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Saturday, May 30th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 11:27-33.


Saturday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time

30 May 2015

“By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 11:27-33.

Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him
and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?”
Jesus said to them, “I shall ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.”
They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say, ‘(Then) why did you not believe him?’
But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”–they feared the crowd, for they all thought John really was a prophet.
So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” Then Jesus said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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Saturday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time

30 May 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450),

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Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450),

Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church
Sermon 167 ; CCL 248, 1025 ; PL 52, 636

« John the Baptist came to you…, but you did not believe him » (Mt 21,32)

«John the Baptist proclaimed: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ « (Mt 3,2)… O blessed John, who desired that conversion precede judgment, that sinners should not be condemned but rewarded, that the unrighteous should enter the Kingdom and not undergo punishment… When did John preach this nearness of the Kingdom of heaven? The world was still in its infancy…; but for us who are announcing this nearness today, the world is extremely antiquated and worn out. It has lost its strength, lost its faculties; suffering weighs it down…; it cries out its exhaustion; it bears all the symptoms of its end…

We are being towed along by a world that passes away, forgetting the world to come. We are greedy for present things but do not take into account the coming judgment. We will not run to meet the Lord as he comes…

Let us turn back, brethren, let us turn back… By the very fact of his delay, of his still waiting, our Lord proves his desire to see us come back to him, his desire that we should not perish. In his great goodness he continues addressing these words to us: «I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked but would rather he would change his ways and live» (Ez 33,11). So let us turn back to him, brethren, not fearing that time is running short. The time that belongs to time’s Author cannot be shortened. The proof of it lies in the criminal in the Gospel who, at the moment of dying on the cross, got away with his pardon, grabbed hold of life and, breaking into paradise like a burglar, managed to make his way into the Kingdom (cf. Lk 23,43)!
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Saturday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time

30 May 2015

Saints of the day

St. Felix I, Pope & Martyr (+ 274)

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ST FELIX I
Pope and Martyr
(+ 274)

        St. Felix was a Roman by birth, and succeeded St. Dionysius in the government of the Church in 269.
        Paul of Samosata, the proud Bishop of Antioch, to the guilt of many enormous crimes added that of heresy, teaching that Christ was no more than a mere man, in whom the Divine Word dwelt by its operation and as in its temple, with many other gross errors concerning the capital mysteries of the Trinity and Incarnation.
Three councils were held at Antioch to examine his cause, and in the third, assembled in 269, being clearly convicted of heresy, pride, and many scandalous crimes, he was excommunicated and deposed, and Domnus was substituted in his place.
        As Paul still kept possession of the episcopal house, our Saint had recourse to the Emperor Aurelian, who, though a pagan, gave an order that the house should belong to him to whom the bishops of Rome and Italy adjudged it.
        The persecution of Aurelian breaking out, St. Felix, fearless of danger, strengthened the weak, encouraged all, baptized the catechumens, and continued to exert himself in converting infidels to the Faith. He himself obtained the glory of martyrdom.
He governed the Church five years, and passed to a glorious eternity in 274.

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

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Saturday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time

30 May 2015

Saints of the day

St. Joan of Arc, Virgin (1412+1431)

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SAINT JOAN OF ARC
Virgin
(1412-1431)

        At Domremy, on the Upper Meuse (France), was born on January 6, 1412, of pious parentage, the illustrious heroine of all time, St. Joan of Arc. Taught by her mother from earliest years to pray each night “O God, save France,” she could not help but conceive that ardent love for her country which later consumed her life.

  While the English were overrunning the north of France, their future conqueror, untutored in worldly wisdom, was peacefully tending her flock, and learning the wisdom of God at a wayside shrine. But hearing Voices from heaven and bidden by St. Michael, who appeared to her, to deliver her country from the enemy, she hastened to the King and convinced him of her divine mission.

    Scarcely did her banner, inscribed “Jesus, Mary,” appear on the battlefield than she raised the siege of Orleans and led Charles VII. to be crowned at Rheims. Later, abandoned by her King, she fell into the hands of the English, who gave her a mock trial and burned her as a heretic.

        But the Maid of Orleans has at last come into her own, for with greater pomp than ever a king was crowned, and amid the acclamations of the whole world, on May 13, 1920, Pope Benedict XV. proclaimed her St. Joan of Arc.

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

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