "S. Maria della Speranza" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 18.15 - Spirituality: 1° and 3° WEDNESDAY, 17.30
CATANZARO LIDO - "S. Maria di Porto Salvo" Parish
Catechesis: TUESDAY, 17.15
SQUILLACE - "S. Pietro" Parish
Spirituality meetings: 3 SUNDAY, 18.30
AMARONI - "S. Barbara" Parish
Catechesis: SATURDAY, 17.30 - Spirituality meetings: 1 SUNDAY, 17.30
PETRIZZI - "S. Maria della Pietra" Parish
Catechesis: SUNDAY, 18.15 (Mother-Chuch); SATURDAY 17.45 (Loc. Campo);
Spirituality meetings: TUESDAY, 18.00 (Mother-Chuch)
GAGLIATO - "S. Nicola Vescovo" Parish
Catechesis: SUNDAY, 10.45; Spirituality meetings: TUESDAY, 16.30
Concetta Silipo (Diocesan Secretary)
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