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Thursday, September 24th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 9:7-9.


Our Lady of Mercy

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

24 September 2015

Herod said, “John I beheaded.

Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:7-9.

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead” ;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him.

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Our Lady of Mercy

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

24 September 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

An engraving of St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France)

An engraving of St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France)

 Saint Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.208), Bishop, theologian and martyr
Against Heresies, Bk IV, 20, 5 ; SC 100 (trans. ©Ante Nicene Fathers, alt.)

Herod kept trying to see Jesus

The prophets indicated beforehand that God should be seen by us, as the Lord also says: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5,8).  But in respect to his greatness, and his wonderful glory: “no one shall see God and live” (Ex 33,20),  for the Father is incomprehensible. But in regard to his love and kindness, and as to his infinite power, he grants even this to those who love him, namely, to see God – which the prophets also predicted. “For those things that are impossible to us are possible with God” (Lk 18,27).

For we do not see God by our own powers; but when God pleases he will be seen by those whom he wills, and when he wills, and as he wills. For God is powerful in all things. Indeed, having been seen formerly according to prophecy through the mediation of the Spirit, and seen, too, adoptively through the Son, he shall also be seen paternally in the kingdom of heaven, the Spirit truly preparing us beforehand for the Son of God, and the Son leading us to the Father, while the Father, too, confers incorruption upon us for eternal life, which comes to everyone from the fact of seeing God. For as those who see the light are within the light and partake of its brilliancy, so those who see God are in God and receive of his splendor. But his splendor is vivifying. Therefore those who see God participate in his life.

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Our Lady of Mercy

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

24 September 2015

OUR LADY OF MERCY

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Our Lady of Mercy

        St. Peter, of the noble family of Nolasco, was born in Languedoc, about 1189. At the age of twenty-five he took a vow of chastity, and made over his vast estates to the Church. Some time after, he conceived the idea of establishing an order for the redemption of captives. The divine will was soon manifested. The Blessed Virgin appeared on the same night to Peter, to Raymund of Pennafort, his confessor, and to James, King of Arragon, his ward, and bade them prosecute without fear their holy designs. After great opposition, the Order was solemnly established, and approved by Gregory IX., under the name of Our Lady of Mercy.

        By the grace of God, and under the protection of His Virgin Mother, the Order spread rapidly, its growth being increased by the charity and piety of its members, who devoted themselves not only to collecting alms for the ransom of the Christians, but even gave themselves up to voluntary slavery to aid the good work.

        It is to return thanks to God and the Blessed Virgin that a feast was instituted which was observed in the Order of Mercy, then in Spain and France, and at last extended to the whole Church by Innocent XII., and the 24th September named as the day on which it is to be observed.

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

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