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Jun 212017
 

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The meek of spirit are confident, deliver their own concerns to God

“Happy the meek of spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven” (Psalm 48). My brothers, this is the first beatitude. The poor in spirit are the opposite of the proud and arrogant, because they are humble and penetrate the reality of the Kingdom of God.

We perceive, brethren, how much we need change, transformation. John himself, who was the beloved disciple, was at heart a “wealth” of spirit, arriving to make a little group with the other Apostles, as if they were “the beloved” of Jesus. But he was changing, about to become the disciple of love. John became love in his own words, in his gestures, in what was and did. If John did all this change, imagine how much we also need! As our heart needs to be changed, possessed by the first beatitude!

When Jesus speaks in Kingdom of heaven, He does not refer to the realm after death, but right now. If we have a humble heart, we need to live in the Kingdom of God by the way, we need to say: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our heart similar to yours”.

The Lord has patience with us, because he knows we do not change in an hour. The good is in us, but it needs to be diced and taken in “pieces”, it’s going to hurt. To change, the Lord allows humiliating situations to happen for us. At the bottom, we need our own effort and also that Christs let us be humiliated, so that we have a new heart, humble as he is.

The word of God is telling us that we are dependent on him for all,  even for a living; and our dependence is total. Therefore, if we are dependent on the Lord, we must put our trust in him.

St. Peter says: “Cast on him all your concerns, because he cares for you” (1Pt 5.7). The meek of spirit are confident, they cast their problems to God and can have peace. This is only possible, because they trust in the Lord.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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Jun 052017
 

Don’t let the sadness by your soul mate

Pregação com Astromar MirandaSorrows arise during life: trauma and marks, situations that we do not accept and that hurt deeply our attitude of encouragement. Sufferings that come when we least expect them: the death of someone, a disease, difficulties in family situations that sometimes disappoint us.

For some reason, sadness can appear. But you can’t give in to it. “Do not deliver thy soul to sadness, do not torment yourself in your thoughts.” The self-giving to the diseases of the soul, cause you lose the joy, peace, health, dismantle everything and everything turns into worries.

Even if you have been disappointed with love or with a great friendship, even if your family is divided or you are without any expectation of future, do not let it kill your soul.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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May 292017
 

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Let’s not let discouragement be present in us

If you stifle a candle with a glass, what will happen? The flame will go off in a few seconds, because it lacks oxygen. You can’t continue with nay-sayers even under justifications that they speak well.

With you it’s the same as with the candle: you have fuel, quality wax, the better, but, unfortunately, dismay if present and mutes you. The flame of many people has gone out. Their soul is muted. They surrendered to the conformism and settled in dismay. Result: they are sad, helpless and depressed.

What is someone discouraged? It’s as if the person has no soul; the flame went out. Discouragement can take you down, but you can’t let it get settled.

I repeat: discouragement destroys many. Defuse this bomb in your life while you can. Raise this flag: Discouragement no more!. Whatever happens, whatever the problems.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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May 092017
 

We should aspire to the mercy of the Lord

The Lord wants Mercy to  happen to us. Is beautiful as is inspired by the liturgical calendar. Today is the day that the Lord is willing to pour out his His mercy, which is infinite, and He was the one who revealed this to Saint Faustina. Pope John Paul II instituted the feast of mercy and died on the eve of one of these feasts. The liturgical feasts are celebrated on the eve, then, from 6:oopm hours,the ceremony begins .

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Already into the feast of mercy, the Lord took Pope John Paul II. God had a special choice. Today, he [John Paul II] intercedes for all people, for them tobe open to Mercy. Saint Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 1, 12ss: “Thanks to the one who gave me strength, Jesus Christ our Lord, because I judged worthy of trust and called me to the Ministry, who once was a blasphemer, persecutor and an insulter.But reached for mercy, because I hadn’t received the faith and acted out of ignorance “. Paul railed against the Christians and persecuted them.

Jesus tells him: “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me? (Acts 9.4). How many injuries did commit against Jesus. You know your life and know everything you’ve done. You know the wicked ways you are following, your sins and hardness of your heart. He knows your past and your present, and now He’s coming to save you. There is the mercy of the Father to accomplish the salvation in Jesus. You may say: “I walked the wrong paths, but the Lord was with me.” Jesus is with you. We believe that when we dropped the ball ‘ he forgot us. But no, instead, he’s pretty close. If that’s ingrained in you, that you get that mentality.

There is Mercy from him: the heart of Jesus is our misery. You had the grace to have a personal encounter with Jesus, this unforgettable moment that the Lord gets in and changes the direction of your life, it comes with so much mercy and forgiveness, which we welcome. If you haven’t had this grace, do it today. He is working in your heart, don’t leave it for later, Jesus is taking your heart in his hands. Mercy is the place of sinners.

Saint Faustina says in paragraph 1146 of her diary: “put your hope in my mercy the greatest sinners.They are more right than others to trust in the abyss of my mercy. My daughter, write about my mercy for busy souls. Cause I enjoy the souls who turn to my mercy. These souls I give graces that exceed their requests. I can’t punish, even the greatest of sinners, if he has recourse to my compassion, but the answer is in my unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Writes: before coming to the just judge, open wide the doors of my mercy. Who doesn’t want to pass through the door of mercy, will have to pass through the door of my justice. “

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community new song

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Apr 272017
 
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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 172017
 

If Christ had not risen, vain would our faith

This month we have the biggest fact of all time, the great truth that divided history to “before and after Christ”: the resurrection of Jesus. This is because, if Christ had not risen, our faith would be in vain and the Christian life would be meaningless. Christ is risen! He is really the way to God, the truth for which every human being searches. The Life we all strive for, with total quality in abundance, true to life.

 

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The shroud of Turin shows that the Romans were vicious in the flagellation of Christ. Despite not having the custom  to give so many lashes, so the practice began and ended with the body of Jesus. He just persevered because he was a strong man. He was all bruised, in pain from head to toe. Jesus was wounded by our sins. We were all like stray sheep, each following his own path. Do we still do this today, leading our life the way that suits us. It’s not what the Father wanted, but it was for our redemption, that the Lord did put upon Him all our sins. Jesus knew what he was supporting was for our salvation.

Jesus was not a defendant, he was innocent. He was crucified for you and for me. Jesus accepted death because this was the means to save us. He took upon himself the sins of all humanity, he let the curse fall upon himself. He died for us, but also he rose for us, to make it clear that this project of the father be realized in our life. Just as Jesus was resurrected for a definitive life, we too will raise up at the last day, the Lord wants us to live the present life in this way, making sure that one day we shall resurrect with him.
Our body is still subject to sin, but we need to use all members, no more for evil, but for the sake of righteousness, because that’s why we were created.

“If Christ is in you, your body, without doubt, is destined to death because of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies for your spirit that dwells in you “(Rm -11 8.10).

Although your body is weak, subject to sin and walks to death and corruption, if Jesus is in you, although your body is bound to the physical death, your spirit lives. The most beautiful reality is that your body also begins to experience the resurrection and the life. It becomes full of life, resurrection, and the signs that begin to appear in you, that becomes strong, brave by the power of Jesus. You stop being discouraged, a person who lives dragging through life, and you becomes a brave, fearless, kind person, who gives itself, full of courage, facing overwhelming odds, by the grace of God.

All this for what? Because of the presence of Jesus. Everyone will see your face, in your eyes, the true joy, enthusiasm, optimism, because Christ lives in you. And if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies for your spirit that dwells in you “(Rm 8.11). In the Valley of tears, (problems, difficulties, diseases), we will see people full of the resurrection and life. You are invited to be a transmitter of life for all those living in death.

The world needs Jesus! He is not physically with us, but we, Christians, by the power of the Holy Spirit are the source of living water to the world, as He. Jesus is the resurrection and the Life. There are a multitude of men in death, as in the vision of Ezekiel: “How parched bones scattered on the ground” (Ez 37.2). The Lord wants you to be resurrection and life for these people, to so many prodigal children who want to return home, they need to receive the embrace of the father of mercies. A person who has life and gives life to the point of saying: How Jesus is in me, how He lives in me and how I allow Him to penetrate me, I too am the resurrection and life.

To have that life we need to be in communion with the Lord, take communion the body and blood of Jesus, because “he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I shall rise on the last day” (Jo 6.54). Simply do not receive communion, but enter into intimate communion with the Lord. The Eucharist is the great means for our body, our soul and our spirit to come into communion with Jesus. How to assimilate the food we eat, and it becomes life for our body, so it happens when we enter into intimate communion with Jesus.

Raising up on the last day will be just a natural consequence of a lifetime. When our body you discard as the seed falls apart on Earth, eternal life will be on us. I always wondered why Mary Magdalene was the first to see the Lord. It wasn’t any of the Apostles. She’s the one who goes and announces to Peter and John that the Lord had risen. Mary Magdalene was chosen because she was the more determined, more determined to follow the Lord. While the Apostles went into hiding for fear of the Jews, she took her companions and, at dawn, determined, even at risk, she went to the Tomb, to express the great love she had for Jesus, because she had broken from her old life. We need to be as determined as she was!

If we stay on the fence, in “more or less” correct “neither hot nor cold,” and we’re not going anywhere. Mary Magdalene knew if she stayed in mourning, she wouldn’t want to go anywhere. My brethren, the Church wants us to live in this expectation of resurrection, because the resurrection of Jesus is the certainty of our resurrection. If we are living in the light, if we took the word of God and she takes effect in our lives, if we persevere and fight, especially in today’s world, where we are against the current, when we die, by the grace and mercy of God we shall resurrect to eternal life, eternal award, and not for conviction.

And the word of God, which attests to the resurrection of Jesus, we aim also to his glorious coming. We are between these two wonderful events, seeking in each Easter, our resurrection and new life. At the same time, we turn to the happy expectation of the coming of Jesus in glory, and we turn, every day, by the powerful action of the Holy Spirit who was given to us. You see: the same Holy Spirit,-tells us the Scriptures –, who raised Jesus from the dead, has been given to us and dwells in us, to enact in each of us the resurrection of Christ and to lead us to new life!

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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