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Wednesday, March 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:17-19.


Wednesday of the Third week of Lent

2 March 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and

teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:17-19.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

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DAILY MASS – Wednesday 2 March 2016   

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Wednesday of the Third week of Lent

2 March 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444),

Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Sermon 12; PG 77, 1041ff. (copyright Friends of Henry Ashworth)

“I have come not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it”

We see Christ submitting to the law of Moses; or rather, we see the lawgiver subject as man to his own decrees. The reason for this we learn from the wisdom of Saint Paul. He says…: “When the fullness of time had come God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law” (Gal 4,4-5). Thus Christ ransomed from the law’s curse those who were subject to the law but had never kept it. How did he ransom them? By fulfilling the law. Or to put it in another way, to blot out the reproach of Adam’s transgression, he offered himself on our behalf to God the Father, showing him in all things obedience and submission. Scripture says: “As through one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so through one man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Rm 5,18). And so, Christ submitted to the law together with us, and he did so by becoming man in accordance with the divine dispensation. For: “It was fitting that Christ should do everything that justice required” (cf. Mt 3,15).

He had in all truth assumed the condition of a slave (Phil 2,7); and so, reckoned among those under the yoke by reason of his humanity, he once paid the half· shekel to those who demanded it, although as the Son he was by nature free and not liable to this tax (Mt 18,23-26). When you see him keeping the law, then, do not misunderstand it, or reduce one who is free to the rank of household slaves, but reflect rather on the depths of God’s plan.

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Wednesday of the Third week of Lent

2 March 2016

Saint of the day

St. Simplicius,

Pope (+ 483)

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SAINT SIMPLICIUS
Pope

(+ 483)

        Saint Simplicius was the ornament of the Roman clergy under Sts. Leo and Hilarius, and succeeded the latter in the pontificate in 468. He was raised by God to corn fort and support his Church amidst the greatest storms. All the provinces of the Western Empire, out of Italy, were fallen into the hands of barbarians.

        The emperors for many years were rather shadows of power than sovereigns, and, in the eighth year of the pontificate of Simplicius, Rome itself fell a prey to foreigners. Italy, by oppressions and the ravages of barbarians, was left almost a desert without inhabitants; and the imperial armies consisted chiefly of barbarians, hired under the name of auxiliaries. These soon saw that their masters were in their power. The Heruli demanded one third of the lands of Italy, and upon refusal chose for their leader Odoacer, one of the lowest extraction, but a resolute and intrepid man, who was proclaimed king of Rome in 476. He put to death Orestes, who was regent of the empire for his son Augustulus, whom the senate had advanced to the imperial throne. Odoacer spared the life of Augustulus, appointed him a salary of six thousand pounds of gold, and permitted him to live at full liberty near Naples.

        Pope Simplicius was wholly taken up in comforting and relieving the afflicted, and in sowing the seeds of the Catholic faith among the barbarians.

        The East gave his zeal no less employment and concern. Peter Cnapheus, a violent Eutychian, was made by the heretics Patriarch of Antioch; and Peter Mengus, one of the most profligate men, that of Alexandria. Acacius, the Patriarch of Constantinople, received the sentence of St. Simplicius against Cnapheus, but supported Mongus against him and the Catholic Church, and was a notorious changeling, double-dealer, and artful hypocrite, who often made religion serve his own private ends. St. Simplicius at length discovered his artifices, and redoubled his zeal to maintain the holy faith, which he saw betrayed on every side, whilst the patriarchal sees of Alexandria and Antioch were occupied by furious wolves, and there was not one Catholic king in the whole world. The emperor measured everything by his passions and human views.

        St. Simplicius, having sat fifteen years, eleven months, and six days, went to receive the reward of his labors in 483. He was buried in St. Peter’s on the 2d of March.

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

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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15-20

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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