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Friday, January 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 2:1-12.


Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

15 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,

“Child, your sins are forgiven.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2:1-12.

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”–
he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

Image: From Biblehub

DAILY MASS – Friday 15 January 2016 

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Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

15 January 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint John Chrysostom

A Byzantine mosaic of John Chrysostom from the Hagia Sophia.

A Byzantine mosaic of John Chrysostom
from the Hagia Sophia.

Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407),

priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homily 29 on St. Matthew, 29: 1-3

“Who but God alone can forgive sins?”

“They came bringing to him a paralytic.” The evangelists say not only that they brought him, but that they also broke up the roof, and let him down. And they put the sick man before Christ, saying nothing, but committing everything to him. In the beginning of the ministry he himself went about, and did not require so much faith of those that came to him; but in this case they approached him, and faith was required on their part. For, “Seeing,” it is said, “their faith;” that is, the faith of them that had let the man down… In this case the sick man too showed much faith; for he would not have let himself be let down through the roof, unless he had believed.

Since they had shown such great faith, Jesus also shows his own power, his authority to absolve sins, signifying that he is equal in honor with his Father. He implied it from the beginning, by his teaching, when he taught them “as one having authority”; by the leper, when he said, “I will do it. Be made clean”; by the sea, when he calmed it with a mere word; by the demons, when they acknowledged him as their judge… Here, he signifies his indifference to honor by not hastening to heal the visible body; he healed first that which is invisible, the soul, by forgiving his sins; which indeed saved the man, but brought no great glory to Christ. Then some people, in their malice, wanted to assail him; it only served to make the miracle even more evident, against their will.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

Image: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

15 January 2016

Saints  of the day

St. Paul,

the first Hermit († 342)

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SAINT PAUL
The First Hermit
(c. 230-342)

        St. Paul was born in Upper Egypt, about the year 230, and became an orphan at the age of fifteen. He was very rich and highly educated. Fearing lest the tortures of a terrible persecution might endanger his Christian perseverance, he retired into a remote village. But his pagan brother-in-law denounced him, and St. Paul, rather than remain where his faith was in danger, entered the barren desert, trusting that God would supply his wants. And his confidence was rewarded; for on the spot to which Providence led him he found the fruit of the palm-tree for food, and its leaves for clothing, and the water of a spring for drink. His first design was to return to the world when the persecution was over; but, tasting great delights in prayer and penance, he remained the rest of his life, ninety years, in penance, prayer, and contemplation.

God revealed his existence to St. Antony, who sought him for three days. Seeing a thirsty she-wolf run through an opening in the rocks, Antony followed her to look for water, and found Paul. They knew each other at once, and praised God together. When St. Antony visited him, a raven brought him a loaf, and St. Paul said, “See how good God is! For sixty years this bird has brought me half a loaf every day; now thou art come, Christ has doubled the provision for His servants.” Having passed the night in prayer, at dawn of day Paul told Antony that he was about to die, and asked to be buried in the cloak given to Antony by St. Athanasius. Antony hastened to fetch it, and on his way back saw Paul rise to heaven in glory. He found his dead body kneeling as if in prayer, and two lions came and dug his grave.

         Paul died in his one hundred and thirteenth year.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

15 January 2016

Saints  of the day

St. Remigius,

Archbishop (438-533)

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SAINT REMIGIUS
Archbishop
(438-533)

        Remigius, or Remi, was born of noble and pious parents. At the age of twenty-two, in spite of the canons and of his own reluctance, he was acclaimed Archbishop of Rheims. He was unusually tall, his face impressed with blended majesty and serenity, his bearing gentle, humble, and retiring. He was learned and eloquent, and had the gift of miracles. His pity and charity were boundless, and in toil he knew no weariness. His body was the outward expression of a noble and holy soul, breathing the spirit of meekness and compunction.

For so choice a workman God had fitting work. The South of France was in the hands of Arians, and the pagan Franks were wresting the North from the Romans. St. Remigius confronted Clovis, their king, and converted and baptized him at Christmas, in 496. With him he gained the whole Frank nation. He threw down the idol altars, built churches, and appointed bishops. He withstood and silenced the Arians, and converted so many that he left France a Catholic kingdom, its king the oldest and at the time the only crowned son of the Church.

        He died in 533, after an episcopate of seventy-four years, the longest on record.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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