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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.

Third Sunday After Easter

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Book of Epistles & Gospels for the Mass

Epistle for the Third Sunday After Easter

1 Peter 2 11-19.

The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Peter's First Epistle, Chapter 2, Verses 11-19.

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul, having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works, which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling;  or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good:  for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the severe.  For this is a Grace,

in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

Gospel for the Third Sunday After Easter

John 16:16-22.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 16, Verses 16-22.

At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:

A little while, and now you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me:  because I go to the Father.
Then some of the disciples said one to another:
What is this that He saith to us:  A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me, and, because I go to the Father?
They said therefore:
What is this that He saith, A little while?  We know not what He speaketh.
And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask Him; and He said to them:
Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said:  A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me?

Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.  So also you now indeed have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice; and your joy no man shall take from you.

Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.

Please be seated.

“Then some of the Disciples said one to another:  What is this that He saith to us:  A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me, and, because I go to the Father?” (John 16:17).

  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

“What is your life?  It is a vapour which appeareth for a little while, and afterwards shall vanish away.” (James 4:15).

Some of us count forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, or more years of life.  We ask:

Have not all of these years passed quickly? Have they not appeared as but a few moments as one reflects back on them?
So, just as the past years have passed so quickly, consider how the rest of one’s life will pass!

Yet, if one compares one’s life span with eternity, what is it? Not so much as a grain of sand when compared with the entire universe, or, as but a drop of water when compared with even the smallest ocean. Thousand and millions of years are not a moment when compared with eternity.

There is some relation or ratio between a grain of sand and the universe.  It is true that it is infinitesimally small, but when one considers multi-trillions of years with eternity which never ends, there is absolutely no proportion because such years are limited while eternity is unlimited.  How true it is that our life in this world lasts but for such a short time. And this little while of our earthly life is of infinite importance, because WHERE each of us will spend our eternity depends on it.

IF each of us serves God during this little while with fervor and constancy, obeying God’s Commandments, practicing Virtue, exercising the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost, each of us will receive for our reward the everlasting, unspeakable happiness and never-ending joys of Heaven.

But, if one serves the world, the flesh and the devil, an eternal, inexpressible horrible woe and exile await one in hell. Oh, how the Blessed in Heaven rejoice because they have devoted this little while of their earthly life to the service of God!  And how bitterly do the damned in hell regret that they have spent the little while of their temporal life in the forgetfulness of God and wasted their precious time in the foolish gratification of their passions and lusts, whether of the world, the flesh, or the devil.

Consider how transitory and perishable the things of this world really are! Their siren songs, by way of analogy, remind one of the irresistible allure of the mesmerizing mythical Sirens of classical Greek mythology made famous by the Greek epic poet Homer [b. c. 9th Century B.C. - d. c. 9th Century B.C.].  These lascivious Sirens lured sailors to their death by their singing. Odysseus, a.k.a. Ulysses, the hero in this Greek epic entitled “The Odyssey”, was able to sail past their rocky island by putting wax in the ears of his crew so that they would not hear this hypnotically enchanting singing.

So then, as each of us sails through our life, by making a proper use of the Mass and the Sacraments, the ontological essence

[ens - being - that which makes a thing to be what it is without which it is not (sine qua non) that precise thing]
and the metaphysical essence
[actus - act - that which the ontological essence does]
of which were perfectly instituted by Christ, especially Penance and the Holy Eucharist, and the living of a good life - a life devoted to the daily practice of the Virtues and the exercise of the Seven Gifts of God the Holy Ghost, and of doing good, may each of us close our ears to the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the Devils who try to allure each of us with their irresistible siren songs of spiritual lies to ignore the dangers of the rocky islands of disobedience to the Commandments of God and the Commandments of the Church which would end for us in the shipwreck of our immortal souls.


The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers

It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)

Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to implore the Graces each of us needs from the Mediatrix of All Graces, our Heavenly Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  And, just as in “The Odyssey”, Odysseus was able to defeat the evil charms of the Satanic Circe who had turned his crew into swine with a magic drink, by his use of the herb moly which has white flowers and black roots, so then let each of us, by daily recourse to our Blessed Mother, especially by saying the 3 Hail Mary’s for purity, and by making a determined effort to say the Holy Rosary each and every day without fail, defeat the evil charms of the followers of Satan who would have each of us drink the dregs of Mortal Sin and thereby turn one’s soul into a continual state of the gluttony of habitual sin.

So then, resolve now to reflect this week on how fickle are the allurements of this world, whether they be financial wealth, real estate, stocks and bonds, power, and all of those things which the world esteems and how short a time each of us has to do everything we must do in order to assure our own place in Heaven!

For example, just by you reading this Sermon right now, you are telling God that you love Him and, by the help of His Grace, you will - beginning right now - live a life of real Virtue in the imitation of Christ, Our Blessed Mother, and the Holy Saints of Heaven, so that you may faithfully keep the Ten Commandments, remembering how Christ so clearly teaches all of us:

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15).
By doing this you will make good use of the time left to you by the good God which We hope and pray will be many, many years!  (Ad Multos Annos!)  Remember the answer you learned as found in the “Baltimore Catechism” to the question:
“Why did God make you?”

“A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” (Baltimore Catechism No. 1, Lesson First: On the End of Man, Question # 6, with “A”. [answer]).

This is why each of us is here in this life as Catholics - not as pagans who worship the false gods of power, of money, of greed, of materialism, of lies, of hyprocisy, of hatred, of anger, of theft, of murder, of rape, of drug abuse, of inebriation, of adultery, of abortion, of euthanasia, of all kinds of fornication, etc., etc.!

This not only sums up the life each of us should live as practicing Catholics - not “Sunday only” Catholics, but it also reminds us that we still have work to do, we still have to continue to:

“to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world” so that we can “be happy with Him forever in heaven”.
This was about what the Pastor of my Parish used to remind all of his parishioners.

I remember how, in all of the Masses I served for him for many years, he always began every one of his Sermons differently, but he always ended them the same way, reminding the Congregation of the account each of us must render to the Just Judge when we die because we have used up all our time.

Then, without any exceptions, each and everyone of us will hear:

“Give an account of thy stewardship:  for now thou canst be steward no longer.” (Luke 16:2).
But THEN it will be too late to do the things we THEN will wish we had done NOW!


“Then some of the Disciples said one to another:  What is this that He saith to us:  A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me, and, because I go to the Father?” (John 16:17).

  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.


The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Pray her Traditional Rosary daily.
The Rosary will really make a
Powerful difference in Your Life!

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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