Read More » Spirito Santo, insegnami a pregare

Spirito Santo, vieni in aiuto alla mia debolezza e insegnami a pregare. Senza di te, Spirito del Padre, non so cosa devo chiedere, né come chiederlo. Tu vieni in mio soccorso e prega il Padre per me, con sospiri che nessuna parola può esprimere. Spirito di Dio, tu conosci il mio cuore: prega in me come il Padre vuole. Spirito Santo, vieni in aiuto alla mia debolezza e insegnami a pregare. Amen

secondo la promessa, Dio trasse per Israele un salvatore, Gesù. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 9,20  

e subito nelle sinagoghe proclamava Gesù Figlio di Dio. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 9,22  

.. e confondeva i Giudei residenti a Damasco, dimostrando che Gesù è il Cristo. Saulo si ritira nel deserto

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 9,27  

.. e come in Damasco aveva predicato con coraggio nel nome di Gesù

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 9,34  

Pietro gli disse: “Enea, Gesù Cristo ti guarisce; alzati e rifatti il letto”. E subito si alzò. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 9,5  

Rispose: “Chi sei, o Signore?”. E la voce: “Io sono Gesù, che tu perseguiti! 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 10,36  

.. recando la buona novella della pace, per mezzo di Gesù Cristo, che è il Signore di tutti. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 10,38  

cioè come Dio consacrò in Spirito Santo e potenza Gesù di Nazaret, il quale passò beneficando e risanando tutti coloro che stavano sotto il potere..

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 10,48  

E ordinò che fossero battezzati nel nome di Gesù Cristo. Dopo tutto questo lo pregarono di fermarsi alcuni giorni. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 11,17  

.. loro lo stesso dono che a noi per aver creduto nel Signore Gesù Cristo, chi ero io per porre impedimento a Dio?”. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 11,20  

.. anche ai Greci, predicando la buona novella del Signore Gesù

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 13,23  

.. secondo la promessa, Dio trasse per Israele un salvatore, Gesù

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 13,33  

poiché Dio l`ha attuata per noi, loro figli, risuscitando Gesù, come anche sta scritto nel salmo secondo: Mio figlio sei tu, oggi ti ho generato…

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 15,11  

Noi crediamo che per la grazia del Signore Gesù siamo salvati e nello stesso modo anche loro”. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 15,26  

che hanno votato la loro vita al nome del nostro Signore Gesù Cristo. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 16,18  

.. la cosa, si volse e disse allo spirito: “In nome di Gesù Cristo ti ordino di partire da lei”. E lo spirito partì..

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 16,31  

Risposero: “Credi nel Signore Gesù e sarai salvato tu e la tua famiglia”. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 16,7  

.. la Misia, si dirigevano verso la Bitinia, ma lo Spirito di Gesù non lo permise loro; 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 17,18  

.. un annunziatore di divinità straniere”; poiché annunziava Gesù e la risurrezione. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 17,3  

.. morire e risuscitare dai morti; il Cristo, diceva, è quel Gesù che io vi annunzio. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 17,7  

.. i decreti dell`imperatore, affermando che c`è un altro re, Gesù“. 

 Atti degli Apostoli – Atti_degli_Apostoli  At 18,25  

.. parlava e insegnava esattamente ciò che si riferiva a Gesù, sebbene conoscesse soltanto il battesimo di Giovanni. ..

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.

Psalm 9:10  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Proverbs 18:10  The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.

Isaiah 12:2  “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”

Psalm 37:25  I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.

Psalm 37:28  For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

1 Samuel 12:22  “For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.

2 Corinthians 1:10  who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

Hebrews 13:5,6  Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” • so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

 

L’acqua e lo Spirito

Dal «Discorso sull’Epifania» attribuito a sant’Ippolito, sacerdote

(Nn. 2.6-8.10; PG 10,854.858-859.862)
L’acqua e lo Spirito

    Gesù venne da Giovanni e ricevette da lui il battesimo. O fatto che riempie di stupore! Il fiume infinito, che rallegra la città di Dio, viene bagnato da poche gocce di acqua. La sorgente incontenibile, da cui sgorga la vita per tutti gli uomini ed è perenne, si immerge in un filo d’acqua scarsa e fugace.
    Colui che è dappertutto e non manca in nessun luogo, colui che gli angeli non possono comprendere e gli uomini non possono vedere, si accosta a ricevere il battesimo di spontanea volontà. Ed ecco gli si aprono i cieli e risuona una voce che dice «Questi è il Figlio mio prediletto, nel quale mi sono compiaciuto» (Mt 3,17).
    Colui che è amato genera amore e la luce immateriale fa nascere una luce inaccessibile. Questi è colui che fu chiamato figlio di Giuseppe ed è il mio unigenito nella natura divina.
    «Questi è il mio Figlio prediletto»: prova la fame, egli che nutre un numero infinito di creature; è affranto dalla stanchezza, egli che ristora gli affaticati; non ha dove posare il capo, egli che tutto sostiene nelle sue mani; soffre egli che guarisce ogni sofferenza; è schiaffeggiato egli che dona al mondo la libertà; è ferito al costato egli che ripara il costato di Adamo.
    Ma, vi prego, prestatemi molta attenzione: voglio ritornare alla fonte della vita e contemplare la sorgente di ogni rimedio.
    Il Padre dell’immortalità inviò nel mondo il Figlio e Verbo immortale, che venne tra gli uomini per lavarli nell’acqua e nello Spirito, e, per rigenerarci nell’anima e nel corpo alla vita eterna, insufflò in noi lo Spirito di vita e ci rivestì d’un’armatura incorruttibile.
    Se dunque l’uomo è divenuto immortale, sarà anche dio. Se nell’acqua e nello Spirito Santo diviene dio attraverso la rigenerazione del battesimo, dopo la risurrezione dai morti viene a trovarsi anche coerede di Cristo.
    Perciò io proclamo come un araldo: Venite, tribù e popoli tutti, all’immortalità del battesimo. Questa è l’acqua associata allo Spirito Santo per mezzo del quale è irrigato il paradiso, la terra diventa feconda, le piante crescono, ogni essere animato genera vita; e per esprimere tutto in poche parole, è l’acqua mediante la quale riceve vita l’uomo rigenerato, con la quale Cristo fu battezzato, nella quale discese lo Spirito Santo in forma di colomba.
    Chi scende con fede in questo lavacro di rigenerazione, rinunzia al diavolo e si schiera con Cristo, rinnega il nemico e riconosce che Cristo è Dio, si spoglia della schiavitù e si riveste dell’adozione filiale, ritorna dal battesimo splendido come il sole ed emettendo raggi di giustizia; ma, e ciò costituisce la realtà più grande, ritorna figlio di Dio e coerede di Cristo.
    A lui la gloria e la potenza insieme allo Spirito santissimo, benefico e vivificante, ora e sempre, per tutti i secoli. Amen.

RESPONSORIO        Gv 1,32.34.33

 Ho visto lo Spirito scendere come una colomba dal cielo e posarsi su di lui. Ho visto e do testimonianza: * questi è il Figlio di Dio.
 Chi mi ha inviato a battezzare nell’acqua, mi ha detto: L’uomo sul quale vedrai scendere e rimanere lo Spirito, è lui che battezza nello Spirito Santo;
 questi è il Figlio di Dio.

Wednesday (January 9): “Take heart, it is I; have no fear”

Daily Reading & Meditation

Wednesday (January 9): “Take heart, it is I; have no fear”

Scripture: Mark 6:45-52

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” 51 And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Meditation: Does the Lord Jesus ever seem distant when trials or difficulties come your way? Right after Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he left his disciples by themselves so he could go to a remote place to pray alone.It was at Jesus’ initiative that the disciples sailed across the lake of Galilee, only to find themselves in a life-threatening storm. Although they were experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives. The Lake of Galilee was known for its sudden storms whipped up by strong winds which swept down from the nearby mountains. The disciples must have cried out for help when they recognized that their boat was about to be capsized by the threatening waves.

Jesus always intercedes for us 
Although Jesus was not physically with them in the boat, he nonetheless had been keeping vigilant watch for them in earnest prayer. When Jesus perceived their trouble he came to them walking on the sea and startled them with his sudden appearance. The disciples were terrified rather than joyful when they saw Jesus’ presence on the water. They thought a ghost had appeared to seal their doom. They couldn’t believe it was really him until he spoke words of assurance: “Don’t give in to fear or panic, but take courage and be calm, because I am here for you and ready to help you in your need.” Jesus not only calmed their fears, but the threatening waves and storm as well.

Do you recognize the Lord’s abiding presence with you? 
Does the Lord Jesus seem distant when trials and difficulties come your way? The Lord never leaves us alone, but keeps constant watch over us at all times, especially when we are tempted and feel weak or helpless. Do you look to the Lord Jesus to give you his strength and help when you are in need? Jesus assures us that we do not have to give into fear or discouragement if we put our trust in Him and remember his great love for us. He will see us through any trial that comes our way. When calamities and trials threaten to overwhelm you, do you respond with faith and hope in God’s love and presence with you?

“Lord Jesus, may I never doubt your saving help and your ever watchful presence, especially in times of adversity. Fortify my faith with courage and my hope with steady perseverance that I may never waver in placing all my trust in you who are my all.”

Psalm 72:1-2, 10-13

1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! 
2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! 
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 
11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! 
12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. 
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The wind was against them, by Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)

“Meanwhile the boat carrying the disciples – that is, the church – is rocking and shaking amid the storms of temptation, while the adverse wind rages on. That is to say, its enemy the devil strives to keep the wind from calming down. But greater is he who is persistent on our behalf, for amid the vicissitudes of our life he gives us confidence. He comes to us and strengthens us, so we are not jostled in the boat and tossed overboard. For although the boat is thrown into disorder, it is still a boat. It alone carries the disciples and receives Christ. It is in danger indeed on the water, but there would be certain death without it. Therefore stay inside the boat and call upon God. When all good advice fails and the rudder is useless and the spread of the sails presents more of a danger than an advantage, when all human help and strength have been abandoned, the only recourse left for the sailors is to cry out to God. Therefore will he who helps those who are sailing to reach port safely, abandon his church and prevent it from arriving in peace and tranquility?” (excerpt from SERMON 75.4)

Meditations may be freely reprinted for non-commercial use – please cite: copyright (c) 2019 Servants of the Word, source:  www.dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager

 

Tuesday (January 8): “They all ate and were satisfied”

Daily Reading & Meditation

Tuesday (January 8): “They all ate and were satisfied”

Scripture: Mark 6:34-44  

34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late; 36 send them away, to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

Meditation: Nothing can satisfy the deepest longing and desire of the heart – except God alone. Do you believe that is true? Of all the miracles Jesus did, the multiplication of loaves and fishes is the only one which is repeated in all four Gospels. A great crowd of people had gathered to hear Jesus because they were hungry for God’s word. Jesus’ disciples had wanted to send the crowd away at the end of the day because they did not have the resources to feed them. They even complained how much money it would take to feed such a large crowd – at least six month’s wages!

Jesus satisfies our hunger – both physically and spiritually
Jesus did the unthinkable. He took the little food they had – only five loaves and two fish – and giving thanks to his Father in heaven, he blessed and distributed this meager portion to the vast crowd. To the amazement of all, there was more than enough food for everyone present. And they ate until there were satisfied of their hunger. The twelve disciples took up what was left over – twelve baskets full of fish and loaves – so that nothing would be wasted.

Jesus is the true bread of heaven – which produces abundant life
What is the significance of this miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude pointed to God’s provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel under Moses’ leadership. This food foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers. Jesus makes a claim only God can make: He is the true bread of heaven that can satisfy the deepest hunger we experience.

The feeding of the five thousand shows the remarkable generosity of God and his great kindness towards us. In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes we see a sign and a symbol of what God always does. When God gives – he gives abundantly. He gives more than we need for ourselves so that we may have something to share with others as well, especially those who lack what they need. God takes the little we have and multiplies it for the good of others. Do you trust in God’s provision for your life and do you freely share what you have with others, especially those who lack what they need?

“Lord Jesus Christ, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Psalm 81:16). Fill me with gratitude for your blessings and give me a generous heart that I may freely share with others what you have given to me.”

Psalm 72:1-4,7-8

1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! 
2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! 
3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! 
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor! 
7 In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!

Daily Quote from the early church fathersThe Lord fills all things with blessing from above, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)

“So that by every means the Lord might be known to be God by nature, he multiplies what is little, and he looks up to heaven as though asking for the blessing from above. Now he does this out of the divine economy, for our sakes. For he himself is the one who fills all things, the true blessing from above and from the Father. But, so that we might learn that when we are in charge of the table and are preparing to break the loaves, we ought to bring them to God with hands upraised and bring down upon them the blessing from above, he became for us the beginning and pattern and way.”  (excerpt from FRAGMENT 177)

Meditations may be freely reprinted for non-commercial use – please cite: copyright (c) 2019 Servants of the Word, source:  www.dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager