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Wednesday, February 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 11:29-32.


Wednesday of the First week of Lent

17 February 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“This generation is an evil generation;

it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:29-32.

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

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DAILY MASS – Wednesday 17 February 2016 

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Wednesday of the First week of Lent

17 February 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Romanos Melodios

Saint Romanos Melodios (?-c 560),

composer of hymns
Hymn 51 (cf. SC 283)

“At the preaching of Jonah the Ninevites repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

Open, O Lord, open to me the doors of your mercy before the time of my departing comes (Mt 25,11). For I am destined to leave, to come to you and render account of everything I speak in words, accomplish in deeds and think in my heart. “Discordant grumblings are no secret” (Wis 1,10). David cries out to you in the psalm: “Truly, you have formed my inmost being… in your book all is written” (Ps 139[138], 13; 16). As you read there the record of my evil deeds, engrave them on your cross, for it is that in which I make my boast (Ga 6,14) as I cry out to you: “Open to me”…

Our spirits our hardened to such an extent that, even after hearing tell of the disasters to have befallen others, yet nothing is changed within us (Lk 13,1f.). “There is not one who is wise and seeks God; all alike have gone astray; they have become perverse” (Ps 14[13] 2-3). The Ninevites of former days repented at one call from the prophet. But as for us, we have understood neither call nor threat. By his weeping Hezekiah put the Assyrians to flight by calling down upon them the justice from on high (2Kgs 19). And now, behold, the Assyrians… have carried us off into captivity and we have neither wept nor cried out: “Open to us!”

Highest Lord, judge of all, do not wait for us to alter our behaviour; you have no need of our good deeds for each of us is devoted to deeds of wickedness in thought and will. This being so, my Saviour, rule over our days according to your will, without waiting for our conversion since, perhaps, it may never happen. And even if it happens for a little time it may not last until the end. Like seed fallen on rocky ground, like grass on the housetops, it withers away before it grows up (Mk 4,5; Ps 129[128],6). Therefore spread out your mercies upon us and on all those who cry out: “Open to us.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Wednesday of the First week of Lent

17 February 2016

Saint of the day

The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites

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The Seven Holy Founders
of the Order of Servites

 

Can you imagine seven prominent men of Boston or London banding together, leaving their homes and professions, and going into solitude for a life directly given to God? That is what happened in the cultured and prosperous city of Florence in the middle of the 13th century. The city was torn with political strife as well as the heresy of the Cathari, who believed that physical reality was inherently evil. Morals were low and religion seemed meaningless.

In 1240 seven noblemen of Florence, born and raised in the city of Florence, drawn together by friendship and devotion to the Blessed Virgin, they gave themselves to common prayer and works of charity. Their desire to serve God eventually led them to leave their homes and their businesses, and to form a community outside the city walls. About the year 1245 they moved to Monte Senario where, for a time, they followed a life of prayerful seclusion. Their initial difficulty was providing for their dependents, since two were still married and two were widowers.

As others came to join them, they laid the foundations for the Servite Order, whose members would be committed to the service of the Lord and others. They promised to follow Christ and witness his gospel; they took the Blessed Virgin as their Lady; and they lived communal life according to the Rule of St. Augustine. In 1244, under the direction of St. Peter of Verona, O.P., this small group adopted a religious habit similar to the Dominican habit, choosing to live under the Rule of St. Augustine and adopting the name of the Servants of Mary. The new Order took a form more like that of the mendicant friars than that of the older monastic Orders. Community members combined monastic life and active ministry. In the monastery, they led a life of prayer, work and silence while in the active apostolate they engaged in parochial work, teaching, preaching and other ministerial activities.

Pope Leo XIII canonized them as the Seven Founders of the Servite Order in 1888.

In this modern world, not much different than that of these seven courageous founders, all of us are faced in a new and urgent way with the challenge to make our lives decisively centered in Christ.

AmericanCatholic.org

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