There is only one God. We worship Him in Jesus and use all our faculties to discern the TRUTH - Wednesday in the 6th Week of Easter, May 12th, 2021 - S + L Mass at MQW Cathedral downtown Montreal

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Sign of the + Cross - Christ is risen! Alleluia! (traditional response is) He is truly risen! Alleluia!            Hello. I’m Fr. Gilles Surprenant, priest of Montreal and Madonna House Associate. In this 6th week of Easter, God gives us a summary of the history of salvation. Only the Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus’ words and guides us into all the truth. Without the Spirit of God, we are lost. During this Live Daily Mass, the Lord calls us to receive his words and to keep them; so that we may live. (Intention) Thank you.

Penitential Rite         Brothers and sisters let us acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.  (Formula 1)

 Announcement - N.B. There was an incident at Holy Communion today... one of the sacristans had warned me before Mass that lately a strange woman had been coming into the church a few minutes before Holy Communion and coming forward to receive but was clearly not a Roman Catholic, not even a Christian. In our tradition, the Holy Eucharist is a sacrament of initiation; so no one should receive who is not yet baptized or has no intention of becoming a Roman Catholic Christian. So, when she presented herself, I politely asked her "Who is Jesus Christ." She then indicated she was not Christian but liked to come and receive. I briefly (we must finish this televised Mass under 30 minutes) explained she cannot receive without being initiated and suggested she speak to a priest later. After Mass the security officer at the doors, who also acts as an usher, told me she had gone, but that he also explained this to her, and told her she was always welcome to enter and pray.

There was no offering today to support this televised Mass and therefore no intention to be publicized for this Mass. 

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Saint Joseph, pray for us.  Blessing and Dismissal

 

HOMILY

There is only one who is truly God, the Creator of the Universe and of all that is in it. God is complete in Himself – Jesus has revealed God to be a Holy Trinity of Divine Persons joined in perfect unity and communion: his Eternal Father, Himself, the Eternal Word, only-begotten Son of the Father, who took to Himself a human life in Jesus of Nazareth, and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. God, the Three who live and act as One, is complete and needs nothing from us; “since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.”

God “allotted the times... and places” for human beings to live “so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him”. All over the Earth in many religions, human beings for millennia have groped for God and perhaps found him. Catholic Christians worship only the Blessed Sacrament as God Himself, the Body and Blood of Jesus Risen from the dead. We venerate images, icons, frescoes, statues – artistic representations of the three Divine Persons – but we do not worship them. These religious artifacts help us picture or represent to ourselves the Divine Persons, but we direct our worship, adoration, and prayer to God alone.

We make use of artistic representations of saints to bring the actual saints to mind; as we call on them to join us in our prayer and worship of the Lord. This is how we honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus – and the Mother of God since Jesus is the Son of God – we honor her and join her in prayer to God because we know that Jesus Himself honors his Blessed Mother.

In every generation there are many discordant voices clamoring for our attention, and they all claim to speak the truth, but there is only one truth. Jesus declared: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. God our Creator gave us brains, a heart, a body, and a soul. As we try to discern what is the truth in any situation, we need to pay attention to all these gifts from our Father.

Sometimes our body will give us a “gut feeling” to warn us to avoid lies and evil. Our brain helps us to read and understand the inspired Word of God in the Bible as well as authoritative teaching from our Church. Our heart is capable of perceiving the love and Divine Mercy of God given to us in Jesus. Our spirit, our soul, can be attuned to the Holy Spirit and recognize how different the Holy Spirit is from the spirit of the prince of this world, the father of lies.

Every time we turn to God, open the Bible and read, listen to holy teachers and preachers, love our neighbor and forgive our enemy, do good to those who do harm, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, care for or visit the sick or prisoners, or worship the Lord in Church or at home, we renew our faith in God and give Him our trust to bring his rule and his kingdom into our lives, marriages, families, homes, and work.

O God, help us to really trust in You: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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