The Church's Year
ON THE MONDAY AFTER PENTECOST
of the Mass is the same as on the Feast of Corpus
O God, who didst give the Holy Ghost to Thine apostles: grant to
Thy people the fruit of their pious petition; that to whom Thou
host given faith, Thou mayst also impart peace. Thro'.
(Acts X. 34., 42-48.) In those days, Peter opening his mouth, said:
Men brethren, the Lord commanded us to preach to the people, and
to testify that it is he who was appointed by God to be judge of
the living and of the dead: to him all the prophets give testimony,
that through his name all receive remission of sins, who believe
in him. While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost
fell on all them that heard the word. And the faithful of the circumcision,
who came with Peter, were astonished, for that the grace of the
Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also. For they heard
them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God. Then Peter answered:
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who
have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them
to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This lesson relates the manner in which the Holy Ghost descended
upon the converted Gentiles who were assembled with the centurion
Cornelius, and who heard the sermon of St. Peter with hearts burning
for knowledge. Endeavor, to assist at sermons with a heart
desirous of learning, and the Holy Ghost will enlighten you; and
do not fail to invoke the Holy Ghost, before the sermon.
(John III. 16-21.) At that time, Jesus said to Nicodemus: God so
loved the world, as to give his only-begotten Son; that whosoever
believeth in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
For God sent
not his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world
may be saved by him. He that believeth in him is not judged: but
he that doth not believe is already judged; because he believeth
not in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the
judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved.
darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil:, for
every one that Both evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the
light, that has works may not be reproved. But he that Both truth
cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because
they are done in God.
has God shown His love for us?
He has given
us His only Son fox our Teacher and redeemer, delivering, Him up
for our sake to the most ignominious and painful death of the cross.
For God so loved the world as to give His only-begotten Son: that
whosoever believeth in Him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
(John III. 16.)
then, are so many lost?
despise this love of God and reject Christ, the Light of the world,
that is, do not follow His teachings, even hate Him, loving more
the darkness, that is, the suggestions of Satan, and the pleasures
of this world.
the Holy Ghost come into this world as a light?
Yes; for. He
inwardly, enlightens the hearts of men by His grace, that they may
properly understand the truths, of salvation; and as the natural
light leads us out of darkness, so the Holy Ghost by His supernatural
light leads us, out of the darkness of ignorance, and from the snares
and dangers of the world and the devil, into eternal happiness.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
God so loved
the world, as to give His only-begotten Son. (John III. 16.)
What will we
render to God for the love He has shown us heretofore and still
manifests towards us every moment? He has loved us from all eternity
when we were not, and although He knew that we would be sinners
and enemies to Him, He loved us with infinite love, showing His
love by creating all things for us. But even this was not enough;
to release us from the misery of sin, He gave us His only-beloved
Son, who, clothing Himself with our mortal flesh, and having become
our equal in all things, except in sin, shed the last drop of His
blood on the cross as a ransom for our sin's; gives Himself to us
for our nourishment in the most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar;
offers Himself daily, in the Mass, to His Heavenly Father for us,
and is, day and night, present with us in the most adorable Sacrament.
What more could the infinite love of God give us? One thing more
the Holy Ghost, and Him He has sent with all His gifts and
says St. Bernard, "we love him who does us good, assists us
in our needs, undergoes danger in our behalf, how then, must we
love Him who has given us all that we have; who has given us the
angels to be our guardians, the sun, moon, and stars to shine for
us, the earth for our dwelling, the elements, the plants, the animals
to supply our necessities, our food, our pleasure; who continually
preserves us, that we fall not back into original nothingness; who
constantly guards us from innumerable dangers and evils; who has
not only endangered His life, but has really suffered the most bitter
death for us; who so mercifully forgives us all our sins, heals
all our weaknesses, keeps us from perdition, and crowns us with
mercy and compassion!" (Ps. CII. 4.)
Let us therefore
with our whole heart love this good and gracious God, who has loved
us without any merit of ours, let us be ashamed that we have until
now loved Him so little, and performed so little for love of Him.
God seems to live only for us, to occupy Himself only with us, and
we alas! instead of living for Him alone, have until now
lived only for the world, lived only to offend Him! Let us cast
ourselves down in sorrow before the face of God, and exclaim with
St. Francis of Assisi: "My God and my all! What art Thou? and
what am I, but a worm of the earth? Most Holy Lord! Would that I
loved Thee! Sweetest Lord! Would that I loved Thee!" Say with
it makes me so rich,
ask no more;
that, O Lord,
I am Thine and Thou mine,
that give me.
shall I be eternally happy.