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Friday, September 25th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 9:18-22.


Friday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

25 September 2015

“The Messiah of God.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:18-22.

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Messiah of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

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Friday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

25 September 2015

Commentary of the day

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

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 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger [Benedict XVI, pope from 2005 to 2013]
Der Gott Jesu Christi, chapter 2,4

“The Son of Man must suffer…, be rejected… and killed, and rise from the dead.”

Being human means to go towards death; being human means to have to die… Living in this world means dying. “He became man.” (Creed) So that means that Christ also went towards death. The contradiction that is part and parcel of human death reached its extreme acuteness in Jesus, because for him who is in total communion with the Father, the absolute isolation of death is utter absurdity. On the other hand, for him death also is a necessity; for the fact that he was with the Father was at the source of the lack of understanding, with which human beings saw him; it was at the source of  his solitude in the midst of the crowds. His condemnation was the ultimate act of non-understanding, of the rejection of the person who was not understood into a zone of silence.

At the same time, we can see something of the interior dimension of his death. For the human person, dying is always at one and the same time a biological event and a spiritual one. In Jesus, the destruction of the bodily means of communication ruptured his dialogue with the Father. So what was broken in the death of Jesus Christ was more important than in any other human death; there, what was torn away was the dialogue that is the entire world’s true axis.

But just as this dialogue made him lonely and was the basis for his death’s monstrosity, so the resurrection is already fundamentally present in Christ. Through it, our human condition is brought into the Trinitarian exchange of eternal love. It can never disappear again; beyond the threshold of death, it rises again and creates its fullness anew. Thus, only the resurrection reveals the ultimate, decisive nature of that article of our faith: “He became man”… Christ is fully human; he remains so forever. Through him, the human condition has entered into God’s very being. That is the fruit of his death.

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Friday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

25 September 2015

Saint of the day

St. Finbarr, Bishop (6th century)

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SAINT FINBARR
Bishop
(6th century)

        St. Finbarr who lived in the sixth century, was a native of Connaught, and instituted a monastery or school at Lough Eire, to which such numbers of disciples flocked, as changed, as it were, a desert into a large city. This was the origin of the city of Cork, which was built chiefly upon stakes, in marshy little islands formed by the river Lea.

The right name of our Saint, under which he was baptized, was Lochan; the surname Finbarr, or Barr the White, was afterward given him. He was Bishop of Cork seventeen years, and died in the midst of his friends at Cloyne, fifteen miles from Cork.

        His body was buried in his own cathedral at Cork, and his relics, some years after, were put in a silver shrine, and kept there, this great church bearing his name to this day.

        St. Finbarr’s cave or hermitage was shown in a monastery which seems to have been begun by our Saint, and stood to the west of Cork.
Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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