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MEMORIAL OF ST JOHN NEUMANN, FRIDAY BEFORE EPIPHANY, JANUARY 5, 2024




Gospel

Jn 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip.

And Jesus said to him, "Follow me."

Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.

Philip found Nathanael and told him,

"We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,

and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth."

But Nathanael said to him,

"Can anything good come from Nazareth?"

Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,

"Here is a true child of Israel.

There is no duplicity in him."

Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?"

Jesus answered and said to him,

"Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree."

Nathanael answered him,

"Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."

Jesus answered and said to him,

"Do you believe

because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?

You will see greater things than this."

And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you,

you will see the sky opened and the angels of God

ascending and descending on the Son of Man."


REFLECTION


Today is the first Friday of the month, and Our Lord asked St Margaret Mary to pray in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the first Friday of each month. Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus means to pay our most profound respect and love for the gift that Jesus Christ has given us in the Eucharist. This is to repair for the little gratitude which is felt by mankind for Jesus Christ. Our Lord said to St Margaret Mary: " I promise you, in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the first Friday for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments; My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in that last moment." So Jesus promises that the soul who receives Holy Communion on nine consecutive first Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be granted the great grace of final repentance.


In today's Gospel, Our lord tells His disciples: "Follow Me." An important part of following Jesus is to have a great gratitude for being called by Jesus since this is a grace which flows from the excessive mercy of His Most Sacred Heart.

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