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Thursday, February 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 7:7-12.


Thursday of the First week of Lent

18 February 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ  

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you.”

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

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asks for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”

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DAILY MASS – Thursday 18 February 2016

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Thursday of the First week of Lent

18 February 2016

Commentary of the day

An anonymous 4th century homily

(wrongly attributed to St. John Chrysostom)

“Ask, and you will receive… Knock, and it will be opened to you.”

“Hearken to my words, O Lord.” (Ps 5:2) You came not only to have mercy on your people Israel, but to save all the nations…, not only to restore a part of the earth, but to renew the whole world. Therefore, “hearken to my words, O Lord.”… Do not reject my supplication as being unworthy; do not dismiss my prayer. I am not asking for gold or riches… It is with the desire for love and respect that I constantly cry out: “Hearken to my words, O Lord.”

Israel enjoys your goods; I also want to experience your kindness. You led Israel out of Egypt; pull me out of error. You redeemed Israel from Pharaoh; deliver me from the author of evil. You led Israel through the Red Sea; lead me through the water of baptism. You guided Israel by means of the pillar of fire; enlighten me by means of your Holy Spirit. Israel ate the bread of angels in the desert; give me your most holy Body. Israel drank water from the rock; quench my thirst with the Blood from your side. Israel received the tables of your Law; inscribe your Gospel in my heart…

“Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing.” Thanks to this sighing, Moses had creation as your people’s ally [at the Red Sea]. Thanks to this clamor, Joshua stopped the sun’s course (Josh 10:12). Thanks to this cry, Elijah made the clouds of heaven sterile (1 Kings 17:1). Thanks to this moaning, against all hope, Hannah gave birth to a child (1 Sam 1:10f.). “So Lord, attend to my sighing.”

I proclaim the Father’s absolute power and the Son’s mediation, his being sent into the world and his obedience. The Father is eternally enthroned and you “inclined the heavens and came down.” (Ps 29:10; 18:10)… You received his testimony in the Jordan. In calling Lazarus to come out of the tomb, you gave thanks to your Father… In multiplying the loaves in the desert, you raised your eyes to heaven and you said the blessing. When you were hanged on the cross, it was he who received your spirit. When you were laid in the tomb, it was he who raised you on the third day. All of that is what I cry out in my prayer; that is what I proclaim throughout the ages.

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Thursday of the First week of Lent

18 February 2016

Saints of the day

St. Flavian,

Bishop and Martyr (+ 449)

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SAINT FLAVIAN
Bishop and Martyr
(+ 449)

        FLAVIAN was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 447. His short episcopate of two years was a time of conflict and persecution from the beginning. Chrysaphius, the emperor’s favorite, tried to extort a large sum of money from him on the occasion of his consecration. His fidelity in refusing brought on him the enmity of the most powerful man in the empire.

        More trouble soon arose. In 448 Flavian had to condemn the rising heresy of the monk Eutyches, who obstinately denied that Our Lord was in two perfect natures after His Incarnation. Eutyches drew to his cause all the bad elements which so early gathered about the Byzantine court. His intrigues were long baffled by the vigilance of Flavian; but at last he obtained from the emperor the assembly of a council at Ephesus, in August 449, presided over by his friend Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria. Into this “robber council,” as it is called, Eutyches entered, surrounded by soldiers. The Roman legates could not even read the Pope’s letters; and at the first sign of resistance to the condemnation of Flavian, fresh troops entered with drawn swords, and, in spite of the protests of the legates, terrified most of the bishops into acquiescence.

        The fury of Dioscorus reached its height when Flavian appealed to the Holy See. Then it was that he so forgot his apostolic office as to lay violent hands on his adversary. St. Flavian was set upon by Dioscorus and others, thrown down, beaten, kicked, and finally carried into banishment. Let us contrast their ends. Flavian clung to the teaching of the Roman Pontiff, and sealed his faith with his blood. Dioscorus excommunicated the Vicar of Christ, and died obstinate and impenitent in the heresy of Eutyches.

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

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Thursday of the First week of Lent

18 February 2016

Saints of the day

St. Simeon

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St. Simeon

 

In St. Matthew’s Gospel, we read of St. Simon or Simeon who is described as one of our Lord’s brethren or kinsmen. His father was Cleophas, St. Joseph’s brother, and his mother, according to some writers, was our Lady’s sister. He would therefore be our Lord’s first cousin and is supposed to have been about eight years older than He. No doubt he is one of those brethren of Christ who are  mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as having received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
St. Epiphanius says that when the Jews massacred St. James the Lesser, his brother Simeon upbraided them for their cruelty. The apostles and disciples afterwards met together to appoint a successor to James as bishop of Jerusalem, and they unanimously chose Simeon, who had probably assisted his brother in the government of that church. In the year 66 civil war broke out in Palestine, as a consequence of Jewish opposition to the Romans. The Christians in Jerusalem were warned of the impending destruction of the city and appear to have been divinely ordered to leave it.
Accordingly that same year, before Vespasian entered Judaea, they retired with St. Simeon at their head to the other side of the Jordan, occupying a small city called Pella. After the capture and burning of Jerusalem, the Christians returned and settled among the ruins until the Emperor Hadrian afterwards entirely razed it. We are told by St. Epiphanius and by Eusebius that the church here flourished greatly, and that many Jews were converted by the miracles wrought by the saints. When Vespasian and Domitian had ordered the destruction of all who were of the race of David, St. Simeon had escaped their search; but when Trajan gave a similar injunction, he was denounced as being not only one of David’s descendants, but also a Christian, and he was brought before Atticus, the Roman governor.
He was condemned to death and, after being tortured, was crucified. Although he was extremely old – tradition reports him to have attained the age of 120 – Simeon endured his sufferings with a degree of fortitude which roused the admiration of Atticus himself. His feast day is February 18

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