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Saturday, September 6th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 6:1-5.


Saturday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

6 September 2014

 Jesus said to them,

“The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:1-5.

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a Sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those (who were) with him were hungry?
(How) he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions.”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

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Saturday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

6 September 2014

Commentary of the day

Catechism of the Catholic Church

§1166-1167

“The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath”

“By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day,  which day is appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday” (Vatican II SC 106). The day of Christ’s Resurrection is both the “first day of the week” (Jn 20,1) the memorial of the first day of creation, and the “eighth day,” on which Christ after his “rest” on the great sabbath inaugurates the “day that the Lord has made,” the “day that knows no evening.” (Ps 117; Byzantine liturgy)  The “Lord’s Supper” (1Cor 11,20) is its center, for there the whole community of the faithful encounters the risen Lord who invites them to his banquet ((Jn 21,12; Lk 24,30).
The Lord’s day, the day of Resurrection, the day of Christians, is our day. It is called the Lord’s day because on it the Lord rose victorious to the Father. If pagans call it the “day of the sun,” we willingly agree, for today the light of the world is raised, today is revealed “the sun of justice with healing in his rays” (St Jerome; Mal 3,20).
Sunday is the pre-eminent day for the liturgical assembly, when the faithful gather “to listen to the word of God and take part in the Eucharist, thus calling to mind the Passion, Resurrection, and glory of the Lord Jesus, and giving thanks to God who ‘has begotten them again, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’ unto a living hope” (SC 106; 1P 1,3). “When we ponder, O Christ, the marvels accomplished on this day, the Sunday of your holy resurrection, we say: Blessed is Sunday, for on it began creation . . . the world’s salvation … the renewal of the human race …. On Sunday  heaven and earth rejoiced and the whole universe was filled with light. Blessed is Sunday, for on it were opened the gates of paradise so that Adam and all the exiles might enter it without fear (Antiochene syriac liturgy).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Saturday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

6 September 2014

Saint of the day

St. Eleutherius,

Abbot († c. 585)

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SAINT ELEUTHERIUS
Abbot
(† c. 585)

        Wonderful simplicity and spirit of compunction were the distinguishing virtues of this holy man. He was chosen abbot of St. Mark’s near Spoleto, and favored by God with the gift of miracles. A child who was possessed by the devil, being delivered by being educated in his monastery, the abbot said one day: “Since the child is among the servants of God, the devil dares not approach him.” These words seemed to savor of vanity, and thereupon the devil again entered and tormented the child. The abbot humbly confessed his fault, and fasted and prayed with his whole community till the child was again freed from the tyranny of the fiend.

        St. Gregory the Great not being able to fast on Easter-eve on account of extreme weakness, engaged this Saint to go with him to the church of St. Andrew’s and put up his prayers to God for his health, that he might join the faithful in that solemn practice of penance. Eleutherius prayed with many tears, and the Pope, coming out of the church, found his breast suddenly strengthened, so that he was enabled to perform the fast as he desired. St. Eleutherius raised a dead man to life. 

        Resigning his abbacy, he died in St. Andrew’s monastery in Rome, about the year 585.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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