This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
FEAST OF ST. JOHN
1 John, Chapter 4, Verse 18
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with
punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
is the feast of St. John so I chose a verse on fear from the gospel of
John. We see here that Jesus was a wanted man because he was fearless
toward the Jews and they hated him for it. People were afraid to even
speak about Jesus or worst yet speak up in his behalf. Often it is easier for
us to not speak up when we hear gossip or worse yet to join in the gossip and
relish in it. We often love to hear the worse things about others or lack the
courage to defend their good name. It has been said it is better to say nothing
then to say anything negative about another but Christ compels us to go even
further with this verse; to be fearless in the defense of others.
The Feast of St. John the Apostle
commemorates his life. He was one of Jesus' 12 disciples. He was
one of the three disciples, which included Peter and James, who were involved
in some of the most important events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ,
including Jesus' crucifixion and transfiguration.
St John Facts
·John was a fisherman before he began
following Christ. He was the brother of St. James the Greater.
Jesus gave the brothers the name, sons of thunder. (Mark 3:17)
·When Jesus was dying on the cross,
he asked John to take care of his mother (John 19:25-27).
·In the Gospel of John, he frequently
refers to the most beloved disciple. Some theologians believe he is referring
to himself, while others believe the reference is used for the reader to insert
himself into the role.
·Besides Paul, John was the most
prolific writer in the New Testament. His body of work includes 'The
Revelation of John' and three epistles.
·The Feast Day for St. John the
Apostle is held in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations
on December 27, the third day of Christmas. In the Orthodox Church, it is
called the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostle and Evangelist John the
Theologian, which is held September 26. This feast shouldn't be confused
with the Feast of St. John the Baptist, which is held in both faith traditions
on June 24.
St John Top Events and Things to Do
·Read the Gospel of John. It is
different than the other three Gospels and was thought to be the last written
of the four books in the New Testament.
·Read the Revelation of John, thought
to be written by the apostle. The rich symbolism has been thought to
foretell the end of the world, but many biblical scholars believe it was
written to offer hope to Christians persecuted by Rome.
·St John is the Patron Saint of
Turkey. Consider visiting this beautiful country - or take a virtual tour
with Google Maps.
Traditionally wine is blessed on the
Feast of St. John. Wine if used in moderation is a good thing. Yet, sometimes
it may cause an increase in our fears or make us fool hardy when speaking,
giving us a false sense of courage. So blessing our wine is a good idea to
dedicate its use for our good and not our detriment.
Saint John was the only Apostle who did not suffer martyrdom,
though several attempts were made on his life. One of these involved giving him
a glass of wine that had been poisoned. The saint, however, suffered no harm
because he blessed it before he drank. It is in honor of this deliverance that
the blessing and drinking of wine on St. John's Day was once a popular custom.
People had a bottle of wine blessed after the Saint's Mass and then drank it at
the family dinner (notice how easily this can still be done). The special
blessing for this occasion from the Roman ritual sums up the meaning of this
for the 1st Cup
Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal
God! You willed that Your Son, equal to You in agelessness and substance should
descend from heaven and in the fullness of time be born of the most holy Virgin
Mary. Thus He could seek the lost and wayward sheep and carry it on His
shoulders to the sheepfold, and could cure the man fallen among robbers of his
wounds by pouring in oil and wine. Deign now to bless and sanctify this wine
which You produced for man's drink. Whoever drinks of it on this holy feast,
grant him life in body and soul. By Your goodness, let it be to him strength to
prosper him on the way, that his journey may come to a blessed end. Through the
same Christ our Lord. Amen.
for the 2nd Cup
O Lord God, deign to bless and consecrate with Thy right
hand this cup of wine and of whatever drink: and grant that through the merits
of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, all who believe in Thee and who drink
from this cup may be blessed and protected. And as blessed John drank from the
cup of poison and remained completely unharmed, may, through his merits, all
who drink from the cup on this day in honor of blessed John be rescued from
every sickness of poison and from every kind of harm; and, offering themselves
up body and soul, may they delivered from all fault. Through Christ our Lord.
Blessing of the 3rd Cup
Bless, O Lord, this creature of drink: that it may be a
remedy of salvation for all who consume it: and grant through the invocation of
Thy holy name that whoever will have tasted of it may, through Thy giving,
experience health of the soul as well as of the body. Through Christ our Lord.
Blessing of the 4th Cup
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon
this creature of wine and of whatever drink, and remain forever. Amen.
Today, on the day honoring the disciple who lay closest to
Christ the High Priest during the first Mass, was the festival for priests.
The wine drunk or
blessed on this day is called "St. John's Love" (Johannesminne) or St.
John's Wine. When the wine has been blessed by a priest, it
becomes a sacramental, and is kept in the house throughout the year as a
good thing for a newlywed couple to drink on their return from church, as an
aid for travelers before a long trip, and as succor for the dying after they
have received the sacraments. In the Catholic Cookbook, William Kaufman
includes a recipe for St. John's Wine:
quart red wine
teaspoon ground cardamom
two-inch cinnamon sticks
teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pour the wine into a
large saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients. Boil for 5 minutes (after which
point the alcohol is virtually evaporated). (Serve hot. 8-10 servings) Today we
honor the disciple who lay closest to Christ the High Priest during the first
Mass and today is a festival for priests.
Three French Hens
is traditionally the third day of Christmas and the Three French
Hens from the song The 12 days of Christmas represent the three
cardinal virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Let us talk to the
Lord today and ask Him how we are doing in these three virtues and how we may
improve in them.
During this Christmas season let us take up the nature of God by
reflecting on these traits that make us a model for our children and our
sisters and brothers in Christ. Today reflect on:
Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those
whom He has called me to serve (John 15:13)
the course of its history, Israel was able to discover that God had only one
reason to reveal himself to them, a single motive for choosing them from among
all peoples as his special possession: his sheer gratuitous love. And thanks to
the prophets Israel understood that it was again out of love that God never
stopped saving them and pardoning their unfaithfulness and sins.
1880 A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of
unity that goes beyond each one of them. As an assembly that is at once visible
and spiritual, a society endures through time: it gathers up the past and
prepares for the future. By means of society, each man is established as an
"heir" and receives certain "talents" that enrich his identity
and whose fruits he must develop. He rightly owes loyalty to the communities of
which he is part and respect to those in authority who have charge of the
subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of
God, who has made them stewards of his gifts: "Be subject for the Lord's
sake to every human institution. . . . Live as free men, yet without
using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God."
Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice
their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and
to the good of the community.
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