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

James 1:22-27.

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 22-27.

Dearly Beloved,

Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

For if a man be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass.  For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.

But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be Blessed in his deed.

And if any man think himself to be Religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man's Religion is vain.  Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this:  to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation:  and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.


Gospel for the Fifth Sunday After Easter

John 16:23-30.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 16, Verses 23-30.

At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:

Amen, amen I say to you:  if you ask the Father any thing in My name, He will give it you.  Hitherto you have not asked any thing in My name.  Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full.

These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh, when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will shew you plainly of the Father.  In that day you shall ask in My name; and I say not to you, that I will ask the Father for you:  For the Father Himself loveth you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.  I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again I leave the world, and I go to the Father.

His disciples say to Him:
Behold, now Thou speakest plainly, and speakest no proverb.  Now we know that Thou knowest all things, and Thou needest not that any man should ask Thee.  By this we believe that Thou camest forth from God.
Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.

Please be seated.


I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again I leave the world, and I go to the Father.” (GOSPEL of today’s Mass [John 16:28]).

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

FOUR considerations are suggested by these words:

“I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again I leave the world, and I go to the Father.”
1.  His going from the Father:
“I came forth from the Father.”
His going forth from the Father was to make Himself visible.
2.   His advent in the world:
“Am come into the world.”
3.  His departure from the world:
“Again I leave the world.”
4.  His ascension to the Father:
“I go to the Father.”
I.  With the first consideration:  His going from the Father:
“I came forth from the Father.”
His going forth from the Father was to make Himself visible.
You will note that Jesus Christ “came forth from the Father” for three reasons:
1) That He might manifest the Father in the world:
“No man hath seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” (John 1:18).
2) To declare His Father’s will to us:
“I have called you friends:  because all things whatsoever I have heard of My Father, I have made known to you.” (John 15:15).
3) That He might show the Father’s love towards us:
“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.   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.” (John 3:16-18).
II.  With the second consideration:  His advent in the world:
“Am come into the world.”
You will note that Jesus Christ came “into the world” for three reasons:
1) To enlighten it:
“Again therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying:  I am the light of the world:  he that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
2) That He might reconcile it to God the Father:
“For God indeed was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.” (2 Corinthians  5:19).
3) To deliver it from the power of the Devil:
“Now is the judgment of the world:  now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (John 12:31).

“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 doth evil hateth the Light, and cometh not to the Light, that his works may not be reproved.  But he that doth Truth, cometh to the Light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.” (John 3:17-21).


III.  With the third consideration:  His departure from the world:

“Again I leave the world.”
You will note that Jesus Christ left “the world” for three reasons:
1) On account of its wickedness:
“The whole world is seated in wickedness.” (1 John 5:19).
2) On account of the perversity of its ingratitude:
“If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated Me before [it hated] you.” (John 15:18).

What could be greater ingratitude than for the world to hate Him Who came to save it?

3) That by leaving the world He should give us an example:
“Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the Charity of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15).

“You are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” (John 15:19).

IV.  With the fourth consideration:  His ascension to the Father:
“I go to the Father.”
You will note that Jesus Christ ascended “to the Father” for three reasons:
1)  That He might intercede with His Father for us:
“And I will ask the Father.” (John 14:16).
2) That He might give to us the Holy Ghost:
“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.” (John 16:7).

“He [the Father] shall give you another Paraclete, that He may abide with you for ever.  The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, nor knoweth Him:  but you shall know Him; because He shall abide with you, and shall be in you.”  (John 14:16-17).

3) That He might prepare for us a place with the Father:
“In my Father's house there are many mansions.  If not, I would have told you:  because I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2).
To which place may He lead us. Amen.

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 to live a life of real Virtue and the practice of the Seven Gifts of God the Holy Ghost, as well as by attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the devout reception of the Holy Sacraments, and being faithful to the duties and responsibilities of one’s state in life.

Within this context, it is well to remember what are the basics of the General Means of Spiritual Perfection:

1.  The observance of the Ten Commandments of God.

2. The observance of the Precepts of the Church.

3. Uniting and conforming one’s will to the Most Holy Will of God.

4. Devoutly assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as frequently as possible.

5. Reverently receiving the Sacraments, especially the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, as frequently as possible.

6. Frequent Meditation or Contemplation.

7. Practicing self-control, self-discipline and self-denial.

8. Being faithful in small things by performing Acts of Supererogation (doing good things you are not required to do - for the Charity [Love] of God).

9. Establishing order and regularity in one’s personal life.

10. Forming a habit of prayer and a few basic Catholic Traditional Devotions.

Examples of some basics:
A.  The Traditional Holy Rosary (15 Mysteries).
B.  Following God’s Peace Plan of Our Lady of Fatima.
C.  Sacred Heart of Jesus.
D.  God the Holy Ghost.
E.  Poor Suffering Souls in Purgatory.
11. Spiritual Reading.
Examples:
A.  The New Testament of the Bible.
B.  Autobiographies and Biographies of Saints.
C.  Pre-Vatican 2 books on the Spiritual Life.
Examples:
a.  “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A’Kempis [b. at Kempen in the Diocese of Cologne, Germany in 1379 A.D. or 1380 A.D. - d. Tuesday, July 25, 1471 A.D.] - the traditional, pre-Vatican 2 translation.

b.  “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”, by Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. [b. Auch, France 1877 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy, 1964 A.D.], who taught dogmatic and Spiritual theology for 53 years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P., Two Volumes.
Found on the Internet at:
http://www.christianperfection.info/

12.  Frequent recourse to solitude.

13.  Implement a School of Spirituality (e.g. Dominican, or Franciscan, or Jesuit; etc.).

14   Practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy:

The chief Corporal Works of Mercy.
1) To feed the hungry.
2) To give drink to the thirsty.
3) To clothe the naked.
4)To visit the imprisoned.
5) To shelter the homeless.
6) To visit the sick.
7) To bury the dead.
The chief Spiritual Works of Mercy.
1) To admonish the sinner.
2) To instruct the ignorant.
3) To counsel the doubtful.
4) To comfort the sorrowful.
5) To bear wrongs patiently.
6) To forgive all injuries.
7) To pray for the living and the dead.



Conclusion

I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:
again I leave the world, and I go to the Father.
(GOSPEL of today’s Mass [John 16:28]).

  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.
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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.

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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