Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

quarta-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2024

In the beginning and before the ages the Word was God, and he deigned to be born as the Savior of the world.

First Reading: 1 John 3:7-10 John the Baptist, seeing Jesus passing by, says to two of his disciples: “Behold the Lamb of God”. There are many signs that guide us towards the Lord, and the practice of justice and love for our brothers constitute safe paths to him. Reading of the first letter of Saint John – 7Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who practices justice is just, just as he is just. 8Whoever commits sin belongs to the devil, because the devil has been a sinner from the beginning. This is why the Son of God manifested himself: to destroy the works of the devil. 9Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, because the seed of God remains in him; he cannot sin, for he was born of God. 10In this it is revealed who is a son of God and who is a son of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. - Word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm: 97(98) The ends of the universe beheld / the salvation of our God. 1. Sing to the Lord God a new song, / because he has done wonders! / His hand and his strong and holy arm / achieved victory for him. – R. 2. Applaud the sea with every being that lives in it, / the whole world and everyone! / Let the mountains and rivers clap their hands / and rejoice with joy. – R. 3. In the presence of the Lord, for he comes, / comes to judge the entire earth. / He will judge the universe with justice / and the nations with equity. – R. Gospel: John 1:35-42 Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah. After having spoken, in the past, / to our fathers, through the prophets, many times, / in our days God spoke to us through his Son (Hb 1,1s). – R. Proclamation of the holy Gospel according to John – At that time, 35John was again with two of his disciples 36and, seeing Jesus passing by, he said: “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37Hearing these words, the two disciples followed Jesus. 38Turning to them and seeing that they were following him, Jesus asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi (which means Master), where do you live?” 39Jesus replied, “Come and see.” So they went to see where he lived, and that day they stayed with him. It was around four in the afternoon. 40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John's words and followed Jesus. 41He immediately went to find his brother Simon and said to him: “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42Then Andrew led Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked closely at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John; you will be called Cephas” (which means Stone). – Word of salvation. Reflection: John the Baptist had announced, to all the people, the coming of the Messiah. Now he shows it already present and close. Two of his disciples indicate the “Lamb of God”. One of the disciples is Andrew, who, after meeting Jesus, introduces him to his brother Simon. Jesus looks closely at Simon and gives him a new name: Cephas, which means Rock. This name implies Pedro's future mission in the community. The other disciple, whose name is not revealed, could be any of us who wish to establish communion with the divine Master. Jesus’ new followers ask him: “Master, where do you live?” Without persuasive speeches or seductive promises, Jesus invites them to experience it. Testimony is worth more than words.

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