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Wednesday, April 13th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:35-40.


Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,

and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:35-40.

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen (me), you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

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DAILY MASS – Wednesday 13 April 2016 

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Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226),

Founder of the Friars Minor
Letter to the whole Order (copyright Classics of Western Spirituality)

“I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me”

Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,

grant us in our misery [the grace]

to do for You alone

what we know You want us to do,

and always

to desire what pleases You.

Thus, inwardly cleansed,

interiorly enlightened,

and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,

may we be able to follow

in the footprints of Your beloved Son,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

And, by Your grace alone,

may we make our way to You,

Most High,

Who live and rule

in perfect Trinity and simple Unity,

and are glorified

God all-powerful

forever and ever.

Amen.

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Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Hermenegild,

Martyr († 586)

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SAINT HERMENEGILD
Martyr
(† 586)

        Leovigild, King of the Visigoths, had two sons, Hermenegild and Recared, who reigned conjointly with him. All three were Arians, but Hermenegild married a. zealous Catholic, the daughter of Sigebert, King of France, and by her holy example was converted to the faith.

        His father, on hearing the news, denounced him as a traitor, and marched to seize his person. Hermenegild tried to rally the Catholics of Spain in his defence, but they were too weak to make any stand, and, after a two years fruitless struggle, he surrendered on the assurance of a free pardon. When safely in the royal camp, the king had him loaded with fetters and cast into a foul dungeon at Seville.

        Tortures and bribes were in turn employed to shake his faith, but Hermenegild wrote to his father that he held the crown as nothing, and preferred to lose sceptre and life rather than betray the truth of God.

        At length, on Easter night, an Arian bishop entered his cell, and promised him his father’s pardon if he would but receive Communion at his hands. Hermenegild indignantly rejected the offer, and knelt with joy for his depth-stroke. The same night a light streaming from his cell told the Christians who were watching near that the martyr had won his crown, and was keeping his Easter with the Saints in glory.

Leovigild on his death-bed, though still an Arian, bade Recared seek out St. Leander, whom he had himself cruelly persecuted, and, following Hermenegild’s example, be received by him into the Church. Recared did so, and on his father’s death labored so earnestly for the extirpation of Arianism that he brought over the whole nation of the Visigoths to the Church. “Nor is it to be wondered,” says St. Gregory, “that he came thus to be a preacher of the true faith, seeing that he was brother of a martyr, whose merits did help him to bring so many into the lap of God’s Church.”

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

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Wednesday of the Third week of Easter

13 April 2016

Saints of the day

St. Martin I,

Pope and Martyr († 656)

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SAINT MARTIN
Pope and Martyr
(† 656)

        St. Martin, who occupied the Roman See from A. D. 649 to 656, incurred the enmity of the Byzantine court by his energetic opposition to the Monothelite heresy, and the Exarch Olympius went so far as to endeavor to procure the assassination of the Pope as he stood at the altar in the Church of St. Mary Major; but the would-be murderer was miraculously struck blind, and his master refused to have any further hand in the matter.

        His successor had no such scruples: he seized Martin, and conveyed him on board a vessel bound for Constantinople. After a three months’ voyage the island of Naxos was reached, where the Pope was kept in confinement for a year, and finally in 654 brought in chains to the imperial city.

        He was then banished to the Tannic Chersonese, where he lingered on for four months, in sickness and starvation, till God released him by death in 656.

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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