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Thursday, January 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 3:7-12.


Thursday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

21 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

Jesus had cured many and, as a result,

those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:7-12. 

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.
He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.”
He warned them sternly not to make him known.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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DAILY MASS – Thursday 21 January 2016 

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Thursday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

21 January 2016

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
Demonstration of the apostolic preaching, 92 – 95 (trans. ©St Vladimir’s Seminary press; cf SC 62, p. 159)

“Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him “

       That he was going to be manifested to us – for the Son of God became the Son of man – and to be found amongst us, who before had no knowledge of him, the Word himself says in Isaiah, thus, “I became manifest to those that sought me not; I was found by those that asked not for me. I said: ‘Behold, I am here,’ to a nation that called not upon my name” (Is 65,1)… This is what was also said by John the Baptist: “God is able from stones to raise up children to Abraham” (Mt 3,9). For our hearts, drawn out by faith from the worship of stones, see God and become children of Abraham, who was made righteous by faith…

       His disciples John also says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us” (Jn 1,14). For which reason the Church bears as fruit so great a number of the saved; for it is no longer an intercessor, Moses, nor an angel, Elias, but the Lord himself who saves us, bestowing a greater number of children on the Church than on the former synagogue, as Isaiah announced, saying: “Rejoice, O barren one who did not bear” (Is 54,1; Gal 4,27)… God was pleased to bestow his inheritance on the foolish Gentiles, who were neither of the citizenship of God nor knew who God is. Since, then, by this calling, life has been given and God has recapitulated in us the faith of Abraham, we should no longer turn back, that is, I mean, to the former legislation. For we received the Lord of the Law, the Son of God, and through faith in him we learn to love God with our whole heart and our neighbor as ourselves.

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Thursday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

21 January 2016

Saint of the day

St. Agnes, (+ 304)

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SAINT AGNES
Virgin and Martyr
(+ 304)

        St. Agnes was but twelve years old when she was led to the altar of Minerva at Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by offering incense. In the midst of the idolatrous rites she raised her hands to Christ, her Spouse, and made the sign of the life-giving cross. She did not shrink when she was bound hand and foot, though the gyves slipped from her young hands, and the heathens who stood around were moved to tears. The bonds were not needed for her, and she hastened gladly to the place of her torture.

Next, when the judge saw that pain had no terrors for her, he inflicted an insult worse than death: her clothes were stripped off, and she had to stand in the street before a pagan crowd; yet even this did not daunt her. “Christ,” she said, “will guard His own.” So it was. Christ showed, by a miracle, the value which He sets upon the custody of the eyes. Whilst the crowd turned away their eyes from the spouse of Christ, as she stood exposed to view in the street, there was one young man who dared to gaze at the innocent child with immodest eyes. A flash of light struck him blind, and his companions bore him away half dead with pain and terror.

   Lastly, her fidelity to Christ was proved by flattery and offers of marriage. But she answered, “Christ is my Spouse: He chose me first, and His I will be.” At length the sentence of death was passed. For a moment she stood erect in prayer, and then bowed her neck to the sword. At one stroke her head was severed from her body, and the angels bore her pure soul to Paradise.

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