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Tuesday, June 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 12:13-17.


Tuesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

2 June 2015

 “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

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 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 12:13-17.

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.

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Tuesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

2 June 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Teresa of Avila

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Saint Teresa of Avila

(1515-1582),

Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Poems, no. 8 « Alma, buscarte has en mí » (trans. E. Allison Peers, alt.)

“Whose image is this?”

Soul, you must seek yourself in me
And in yourself must seek for me.

Such is the power of love’s impress,
O soul, to engrave you on my heart,
That any craftsman must confess
He never could have the same success,
However superlative his art.

It was by love that you were made
Lovely and beautiful to be;
So, if by chance you should have strayed,
Upon my heart you are portrayed.
Soul, you must seek yourself in me.

For well I know that you will see
Yourself engraved upon my breast—
An image vividly impressed—
And then you will rejoice to be
So safely lodged, so highly blest.

And if by chance you do not know
Where to go in quest of me,
Do not go far my face to see,
Searching everywhere high and low,
But in yourself must seek for me.

For, soul, in you I am confined,
You are my dwelling and my home;
And if one day I chance to find
Fast-closed the portals of your mind
I ask for entrance when I come.

Oh, do not seek me far away,
For, if you would attain to me,
You only need my name to say
And I’ll be there without delay.
Look in yourself to seek for me.

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Tuesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

2 June 2015

Saints of the day

Sts. Peter & Marcellinus,

Martyrs

(+ c. 304)

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 SAINTS MARCELLINUS, PETER
Martyrs
(+ c. 304)

        Pope Damasus received the information about the martyrdom of Saints Marcellinus and Peter during the Diocletian persecution from the executioner himself. They were beheaded.

The saints are happy in heaven because they followed Christ.
They rejoice with him for ever because they shed their blood for love of him.
(Entrance antiphon)

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Tuesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

2 June 2015

Saints of the day

SAINTS POTHINUS, Bishop,
SANCTUS, ATTALUS, BLANDINA,
and the other Martyrs of Lyons
(+ 177)

After the miraculous victory obtained by the prayer; of the Christians under Marcus Aurelius, in 174, the Church enjoyed a kind of peace, though it was often disturbed in particular places by popular commotions, or by the superstitious fury of certain governors. This appears from the violent persecution which was raised three years after the aforesaid victory, at Vienne and Lyons, in 177, whilst St. Pothinus was Bishop of Lyons, and St. Irenæus, who had been sent thither by St. Polycarp out of Asia, was a priest of that city.

  Many of the principal Christians were brought before the Roman governor. Among them was a slave, Blandina: and her mistress, also a Christian, feared that Blandina lacked strength to brave the torture. She was tormented a whole day through, but she bore it all with joy till the executioners gave up, confessing themselves outdone.

        Red-hot plates were held to the sides of Sanctus, a deacon of Vienne, till his body became one great sore, and he looked no longer like a man; but in the midst of his tortures he was “bedewed and strengthened by the stream of heavenly water which flows from the side of Christ.”

Meantime, many confessors were kept in prison and with them were some who had been terrified into apostasy. Even the heathens marked the joy of martyrdom in the Christians who were decked for their eternal espousals, and the misery of the apostates. But the faithful confessors brought back those who had fallen, and the Church, “that Virgin Mother,” rejoiced when she saw her children live again in Christ.

        Some died in prison, the rest were martyred one by one, St. Blandina last of all, after seeing her younger brother put to a cruel death, and encouraging him to victory.

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

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