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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.
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Fourth Sunday After Easter
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Epistle for the Fourth Sunday After Easter

James 1:17-21.

The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Epistle of Saint James the Just, Chapter 1, Verses 17-21.

Dearly Beloved,

Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of His own will hath He begotten us by the Word of Truth, that we might be some beginning of His creatures.

You know this, my Dearest Brethren.  Let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger.  For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God.

Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of malice, with meekness receive the ingrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.


Gospel for the Fourth Sunday After Easter

John 16:5-14.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 16, Verses 5-14.

At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:

Now I go to Him that sent Me, and none of you asketh Me:  Whither goest Thou?  But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

But I tell you the Truth:  it is expedient to you that I go:  for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.  And when He is come, He will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment.

Of sin:  because they believed not in Me.  And of justice:  because I go to the Father; and you shall see Me no longer.  And of judgment:  because the prince of this world is already judged.

I have yet many things to say to you:  but you cannot bear them now.  But when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will teach you all Truth. For He shall not speak of Himself; but what things soever He shall hear, He shall speak; and the things that are to come, He shall shew you.  He shall glorify Me; because He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you.

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

Please be seated.


“Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of His own will hath He begotten us by the Word of Truth.” (EPISTLE of today’s Mass [James 1:17-18]).

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

God the Father is called the Father of lights because He is in Himself the most perfect, holy, and best being, and the source of all goodness.

1) All physical light comes from Him - the sun, the moon, and the stars.

2)  All Spiritual light comes from God - all of the knowledge and science of mankind and of the Holy Angels.

3)  All Supernatural light comes from God - His Holy Word, which teaches all of us that we must believe,  hope, and do in order to become holy and to be saved.

But God the Father is also the Father of lights because God the Son, Who is:
“the True Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world,”
is begotten of Him. (John 1:10).

Let each of us resolve right now to make the very best possible use we can of every type of light which comes to us from the Father of lights.

1)  Whether it be the Father of the physical light, not only to admire God’s work of creation, but also to praise and glorify Him as the Creator of all things.

2)  Whether it be the Father of the Spiritual Light, not only to conscientiously fulfil the duties of our Sacred Catholic Religion but also to carefully fulfil the responsibilities of our state of life.

3) Whether it be the Father of the Supernatural Light, to perfect and to sanctify oneself from day to day.

God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the Apostle Saint James the Just, also teaches us that with God there is no change, nor shadow of alteration.

In plain, Anglo-Saxon English this means the obvious, namely, that God is always the same, or, as the expression used in 6 different places in the Old Testament has it:

“from eternity to eternity.” (1 Paralipomenon 16:36; 1 Paralipomenon 29:10; 2 Esdras 9:5; Psalm 40:14; Ecclesiasticus 39:25; and, Ecclesiasticus 42:21).
God is the highest and most perfect good, and, consequently, unchangeable. God never changes His will; He is not as humans, who frequently do not will to-morrow what they will today.  Rather, what God wills once, God wills always and eternally.

Because God is unchangeable, let each of us resolve right now to trust God in every circumstance of our life, no matter how happy or sad or painful it might be. And, because God never abandons us, let each of us beg the Graces we need to never abandon God.

Because God is unchangeable, let each of us resolve right now to also be faithful in God’s holy service as we ponder the words of wisdom of the Prophet:

“If the just man shall turn away from his justice, and shall commit iniquity... he shall die in his sin, and his justices which he hath done, shall not be remembered.” (Ezechiel 3: 20).
Because God is unchangeable, let each of us resolve right now, by the Grace of God, to practice the Gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, and Fortitude toward our family members, co-workers and/or fellow-students, friends, and fellow-Catholics.

In all of our dealings with them, let us resolve to show ourselves to them as Catholics who are not only fair, but who are also patient, merciful, kind, forgiving, and who always extend the hand of Charity to each person, even if they offend us in some way, so that we may be made worthy to

“be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45).
God, of His own will hath called us to the unchangeable Catholic Faith and also to all of the many Graces one finds in it. The Vocation of a person to the Holy Catholic Faith is a pure Grace, which no one can merit. But God, being all good and merciful, gives to everyone the Graces necessary for salvation, but because not all men choose to correspond with these Graces, those who perish have no reason to complain because such perdition has its cause either:
1)  in not using the Graces freely given;
or,
2) in abusing such Graces.
Let us resolve right now to thank the good God every day for the great Grace He has given us - our Vocation of being a Catholic.  Cling to the Catholic Church with a child-like loving affection, especially amid the many evils of today.  Let us resolve to pray for the Graces we all need to always be faithful to the authentic Apostolic Tradition and to also give a good example to everyone of our faithful performance of our religious duties.

God hath begotten us. This means that God has made us new creatures and has given us the means by which to become spiritually regenerated in the Sacrament of Baptism. Hitherto, we were ignorant of those things which relate to our eternal salvation.  But now we are enlightened and know the way which leads to Heaven and thus to God.

Before Baptism, we were sinners and slaves of Satan.  Heaven was closed to us.  But, by Baptism, we were justified and sanctified and made children of God and heirs of Heaven.  Before, we were powerless to do anything profitable and meritorious, but now, with the Grace of God in Baptism, we are able to work out our salvation and merit Heaven.

This important begetting or regeneration is effected by the Word of Truth, that is, by the Gospel and by the means of Grace which are included in it because, if a person receives the Gospel, which means the doctrine preached by Christ and His Church, with a believing heart and lives according to it, and worthily receives the means of Grace, that is, the Sacraments, he is Spiritually regenerated, purified and sanctified.

The Gospel of your salvation (Ephesians 1:13)

is called

the Word of Truth (2 Corinthians 6:7; 2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:18)
in today’s Epistle, and also in two other places in the New Testament, because it comes from God, the eternal, infallible Truth, and because all that the Gospel contains, promises, or threatens, is based upon the unchangeable Truth.

But the Word of Truth, besides being the Gospel of your salvation, is also the person of Jesus Christ, just as  “the word of untruth” is the person of the Devil.

Remember how the Devil spoke to Eve “the word of untruth”, i.e. THE lie, and because Eve believed THE lie of THE “liar, and THE father thereof” (John 8:44), and followed THE Devil, sin and death came upon her and her posterity.

The Word of Truth is the Divine Logos, the Eternal Word of God, Jesus Christ Who is Life and Light as the Scripture proclaims:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him: and without Him was made nothing that was made.  In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5).
Hence, while God the Father is called the Father of lights, God the Son is called the Word of Truth Who is Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
 

Resolutions


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, ...so 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:

1) To resolve to make the best use of every type of light coming to us from the Father of lights, including"

a) physical light,
b) Spiritual Light,
c) Supernatural Light.
2) To resolve to trust God in every circumstance, no matter how happy or sad or painful it might be.

3) To resolve to be faithful in God’s holy service.

4) To practice the Gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, and Fortitude toward our family members, co-workers and/or fellow-students, friends, and fellow-Catholics.

5) To resolve to be Catholics who are not only fair, but who are also patient, merciful, kind, forgiving, and who always extend the hand of Charity to each person.

6) To resolve to thank the good God every day for the great Grace He has given us - our Vocation of being a Catholic.

7) To resolve to pray for the Graces to always be faithful to the authentic Apostolic Tradition and to also give a good example to everyone of our faithful performance of our religious duties.
 



Conclusion

“Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of His own will hath He begotten us by the Word of Truth.” (EPISTLE of today’s Mass [James 1:17-18]).

  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 cślum 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.
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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.

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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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