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Monday, June 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:1-12.


Monday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time

8 June 2015

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:1-12.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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Monday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time

8 June 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine

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Saint Augustine

(354-430),

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermon 53

“They shall see God”

 We want to see God, we seek to see him, we ardently desire to see him. Who does not desire this? But note what the gospel says: “Blest are the pure of heart: they shall see God.” Do what is necessary in order to see him. To compare it with something from material reality, how can you want to contemplate the rising sun if your eyes are sick? If your eyes are healthy, that light will be a pleasure for you; if they are sick, it will be torture for you. You will surely not be allowed to see with an impure heart what one can only see with a pure heart. You will be moved away, put at a distance, you will not see.

How often did the Lord proclaim people to be “blest”? What reasons for eternal happiness did he cite, what good works, what gifts, what merits and what rewards? No other beatitude says, “They shall see God.” This is what the others say: “How blest are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs. Blest are the lowly; they shall inherit the land. Blest are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled. Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill. Blest are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.” So none other asserts, “They shall see God.”

The vision of God is promised to people with a pure heart. This is not without a reason, since the eyes that allow us to see God are in the heart. Those are the eyes the apostle Paul was talking about when he said: “May he enlighten your innermost vision” (Eph 1:18). So at the present time, because of their weakness, those eyes are enlightened by faith; later, because of their strength, they will be enlightened by vision… “Now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” (1 Cor 13:12).

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Monday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time

8 June 2015

Saint of the day

St. Medard, Bishop

(c.457-545)

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ST. MEDARD
Bishop
(c.457-545)

        Saint Medard, one of the most illustrious prelates of the Church of France in the sixth century, was born of a pious and noble family, at Salency, about the year 457. From his childhood he displayed the tenderest compassion for the poor. On one occasion he gave his coat to a destitute blind man, and when asked why he had done so, he answered that the misery of a fellow-member in Christ so affected him that he could not help giving him part of his own clothes.

Being promoted to the priesthood in the thirty-third year of his age, he became a bright ornament of that sacred order. He preached the word of God with an unction which touched the hearts of the most hardened; and the influence of his example, by which he enforced the precepts which he delivered from the pulpit, seemed irresistible.

In 530, Alomer, the thirteenth bishop of that country, died; St. Medard was unanimously chosen to fill the see, and was consecrated by St. Remigius, who had baptized King Clovis in 496, who was then exceeding old. Our Saint’s new dignity did not make him abate any of his austerities, and, though at that time seventy-two years old, he thought himself obliged to redouble his labors. Though his diocese was very wide, it did not suffice his zeal, which could not be contained when he saw the opportunity of advancing the honor of God, and of abolishing the remains of idolatry. He overcame all obstacles, and by his zealous labors and miracles the rays of the Gospel dispelled the mists of idolatry throughout the whole extent of his diocese. What rendered this task more difficult and perilous was the savage and fierce disposition of the ancient inhabitants of Flanders, who were the most barbarous of all the nations of the Gauls and Franks.

   In 545, our Saint, having completed this great work in Flanders, returned to Noyon, where shortly after, he fell sick, and soon rested from his labors at an advanced age. The whole kingdom lamented his death as the loss of their common father and protector. His body was buried in his own cathedral, but the many miracles wrought at his tomb so moved King Clotaire that he transferred the precious remains to Soissons.

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

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