Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 17 December 2016
The Sunday's Gospel Show begins with this talk. Mary was betrothed to Joseph when she was found with a child. Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit, by His supernatural power without any cooperation of man. Joseph was caught up in awe and waited for a signal from God to make the final decision. He only chose to divorce Mary informally, because he could not understand what properly happened. On one side, Joseph knows that Mary is innocent and holy. On the other side, the baby Mary has been found with is not his son. What to do? Finally, the Angel came to explain him the whole truth about this mystery. Joseph does not need any other sign: he understands and obeys. This is the greatness of St Joseph, the just man.
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 24 December 2016
Christ today is born for us! This show tackles the mystery of Our Lord's birth, and the narrative, truly unique and inspired by God, of his magnificent birth. Christ was indeed born in a manger, among animals and in a place away from the daily and noisy life. The picture that the Gospel of St Luke offers us of the Christmas of the Lord, especially when the Shepherds come, is this: in that stable there is only Jesus in the manger, Mary and Joseph. The manger is the sign that God gave to recognise the uniqueness of Jesus. The word "manger" occurs 3 times only in chapter 2 of St Luke's Gospel. Come let us adore Jesus with the Shepherds with all people of good will!
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 31 December 2016
Coming to the end of the year, the liturgy highlights Mary the Mother of God. The Blessed Virgin Mary opens the time of salvation: She brought forth God into the time. It is because of Her that God, in taking our humanity, could become man, and, in so doing, to save us from all our sins. Mary is Mediatrix between God and mankind. She gives Jesus to us. The Shepherds harried away to find out what the Angel told them. Arrived to the manger of Bethlehem, they found the mystery: the Baby with Mary and Joseph. They adored Him. Mary, the Mother of God, offers to us her Son, so that we can also adore Him by welcoming Him into our lives.
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 07 January 2017
The Epiphany of Our Lord is the mystery of the manifestation of Jesus to the Magi. The wise men came from the East to adore the new born King. They followed a special star that arose and was the sign that the Infant King was born. At the first, they thought that Jesus was one of the several kings who were born into this world. In fact they went to look for Christ into Herod's palace. But Christ is a different king. From Jerusalem to Bethlehem they had a deep conversion: they had to know the true royalty of this King. His divinity wrapped up into his simplicity and humility. They found Jesus in Mary's arms and they adored Him! Let us make adoration our own way to approach the mystery!
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 14 January 2017
Jesus was born in a manger, which is the main topic of chapter 2 of St Luke's Gospel. There is an exegetical investigation affirming that Jesus was born in a normal family environment. The reason is that they refuse to translate the Greek word "kathaluma" with "inn"; they prefer to render it with "guest room" or "guest chamber". This for the reason that in the Gospel of Luke the word "kathaluma" can also designate a guest room (as for instance to describe the room where Jesus had his Last Supper with the Apostles). The choice of the Historical Critical Method falls on this second meaning of "kathaluma", supported also by the fact that it would be quite strange that no one could take into his house Joseph and Mary, being Joseph from Bethlehem. However, the main point in the discussion is the meaning of the manger, which is a sign given to the shepherds in order to recognise the Baby Jesus - his extraordinary presence among us. If Christ had been born in a normal house what's the point to give a sign to know Christ? The sign tells us of Jesus' divinity, wrapped up in his humble humanity. The point is that the Historical Critical Method is allergic to signs and supernatural as such.
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 21 January 2017
The mystery of light foretold by Isaiah has now, with Jesus, come to its fulfilment: Christ is the Light of all men, the Light of life. From the prophecy of Isaiah, we come to understand the choice of the Apostles. Why does Jesus call his first fellow disciples to be made into fishers of men? From this pericope of the Gospel of St Matthew (4:12-23), we know that Jesus calls at first Peter and Andrew, Jacob and John. The purpose of this is only to have some friends, in order to build up a community of fellow friends, and so to secure the succession to his role of leader? No, it would be too human. The reason Jesus chooses the Apostles is to build up his Mystical Body, the Church. The Apostles are intimately transformed into Christ's new representatives. They are consecrated in Christ to be able to be "in persona Christi" - in the person of Christ. They are consecrated priests of Christ to celebrate, for all nations, the new and eternal sacrifice of salvation, accomplished once and forever by Christ on the Cross. In this way they will bring Christ's salvation to all people, and in so doing they will gather a new spiritual body, the Church of Christ. Therefore, the reason the call the Apostles is to found the Church, this mystery of salvation as a net cast into the world. That's the reason again why they are intimately changed: from fishermen into fishers of men.
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 28 January 2017
Today we listen to the Gospel of the Beatitudes. A more literal translation of Christ's sayings would read not "Happy are you..." but "Blessed are you...". Blessedness is, in fact, true happiness. Many people strive for happiness and it may allude easily to an earthly satisfaction. Blessedness gives to happiness its own significance: true happiness must last forever, otherwise it is more likely to be of harm to man's heart, insofar as it leads to a continuous insatisfaction. Finally, blessedness leads us to eternal joy. Eternity is the truth of happiness! All Beatitudes lead to this central: "Blessed are the pure of heart, they shall see God"!
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 5 February 2017
We continue listening to the Discourse of the Mountain. After the Beatitudes, we hear an other fundamental teaching about the mission of Christ's disciples in relation to the world. "You are the salt of the earth"; "you are the light of the world". The salt is truly significant. It was normally used as a preservative, to prevent meet from decay, and even to pay the wages of soldiers in the Roman Empire. Christians now have this task: to preserve the world from decay by being Christ's presence in it. Light is the first element of God's creation. Light dispels shadows and darkness. Christians, that is, those who belong to Christ, those who have to be another Christ for the world by their good example of life, have to enlighten the whole world.The mission of Christ's fellow disciples is not meant to be restricted to an environment or to a specific group: Christians are necessary to the whole world. They are the soul of the world, simply because they give Christ to the world, so that many might believe in Him and be saved.
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 11 February 2017
The Notion of Sacrifice to understand the Holy Mass. Christ instituted the Mass when he said, "This is my body," and "This is my blood," (Matt. 26:28). Furthermore, when Jesus said "Do this in remembrance of me," he gave the apostles and hence his future priests the power to change bread and wine into his body and blood, (Baltimore Catechism, Vol. 2, Q. 354). Therefore, during the ceremony of the Mass during the part of the liturgy known as the consecration, the priest changes of bread and wine into Christ's body and blood (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1105).In concordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)., we find the following: The Eucharist is referred to as a sacrifice - "the holy sacrifice of the Eucharist," (CCC, 1055) and "the Eucharist is also a sacrifice," (CCC, 1365).
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 18 February 2017
The Sacrifice of the Holy Mass - And for as much as, in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the mass, that same Christ is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner, who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross; the holy Synod teaches, that this sacrifice is truly propitiatory and that by means thereof this is effected, that we obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid, if we draw nigh unto God, contrite and penitent, with a sincere heart and upright faith, with fear and reverence. For the Lord, appeased by the oblation thereof, and granting the grace and gift of penitence, forgives even heinous crimes and sins. For the victim is one and the same, the same now offering by the ministry of priests, who then offered Himself on the cross, the manner alone of offering being different. The fruits indeed of which oblation, of that bloody one to wit, are received most plentifully through this unbloody one; so far is this (latter) from derogating in any way from that (former oblation). Roman Catholic Council of Trent - Session 22 - Monday, September 17, 1562, A.D
Father Serafino's Commentary on the Gospel - 05March 2017
The Gospel of the 1st Sunday of Lent presents us the temptations of Christ into the desert. After having fasted for forty days and forty night, Christ was hungry. The devil took advantage of this human need to start, with a cunning perusal, pushing Christ (from without) into disobedience. But he was defeated. In fact, Jesus was tempted by the devil not because of his weakness or because of his inward inclination to concupiscence, as it happens to each on of us. Christ is God. His human nature is perfect and free from any disordered inclination. The reason of his temptation is to be found elsewhere. With St Augustine we believe that Christ was tempted, but in Christ we were tempted. Christ took from us his temptation but from Him our victory. Christ’s victory shows us how to win over the devil and all his temptations.