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Apr 302017
 

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One of the great misnomers in the faith is that it is filled with words written long ago and therefore no longer applies. If there is any Gospel story that throws that whole idea out, it is that of the story of Emmaus. This account which is only found in the Gospel of Luke, is something that we should remember because it is the basis of all we do here.

So it begins with these disciples in total confusion because everything that they expected to happen with Jesus, collapses when He dies on the cross. Now they hear rumors that he resurrected from the dead and they do not know what to think. When all is said in done, they are overjoyed for having seen the Lord in the breaking of the bread after he explained the scriptures to them.

What is it we do at mass? Let’s look at it: We come together, we acknowledge being in the presence of the Lord unworthily and ask his forgiveness so that we may approach Him. We glorify Him and then we listen to the scriptures hearing His word. Then we find him in the Breaking of the Bread. That is literal by the way. Remember before we distribute communion I hold up the broken host over the chalice: the breaking of the bread.

Emmaus presents us the elements of the Mass. However, notice that in this encounter with Christ all their anxiety and trepidation over the horrible experience is set aside and then they come to know the truth. Christ has been raised and they now have eternal life. He is everything He said he is, and more.

People look at the times we are living, it is clearly different than any we as a race lived before, since the Maccabees. Many of the youth here are living in a culture that we could not imagine and we, unlike our parents, have trepidation over these times.

However, search the scriptures. You will see that there is nothing going on right now that the scriptures have not given warning to us. I am not talking specifically. You will not find, for example, in the Book of Revelation any talk of a crazy family of dictators in a Northeastern Asian country in the third millennium. That is not a throw away line in my homily. You can find those preachers who will take a newspaper and claim that the events on the front page can be found in chapter x and verse y of the Book of Revelation. Two of the most opposite presidents we had in this country: Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were both described as the anti-Christ in Revelation by some preachers. All that is ridiculous, but there are people who believe it. This is not what Jesus means, however.

What you will find is all the basic elements that bring us to this day, and beyond, beginning with the change in morality. Those who do not search the scriptures, those who do not unite with Christ and humbly worship him and embrace His wisdom will not only never know the truth nor will they understand our times or any other. They will succumb to the atmosphere of the day, we see that happening everyday. However, those who come to hear the word of the Lord in the scriptures and join him and receive him in the breaking of the bread will not only see beyond these times, they will understand them in light of the word and wisdom of God.

People complain that priests are not speaking enough about sin, and yes, maybe I need to preach more on it. However, if you understand the teachings of the scriptures and you understand the reality of encountering Christ in the mass through the breaking of the bread, you will understand the reality of sin and the call to holiness more than I or anyone else on the planet could preach on it.

You will understand the world around you on a deeper level than any journalist you see on television. This is what happens to the disciples in Emmaus. They are lost in confusion. Living in deep doubt and regret, when suddenly after their encounter with Christ their eyes are opened and they suddenly realize that God is still in charge and Christ is truly their king.

This is the point of coming to mass.

In a previous parish, the parishioners saw the Church as another level of government, literally. So, they understood their was a federal government, a state, county, city and then the Church through the parish. So why did they go to Church, because they were supposed to go, that is the law. They did not understand the whole message we see in this Gospel.

What does Emmaus teach? We understand our world, and our place in it, through knowing the scriptures and coming together in the breaking of the bread. That is why we attend mass. Christ calls us to unite ourselves with Him that we understand the world around us, our mission to it as we continue onto eternal life.

If you truly come to understand what Christ is teaching us everyday, then you will see the world differently and you will see how our only hope is in Christ. You will also see the importance of the mission to which you are called to a deep, deep level and you will be back here every Sunday because you will realize that if we want to truly encounter Christ, we find Him in the breaking of the bread which is Jesus giving Himself literally to us that we may live in the hope he gives to us.

God bless you,

Fr.Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Carrbooks.us Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Apr 282017
 

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“I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15, 1-5).

Jesus is the Vine, the trunk and the Head of the Church; we are the branches and the members of His Body. That is the reality founded on Him and through Him to bring mankind back to God.

Besides being a community of faith, hope and love, Christ instituted the Church to be His “visible Body” on Earth and to guide the whole of mankind to God. It is a visible Assembly and a spiritual Community at the same time; one single reality, human and Divine at the same time. This mystery is comparable to the mystery of the Incarnate Word, as Vatican Council II states:

“As the assumed nature inseparably united to Him, serves the divine Word as a living organ of salvation, so, in a similar way, does the visible social structure of the Church serve the Spirit of Christ, who vivifies it, in the building up of the body” (Lumen Gentium 8).

Saint Paul teaches the same to the Ephesians:

“Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body’s growth and builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4, 15-16).

Jesus gave His community a structure that will endure until the Come of the Kingdom. Christ knew that, as in every human society, the Church could never survive without hierarchy. Families need a head, the husband; cities need a Mayor; states need a Governor and countries need a President. There is a famous saying: “two captains will sink the ship.” That also applies to the Church because of our human nature.

The Lord chose Twelve Disciples and assigned Peter as their leader: their visible Head.

“He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority do drive out demons; [he appointed the twelve:] Simon, whom he named Peter…”(Mark 3, 14-16).

Jesus entrusted the Kingdom of God in first place to the Apostles:

“…and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22, 29-30).

Prof Felipe Aquino

Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. On TV Canção Nova he presents the program “Escola da Fé” [School of faith] and “Pergunte e Responderemos” [Ask and respond], on Radio he presents the program “in the heart of the Church”. On weekends he preaches deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic background by publishers, Loyola and Cleopas and Canção Nova. His teacher’s page:www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Apr 272017
 
Domingo- Missa Monsenhor Jonas Abib

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“Love one another as I have loved you”

God put us in this world to love and build on Earth, the civilization of love. Often, we hear questions that demonstrate the marks of a cruel hatred that in the report: “after all, if God is love, why is humanity in this terrible situation of hatred? “.

The great response to this and other questions is: Jesus has already done his part, he came and taught us. Now, it’s up to us to put into practice his teachings and make disciples everywhere, “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”. But what did Jesus command while on Earth? And I  give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must also love one another. (Jo 13.34).

Jesus lived with people, he, during all that time, trained men and women to live the commandment: “Love one another” . Today, we are called to exercise what Jesus commanded us.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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Apr 262017
 
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As we recognize Jesus, touch the center of our faith

“In fact, all of you are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gl -27 3.26)

When we recognize Jesus is in our life as Lord, we’re at the center of our faith. Many people find that they do not have faith, because they bring in the heart many questions and doubts, but this situation is a unique opportunity to get close to Jesus, shed our doubts and expect the right answer from him.

It’s beautiful when you do such an experiment, because when we ask Jesus something, He also makes us freer to ask the most essential questions, which has the power to open ourselves to His mystery.

The Holy Spirit illuminates our minds and our hearts, because we want to know the Lord.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Lucia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova community 

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Apr 252017
 

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h2>The silence helps us to experience heaven here on Earth

How many of us are “drowned” in a tide of things to solve, work to be carried out and of problems to be solved.

Almost, we can’t see a light, and it seems difficult to have at least a tiny bit of time during the day to be with God. We judge ourselves as often unproductive and losers in our goals.

“In times so frantic, in which there are only noises, machinery and technology, the important thing for us to be really in God is to be silent in the base in his will. So, we would see the world change. The Earth would be a heaven! “(Chiara Lubich)

Yes, we would see things change in our lives, in our House, in our work, anyway, the world would change if we were to “be silent” in the will of God in our lives. At the present moment, we will have our lives transformed.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago

 

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Apr 242017
 

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The purpose of this meeting is to be ‘ Jovems Sarados [Youth healed] with your feet here on Earth, but with your eyes to Heaven; also because the coming of the Lord is imminent.

The Church calls us to account, she invites us to live with the experience of determination that we wait the coming of the Lord, and we hope on this great day he will come to those who walk in His presence, that fall, but rise again. This will not be a day of horror or sadness, but of jubilation and joy.

We need to look at the early Church, that of the first century, in order to learn how to live in the 21st century. How were the Christians of the first century, the Church which was born and lived with the Lord? They lived every day as if He was coming back that day in an eschatological tension.

Kingdom of the world VS Kingdom of heaven

When we find Him, He starts within us a clash of kingdoms. The kingdoms of this world, against Kingdom of Heaven. When we meet Jesus, the Kingdom of God needs to take up the space in our hearts, which often was given to the kingdoms of this world. We will live this conflict until the last of our days.

In Canção Nova, starting with the community’s founder, Monsignor Jonas Abib, we declare a war: the system in the world against the system of God.

Pope Francis, in Paraguay, said this: “… That’s what the world needs, young people with hope and strong of spirit; youth not weaklings, neither yes, nor no (undecided). We don’t want young people who tire quickly or those who are bored “.

Watch and pray is the call of the Church. I don’t know if He  will come in our generation, but I live and need to live as if Jesus came back today. We need to watch our senses, our relations, what kind of friends we are seeking.

Young people be healed, be honest with God. Look at the commitment that you have made with him. We believe in you, we believe you are a testament to the young people of the 21st century.

Fr. Roger Luis

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