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Sunday, January 31st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 4:21-30.


Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

31 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

 “Amen, I say to you,

no prophet is accepted in his own native place.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:21-30. 

He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'”
And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

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SUNDAY MASS – Catholic Mass – January 31, 2016 

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

31 January 2016

Commentary  of the day

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444),

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The Pillar of Faith; Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444), Bishop, Doctor of the Church
On the Prophet Isaiah, 5, 5; PG 70, 1352 (trans. ©Friends of Henry Ashworth)

“But he slipped through the midst of them and walked away”

Christ desired to win over the whole world and bring its inhabitants to God the Father… They are those among the Gentiles who, enriched by faith in Christ, have gained the divine, the heavenly treasure, which is the saving proclamation of the gospel. Through this they have become sharers in the kingdom of heaven and companions of the saints (Eph 2:19; 3:6)… To the brokenhearted Christ promises healing and release, and to the blind he gives sight. For those who worship created things, thus failing to recognize him who is really and truly God, are they not blind? Are not their hearts devoid of the spiritual and divine light? To these the Father sends the light of true knowledge of God. Having been called by faith, they know God, or rather, they are known by him. They were children of night and of darkness, but they have become children of light (Eph 5:8). The Day has shone upon them the Sun of Righteousness has risen (Mal 3:20), the Morning Star has appeared in all its brilliance (Rv 22:16).

All that has been said, however, could also be applied to the Israelites, for they too were poor, brokenhearted, captives in a certain sense, and in darkness. But Christ came, and it was to the Israelites first that he made known the purpose of his coming: he came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Lk 4:19), and the day of retribution.

That was the acceptable year, when Christ was crucified for us, for then we became acceptable to God the Father. Through Christ we bear fruit as he himself taught us when he said: “I tell you truly that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains as it is, a single grain; but if it dies, it bears a rich harvest” (Jn 12:24); and again: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw the whole world to myself” (Jn 12:32). Moreover, on the third day he came to life again, after trampling death’s power underfoot. He then addressed these words to his holy disciples: “All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18-19).

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

31 January 2016

Saints of the day

St. John Bosco,

Priest (1815-1888) – Memorial

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SAINT JOHN BOSCO
Priest
(1815-1888)

        Born in the diocese of Turin in 1815, and brought up in poverty, John Bosco devoted his life to the education of working youth.

        He founded religious congregations -the Salesian Order, and the Congregation of the Helpers of Mary -to carry on his ideals.

        He fell asleep in the Lord on January 30, 1888 at the age of seventy-two.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

31 January 2016

Saints of the day

St. Marcella,

Widow (325-410)

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SAINT MARCELLA
Widow
(325-410)

        St. Marcella, whom St. Jerome called the glory of the Roman women, became a widow in the seventh month after her marriage. Having determined to consecrate the remainder of her days to the service of God, she rejected the hand of Cerealis, the consul, uncle of Gallus Caesar, and resolved to imitate the lives of the ascetics of the East. She abstained from wine and flesh-meat, employed all her time in pious reading, prayer, and visiting the churches, and never spoke with any man alone. Her example was followed by many who put themselves under her direction, and Rome was in a short time filled with monasteries.

When the Goths under Alaric plundered Rome in 410, our Saint suffered severely at the hands of the barbarian, who cruelly scourged her in order to make her reveal the treasures which she had long before distributed in charity. She trembled only, however, for the innocence of her dear spiritual daughter, Principia, and falling at the feet of the cruel soldiers, she begged with many tears that they would offer no insult to that pure virgin. God moved them to compassion, and they conducted our Saint and her pupil to the Church of St. Paul, to which Alaric had granted the right of sanctuary, with that of St. Peter.

        St. Marcella, who survived this but a short time, closed her eyes by a happy death, in the arms of St. Principia, about the end of August, 410.

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