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Sunday, June 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 4:35-41.


Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

21 June 2015

 “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 4:35-41.

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

21 June 2015

Commentary of the day

An ancient Greek homily
Wrongly attributed to Origenes (around 185 – 253),

priest and theologian

“Why are you so terrified?”

His disciples drew near to him, woke him and said: “Help, Lord, we are perishing!” … O blest, O true disciples of God, you have the Lord your Savior with you and you are afraid of danger? Life is with you, and you worry about your death? You arouse from sleep the Creator who is present with you as though, even asleep, he could not calm the waves and stop the storm?

What answer do the beloved disciples give to that? We are very small children who are still weak. We are not yet strong men… We have not yet seen the cross. The Lord’s passion, his resurrection, his ascension into heaven, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, have not yet given us solidity… The Lord is right to tell us: “Why are you so terrified? Why are you lacking in faith?” Why are you lacking in strength? Why this lack of trust? Why so little recklessness when you have Trust with you? Even if death were to break in, should you not bear it with great constancy? In all that happens, I will give you the necessary strength, in every danger, in every trial, including the soul’s departure from the body… If in danger my strength is necessary so as to bear everything courageously, how much more necessary is it if you are not to fall before life’s temptations!

Why be troubled, O you of little faith? You know I am powerful on earth; why don’t you believe I am also powerful over the sea? If you acknowledge me as true God and Creator of everything, why don’t you believe I have power over all I have created? “He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind fell off and everything grew calm.”

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

21 June 2015

Saint of the day

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591)

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SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA
(1568-1591)

        Aloysius, the eldest son of Ferdinand Gonzaga, Marquis of Castiglione, was born on the 9th of March, 1568. The first words he pronounced were the holy names of Jesus and Mary. When he was nine years of age he made a vow of perpetual virginity and by a special grace was ever exempted from temptations against purity. He received his first Communion at the hands of St. Charles Borromeo.

At an early age he resolved to leave the world, and in a vision was directed by our blessed Lady to join the Society of Jesus. The Saint’s mother rejoiced on learning his determination to become a religious, but his father for three years refused his consent.

        At length St. Aloysius obtained permission to enter the novitiate on the 25th of November, 1585. He took his vows after two years, and went through the ordinary course of philosophy and theology. He was wont to say he doubted whether without penance grace would continue to make head against nature, which, when not afflicted and chastised, tends gradually to relapse into its old state, losing the habit of suffering acquired by the labor of years. “I am a crooked piece of iron,” he said, “and am come into religion to be made straight by the hammer of mortification and penance.”

During his last year of theology a malignant fever broke out in Rome; the Saint offered himself for the service of the sick, and he was accepted for the dangerous duty. Several of the brothers caught the fever, and Aloysius was of the number. He was brought to the point of death, but recovered, only to fall, however, into slow fever, which carried him off after three months. He died, repeating the Holy Name, a little after midnight between the 20th and 21st of June, on the octave-day of Corpus Christi, having already begun his twenty-fourth year of age.

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

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