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Thursday, September 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 7:36-50.


Thursday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

18 September 2014

Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them,

and anointed them with the ointment.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 7:36-50.

A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said.
Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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Thursday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

18 September 2014

Saints of the day

St. Thomas of Villanova,

Bishop

(1488-1555)

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SAINT THOMAS OF VILLANOVA 
Bishop
(1488-1555)

        Saint Thomas, the glory of the Spanish Church in the sixteenth century, was born in 1488. A thirst for the science of the Saints led him to enter the house of the Austin Friars at Salamanca. Charles V. listened to him an oracle, and appointed him Archbishop of Valencia. On being led to his throne in church, he pushed the silken cushions aside, and with tears kissed the ground.

        His first visit was to the prison; the sum with which the chapter presented him for his palace was devoted to the public hospital. As a child he had given his meal to the poor, and two thirds of his episcopal revenues were now annually spent in alms. He daily fed five hundred needy persons, brought up himself the orphans of the city, and sheltered the neglected foundlings with a mother’s care.

        During his eleven years’ episcopate not one poor maiden was married without an alms from the Saint. Spurred by his example, the rich and the selfish became liberal and generous; and when, on the Nativity of Our Lady, 1555, St. Thomas came to die, he was well-nigh the only poor man in his see.

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

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Thursday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

18 September 2014

Saints of the day

St. Joseph of Cupertino

(1603-1663)

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SAINT JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO
Priest
(1603-1663)

       Joseph of Cupertino, born of pious parents, as a youth was noted for his chastity. He was admitted among the Friars Minor Conventual at the convent of Grotella, first as a lay brother because of his lack of formal education, then, by divine intervention, as a cleric.

        After being ordained a priest, he afflicted his body with hairshirts, disciplines and all kinds of austerities. His spirit in truth he fed constantly with the nourishment of holy prayer, whence it came about that he was called by God to the highest level of contemplation.

        Notable for his obedience and for his practice of poverty, he cultivated chastity especially, which he preserved intact despite violent temptations.

        He honored the Virgin Mary with a wonderful love and shone with great charity toward the poor.

        So great was his humility that, considering himself a great sinner, he earnestly besought God to remove from him his wonderful gifts.

        By order of his superiors and of the sacred Inquisition, he traversed many regions.

        Finally, at Osimo in Picenum, in the sixty-first year of his age, he went to heaven.

The Roman Breviary – Benziger Brothers – 1964

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014 

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