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Sunday, September 20th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 9:30-37.


Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

20 September 2015

“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me,

receives not me but the one who sent me.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9:30-37.

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them,
Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

Image: From Bible Hub

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

20 September 2015

Commentary  of the day

Saint Basil (c.330-379),

Icon of St. Basil the Great from the St. Sophia Cathedral of Kiev

Icon of St. Basil the Great from the
St. Sophia Cathedral of Kiev

Saint Basil (c.330-379),

monk and Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, Doctor of the Church
Sermon on humility, 5-6

“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all”

Remember this saying : “God resists the proud but will always favor the humble” (Jas 4,6). Keep before you the Lord’s words: “Those who humble themselves will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled” (Mt 23,12)… If it seems to you that you have some good quality, set it to your account but without forgetting your faults; don’t boast about what you have done well today; don’t set aside recent and past evil. If the present gives you reason to glory, remember the past! That is how you will pierce the stupid abcess! And if you see your neighbour sinning, beware that you don’t just consider him in the light of this lapse but think, too, about what he is doing, or has done, that is good. Very often you will discover him to be better than you if you examine your life as a whole and don’t add up the fragmentary bits. For God doesn’t examine us in a fragmentary fashion… Let us often remember all this so as to preserve ourselves from pride, humbling ourselves so as to be raised up.

Let us imitate the Lord, who came down from heaven to the lowest depths… Yet after such a humbling he caused his glory to shine forth, glorifying with himself those who had been despised together with him. These were indeed, in fact, his first blessed disciples who, poor and naked, went out through all the world, without words of wisdom, without sumptuous escort, but alone and in anguish, vagabonds by land and by sea, beaten with rods, stoned, pursued and, in the end, put to death. Such as these are for us the divine teachings of our Father. Let us imitate them that we may also come to eternal glory, Christ’s perfect and authentic gift.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

Image: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

20 September 2015

Saints of the day

St. Andrew Kim Taegon & St. Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

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St. Andrew Kim Taegon
& St. Paul Chong Hasang
& companions
Martyrs
(19th century)

        The evangelization of Korea began during the 17th century through a group of lay persons. A strong vital Christian community flourished there under lay leadership until missionaries arrived from the Paris Foreign Mission Society.

        During the terrible persecutions that occurred in the 19th century (in 1839, 1866, and 1867), one hundred and three members of the Christian community gave their lives as martyrs. Outstanding among these witnesses to the faith were the first Korean priest and pastor, Andrew Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang.

Among the other martyrs were a few bishops and priests, but for the most part lay people, men and women, married and unmarried, children, young people, and the elderly. All suffered greatly for the Faith and consecrated the rich beginnings of the Church of Korea with their blood as martyrs.

        Pope John Paul II, during his trip to Korea, canonized these martyrs on May 6, 1984, and inserted their feast into the Calendar of the Universal Church.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

St. Paul Chong Hasang From Catholic online

St. Paul Chong Hasang
From Catholic online

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

20 September 2015

Saints of the day

Sts. Eustachius and Companions,

Martyrs († 2nd century)

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SAINTS EUSTACHIUS
and Companions
Martyrs
(† 2nd century)

        Eustachius, called Placidus before his conversion, was a distinguished officer of the Roman army under the Emperor Trajan. One day, whilst hunting a deer, he suddenly perceived between the horns of the animal the image of our crucified Saviour. Responsive to what he considered a voice from heaven, he lost not a moment in becoming a Christian. In a short time he lost all his possessions and his position, and his wife and children were taken from him.

Reduced to the most abject poverty, he took service with a rich land-owner to tend his fields. In the mean time the empire suffered greatly from the ravages of barbarians. Trajan sought out our Saint, and placed him in command of the troops sent against the enemy. During this campaign he found his wife and children, whom he despaired of ever seeing again.

Returning home victorious, he was received in triumph and loaded with honors; but the emperor having commanded him to sacrifice to the false gods, he refused. Infuriated at this, Trajan ordered Eustachius with his wife and children to be exposed to two starved lions; but instead of harming these faithful servants of God, the beasts merely frisked and frolicked about them. The emperor, grown more furious at this, caused the martyrs to be shut up inside a brazen bull, under which a fire was kindled, and in this horrible manner they were roasted to death.

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

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