Monday in the 3rd week of Easter

Saint for the day: St. George & the dragon (c. 300?)

Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Acts 6:8-15

Psalm 119

John 6:22-29

“Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life.”

 In these coming days we will continue to hear from the Gospel of John the section called “The Bread of Life discourse.” And we will be reminded – as the hymn says, “Look beyond the bread you eat. See your savior and your God.”

Jesus is trying to get his followers to seek more than just a bread that feeds for today but does nothing for tomorrow.

If we always come to Jesus looking for our needs to be met we are calling ourselves his beggars not his brothers and sisters – God’s beggars not God’s children. We’ll say more about this later.

Today and tomorrow our readings from the Acts of the Apostles gives us the account of the martyrdom of Stephen and we’d have to be blind not to see how this event connects up with what the disciples experienced when they were brought before the Sanhedrin, and how both events mirror the interrogation of Jesus on the same issues. Jesus is condemned to death; the disciples are flogged and sent away with a warning not to preach about Jesus; Stephen – looking up to heaven appears to have the face of an angel - is stoned to death and echoes Jesus words on the Cross: “into your hands, Oh Lord, I commend my spirit.” And the ultimate plea: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

I have to admit that I’m not sure how I would respond if “pushed to the wall” and challenged to attest my faith in Jesus and I have to ask myself, “what does it take to be a saint. If people looked intently at me, would they see my face as that of an angel? Or, as G.K. Chesterton says, “If you were arrested today for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Jesus gives us his Bread of Life and our participation in Eucharistic Celebrations should be having some life changing effects in our lives. “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8

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The Dominican friars of the Province of St. Joseph were founded in 1806 by Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P., an American who had joined the English Province of the Order as a young man during its exile in Belgium. Fenwick eventually returned to the United States with the dream of establishing the Order in his native land. Read More

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The Order of Preachers, hence the abbreviation OP used by members, more commonly known as the Dominican Order or Dominicans, is a Roman Catholic religious order founded by Saint Dominic de Guzman in France, and approved by Pope Honorius III (1216–27) on 22 December 1216. Membership in the Order includes friars, nuns, active sisters, and lay Dominicans.

Founded to preach the Gospel and to combat heresy, the Dominican motto is Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare. To praise, to bless and to preach.

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