Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Memorial of Saint Pancratius, who died a martyr for the love of the Gospel when he was 14 years old. Prayer for younger generations so that they may meet the Gospel and the Lord

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 16, 5-11

but now I am going to the one who sent me. Not one of you asks, 'Where are you going?'

Yet you are sad at heart because I have told you this.

Still, I am telling you the truth: it is for your own good that I am going, because unless I go, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

And when he comes, he will show the world how wrong it was, about sin, and about who was in the right, and about judgement:

about sin: in that they refuse to believe in me;

about who was in the right: in that I am going to the Father and you will see me no more;

about judgement: in that the prince of this world is already condemned.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Lord spoke to the disciples of the hate and persecutions they would have to undergo in the world: “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for of I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” Saint Augustine comments on this passage by putting these words into Jesus’ mouth: “It is good for you that this form of servant goes away from you all; it is true I live among you as the Word made flesh, but I do not want you to continue to remain attached to me in a sensible way; I do not want that you, satisfied by this milk, desire to remain children forever. If I do not take away the delicate nourishment that I have raised you with, you will not feel the desire of a more solid food; if with this carnal mentality you remain attached to the flesh, you will never be able to welcome the Spirit.” For Jesus it is time to inaugurate the time of faith. We need to flee the temptation of thinking that this time is poorer than that of the Apostles. Jesus does not abandon the disciples to their destinies. Poured into their hearts, the Holy Spirit initiates the time of the Church. It is the Spirit that sustains, consoles, keeps, enlightens and enables the disciples to communicate the Gospel of love so that they may transform the world. The Spirit enlivens and renders operational the evangelical works that the disciples received from Jesus during the three years that they were with him. And the Spirit will help them in the difficult moments they face. The work of the Spirit will be to reveal evil; the Spirit “will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement.” The evangelist imagines a great court where the evil that works in the world will be revealed and unmasked in order to be destroyed. The mission that the disciples must live is to allow themselves to be guided by the Spirit. With the help of the Spirit, we need to exhaust our eyes in scrutinizing the Scriptures in order to see the evil that works in the world and to defeat it with love. The serious and fascinating mission of Christians still today is to be prophets who unmask evil and show, first of all by their example, the way of goodness. To be prophets who unmask evil and point the way of goodness, first of all by their example, is the grave and fascinating task of Christians even today.