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Monday, January 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 2:18-22.


Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

18 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,

but your disciples do not fast?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2:18-22. 

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

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DAILY MASS – Monday 18 January 2016

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Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

18 January 2016

Commentary of the day

Rupert of Deutz

Rupert of Deutz

Rupert of Deutz

 Rupert of Deutz (c.1075-1130),

Benedictine monk
The Trinity and its works, Book 42, On Isaiah, 2, 26

“The bridegroom is with them”

“I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul” (Is 61,10)… The coming, the presence of the Lord, spoken of by the prophet in this verse, is the kiss desired by the bride in the Song of Songs when she says: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth” (Sg 1,1). And that faithful bride is the Church: born in the patriarchs, she was betrothed in Moses and the prophets; from the ardent desire of her heart she sighed for the coming of the Beloved… Now, full of joy at having received this kiss, she cries out in happiness: “I rejoice heartily in the Lord!”

Sharing in this joy, John the Baptist, the renowned “friend of the Bridegroom”, the confidant of the secrets of the Bridegroom and the bride, the witness to their love for each other, declares: “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete” (Jn 3,29). Without a doubt he who was the Bridegroom’s precursor in his birth, the precursor, too, of his Passion when he descended to hell, announced the Good News to the Church that was waiting expectantly there…

So this verse is extremely apposite to the rejoicing Church when, in the resting place of the dead, she hastens even then to meet the Bridegroom: “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul. What, then, is the reason for my joy? What is the cause of my exultation? It is that he has “clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of joy” (cf. v.10). In Adam I was stripped naked; I had to gather fig leaves to conceal my nakedness; wretchedly clad in garments of skin, I was expelled from Paradise (Gn 3,7.21). But today my Lord and my God has replaced those leaves with the robe of salvation. Through his Passion in our flesh he has clothed me in a new robe, that of baptism and the remission of sins; and in place of the leather tunic of mortality he has wrapped a second robe around me, that of the resurrection and immortality.”

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Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

18 January 2016

Saint of the day

St. Jaime Hilario,

Martyr (1898-1937)

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Saint Jaime Hilario
Martyr
(1898-1937)

        St. Jaime Hilario, was a Spanish member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He was born Manuel Barbal Cosan on January 2, 1898 in Enviny, a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees in Catalonia (in northern Spain). Known for his serious nature, he was only 12 years old when, with the blessing of his devout and hardworking parents, he entered the minor seminary of the diocese of La Seu de Urgel. He soon developed an ear infection and he was forced to abandon his studies for the priesthood.

In 1917, convinced that God was calling him, he joined the noviciate of the La Salle Brothers in Irún. He took the names Jaime Hilario. After sixteen years in various teaching assignments, his increasing deafness forced him to abandon teaching. He moved to Cambrils, near Tarragona and worked in the garden of the Order’s training house there.

        On the outbreak of the Spanish civil war on July 18, 1936 he took refuge in nearby Mollerosa on his way to visit his family. But he was arrested as a religious and jailed. In December he was transferred to Tarragona for trial. He was held on board a prison ship with several other brothers. On January 15, 1937 he was given a summary trial. Though he could have been freed by claiming to be only a gardener, he insisted on his identity as a religious. He was condemned to death on no grounds beyond his religious status.

        He was shot in a wood known as the Mount of Olives next to Tarragona cemetery on January 18, 1937. His last words to his executioners were “My friends, to die for Christ is to reign.” When two volleys failed to meet their mark, the soldiers dropped their rifles and fled in panic. The commander, shouting a furious oath, fired five shots to the temple and the victim fell at his feet.

        He was the first Christian Brothers killed in Catalonia during the Spanish civil war. He was beatified on April 29, 1990 and canonized on November 21, 1999 by Pope John Paul II.

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