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Monday, June 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:38-42.


Monday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

15 June 2015

” Give to the one who asks of you,

and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” 

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:38-42.

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

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Monday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

15 June 2015

Commentary of the day

 Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
1 Saint_Irenaeus

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons 

(c.130-c.208),

Bishop, theologian and martyr

Against the Heresies, IV, 13, 3 (cf. SC 100, p.531)

“The perfect law of freedom” (Jas 1,25)

 “If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well; from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back and do to others what you would have them do to you,” (Mt 5,40; Lk 6,30-31). In that way, we will not be dismayed like those whose possessions have been taken away against their will but, to the contrary, will be glad like people who have willingly given since we would rather make a free gift to our neighbor than give way to constraint. “And,” he continues, “should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles.” In that way, we are not following him like a slave but going before him like a free man. So, in everything, Christ invites you to be of service to your neighbor, taking no thought for his wickedness but filling your own goodness to the brim. Thus he invites us to become like our Father “who makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,” (Mt 5,45).

All this is not the deed of someone who abolishes the Law but of someone who fulfils and develops it for us (Mt 5,17). To serve freedom is an even greater service and our liberator puts forward an even deeper submission and devotion towards him. For he has not set us free from the obligations of the old Law to make us independent of himself… but so that, having received his grace yet more abundantly, we might love him all the more and, in loving him all the more, might receive an even greater glory from him when we are for ever in the presence of his Father.
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Monday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

15 June 2015

Saint of the day

Sts. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia,

Martyrs

1 Saint VITUS

SAINTS VITUS, CRESCENTIA, and MODESTUS
Martyrs

        Vitus was a child nobly born, who had the happiness to be instructed in the Faith, and inspired with the most perfect sentiments of his religion, by his Christian nurse, named Crescentia, and her faithful husband, Modestus.

        His father, Hylas, was extremely incensed when he discovered the child’s invincible aversion to idolatry; and finding him not to be overcome by stripes and such like chastisements, he delivered him up to Valerian, the governor, who in vain tried all his arts to work him into compliance with his father’s will and the emperor’s edicts. He escaped out of their hands, and, together with Crescentia and Modestus, fled into Italy. They there met with the crown of martyrdom in Lucania, in the persecution of Diocletian.

The heroic spirit of martyrdom which we admire in St. Vitus was owing to the early impressions of piety which he received from the lessons and example of a virtuous nurse. Of such infinite importance is the choice of virtuous preceptors, nurses, and servants about children.

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

Antiphon

The hairs of your head are all numbered;
do not be afraid,
you are of more value than many sparrows.

Prayer:

Grant to your Church, we beseech you, o Lord, through the intercession of your holy Martyrs, Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia, not to think high-mindedly, but to grow in humility pleasing to you; that, despising what is base, she may with unbounded love diligently do whatever is right.

[The Roman Breviary (1964)]

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