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Tuesday, February 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:7-15.


Tuesday of the First week of Lent

16 February 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:7-15.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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DAILY MASS – Tuesday 16 February 2016  

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Tuesday of the First week of Lent

16 February 2016

Commentary of the day

John Tauler

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John Tauler (c.1300-1361), Dominican
Sermon 62

“Your Kingdom come”

If one were to look closely, one would be frightened to see how people seek their own self-interest in everything at others’ expense, in word and deed, gifts and services. They always have their personal advantage in view: joy, usefulness, glory, services to receive – always some advantage for themselves. This is what we look for and pursue in creatures and even in the service of God. People see nothing but earthly things, like the crippled woman the gospel speaks about who was completely bent over towards the earth and unable to raise her head (Lk 13:11). Our Lord says that we “cannot serve two masters, God and wealth,” and he continues “seek first” – that is to say, before all and above all – “the Kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Mt 6:24.33).

Look into your own depths, therefore, and only seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness – that is to say, only seek for God, who is the real kingdom. It is this kingdom we desire and ask for daily in the Our Father. The Our Father is lofty and very powerful prayer; you do not know what you are asking (Mk 10:38). God is his own kingdom, the kingdom of all rational creatures, the end of all their motions and inspirations. God is the kingdom we are asking for, God himself in all his splendour…

When someone stands firm in these dispositions, only seeking out, wanting, and desiring God, then that person becomes God’s kingdom and God reigns in him. Then the eternal king who rules and governs it is magnificently enthroned within his heart; the seat of this kingdom is in the very depths of his heart.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Tuesday of the First week of Lent

16 February 2016

Saints of the day

St. Onesimus,

Disciple of St. Paul

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SAINT ONESIMUS
Disciple of St. Paul
(1st century)

        He was a Phrygian by birth, slave to Philemon, a person of note of the city of Colossæ, converted to the faith by St. Paul. Having robbed his master and being obliged to fly, he providentially met with St. Paul, then a prisoner for the faith at Rome, who there converted and baptized him, and sent him with his canonical letter of recommendation to Philemon, by whom he was pardoned, set at liberty, and sent back to his spiritual father, whom he afterwards faithfully served.

That apostle made him, with Tychicus, the bearer of his Epistle to the Colossians, and afterwards, as St. Jerome and other Fathers witness, a preacher of the Gospel and a bishop. He was crowned with martyrdom under Domitian in the year 95.

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

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Tuesday of the First week of Lent

16 February 2016

Saints of the day

Bl. John de Britto,

martyr (+1693)

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BLESSED JOHN DE BRITTO
Martyr
(+ 1693)

        Don Pedro II. of Portugal, when a child, had among his little pages a modest boy of rich and princely parents. Much had John de Britto—for so was he called—to bear from his careless-living companions, to whom his holy life was a reproach. A terrible illness made him turn for aid to St. Francis Xavier, a Saint so well loved by the Portuguese; and when, in answer to his prayers, he recovered, his mother vested him for a year in the dress worn in those days by the Jesuit Fathers. From that time John’s heart burned to follow the example of the Apostle of the Indies. He gained his wish.

On December 17, 1662, he entered the novitiate of the Society at Lisbon; and eleven years later, in spite of the most determined opposition of his family and of the court, he left all to go to convert the Hindus of Madura. When Blessed John’s mother knew that her son was going to the Indies, she used all her influence to prevent him leaving his own country, and persuaded the Papal Nuncio to interfere. “God, Who called me from the world into religious life, now calls me from Portugal to India,” was the reply of the future martyr. “Not to answer the vocation as I ought, would be to provoke the justice of God. As long as I live, I shall never cease striving to gain a passage to India.”

For fourteen years he toiled, preaching, converting, baptizing multitudes, at the cost of privations, hardships, and persecutions. At last, after being seized, tortured, and nearly massacred by the heathens, he was banished from the country. Forced to return to Portugal, John once more broke through every obstacle, and went back again to his labor of love.

        Like St. John the Baptist, he died a victim to the anger of a guilty woman, whom a convert king had put aside, and, like the Precursor, he was beheaded after a painful imprisonment.

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

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