On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 28, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What can we learn from today’s first reading which in essence is St Paul’s conversion story. From persecutor of Christians to ‘procreator’ of Christians for lack of a better word. First take away for me is that the Lord our God truly sees the Jeremiah 29:11 in all of us even the truly least of us brethren! And so we likewise must look to the heart of God our Father and see the future He has for whomever He sends our way. It may be for us the most despicable person we find in our midst. Still the Lord will have a plan for him or her. Next take away is that He alone will sanctify and qualify those He has chosen we only need to be obedient to His will. And face unafraid the task He sends us to do! The Holy Spirit our counsellor will guide and empower us every step of the way.

The life of all flesh is in its blood! Lev 17:13-14 By His life, death and resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ now gives us the blood of life eternal; through Holy Eucharist! “Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.”

Lord Jesus my Eucharistic Lord and God I adore You! Amen Alleluia

Saint Peter Chanel and Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, pray for us… 


First reading

Acts 9:1-20 ·

This man is my chosen instrument to bring my name before the pagans

Saul was still breathing threats to slaughter the Lord’s disciples. He had gone to the high priest and asked for letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, that would authorise him to arrest and take to Jerusalem any followers of the Way, men or women, that he could find.

    Suddenly, while he was travelling to Damascus and just before he reached the city, there came a light from heaven all round him. He fell to the ground, and then he heard a voice saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ he asked, and the voice answered, ‘I am Jesus, and you are persecuting me. Get up now and go into the city, and you will be told what you have to do.’ The men travelling with Saul stood there speechless, for though they heard the voice they could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but even with his eyes wide open he could see nothing at all, and they had to lead him into Damascus by the hand. For three days he was without his sight, and took neither food nor drink.

    A disciple called Ananias who lived in Damascus had a vision in which he heard the Lord say to him, ‘Ananias!’ When he replied, ‘Here I am, Lord’, the Lord said, ‘You must go to Straight Street and ask at the house of Judas for someone called Saul, who comes from Tarsus. At this moment he is praying, having had a vision of a man called Ananias coming in and laying hands on him to give him back his sight.’

    When he heard that, Ananias said, ‘Lord, several people have told me about this man and all the harm he has been doing to your saints in Jerusalem. He has only come here because he holds a warrant from the chief priests to arrest everybody who invokes your name.’ The Lord replied, ‘You must go all the same, because this man is my chosen instrument to bring my name before pagans and pagan kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he himself must suffer for my name.’ Then Ananias went. He entered the house, and at once laid his hands on Saul and said, ‘Brother Saul, I have been sent by the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on your way here so that you may recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Immediately it was as though scales fell away from Saul’s eyes and he could see again. So he was baptised there and then, and after taking some food he regained his strength.

    He began preaching in the synagogues, ‘Jesus is the Son of God.’



John 6:52-59

My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink

The Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,

you will not have life in you.

Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood

has eternal life,

and I shall raise him up on the last day.

For my flesh is real food

and my blood is real drink.

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood

lives in me

and I live in him.

As I, who am sent by the living Father,

myself draw life from the Father,

so whoever eats me will draw life from me.

This is the bread come down from heaven;

not like the bread our ancestors ate:

they are dead,

but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’

He taught this doctrine at Capernaum, in the synagogue.

  1. suzanamonika says:

    On Re-enchanting the World
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    St Bernadette

    The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
    Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
    Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
    Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod

    (God’s Grandeur, Gerard Hopkins)

    We are not all superheroes, but we do all posses a superpower. The ability to perceive what is spiritually present in addition to whatever may be physically present is something we are born with and something that it takes a good deal of (misdirected) effort to drive out of us during the course of our childhoods. Since Westerners now inhabit a world in which nothing that cannot be weighed and measured is deemed to exist, naturally enough a counter-movement has emerged to argue in favour of the unweighable and the unmeasurable as being key to our existence. Among Christians this movement has already achieved the supreme accolade of having a podcast (Seen & Unseen) dedicated to it.

    So, what is re-enchantment? Is it A Good Thing? If so how do we bring it about? I’m not going to be able to answer all these questions in one short post but I will do what I can. Previous generations of Christians would certainly have avoided the word ‘enchantment’ because it refers, strictly speaking, to magic. Words, though, can change meaning over time and now it seems to refer an understanding that the cosmos contains interpenetrating realities, of spiritual and material types, which are constantly interacting with each other.

    The prefix Re- suggests that there was once a time when this sort of enchanted view of the cosmos was widespread and that somehow we lost it. So when was this the case? At an individual level, as I’ve already indicated, childhood is probably the time for most of us when our enchantment-radar was at its most functional. At a society-wide level in Christendom I would suggest that the period before Martin Luther began his work was an epoch of enchantment (as a Catholic I’m contractually bound to say that.) However, the Reformation is a necessary but not a sufficient explanation for disenchantment since in its aftermath writers like John Bunyan, John Milton, Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser clearly had access to enchanted realms. This may, perhaps, have been a dead cat bounce effect where the after-effects of Catholicism ran their course but it seems more probable that the West needed the Enlightenment in order to kill-off (if only temporarily) a widespread acceptance of the supernatural.

    What we have gained is the scientific method, which has produced innumerable benefits like the technology I am using to write, and the technology you are using to read, this post. What we have lost is a living sense that the world of things and of thingness is not the only world in which we live and move and have our being. And there is no real reason why we can’t have both.

    Of what does this sense of moving among spiritual realities consist? How do we experience it? What organs of perception do we use? Well, it’s a world not a book chapter so there are multiple ways in which it can manifest itself and multiple ways through which it can be perceived. Nor should we lose sight of the word ‘interpenetration’ because it is not the case of there being a realm of Spirit ‘up there’ which we can sometimes see, and a realm of matter ‘down here’ which is never caught up into this weird otherness. Christians at least know that God became fully Incarnate in this universe while remaining fully God so we know that either Spirit or matter is a false binary. An enchanted world, which is to say the only real world, has both together.

    I’m illustrating this piece with a picture of the nightly torchlight procession at the shrine of Lourdes. Although those behind the aforementioned podcast may not be enthusiastic to have the re-enchantment project linked with visions of the Virgin Mary it seems to me that an enchanted world, in the Christian sense of the word, cannot be separated from the Saints and Angels who sometimes leave heaven to move among us on earth in order to point us towards the best ways to live in Christ. And Lourdes, together with its visionary St Bernadette, combine so many, as it were, enchanted elements that we can see in it and in her an effective summary of much of the gains to be had from an enchanted perception of the cosmos.

    These elements include, but are not limited to, the following-

    Virgin of low estate encounters a beautiful apparition that only she can perceive.
    The visionary sees the apparition with her (physical) eyes, hears it with her (physical) ears and enters into dialogue with it.
    The visionary is seen as a credible witness because when the apparition is present her (the visionary’s) whole aspect is transformed into a thing of beauty in itself.
    At the urging of the apparition the visionary discovers a (physical) spring of pure, clear water.
    Miracles of (physical) healing occur in connection with the water.
    The apparition reveals her identity with a mysterious title “Que soy era Immaculado Counceptiou” (“I am the Immaculate Conception”)
    A shrine is built and pilgrimages begin.
    As time passes a formalised liturgy is instituted including a regular Eucharistic procession (that is a Consecrated Host which Catholic believe to be the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Logos of God under the appearance of bread is solemnly carried through the throngs of pilgrims.)
    The chief locus of miracles, which have never stopped happening, shifts from the waters of the spring to the procession. Its passing is an occasion for healing to take place.
    A further source of miracles-physical changes brought about through spiritual actions-now happens hundreds or thousands of miles away through prayer invoking the name of the apparition, Our Lady of Lourdes, or of the visionary, St Bernadette, as intercessors with God.
    The visionary retires to a convent far from her original home and herself becomes an object of pilgrimage while she lives.
    After her death her body remains incorrupt and also becomes an object of pilgrimage.
    Her relics go on world tours receiving rock star levels of adulation.
    Meanwhile, the original shrine continues to receive literally millions of visitors every year and associated with virtually every pilgrimage is participation in the Sacrifice of the Mass, Confession, prayer (above all of the Rosary,) song (especially the Lourdes Hymn ‘Immaculate Mary’,) torchlight processions and, much to the amusement of the non-Catholic world, the purchase of souvenirs of sometimes incredible kitschness.
    Away from the immediate vicinity of the shrine itself most Catholic pilgrims who are physically capable of doing so will follow the Lourdes Stations of the Cross, a physically demanding trail on a hill above the town which calls to mind the Passion, Crucifixion, Death and Burial of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
    You will have noticed that I used the word ‘physical’ and its variants a lot in that list. This is to emphasise that enchantment and interpenetration of differing realities, material and spiritual, go hand in hand (which is, of course, a thoroughly physical metaphor in itself.) A visit to Lourdes, or any of the pilgrimage sites like Lourdes around the world is, or can be, an awakening to the reality that applies everywhere else too. The world is charged with the grandeur of God. And if you want to experience the sort of ‘magic’ that Christian enchantment brings about then spend an hour of your life standing at the basilica of Lourdes watching the torchlit procession, listening to the hymns and prayers, and thinking about the disregarded little girl living in the old town jail who saw the Mother of Jesus. And then, by the grace of God, your understanding will flame out, like shining from shook foil.

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    Kort svar: Valborgsmässoafton har firats lång tid och oftast som en fest för att fira sommarens ankomst. Skiftet april/maj markerar i många områden i Europa övergången mellan vinter- och sommarhalvåret. Människor har i alla tider och i alla kulturer haft ett behov att organisera och strukturera en kaotisk tillvaro. Ett sätt är att dela upp […]

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    Varför firar vi valborgsmässoafton?
    25 apr 2008

    30 aprilvalborgvalborgsmässoafton

    Kort svar: Valborgsmässoafton har firats lång tid och oftast som en fest för att fira sommarens ankomst. Skiftet april/maj markerar i många områden i Europa övergången mellan vinter- och sommarhalvåret.

    Människor har i alla tider och i alla kulturer haft ett behov att organisera och strukturera en kaotisk tillvaro. Ett sätt är att dela upp tiden i greppbara enheter såsom år, veckor och dagar. Men även åren kan delas in och det på ett antal olika sätt. Ett vanligt är att dela in året i ett vinter- och ett sommarhalvår. I norra Europa har det vanligaste varit att vinterhalvåret varat från november till april och sommarhalvåret från maj till oktober.

    I brytningstiden mellan sommar och vinter har det alltid funnits föreställningar om att onda och magiska krafter varit i rörelse – vilket också gäller andra brytningstider såsom ex. sommarsolståndet och skärtorsdagen. Till sommarhalvårets slut – 31 oktober – har i den anglosaxiska världen knutits firandet av Halloween – som har sitt ursprung i den keltiska festen Samhain. Då trodde man att döda människor vandrade och man tände ljus för att de skulle hitta tillbaks till sina gravar. På motsvarande sätt har 30 april i keltisk tradition firats som vinterns sista dag – Beltane. Ordet tros komma från Baal (Gud) och ett keltiskt ord för eld.

    I Tyskland har 30 april firats som Walpurgisnacht – den natt då häxorna for till Blocksberg (motsvarande vår skärtorsdag då häxorna far till Blåkulla).

    Även i Sverige har valborgsmässoafton firats som vinterns sista dag (varpå man sjunger ”Vintern rasat ut..””) och således en dag då man firar ut det gamla och in det nya halvåret.

    Sedan åtminstone medeltiden har valborgsdagen (alltså första maj) varit första dagen på det administrativa året. Så här skriver Bringéus:

    Hantverkarna följde köpmännens mönster och sköt under 1400-talet upp årets stora sammankomst från fastlagen till valborgsdagen. Sedan tiggeri förbjudits under fastlagen, försköts även djänkarnas (skolgossarnas) fetsfirande till majdagen.

    På så vis blir valborgsmässoafton en typ av nyårsafton (egentligen inte mindre logisk än 31 december). Firandet av valborgsmässoafton är alltså ett firande av sommarhalvårets början och traditionerna som knutits till firandet är av blandad härkomst. Att tända eldar på valborgsmässoafton är en sed som kan ha sitt ursprung hos tyska köpmän som importerade sedan till Sverige under 17- och 1800-talet. Swahn skriver dock:

    Men troligt är dock att den här vackra seden ändå har ett äldre, inhemskt förflutet. Somliga folklorister har hävdat att det ytterst skulle röra sig om keltiskt, närmast irländskt ursprung, I det fordom keltiska Västeuropa var 1 maj sommarhalvårets första och firades inte minst med bål.

    Även Eskeröd är inne på samma linje då han menar att valborgseldarna har andra, rent praktiska, orsaker. Skiftet april/maj var det vanligt att djuren släpptes ut på bete och då användes eldarna för att skrämma bort rovdjur. Vidare röjde man slåttermarkerna på våren och var då tvungna att elda upp allt ris varvid stora bål blev nödvändiga.

    Det omvittnas också ofta att man till valborgsmässoelden tog allt det torra riset från vinterns lövfoder. Då djuren släpptes ut och det inte blev mer ris, var det en praktisk åtgärd att elda upp det. /../ Med tanke på de magiska spekulationer, som ofta knyts till ingångsdagar för nya perioder av året, ligger det nära till hans att särskild skyddsmagi inför djuren betesgång kommit att tillämpas här.

    Oavsett om det är tyska köpmän eller svenska bönder som ligger bakom valborgseldarna torde det vara klarlagt att firandet av sista april som vinterns sista dag finns i en rad olika kulturer och epoker. I Sverige kallar vi dagen för valborgsmässoafton eller ”sista april” (i Uppsala) eller siste april (Lund).

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    Källor: Bringéus, Nils-Arvid (1999) Årets festdagar Carlssons Bokförlag: Stockholm

    Eskeröd, Albert (1973) Årets fester LT Förlag

    Swahn, Jan-Öjvind (2007) Svenska traditioner Bromma: Ordalaget Förlag

    Joy, Margaret (1982) Highdays and Holidays Faber & Faber

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    lottalotta6 mar 2012mycket bra information om Valborg! :-* använder det till skol grejer mvh eleverna ❤Svara
    David26 apr 2012Ingen bra information =(Svara
    Mattias AxelssonDavid29 okt 2012Vad saknar du?Svara
    JonasJonas5 maj 2013Bra sammanställning, de jag saknar är ett stycke om Heliga Valborg som också bidragit till vårt valborgsfirande, se http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliga_ValborgSvara
    Mattias AxelssonJonas24 apr 2014Heliga Valborg har för svensk del väldigt lite med valborgsmässofirandet att göra.Svara
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