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Saturday, August 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 14:1-12.


Saturday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time

1 August 2015

 “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 14:1-12. 

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
Now Herod had arrested John, bound (him), and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod
so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given,
and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

DAILY MASS  – Saturday 1 August 2015

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Saturday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time

1 August 2015

Commentary of the day

Diadochus of Photike

Diadochus of Photike (c.400-?), Bishop
Spiritual perfection, 12

“Whoever hate his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (Jn 12,25)

  Whoever loves his own life (Jn 12,25) cannot be loving God, but whoever does not cling to himself as a result of divine love’s overflowing gifts is the one who loves God. Such a one never seeks their own glory but God’s, for whoever loves his own life is seeking his own glory. Whoever binds himself to God loves the glory of his Creator. And indeed, it is the characteristic of souls sensitive to God’s love that they continually seek God’s glory in carrying out the commandments and take pleasure in their own lowliness. For glory belongs to God because of his greatness, and lowliness belongs to man because it makes of him God’s friend. If this is the way we behave then we will rejoice after Saint John the Baptist’s example and will start saying over and over again: “He must increase; I must decrease” (Jn 3,30).

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Saturday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time

1 August 2015

Saint of the day

St. Alphonsus Liguori, (1696-1787)

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SAINT ALPHONSUS MARY DE LIGUORI
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(1696-1787)

        St. Alphonus was born of noble parents, near Naples, in 1696. His spiritual training was intrusted to the Fathers of the Oratory in that city, and from his boyhood Alphonsus was known as a most devout Brother of the Little Oratory. At the early age of sixteen he was made doctor in law, and he threw himself into this career with ardor and success.

A mistake, by which he lost an important cause, showed him the vanity of human fame, and determined him to labor only for the glory of God. He entered the priesthood, devoting himself to the most neglected souls; and to carry on this work he founded later the missionary Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

        At the age of sixty-six he became Bishop of St. Agatha, and undertook the reform of his diocese with the zeal of a Saint. He made a vow never to lose time, and, though his life was spent in prayer and work, he composed a vast number of books, filled with such science, unction, and wisdom that he has been declared one of the Doctors of the Church.

St. Alphonsus wrote his first book at the age of forty-nine, and in his eighty-third year had published about sixty volumes, when his director forbade him to write more. Very many of these books were written in the half-hours snatched from his labors as missionary, religious superior, and Bishop, or in the midst of continual bodily and mental sufferings. With his left hand he would hold a piece of marble against his aching head while his right hand wrote.

        Yet he counted no time wasted which was spent in charity. He did not refuse to hold a long correspondence with a simple soldier who asked his advice, or to play the harpsichord while he taught his novices to sing spiritual canticles. He lived in evil times, and met with many persecutions and disappointments.

For his last seven years he was prevented by constant sickness from offering the Adorable Sacrifice; but he received Holy Communion daily, and his love for Jesus Christ and his trust in Mary’s prayers sustained him to the end.

        He died in 1787, in his ninety-first year.

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

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