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Saturday, January 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 2:13-17.


Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time

16 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

 “Follow me.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2:13-17.

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them (that), “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

Image: From Biblehub

DAILY MASS – Saturday 16 January 2016 

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Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time

16 January 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine (354-430),

Portrait by Philippe de Champaigne, 17th century

Portrait by Philippe de Champaigne, 17th century

Saint Augustine (354-430),

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Discourse on the Psalms, Ps. 58, 1, 7

“People who are healthy do not need a doctor; sick people do” (Mk 2,17)

There are some strong men…who place their confidence in their own justice. They claim to be just by their own means, and since they considered themselves healthy people, they refused the remedy and killed the doctor himself. This is why, in fact, the Lord came to call not these strong men, but the weak…

Oh! You the strong, who do not need the doctor! Your strength does not come from health but from insanity…The Master of humility, who shared our weakness and who made us take part in his divinity, came down from heaven to show us the way and to be himself our way. Most of all, he wanted to leave us the example of his humility…to teach us to confess our sins, to humble ourselves and become strong, and to make ours the words of the apostle: “Therefore I am content with weakness…for when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong” (2Cor 12,10)…

As for those who pride themselves on being strong, who, in other words, claim being just by their own virtue, “stumbled over the stumbling stone” (Rom 9,32)…It is these strong men who attacked Christ, as they boasted themselves on their justice…They had placed themselves above the crowd of weak people who hurried to the doctor. Why? Simply because they thought they were strong…They killed the doctor of all men. But he, by dying, prepared through his blood a remedy for all the sick.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time

16 January 2016

Saints of the day

St. Honoratus,

Archbishop (+ 429)

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SAINT HONORATUS
Archbishop
(+ 429)

        St. Honoratus was of a consular Roman family settled in Gaul. In his youth he renounced the worship of idols, and gained his elder brother, Venantius, to Christ. Convinced of the hollowness of the things of this world, they wished to renounce it with all its pleasures, but a fond pagan father put continual obstacles in their way. At length, taking with them St. Caprais, a holy hermit, for their director, they sailed from Marseilles to Greece, with the intention to live there unknown in some desert.

Venantius soon died happily at Methone, and Honoratus, being also sick, was obliged to return with his conductor. He first led a hermitical life in the mountains near Frejus. Two small islands lie in the sea near that coast; on the smaller, now known as St. Honoré, our Saint settled, and, being followed by others, he there founded the famous monastery of Lerins, about the year 400. Some of his followers he appointed to live in community; others, who seemed more perfect, in separate cells as anchorets. His rule was chiefly borrowed from that of St. Pachomius.

        Nothing can be more amiable than the description St. Hilary has given of the excellent virtues of this company of saints, especially of the charity, concord, humility, compunction, and devotion which reigned among them under the conduct of our holy abbot.

He was, by compulsion, consecrated Archbishop of Arles in 426, and died, exhausted with austerities and apostolical labors, in 429.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time

16 January 2016

Saints of the day

St. Marcellus,

Pope and Martyr (+ 309)

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SAINT MARCELLUS I
Pope and Martyr
(+309)

        St. Marcellus was elected Pope in 307, the last years of the persecution of the Church by Diocletian. He undertook the ecclesiastical reorganization of the Church and was most merciful to those who repented after having denied their Faith.

        In 309, under the tyrant Emperor Maxentius, he was banished from Rome and sent into exile where he died the same year.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Mark 16:15-20

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