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Wednesday after Epiphany

7 January 2015

“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 6:45-52. 

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were (completely) astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

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Wednesday after Epiphany

7 January 2015

Commentary of the day :

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

[Benedict XVI, Pope from 2005 to 2013]

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

[Benedict XVI, Pope from 2005 to 2013]
The God of Jesus Christ

“He saw that they were tossed about while rowing.. . About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them”

The apostles were crossing the lake. Jesus alone is on land, while they are wearing themselves out in rowing without making any headway since the wind is contrary. Jesus is praying and, in his prayer, he see them struggling on. So he comes to meet them. Clearly this text is full of ecclesiological symbols: the apostles on the sea with the wind against them and the Lord with the Father. But what is decisive is that while praying, when he is “with the Father”, he is not removed from them; very much to the contrary, it is while praying that he sees them. When Jesus is with the Father, he is present to the Church. The problem of the final coming of Christ is here deepened and transformed in a Trinitarian way: Jesus sees the Church in the Father and, by the Father’s power and the strength of his communication with him, is present to her. It is precisely this communication with the Father when he is “on the mountain” that makes him present and, conversely, the Church is, so to speak, the object of the encounter between Father and Son and thus herself anchored in the Trinitarian life.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Wednesday after Epiphany

7 January 2015

Saints of the day

St. Raymond of Peñafort,

Priest (c. 1175-1275)

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SAINT RAYMUND OF PEÑAFORT
Priest
(C. 1175-1275)

         Born A. D. 1175, of a noble Spanish family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvellous success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities.

A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had grown up with him from childhood, determined him in middle life to renounce all his honors and to enter her Order of St. Dominic. There, again, a vision of the Mother of Mercy instructed him to cooperate with his penitent St. Peter Nolasco, and with James, King of Aragon, in founding the Order of Our Lady of Ransom for the Redemption of Captives. He began this great work by preaching a crusade against the Moors, and rousing to penance the Christians, enslaved in both soul and body by the infidel. King James of Aragon, a man of great qualities, but held in bond by a ruling passion, was bidden by the Saint to put away the cause of his sin. On his delay, Raymund asked for leave to depart from Majorca, since he could not live with sin. The king refused, and forbade, under pain of death, his conveyance by others. Full of faith, Raymund spread his cloak upon the waters, and, tying one end to his staff as a sail, made the sign of the cross and fearlessly stepped upon it. In six hours he was borne to Barcelona, where, gathering up his cloak dry, he stole into his monastery. The king, overcome by this miracle, became a sincere penitent and the disciple of the Saint till his death.

In 1230, Gregory IX. summoned Raymund to Rome, made him his confessor and grand penitentiary, and directed him to compile “The Decretals,” a collection of the scattered decisions of the Popes and Councils. Having refused the archbishopric of Tarragona, Raymund found himself in 1238 chosen third General of his Order; which post he again succeeded in resigning, on the score of his advanced age. His first act when set free was to resume his labors among the infidels, and in 1256 Raymund, then eighty-one, was able to report that ten thousand Saracens had received Baptism. He died A. D. 1275.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Wednesday after Epiphany

7 January 2015

Saints of the day

St. Lucian,

Priest and Martyr († 312)

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SAINT LUCIAN
Priest and Martyr
(† 312)

        St. Lucian was born at Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his youth, he distributed all his worldly goods, of which he inherited an abundant share, to the poor, and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man named Macarius, who imbued his mind with a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, and led him to the practice of the Christian virtues.

        Having become a priest, his time was divided between the external duties of his holy state, the performance of works of charity, and the study of sacred literature. He revised the books of the Old and New Testaments, expunging the errors which had found their way into the text either through the negligence of copyists or the malice of heretics, thus preparing the way for St. Jerome, who shortly after was to give to the world the Latin translation known as “The Vulgate.”

        Having been denounced as a Christian, Lucian was thrown into prison and condemned to the torture, which was protracted for twelve whole days. Some Christian visited him in prison, on the feast of the Epiphany, and brought bread and wine to him; while bound and chained down on his back, he consecrated the divine mysteries upon his own breast, and communicated the faithful who were present.

        He finished his glorious career in prison, and died with the words, “I am a Christian,” on his lips.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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