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Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-01-12, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Posted on 06/30/2012 9:40:10 PM PDT by Salvation

July 1, 2012

 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Reading 1 Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Reading 2 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15

Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less.

Gospel Mk 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
"My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live."
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
But his disciples said to Jesus,
"You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'"
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction."

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said,
"Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?"
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
"Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
"Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum,"
which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

or  Mk 5:21-24, 35b-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
"My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live."
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said,
"Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?"
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
"Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
"Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum,"
which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.


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From: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

Life and Death


[13] [B]ecause God did not make death,
and he does not delight in the death of the living.
[14] For he created all things that they might exist,
and the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them;
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
[15] For righteousness is immortal.

The origin of evil and death


[23] [F]or God created man for incorruption,
and made him in the image of his own eternity,
[24] but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his party experience it.

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Commentary:

1:12-15. The central assertion here is that God is not the author of death, but
that death came as a result of sin. This leads the inspired writer to see physical
death as a symbol of spiritual death, which is true death, that is, permanent se-
paration from God (cf. 3:1-9). These words become clearer in the light of 2:23-24,
and from them St Paul interprets that death is a result of original sin (cf. Rom 5:
12-15). These verses of Wisdom mean that we can take an optimistic view of
created things; the germ of corruption does not come from creation, for God is
the author of life and what God desires — righteousness — never dies.

1:16-2:24. This section describes the way the ungodly think and behave, and
their error in so doing. Righteousness is immortal; but the ungodly think that life
ends at death and therefore they try to strike a bargain with death (1:16-2:19).
Moreover, they hound the righteous man because he thinks and acts differently
from the way they do (2:10-20). They have no idea what life is all about (2:21-24).

2:21-24. The mistake of the ungodly is to think that nothing lies beyond death.
But this way of thinking stems from the wickedness of their lives which prevents
them from knowing God’s purposes and causes them to despise the way upright
people live. The inspired author takes issue with them and spells out God’s plan
for man and how death came to be (vv. 23-24). But here again “death” has a far-
reaching meaning: it means losing that incorruptibility which, as the author sees
it, lies beyond physical death. The death that entered the world through the
devil’s envy, the death experienced by those who belong to the devil’s “party”,
means to be reduced to nothing, to become “dishonored corpses” (4:18), through
losing the incorruptibility that comes from God. What the author is saying here
presupposes the Genesis account of how man was created in the image and like-
ness of God (Gen 1:26) and therefore with a seed of immortality, and how the de-
vil tempted man to commit the original sin that resulted in the loss of immortality
(cf. Gen 3-4). But the author of Wisdom goes further than that: he says that only
those who belong to the devil lose the “immortality” (which he terms “incorrup-
tion”) of the human person as an entity made up of soul and body. On the basis
of this interpretation and in the light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, St Paul
teaches that death, both physical and spiritual, reaches all human beings
through the sin committed by Adam; but Christ, the new Adam, redeems all
from death.

The devil, in Greek “diabolos”, means “accuser, calumniator” and is the usual
translation given for the Hebrew “Satan”. These verses do not quote Genesis ex-
plicitly, but Genesis is in the background, for it is there we find the serpent iden-
tified as God’s enemy and man’s. The New Testament writer remind us that the
devil was a murderer from the beginning (cf. Jn 8:44); and in its account of the
battle between good and bad angels, the book of Revelation will say: “The great
dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who called the Devil and Satan,
the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev 12:9).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


3 posted on 06/30/2012 9:46:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

Appeal for Generosity


[7] Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all ear-
nestness, and in your love for us see that you excel in this gracious work also.

[9] For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich,
yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
[13] I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, [14] but that
as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their
want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.
[15] As it is written,”He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who ga-
thered little had no lack.”

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Commentary:

8:1-9:15. Now, taking for granted that the Corinthians trust him once more, the
Apostle begins the second part of his letter (chaps. 8-9), which has to do with
the collection for the faithful in Jerusalem, a collection which he organized not
only in Corinth but also in the other churches he had founded (cf. Rom 15:26; 1
Cor 16:1). This was indeed one of the points about which the apostolic council
at Jerusalem (cf. Gal 2:10; Acts 15) reminded the churches to remember the
poor, something St Paul always tried to do, as we can see clearly from these
pages.

In addition to alleviating the material needs of the “saints”—that is, the Christians
(cf. 1:1)—of the mother church, the Apostle sees this collection as a way of sho-
wing the fraternal unity Gentile converts have with that church (cf. 9:12-14).

He had already taken this matter up in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; in fact, even before
that, a year earlier, the Corinthians had indicated that they wanted to help Jeru-
salem and had begun to collect funds (cf. 8:10; 9:2). He must be bringing it up
again—and at length—because the fervor of the Corinthians’ first charity must
have cooled somewhat due to the crisis in the Corinthian church.

It is interesting to note how delicately the Apostle broaches this subject: in the
original text there is no mention of “money” or “alms”. Instead, he uses more a
spiritual vocabulary—”grace”, “willing gift”, “love”, “relief of the saints”.

St Paul begins by citing the generosity of the Macedonians (8:1-6), and he then
goes on to appeal to the Corinthians (8:7-15). After recommending those whom
he is sending to organize the collection (8:16-24), he asks that it be done with-
out delay (9:1-5) and reminds them of the blessings that almsgiving brings (9:
6-15).

1-15. St Paul wants to get the Corinthians to be generous. First, he points to the
example given by the Macedonians (vv. 1-6). Macedonia was one of the two pro-
vinces into which the Romans had divided Greece; Achaia, the other, had Corinth
as its capital (cf. note on 1:1-2). In Macedonia, from where the Apostle is writing,
there were Christian communities at Philippi, Thessalonica, and Beroea, which
he had founded during his second missionary journey (cf. Acts 16:17:15). He
plays on the natural rivalry between the two provinces, raising it onto a superna-
tural plane. He also mentions our Lord (v. 9), who, in his Incarnation and through-
out his life, gave us a wonderful example of generosity and detachment.

The Apostle also appeals directly to the Corinthians, reminding them of their ear-
lier readiness to contribute and encouraging them to complete what they started
to do so eagerly.

7-15. The Apostle now appeals directly to the generosity of the Corinthians and
reminds them of our Lord’s example (v. 9). They are already noted for other cha-
risms—”in faith, in utterance, in knowledge” (cf. 1 Cor 1:5; 12:8f); now they should
be seen to be outstanding in charity. He tells them this is not a command but ra-
ther advice (vv. 8, 10) and then encourages them to complete the collection they
have begun; it is not designed to impoverish them but to have them help those in
need.

7. “In your love for us”: the New Vulgate, which relies on the best Greek manu-
scripts, translates this as “in the love that we have given you”. St Paul is refer-
ring to Christian charity towards others, in which he formed them during the
years when he preached to them. The variant, found in RSV and other versions,
is not in our opinion as suitable to the context.

9. Jesus Christ is the example of detachment and generosity. Our Lord, because
he is God, was in need of nothing; but by becoming man he voluntarily despoiled
himself of the splendor of his divinity (cf. Phil 2:6f) and lived on earth as a poor
man—from his birth in poverty in Bethlehem to his death on the cross; sometimes
he did not even have the bare necessities of life (cf. Lk 9:58).

“If you do not believe that poverty is enriching,” St John Chrysostom comments,
“picture your Lord and you will doubt me no longer. For had he not become poor,
you could not have become rich. By a miracle which men cannot understand, po-
verty has produced these riches—the knowledge of God and godliness, libera-
tion from sin, justification, sanctification, the countless good things which he has
bestowed on us and will bestow on us in the future. All those things have ac-
crued to us through his poverty—through his taking our flesh and becoming man
and suffering what he suffered. And yet, unlike us, he did not deserve punishment
and suffering” (”Hom. on 2 Cor.”, 17).

14. The spiritual abundance of the Christians of the church of Jerusalem can re-
lieve the spiritual indigence of the new Christians of Corinth (cf. 9:12-14). St Paul
also says in his Letter to the Romans in connection with this collection: “for if
the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they agree also to
be of service to them in material blessings” (15:27).

15. St Paul supports with the authority of Sacred Scripture what he has just been
saying about equity (v. 14), by referring to the manna which God miraculously
nourished the people of Israel in the wilderness. Everyone was gathering the man-
na — some more, other less — “when they measured it with an omer, he who ga-
thered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack; each ga-
thered according to what he could eat” (Ex 16:18). St Paul is saying something
similar: every Christian should have what he needs, and should be helped by his
brothers in the faith wherever necessary.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Mark 5:21-43

Jairus’ Daughter is Restored to Life.
The Curing of the Woman With a Hemorrhage


[21] And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great
crowd gathered about Him; and He was beside the sea. [22] Then came one
of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing Him, he fell at His
feet, [23] and besought Him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death.
Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”
[24] And He went with him.

And a great crowd followed Him and thronged about Him. [25] And there was a
woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, [26] and who had suffered much
under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but
rather grew worse. [27] She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up
behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. [28] For she said, “If I touch
even His garments, I shall be made well.” [29] And immediately the hemorrhage
ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. [30] And
Jesus, perceiving in Himself that power had gone forth from Him, immediately
turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched My garments?” [31] And
His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing around You, and yet
You say, `Who touched Me?’” [32] And He looked around to see who had done
it. [33] But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and
trembling and fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth. [34] and He
said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be
healed of your disease.”

[35] While He was speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said,
“Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” [36] But ignoring
what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only be-
lieve.” [37] And He allowed no one to follow Him except Peter and James and
John the brother of James. [38] When they came to the house of the ruler of the
synagogue, He saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly. [39] And
when He had entered, He said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep?
The child is not dead but sleeping.” [40] And they laughed at Him. But He put
them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were
with Him, and went in where the child was. [41] Taking her by the hand He said
to her, “Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you arise.” [42] And im-
mediately the girl got up and walked; for she was twelve years old. And immedi-
ately they were overcome with amazement. [43] And He strictly charged them
that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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Commentary:

21-43. Both Jairus and the woman with the flow of blood give us an example of
faith in Christ’s omnipotence, for only a miracle can cure Jairus’ daughter, who
is on her death-bed, and heal this lady, who has done everything humanly pos-
sible to get better. Similarly, the Christian should always expect God to help
him overcome the obstacles in the way of his sanctification. Normally, God’s
help comes to us in an unspectacular way, but we should not doubt that, if it is
necessary for our salvation, God will again work miracles. However, we should
bear in mind that what the Lord expects of us is that we should every day fulfill
His will.

22. At the head of each synagogue was the archisynagogist, whose function it
was to organize the meetings of the synagogue on Sabbaths and holy days, to
lead the prayer and hymns and to indicate who should explain the Sacred Scrip-
ture. He was assisted in his task by a council and also had an aide who looked
after the material side of things.

25. This woman suffered from an illness which implied legal impurity (Leviticus
14:25ff). Medical attention had failed to cure her; on the contrary, as the Gos-
pel puts it so realistically, she was worse than ever. In addition to her physical
suffering—which had gone on for twelve years—she suffered the shame of feeling
unclean according to the Law. The Jews not only regarded a woman in this po-
sition as being impure: everything she touched became unclean as well. There-
fore, in order not to be noticed by the people, the woman came up to Jesus from
behind and, out of delicacy, touched only His garment. Her faith is enriched by
her expression of humility: she is conscious of being unworthy to touch our Lord.
“She touched the hem of His garment, she approached Him in a spirit of faith,
she believed, and she realized that she was cured [...]. So we too, if we wish to
be saved, should reach out in faith to touch the garment of Christ” (St. Ambrose,
“Expositio Evangelii Sec. Lucam”, VI, 56 and 58).

30. In all that crowd pressing around Him only this woman actually touched Je-
sus — and she touched Him not only with her hand but with the faith she bore in
her heart. St. Augustine comments: “She touches Him, the people crowd Him.
Is her touching not a sign of her belief?” (”In Ioann. Evang.”, 26, 3). We need
contact with Jesus. We have been given no other means under Heaven by which
to be saved (cf. Acts 4:12). When we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, we
obtain this physical contact through the sacramental species. We too need to
enliven our faith if these encounters with our Lord are to redound to our salvation
(cf. Matthew 13:58).

37. Jesus did not want more than these three Apostles to be present: three was
the number of witnesses laid down by the Law (Deuteronomy 19:15). “For Jesus,
being humble, never acted in an ostentatious way (Theophilactus, “Enarratio In
Evangelium Marci, in loc.”). Besides these were the three disciples closest to
Jesus: later, only they will be with Him at the Transfiguration (cf. 9:2) and at His
agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (cf. 14:33).

39. Jesus’ words are in contrast with those of the ruler’s servants; they say:
“Your daughter is dead”; whereas He says: “She is not dead but sleeping”. “To
men’s eyes she was dead, she could not be awoken; in God’s eyes she was
sleeping, for her soul was alive and was subject to God’s power, and her body
was resting, awaiting the Resurrection. Hence the custom which arose among
Christians of referring to the dead, whom we know will rise again, as those who
are asleep” (St. Bede, “In Marci Evangelium Expositio, in loc.”). What Jesus
says shows us that, for God, death is only a kind of sleep, for He can awaken
anyone from the dead whenever He wishes. The same happens with the death
and resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus says: “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep,
but I go to awaken him out of sleep.” And, when the disciples think that it is or-
dinary sleep He is referring to, our Lord tells them plainly: “Lazarus is dead” (cf.
John 11:11ff).

40-42. Like all the Gospel miracles the raising of the daughter of Jairus demon-
strates Christ’s divinity. Only God can work miracles; sometimes He does them
in a direct way, sometimes by using created things as a medium. The exclusive-
ly divine character of miracles—especially the miracle of raising the dead — is no-
ticed in the Old Testament: “The Lord wills and brings to life; He brings down to
Sheol and raises up” (1 Samuel 2:6), because He has “power over life and death”
(Wisdom 16:13). And also in the Old Testament God uses men to raise the
dead to life: the prophet Elijah revives the son of the widow of Sarepta by “crying
to the Lord” (cf. 1 Kings 17:21), and Elisha prevails on Him to raise the son of
the Shunammite (2 Kings 4:33).

In the same way, in the New Testament the Apostles do not act by their own po-
wer but by that of Jesus to whom they first offer fervent prayer: Peter restores to
life a Christian woman of Joppa named Tabitha (Acts 9:36ff); and Paul, in Troas,
brings Eutychus back to life after he falls from a high window (Acts 20:7ff). Je-
sus does not refer to any superior power; His authority is sovereign: all He has
to do is give the order and the daughter of Jairus is brought back to life; this
shows that He is God.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings


First reading Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24 ©
Death was not God’s doing,
he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.
To be – for this he created all;
the world’s created things have health in them,
in them no fatal poison can be found,
and Hades holds no power on earth;
for virtue is undying.
Yet God did make man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.

Psalm Psalm 29:2,4-6,11-13 ©
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
  and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
  restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
  give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favour all through life.
  At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.
The Lord listened and had pity.
  The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing:
  O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

Second reading 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15 ©
You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need. That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.

Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn6:63,68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life;
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!
Or cf.2Tim1:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished
and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.
Alleluia!

Gospel Mark 5:21-43 ©
When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
  Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ she had told herself ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ His disciples said to him, ‘You see how the crowd is pressing round you and yet you say, “Who touched me?”’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ‘My daughter,’ he said ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.’
  While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

Gospel Mark 5:21-24,35-43 ©
When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
  While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

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PRAYERS AFTER
HOLY MASS AND COMMUNION



Leonine Prayers
    Following are the Prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, and were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII to pray for the conversion of Russia. These prayers were in effect until after Vatican II. A decade later Paul VI said, "satan has entered the sanctuary." Could the elimination of these powerful prayers with a ten year indulgence have played a huge part in allowing the devil such easy access? The answer is obvious. Below the normal Leonine Prayers is the longer version of the Prayer to St. Michael, composed by His Excellency Pope Leo XIII to defend against The Great Apostasy.
Latin

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructis ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

    Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et fientes in hac lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium, ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

    Oremus. Deus, refugium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa, et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Joseph, ejus Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi. Per eundum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis, satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.

Vernacular

   Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

   Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

   Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

   Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.


Complete Prayer to Saint Michael
    The following is the longer version of the vital prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 after his startling vision as to the future of the Church. This prayer was dedicated for the Feast of St. Michael 1448 years from the date of the election of the first Leo - Pope Saint Leo the Great. Everyone is familiar with the first prayer below which was mandated by His Holiness as part of the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass. After Vatican II, in legion with the devil Giovanni Montini outlawed this necessary prayer and then one wonders how "the smoke of satan" got into the sanctuary? The conciliarists wanted to make sure the words in bold below would never see the light of day again for in it Leo foretold what would happen: The shepherd would be struck, the sheep scattered. Below are both the short and longer versions of this poignant prayer which should never be forgotten.

    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

    V: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
    R: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
    V: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
    R: As we have hoped in Thee.
    V: O Lord hear my prayer.
    R: And let my cry come unto Thee.

    V: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls. Amen.


Prayer Before the Crucifix

   Look down upon me, O good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; the while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

Indulgence of ten years; a plenary indulgence if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, Raccolta 201)

Anima Christi - Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee, that with
Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days; if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, seven years Raccolta 131)

Prayer for Vocations

   O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst take to Thyself a body and soul like ours, to teach us the glory of self-sacrifice and service, mercifully deign to instill in other hearts the desire to dedicate their lives to Thee. Give us PRIESTS to stand before Thine Altar and to preach the words of Thy Gospel; BROTHERS to assist the priests and to reproduce in themselves Thy humility; SISTERS to teach the young and nurse the sick and to minister Thy charity to all; LAY PEOPLE to imitate Thee in their homes and families. Amen.


7 posted on 06/30/2012 9:54:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Novena for Religious Freedom for the United States of America (Prayer)
8 posted on 06/30/2012 9:56:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
9 posted on 06/30/2012 9:58:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
10 posted on 06/30/2012 9:58:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Jesus, High Priest
 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.


11 posted on 06/30/2012 9:59:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]


12 posted on 06/30/2012 10:01:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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~ PRAYER ~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
 Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we  humbly pray,
 and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
 by the power of God,
 Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
 Amen
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13 posted on 06/30/2012 10:02:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 10:03:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 

 
July Devotion: The Precious Blood

July Devotion: The Precious Blood 
Like the Sacred Wounds of Jesus, His Precious Blood deserves special honor because of its close relation to the Sacred Passion. That honor was given to it from the beginning by the Apostles who praised its redeeming power. (Rom. 5:9 "we are justified by His blood"; Heb. 13:12 "and so Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His blood, suffered outside the gate"; 1 John 1:7 "and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.") 
The Church has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem. We continue to recognize and publicly acknowledge the profound indebtedness of the whole human race to Christ, Priest and Victim. 
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see Jesus' head, hands, feet, and side pouring out streams of precious blood. It is precious because it: 
·      Redeems us and atones for our sins. Through His precious blood we are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Death ceases to be death and heaven's gates are opened to us.  
·      Cleanses us from all sin.  
·      Preserves us and keeps us safe from the grasp of evil.  When the Father sees us washed in the Blood of the Lamb we are spared.  
·      Comforts us. It is the constant reminder that Jesus - true God and true man suffered and died to save us and to open heaven to us because He loves us.  
·      Sanctifies us.  The same blood that justifies by taking away sin, continues to work within us.  Its action gives us the grace to continue on the path toward the Kingdom of God.  It assists us in achieving our new nature, leading us onward in subduing sin and in following the commands of God.  
Jesus shed His precious blood seven times during His life on earth.  They events were: 
·      Jesus shed His Blood in the Circumcision  
·      Jesus shed His Blood whilst praying in the Garden of Olives  
·      Jesus shed His Blood in the scourging  
·      Jesus shed His Blood in the crowning with thorns  
·      Jesus shed His Blood while carrying His cross  
·      Jesus shed His Blood in the crucifixion  
·      Jesus shed His Blood and water when His side was pierced 
 
The Power of the Precious Blood 
"I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God." (St. Albert the Great)
 

At their recent meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had continuous Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for "healing and peace."   They encouraged parishes and communities to have ongoing Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  In these dark months of woundedness, pain and violence we need to turn to the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, for healing, peace, and light.  
"What power we have in the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!  He is there to protect us, to be our refuge and our redemption.  (In Exodus 12, God told Moses to have His chosen people mark their door posts with the blood of an unblemished lamb, during the first Passover. Those who did this were spared when the Angel of the death passed by). This is why Archbishop Sheen said that we must call down the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  For, he warned, when we stop calling down the Blood of the Lamb, we start calling down the blood of each other."  (From our book Bread of Life)      
"And the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water" (Rev 7:17). 
"In the tumultuous events of our time, it is important to look to the Eucharist: it must be at the heart of the life of priests and consecrated people; the light and strength of spouses in putting into practice their commitment to fidelity, chastity and the apostolate; the ideal in education and in training children, adolescents and young people; the comfort and support of those who are troubled, of the sick and all who are weeping in the Gethsemane of life."  (Pope John Paul II)  
Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! 
"The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night when He went into His agony.  But as often in the history of the church since that time, evil was awake, but the disciples were asleep.  That is why there came out of His anguished and lonely Heart a sigh: 'Could you not watch one hour with Me?'" (Mt 26:40).  Not for an hour of activity did he plead, but for an hour of friendship (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen).  
 
St. Maria Goretti,  Patroness of Youth & Children of Mary, Feast-July 6 St. Maria of Italy (1890-1902), couldn't wait to make her First Communion.  She wanted to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist so that she could become more beautiful and pure like Him; she wanted Him to live in her, close to her heart.  After she received Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for the first time, she stayed in Church for a long time after Mass to talk to Him. Maria's family lived with and worked for a farmer. His son Alessandro kept trying to make Maria sin against purity.  One day, when everyone else was working, Alessandro grabbed Maria and tried to make her sin.  Maria kept crying out for him to stop, and each time she did, he stabbed her. Courageously,   Maria resisted him and was stabbed fourteen times. St. Maria died the next day.  
"Look at Maria Goretti....  Like her, be capable of defending your purity of heart and body.  Be committed to the struggle against evil and sin.  Always esteem and love, purity and virginity." (Pope John Paul II, 1990)      
 
A Prayer for Priests 
O my God, help those priests who are faithful to remain faithful; to those who are falling, stretch forth Your Divine Hand that they may grasp it as their support.  In the great ocean of Your mercy, lift those poor unfortunate ones who have fallen, that being engulfed therein they may receive the grace to return to Your Great Loving Heart.  Amen.  Precious Blood of Jesus, protect them!
 
The Eucharist is the fruit of our Lords Passion. Jesus gave up His Body on the cross so that He may give you His Body in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus poured out His very last drop of Blood on the cross so that He may fill you with His Divine Love each time that you receive Him in Holy Communion and visit Him in Eucharistic Adoration! 
"The Eucharist, in the Mass and outside of the Mass, is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and is therefore deserving of the worship that is given to the living God, and to Him alone" (Pope John Paul II, September 29, 1979, Phoenix Park, Ireland) 
"The bread and wine, fruit of human hands, transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit into the body and blood of Christ, become a pledge of the 'new heaven and new earth,' announced by the Church in her daily mission." "In Christ, whom we adore present in the mystery of the Eucharist, the father uttered his final word with regard to humanity and human history." "To live the Eucharist, it is necessary, as well, to spend much time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, something which I myself experience every day drawing from it strength, consolation and assistance."  "How could the Church fulfill her vocation without cultivating a constant relationship with the Eucharist, without nourishing herself with this food which sanctifies, without founding her missionary activity on this indispensable support?" "To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are 'experts' in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the Eucharist" (Pope John Paul II, World Mission Message 2004).
 
The Power of the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist  
 
"The Precious Blood belongs in an especial manner to men. Much more, therefore, does God invite them to come to its heavenly baths, and receive therein, not only the cleansing of their souls, but the power of a new and amazing life. Every doctrine in theology is a call to the Precious Blood.  Every ceremony in the Church tells of it . . . .  Every supernatural act is a growth of it. Everything that is holy on earth is either a leaf, bud, blossom or fruit of the Blood of Jesus. To its fountains God calls the sinner, that he may be lightened of his burdens. There is no remission of him in anything else.  Only there is his lost sonship to be found. The saints are no less called by God to these invigorating streams. It is out of the Precious Blood that men draw martyrdoms, vocations, celebacies, austerities, heroic charities, and all the magnificent graces of high sanctity.  The secret nourishment of prayer is from those fountains" (Father Faber, The Precious Blood).  
 

The Most Precious Blood of Jesus
July is traditionally associated with the Precious Blood of Our Lord. It may be customary to celebrate the votive Mass of the Precious Blood on July 1.

The extraordinary importance of the saving Blood of Christ has ensured a central place for its memorial in the celebration of this cultic mystery: at the centre of the Eucharistic assembly, in which the Church raises up to God in thanksgiving "the cup of blessing" (1 Cor 10, 16; cf Ps 115-116, 13) and offers it to the faithful as a "real communion with the Blood of Christ" (1 Cor 10, 16); and throughout the Liturgical Year. The Church celebrates the saving Blood of Christ not only on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, but also on many other occasions, such that the cultic remembrance of the Blood of our redemption (cf 1 Pt 1, 18) pervades the entire Liturgical Year. Hence, at Vespers during Christmastide, the Church, addressing Christ, sings: "Nos quoque, qui sancto tuo redempti sumus sanguine, ob diem natalis tui hymnum novum concinimus." In the Paschal Triduum, the redemptive significance and efficacy of the Blood of Christ is continuously recalled in adoration. During the adoration of the Cross on Good Friday the Church sings the hymn: "Mite corpus perforatur, sanguis unde profluit; terra, pontus, astra, mundus quo lavanturflumine", and again on Easter Sunday, "Cuius corpus sanctissimum in ara crucis torridum, sed et cruorem roesum gustando, Deo vivimus (194).

Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (London, 9/18)

Devotion to the Drops of Blood Lost by our Lord Jesus Christ on His Way to Calvary (Prayer/Devotion)
Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood
Catholic Word of the Day: PRECIOUS BLOOD, 12-03-11
The Traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Catholic Caucus)
Devotion to the Precious Blood
DOCTRINE OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
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Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
NOTHING IS MORE POTENT AGAINST EVIL THAN PLEADING THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus


"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you"  (Jn 6:53).  

15 posted on 06/30/2012 10:11:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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July 2012

Pope's Intentions

General Intention: Work Security. That everyone may have work in safe and secure conditions.

Missionary Intention: Christian Volunteers. That Christian volunteers in mission territories may witness to the love of Christ.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 10:31:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Fortnight for Freedom
June 21-July 4

 

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17 posted on 06/30/2012 10:32:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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   The bishops of the United States invite you to join in an urgent prayer for religious liberty.

Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1)


We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

· USCCB Ad Hoc Committee


18 posted on 06/30/2012 10:34:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Arlington Catholic Herald

GOSPEL COMMENTARY MK 5:21-43
Personage or Person?
By Fr. Paul Scalia

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, once noted the important distinction between a personage and a person — especially as regards Jesus Christ. A “personage” (granted, an uncommon word) is an important figure, someone we might call “larger than life.” We have heard about the person, read about him and perhaps even seen him. But we do not know him. Indeed, a personage may be fictional, like Odysseus or Hester Prynne. Now, we might admire and draw inspiration from a personage. But we do not have a relationship with him. You may know about George Washington and admire him greatly. But if you speak to him daily … then there’s a problem.

A person, on the other hand, is someone with whom we have a relationship. We do not merely know about a person, we know the person directly. And, yes, we can speak to that person daily.

So the question arises: Is Jesus Christ a personage or a person? Unfortunately, for most people He remains just a personage. They have heard about Him, perhaps know a great deal about Him … but they do not know Him directly. They have not made the transition from knowing about Him as a personage to knowing Him as a person.

Two Gospel figures teach us how to make this transition: Jairus, the synagogue official, and the woman afflicted with hemorrhages (cf. Mk 5:21-43). They both demonstrate the means and the price of knowing Jesus. Both certainly had heard about Jesus of Nazareth, because He was a celebrity. They had heard about His healings, His miracles and His teachings. Perhaps they had seen Him or listened to Him preach. Yet He remained just a personage, not yet a person to them.

In each case, a grave need prompts the person to seek out Jesus personally. Jairus approaches Him to heal his daughter, and the woman for her own healing. That already is a lesson for us: Our weakness is an occasion to know Jesus more intimately. Now, nobody likes to be needy. We usually want to be put together and perfect for Him (and that is not an entirely bad desire). But He comes to us and makes Himself known to us — as He did to Jairus and the woman — most of all in our time of need.

It follows, then, that to know Jesus requires humility. Jairus was a man of great authority in his town and probably not inclined to respect this upstart rabbi from backwater Nazareth. So it took humility for him to come before Jesus, to fall at His feet and plead earnestly before the entire crowd. Likewise, the woman with hemorrhages — probably known to the townspeople for her suffering — risks shame and embarrassment by seeking yet another means of healing.

Further, they both show that trust is needed in order to know Him — which is counterintuitive. We typically think that we must know before we can trust. “Seeing is believing,” we wrongly say. The reverse is true: If we want to know Him, we must first trust Him. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (Jn 20:29). For Jairus and the woman this meant trusting specifically that He could heal. But for all of us this means trusting in His word — that He is who He claims to be. If we do not trust Him, we will never know Him.

Unless we take Him at His word and, trusting that He is the Son of God, speak to Him in prayer and live according to His teachings, we will never come to know Him personally. But if we humbly set aside our pride, allow our need to draw us to Him and trust in His word, then indeed — like Jairus and the woman — we come to know Him, the person Jesus Christ.

Fr. Scalia is pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean.


19 posted on 06/30/2012 10:55:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Work of God

Little girl, I tell you: get up. Catholic Gospels - Homilies - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit

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 -  13th Sunday in ordinary time

Little girl, I tell you: get up.

Little girl, I tell you: get up. Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Mark 5:21-43

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea.
22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja'irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
23 and besought him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live."
24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
27 She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
28 For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well."
29 And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?"
31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'"
32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
33 But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
34 And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
36 But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
38 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."
40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."
42 And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

13th Sunday in ordinary time - Little girl, I tell you: get up. I am the resurrection and the life. All power has been given to me by my Heavenly Father, to be the source of life, health and eternal life.

I am compassionate, generous and loving. I desire to extend my riches to any one who has faith in me and loves me. I promised that I would be with you until the end of time and indeed I am with you now, because I am faithful to my word.

Those who had faith in me received the benefit of my miracles during my time on earth, and those who believe in the power of my name and acknowledge the holiness of my spirit will see miracles and wonders happening before their eyes. I am the Word of God; therefore what I say is true.

That woman, who had a constant hemorrhage for twelve years and had spent all her money on doctors and medicines, heard about me. She decided to put all her trust in me. “If I just touch his garments, I shall be healed." And I rewarded her faith by granting her a miracle.

Jairus, a ruler of the Synagogue came to me in desperation because his daughter was dying, he knelt before me and asked me to lay my hands on her so that she could live. I agreed to come with him. But while we were on the way, he received a message that his daughter had died already. I reassured him saying, “do not fear, but believe.” This man believed, others even laughed at me when I told them that she would awake.

At my command, the little girl woke up and started moving around, to the amazement of the group of unbelievers.

Is there anything too wonderful for God? Is there anything impossible for me who am life? Is there anything impossible for me, Jesus Christ, the Word of God that created everything that exists?

I tell you solemnly, I am life, I have the power to heal and restore anyone who has faith. I did wonderful things when I was in the flesh, and I still do them now in the spirit. I gave the power to heal to my apostles and I still give it to those who truly believe in me.

Ask with faith and you shall be given. Believe firmly in me and you shall obtain what you ask in prayer, provided that is in accordance to the will of God.

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your prayers. Your prayers must not be just requests of healing. Before you ask for anything, remember what I have asked of you in my word. Like the faithful and humble people who received my miracles in the past; come before me with a humble and contrite heart, enter my courts with thanksgiving and praise, worship the Lord your God and you will receive blessings and graces every time.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary


20 posted on 06/30/2012 10:59:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is yours.

We also meet in this Gospel a woman of great faith to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also can be you.

Let’s observe this Gospel in six stages as Jairus makes his (our) journey.

I. TRIAL - The text says, When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.

Jarius is in a great crisis, a great trial. Most of us have experienced similar things. Perhaps it is the grave illness or injury of someone we love. Perhaps it is the sudden loss of a job, or of our own health. Perhaps it is the sudden loss of a friend or the effects of a sudden storm or natural disaster. Perhaps it is simply the fear of some catastrophe that looms.

In his crisis Jairus seeks Christ, and falling to his knees, he pleads for help and healing for his beloved daughter.

Note that it is this very crisis that brings him to Jesus so prayerfully. While suffering remains a mystery, it is a recognizable fact that it sometimes takes suffering and crisis to bring us to Jesus. It should not be this way, but it is often the truth. Even for regular Church-goers, it sometimes takes a real crisis to make us finally realized and cry out: “Lord! I really need you! I cannot survive without you!”

And thus Jairus, quite possibly a proud synagogue official possessed of great dignity, it now at the feet of Jesus pleading for mercy. And what of us? Does it take this? Perhaps it does. But, for whatever purpose, God often allow suffering to find us for a reason and for a season.

Jairus is now undergoing a trial, a test. But remember, there is a test in every testimony.

II. TRAVELING - The text says [Jesus] went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

Note that there is a kind of delay here. Jesus could have simply healed the daughter, instantly from where he was (as he did with the Centurion’s servant). But instead Jesus says, (in effect) to Jairus, “Let us journey together for a awhile.” The Lord delays the healing of the daughter, and as we shall see, this delay means her death.

We too must often experience the Lord’s delay, for our crying out for healing and mercy does not often yield instant results. It is as if the Lord want us to live our questions and struggles awhile. It is as if he wants to walk with us in a journey of faith that requires a kind of waiting and watchful trust.

Such a delay is likely part of God’s plan to build our trust and faith, but whatever its cause, the Lord often requires that we wait, that we hold out. Gospel music is replete with such themes. One song says, I promised the Lord that I would hold out, He said he’d meet me in Galilee. Another song says, Hold on just a little while longer, everything’s gonna be alright. Another song says, Keep your hand on the plow, hold on! Yet another says, Lord, help me to hold out, until my change comes.

Thus, the Lord walks with Jairus and us and summons us to a faith that holds out. Scripture says, Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come with the morning light (Ps 30:3).

III. TESTIMONY - Along the way the Lord arranges a lesson in trust for Jairus in the person of a woman of strong faith. The text says:

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to Jesus, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

Here is a woman of remarkable faith. She has come to a point in her life’s journey that she simply knows by faith that all she has to do is touch Jesus, and she will be healed. Surely she has come to this faith only by a long and painful journey. But she HAS come to this moment, and now she has the faith to be saved.

And she touches Jesus.

Do not miss the significance of this touch, for Jesus does not. Sensing the power of her faith and that healing power has gone out from him he says “Who touched me?” The disciples react with exasperation saying, (in effect) “Lord, hundreds of people have been bumping up against you in the crowd!” But Jesus did not asked who had bumped up against him, or brushed aside him. He asked, “Who touched me?” For it is one thing to bump up against the Lord and another thing to touch him, to touch him in faith.

How many of us really touch God when we come to Mass? He speaks to us in the Liturgy of the Word, do we really hear him? He touches us in Holy Communion, but do we touch him? Do we really expect healing when we go to Mass, do we really expect a healing touch? Or are we only going to be in a crowd bumping up against Jesus?

Many people put more faith in Tylenol than the Eucharist because, when they take Tylenol, they actually expect something to happen, that the pain will go away and healing will happen. But what do they expect when they receive Holy Communion? Often nothing.

How about you? Are you like the woman who touches Jesus expecting healing or just the crowd that brushes past him?

Jesus insists on meeting this woman of faith. And it may well be that he had Jairus in mind. As if to say, “Pay attention to this woman Jairus. Do you see what her faith has gotten her? Do you believe Jairus?” And into our own life the Lord will also and often send those who can testify to us of faith and show what faith can do.

Thus on this journey, Jairus is given a witness to encourage his faith. Who are the witnesses in your life that the Lord has sent?

IV. TEMPTATION - The text says, While [Jesus] was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”

Note that while there is, on this journey of Jairus, an encouraging testimony of what faith can do, there are also these temptations against faith, and temptations to despair and hopelessness.

And what of us? We too often must confront individuals and a world that are largely negative.

And note how Jairus is told by the negative ones to dismiss Jesus: “Why bother the teacher any more?” Yes, there are many in our life and in this world who not only have no hope, but insist we dismiss Jesus, that He is of no hope or relevance. Many secularists, themselves having no hope, ridicule us who do and taunt us to dismiss the Lord from our journey.

This is a temptation that must be rejected.

V. TRUST - The text says,  Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out.

To such as these who are negative and ridicule, Jesus has only a rebuke and he “puts them all out.”

Then turning to Jairus he says, “Be not afraid – Just have faith.” The command that we have faith resonates not merely as an “order” from Jesus but also as a dynamic principle. For the same God who said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, now says “Be not afraid but have faith” and so trusting and saving faith is possible for Jairus and for us.

One of the most principle tasks of Jesus and his holy Spirit is to grow faith within us.And as this faith grows our victories become more and more evident and existent. Scripture says:

For thus says the Lord God, the holy One of Israel, “By waiting and calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies… (Is 30:15)

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Is 40:30-31).

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. (Heb 10:35-39)

Hence the Lord Jesus commands faith to bring us reward. And that leads to the final place in the journey:

VI. TRIUMPH – The text says, He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

Sure enough, Jairus’ journey with Jesus leads to victory. And so will ours. It may not be the Lord’s will to raise every relative recently deceased, but the Lord will surely give us the victory in every travail and difficulty. And to those who die in him, he will surely say as he said to the little Girl: “I say to you, Arise!”

And for us, in every trial, if you are in the Lord and journeying with him I promise you complete victory in Jesus: To every trial and distress…just say “I’ll Rise!”

In sufferings and sickness…”I’ll Rise!”
In setbacks and sorrows…”I’ll Rise!”
Tears in my eyes…”I’ll Rise!”
No money in my pocket…”I’ll Rise!”
On the rough side of the mountain…”I’ll Rise!”
Yes, just say “I’ll Rise!”

Jairus has made a journey with Jesus from Trial to Traveling with Jesus. Through Testimony and Temptation to the empowering command Trust! And thereby unto Triumph.

The Journey of Jairus is our journey and his victory is ours if we like him journey with Jesus.


21 posted on 06/30/2012 11:09:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Sunday Gospel Reflections

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I:
Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24 II: 2Cor 8:7,9,13-15
Gospel
Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43

21 When Jesus had crossed again (in the boat) to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
22 One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet
23 and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, "My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live."
24 He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.
25 There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
26 She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
27 She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.
28 She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
29 Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
30 Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
31 But his disciples said to him, "You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'"
32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
33 The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction."
35 While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?"
36 Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith."
37 He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
38 When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 So he went in and said to them, "Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep."
40 And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child's father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.
41 He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
42 The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. (At that) they were utterly astounded.
43 He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.


Interesting Details
  • (v 22) While most of the Jewish religious authorities looked on Jesus as an impostor. And here is Jairus, a leader of a synagogue, when faced with a calamity had the courage to admit that Jesus Christ had the supernatural power and begged for His mercy with a public display of humility.
  • (v 30) Jesus wishes to show that he was able to distinguish a touch which brought healing because of the faith that inspired it from all the other casual touches.
  • The woman's illness would make her ritually unclean (Lev 15:19) and in consequence everything she touched would be unclean. But here it is a reverse: she became clean by touching Jesus.
  • Jairus and the sick woman were motivated by their trust in Jesus' mercy and power. Each has to overcome their own fear (5:33, 36) to seek for His mercy. Jesus credits both of them for their faith in him: "Your faith has saved you"

One Main Point

All were astonished at the physical healing, but Jesus came to heal creation from the domination of evil in its deeper forms and from the inner pains of spirit and soul.


Reflections
  1. What did the sick woman risk when she came up behind Jesus in the crowd and touched his garment? What did Jairus risk? Does your faith in Jesus also put you in the same situation?
  2. Reflect on your experience being healed by Jesus or your wish for healing from Jesus.

22 posted on 06/30/2012 11:25:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


23 posted on 06/30/2012 11:32:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Jul 01, Invitatory for Sunday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock who saves us, alleluia.

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Ant.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock who saves us, alleluia.

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Jul 01, Office of Readings for Sunday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 651
Proper of Seasons: 415
Psalter: Sunday, Week I, 682

Office of Readings for Sunday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

“Praise to the Lord” by The Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School; Words: Joachim Neander, 1680. Music: Erneuerten Gesangbuch, 1665.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 See how the cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life.

Psalm 1
There are two ways a man may take

They are happy who, putting all their trust in the cross, have plunged into the water of life (from an author of the second century).

Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night.

Ant. See how the cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life.

He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.
Not so are the wicked, not so!

Ant. See how the cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life.

For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind.
When the wicked are judged they shall not stand,
nor find room among those who are just;
for the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom.

Ant. See how the cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord, you are the fullness of life of holiness and of joy. Fill our days and night with the love of your wisdom, that we may bear fruit in the beauty of holiness, like a tree watered by running streams.

Ant. See how the cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life.

Ant. 2 Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and conqueror

The rulers of the earth joined forces to overthrow Jesus, your anointed Son (Acts 4:27).

Why this tumult among nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring?
They arise, the kings of the earth,
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
“Come let us break their fetters,
come, let us cast off their yoke.”

Ant. Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
“It is I who have set up my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

Ant. Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

I will announce the decree of the Lord:

The Lord said to me: “You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
With a rod of iron you will break them,
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”

Ant. Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

Now, O kings, understand,
take warning, rulers of the earth;
serve the Lord with awe
and trembling, pay him your homage
lest he be angry and you perish;
for suddenly his anger will blaze.

Ant. Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

Blessed are they
who put their trust in God.

Ant. Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, you gave the peoples of the world as the inheritance of your only Son; you crowned him as King of Zion, your holy city, and gave him your Church to be his bride. As he proclaims the law of your eternal kingdom, may we serve him faithfully, and so share his royal power forever.

Ant. Here is a King of my own choosing who will rule on Mount Zion.

Ant. 3 Lord, you are my protector; you have raised me up in glory.

Psalm 3
I am safe in the Lord’s keeping

Christ fell asleep in death, but he rose from the dead, for God was his deliverer (Saint Irenaeus).

How many are my foes, O Lord!
How many are rising up against me!
How many are saying about me:
“There is no help for him in God.”

Ant. Lord, you are my protector; you have raised me up in glory.

But you, Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, who lift up my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord.
He answers from his holy mountain.

Ant. Lord, you are my protector; you have raised me up in glory.

I lie down to rest and I sleep.
I wake, for the Lord upholds me.
I will not fear even thousands of people
who are ranged on every side against me.

Ant. Lord, you are my protector; you have raised me up in glory.

Arise, Lord; save me, my God,
you who strike all my foes on the mouth,
you who break the teeth of the wicked!
O Lord of salvation, bless your people!

Ant. Lord, you are my protector; you have raised me up in glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, you heard the cry of your Son when he was oppressed and saved him from the sleep of death. Arise, Lord, help your Church. Be its shield so that it may hold up its head and radiate the glory of the resurrection.

Ant. Lord, you are my protector; you have raised me up in glory.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

May the word of Christ ever fill your hearts.
Share with one another the wisdom you receive.

READINGS

First reading
From the first book of Samuel
28:3-25
Saul consults the witch of Endor

Samuel had died and, after being mourned by all Israel, was buried in his city, Ramah. Meanwhile Saul had driven mediums and fortune-tellers out of the land.

The Philistine levies advanced to Shunem and encamped. Saul, too, mustered all Israel; they camped on Gilboa. When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was dismayed and lost heart completely. He therefore consulted the Lord; but the Lord gave no answer, whether in dreams or by the Urim or through prophets.

Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, to whom I can go to seek counsel through her.” His servants answered him, “There is a woman in Endor who is a medium.”

So he disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and set out with two companions. They came to the woman by night, and Saul said to her, “Tell my fortune through a ghost; conjure up for me the one I ask you to.” But the woman answered him, “You are surely aware of what Saul has done, in driving the mediums and fortune-tellers out of the land. Why, then, are you laying snares for my life, to have me killed?” But Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As the Lord lives, you shall incur no blame for this.” Then the woman asked him, “Whom do you want me to conjure up?” and he answered, “Samuel.”

When the woman saw Samuel, she shrieked at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” But the king said to her, “Have no fear. What do you see?” The woman answered Saul, “I see a preternatural being rising from the earth.” “What does he look like?” asked Saul. And she replied, “It is an old man who is rising, clothed in a mantle.” Saul knew that it was Samuel, and so he bowed face to the ground in homage.

Samuel then said to Saul, “Why do you disturb me by conjuring me up?” Saul replied: “I am in great straits, for the Philistines are waging war against me and God has abandoned me. Since he no longer answers me through prophets or in dreams, I have called you to tell me what I should do.” To this Samuel said: “But why do you ask me, if the Lord has abandoned you and is with your neighbor? The Lord has done to you what he foretold through me: he has torn the kingdom from your grasp and has given it to your neighbor David.

“Because you disobeyed the Lord’s directive and would not carry out his fierce anger against Amalek, the Lord has done this to you today. Moreover, the Lord will deliver Israel, and you as well, into the clutches of the Philistines. By tomorrow you and your sons will be with me, and the Lord will have delivered the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, for he was badly shaken by Samuel’s message. Moreover, he had no bodily strength left, since he had eaten nothing all that day and night.

Then the woman came to Saul, and seeing that he was quite terror-stricken, said to him: “Remember, your maidservant obeyed you: I took my life in my hands and fulfilled the request you made of me. Now you, in turn, please listen to your maidservant. Let me set something before you to eat, so that you may have strength when you go on your way.” But he refused, saying, “I will not eat.” However, when his servants joined the woman in urging him, he listened to their entreaties, got up from the ground, and sat on a couch. The woman had a stall-fed calf in the house, which she now quickly slaughtered. Then taking flour, she kneaded it and baked unleavened bread. She set the meal before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they stood up and left the same night.

RESPONSORY See 1 Chronicles 10:13, 14

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord’s command.
God transferred his kingdom to David.

Saul had not trusted in the Lord, but had turned to a medium for guidance.
God transferred his kingdom to David.

Second reading
From a homily by Pope Paul VI
We proclaim Christ to the whole world

Not to preach the Gospel would be my undoing, for Christ himself sent me as his apostle and witness. The more remote, the more difficult the assignment, the more my love of God spurs me on. I am bound to proclaim that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the living God. Because of him we come to know the God we cannot see. He is the firstborn of all creation; in him all things find their being. Man’s teacher and redeemer, he was born for us, died for us, and for us he rose from the dead.

All things, all history converges in Christ. A man of sorrow and hope, he knows us and loves us. As our friend he stays by us throughout our lives; at the end of time he will come to be our judge; but we also know that he will be the complete fulfillment of our lives and our great happiness for all eternity.

I can never cease to speak of Christ for he is our truth and our light; he is the way, the truth and the life. He is our bread, our source of living water who allays our hunger and satisfies our thirst. He is our shepherd, our leader, our ideal, our comforter and our brother.

He is like us but more perfectly human, simple, poor, humble, and yet, while burdened with work, he is more patient. He spoke on our behalf; he worked miracles; and he founded a new kingdom: in it the poor are happy; peace is the foundation of a life in common; where the pure of heart and those who mourn are uplifted and comforted; the hungry find justice; sinners are forgiven; and all discover that they are brothers.

The image I present to you is the image of Jesus Christ. As Christians you share his name; he has already made most of you his own. So once again I repeat his name to you Christians and I proclaim to all men: Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, Lord of the new universe, the great hidden key to human history and the part we play in it. He is the mediator — the bridge, if you will — between heaven and earth. Above all he is the Son of man, more perfect than any man, being also the Son of God, eternal and infinite. He is the son of Mary his mother on earth, more blessed than any woman. She is also our mother in the spiritual communion of the mystical body.

Remember: |it| is Jesus Christ I preach day in and day out. His name I would see echo and re-echo for all time even to the ends of the earth.

RESPONSORY 2 Timothy 1:10; John 1:16; Colossians 1:16-17

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death, and through the Gospel he has proclaimed life and immortality.
And of his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

All things were created through him and for him; he was before all that is, and all things are held in being in him.
And of his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who through the grace of adoption
chose us to be children of light,
grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped
in the darkness of error but always be seen
to stand in the bright light of truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Jul 01, Morning Prayer for Sunday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 654
Proper of Seasons: 419
Psalter: Sunday, Week I, 687

Christian Prayer (single volume)
Ordinary: 689
Proper of Seasons: 617
Psalter: Sunday, Week I, 706

Morning Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

On this day, the first of days,
God the Father’s Name we praise;
Who, creation’s Lord and Spring
Did the world from darkness bring.

On this day the eternal Son
Over death His triumph won;
On this day the Spirit came
With His gifts of living flame.

O that fervent love today
May in every heart have sway,
Teaching us to praise aright
God, the Source of life and light.

Father, who didst fashion me
Image of Thyself to be,
Fill me with Thy love divine,
Let my every thought be Thine.

Holy Jesus, may I be
Dead and buried here with Thee;
And, by love inflamed, arise
Unto Thee a sacrifice.

Thou, who dost all gifts impart,
Shine, sweet Spirit, in my heart;
Best of gifts Thyself bestow;
Make me burn Thy love to know.

God, the blessèd Three in One,
Dwell within my heart alone;
Thou dost give Thyself to me;
May I give myself to Thee.

“On this day, the first of days” by Keble College Choir; Words: From the Breviary of the Diocese of LeMans, 1748 (Die parente temporum); translated from Latin to English by Henry W. Baker in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.; Music: Gott Sei Dank, Neues geistreiches Gesangbuch, by Johann A. Freylinghausen (Halle, Germany: 1704); Performed by: Keble College Choir.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 As morning breaks I look to you, O God, to be my strength this day, alleluia.

Psalm 63
A soul thirsting for God

Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.

Ant. As morning breaks I look to you, O God, to be my strength this day, alleluia.

For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

Ant. As morning breaks I look to you, O God, to be my strength this day, alleluia.

On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand holds me fast.

Ant. As morning breaks I look to you, O God, to be my strength this day, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. As morning breaks I look to you, O God, to be my strength this day, alleluia.

Ant. 2 From the midst of the flames the three young men cried out with one voice: Blessed be God, alleluia.

Canticle – Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord

All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord.
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Ant. From the midst of the flames the three young men cried out with one voice: Blessed be God, alleluia.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord.
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord.
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord.
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord.
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord.
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Ant. From the midst of the flames the three young men cried out with one voice: Blessed be God, alleluia.

Let the earth bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord.
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord.
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

Ant. From the midst of the flames the three young men cried out with one voice: Blessed be God, alleluia.

O Israel, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord.
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord.
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Ant. From the midst of the flames the three young men cried out with one voice: Blessed be God, alleluia.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. From the midst of the flames the three young men cried out with one voice: Blessed be God, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Let the people of Zion rejoice in their King, alleluia.

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.

Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.

Ant. Let the people of Zion rejoice in their King, alleluia.

For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained;
this honor is for all his faithful.

Ant. Let the people of Zion rejoice in their King, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant. Let the people of Zion rejoice in their King, alleluia.

READING Revelation 7:10, 12

Salvation is from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb! Praise and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving and honor, power and might, to our God forever and ever. Amen!

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Jesus, turning, saw the woman and said: Take courage, daughter; your faith has saved you, alleluia.

Luke 1:68 – 79
The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Jesus, turning, saw the woman and said: Take courage, daughter; your faith has saved you, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ is the sun that never sets, the true light that shines on every man. Let us call out to him in praise:
Lord, you are our life and our salvation.

Creator of the stars, we thank you for your gift, the first rays of the dawn,
and we commemorate your resurrection.
Lord, you are our life and our salvation.

May your Holy Spirit teach us to do your will today,
and may your Wisdom guide us always.
Lord, you are our life and our salvation.

Each Sunday give us the joy of gathering as your people,
around the table of your Word and your Body.
Lord, you are our life and our salvation.

From our hearts we thank you,
for your countless blessings.
Lord, you are our life and our salvation.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

O God,
who through the grace of adoption
chose us to be children of light,
grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped
in the darkness of error but always be seen
to stand in the bright light of truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Jul 01, Midday Prayer for Sunday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 659
Proper of Seasons: 419
Psalter: Sunday, Week I, 693 (Midday)

Midday Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, using the Current Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

”How Great Thou Art” by Melinda Kirigin-Voss; Originally this was a Swedish folk melody, “O Store Gud” by Carl Boberg (1859-1940) and was translated by Stuart K. Hine in 1899.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 What better can we do than take refuge in the Lord! His love will never fail, alleluia.

Psalm 118
Song of joy for salvation
This Jesus is the stone which, rejected by you builders, has become the chief stone supporting all the rest (Acts 4:11).

I

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love endures for ever.

Let the sons of Israel say:
“His love endures for ever.”
Let the sons of Aaron say:
“His love endures for ever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love endures for ever.”

I called to the Lord in my distress;
he answered and freed me.
The Lord is at my side; I do not fear.
What can man do against me?
The Lord is at my side as my helper:
I shall look down on my foes.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in men:
it is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. What better can we do than take refuge in the Lord! His love will never fail, alleluia.

Ant. 2 The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, alleluia.

II

The nations all encompassed me;
in the Lord’s name I crushed them.

They compassed me, compassed me about;
in the Lord’s name I crushed them.
They compassed me about like bees;
they blazed like a fire among thorns.
In the Lord’s name I crushed them.

I was hard-pressed and was falling
but the Lord came to help me.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he is my savior.
There are shouts of joy and victory
in the tents of the just.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me.
The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,
but not doomed to die.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, alleluia.

Ant. 3 I shall proclaim your goodness, Lord, for you have answered me.

III

Open to me the gates of holiness:
I will enter and give thanks.
This is the Lord’s own gate
where the just may enter.
I will thank you for you have answered
and you are my savior.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad.

O Lord, grant us salvation;
O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
the Lord God is our light.

Go forward in procession with branches
even to the altar.
You are my God, I thank you.
My God, I praise you.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
for his love endures for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, you have given us the great day of rejoicing: Jesus Christ, the stone rejected by the builders, has become the cornerstone of the Church, our spiritual home. Shed upon your Church the rays of your glory, that it may be seen as the gate of salvation open to all nations. Let cries of joy and exultation ring out from its tents, to celebrate the wonder of Christ’s resurrection.

Ant. I shall proclaim your goodness, Lord, for you have answered me.

READING Galatians 6:7b-8

A man will reap only what he sows. If he sows in the field of the flesh, he will reap a harvest of corruption; but if his seed-ground is the spirit, he will reap everlasting life.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Your promise, Lord, will stand for ever.
In every generation your word is true.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who through the grace of adoption
chose us to be children of light,
grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped
in the darkness of error but always be seen
to stand in the bright light of truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Jul 01, Evening Prayer for Sunday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 668
Proper of Seasons: 420
Psalter: Sunday, Week I, 697

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 694
Proper of Seasons: 617
Psalter: Sunday, Week I, 712

Evening Prayer II for Sunday in Ordinary Time

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Sheffield Cathedral Choir; Words: Isaac Watts, 1719. Music: William Croft, 1708
“O God, Our Help in Ages Past” by Sheffield Cathedral Choir is available from Amazon.com

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

Psalm 110
The Messiah, king and priest

Christ’s reign will last until all his enemies are made subject to him (1 Corinthians 15:25).

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
“Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet.”

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

The Lord will wield from Zion
your scepter of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
“You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedek of old.”

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

The Master standing at your right hand
will shatter kings in the day of his great wrath.

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside
and therefore he shall lift up his head.

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Father, we ask you to give us victory and peace. In Jesus Christ, our Lord and King, we are already seated at your right hand. We look forward to praising you in the fellowship of all your saints in our heavenly homeland.

Ant. The Lord will stretch forth his mighty scepter from Zion, and he will reign for ever, alleluia.

Ant. 2 The earth is shaken to its depths before the glory of your face.

Psalm 114
The Israelites are delivered from the bondage of Egypt

You too left Egypt when, at baptism, you renounced that world which is at enmity with God (Saint Augustine).

When Israel came forth from Egypt,
Jacob’s sons from an alien people,
Judah became the Lord’s temple,
Israel became his kingdom.

Ant. The earth is shaken to its depths before the glory of your face.

The sea fled at the sight:
the Jordan turned back on its course,
the mountains leapt like rams
and the hills like yearling sheep.

Ant. The earth is shaken to its depths before the glory of your face.

Why was it, sea, that you fled,
that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?
Mountains, that you leapt like rams,
hills, like yearling sheep?

Ant. The earth is shaken to its depths before the glory of your face.

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,
in the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool
and flint into a spring of water.

Ant. The earth is shaken to its depths before the glory of your face.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Almighty God, ever-living mystery of unity and trinity, you gave life to the new Israel by birth from water and the Spirit, and made it a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people set apart as your eternal possession. May all those you have called to walk in the splendor of the new light render you fitting service and adoration.

Ant. The earth is shaken to its depths before the glory of your face.

Ant. 3 All power is yours, Lord God, our mighty King, alleluia.

Canticle – See Revelation 19:1-7
The wedding of the lamb

Alleluia.
Salvation, glory, and power to our God:
Alleluia.
his judgments are honest and true.
Alleluia (alleluia).

Ant. All power is yours, Lord God, our mighty King, alleluia.

Alleluia.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants,
Alleluia.
all who worship him reverently, great and small.
Alleluia (alleluia).

Ant. All power is yours, Lord God, our mighty King, alleluia.

Alleluia.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King;
Alleluia.
Let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory.
Alleluia (alleluia).

Ant. All power is yours, Lord God, our mighty King, alleluia.

Alleluia.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun,
Alleluia.
and his bride is prepared to welcome him.
Alleluia (alleluia).

Ant. All power is yours, Lord God, our mighty King, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. All power is yours, Lord God, our mighty King, alleluia.

READING 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from him.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

The whole creation proclaims the greatness of your glory.
The whole creation proclaims the greatness of your glory.

Eternal ages praise
the greatness of your glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The whole creation proclaims the greatness of your glory.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. The Son of Man did not come to condemn men but to save them.

Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Son of Man did not come to condemn men but to save them.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ the Lord is our head; we are his members. In joy let us call out to him:
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Christ our Savior, make your Church a more vivid symbol of the unity of all mankind,
make it more effectively the sacrament of salvation for all peoples.
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Through your presence, guide the college of bishops in union with the Pope,
give them the gifts of unity, love and peace.
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Bind all Christians more closely to yourself, their divine Head,
lead them to proclaim your kingdom by the witness of their lives.
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Grant peace to the world,
let every land flourish in justice and security.
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Grant to the dead the glory of resurrection,
and give us a share in their happiness.
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Concluding Prayer

O God,
who through the grace of adoption
chose us to be children of light,
grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped
in the darkness of error but always be seen
to stand in the bright light of truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Jul 01, Night Prayer for Sunday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours:
Vol I, Page 1172
Vol II, Page 1628
Vol III, Page 1272
Vol IV, Page 1236

Christian Prayer:
Page 1037

Night Prayer after Evening Prayer II on Sundays and Solemnities

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Examination of conscience:

We are called to have a clear conscience toward God and toward men, in our hearts and in our minds, in our actions and inactions. To do so, it is vital that we examine our conscience daily and to ask for God’s mercy as we fall short and to ask for His strength to do better.

Kýrie, eléison
Kýrie, eléison

Christé, eléison
Christé, eléison

Kýrie, eléison
Kýrie, eléison

HYMN

O radiant Light, O Son divine
Of God the Father’s deathless face
O image of the light sublime
That fills the heavenly dwelling-place

Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades
As shine the lights of eventide
We praise the Father with the Son
The spirit blest and with them one.

O Son of God, the source of life
Praise is your due by night and day
Unsullied lips must raise the strain
Of your proclaimed and splendid name.

O Radiant Light by Choir of The Cathedral of the Madeleine & The Madeleine Choir School; Lyrics copyright 1973, Fides Publishers, Inc. Notre Dame, Indiana from “Morning Praise and Evensong”. Used by permission of the publisher for non-profit or devotional purposes.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Night holds no terrors for me sleeping under God’s wings.

Psalm 91
Safe in God’s sheltering care

I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions (Luke 10:19).

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
and abides in the shade of the Almighty
says to the Lord: “My refuge,
my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!”

It is he who will free you from the snare
of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;
he will conceal you with his pinions
and under his wings you will find refuge.

You will not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the plague that prowls in the darkness
nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand fall at your right,
you, it will never approach;
his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

Your eyes have only to look
to see how the wicked are repaid,
you who have said: “Lord, my refuge!”
and have made the Most High your dwelling.

Upon you no evil shall fall,
no plague approach where you dwell.
For you has he commanded his angels,
to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you upon their hands
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
On the lion and the viper you will tread
and trample the young lion and the dragon.

Since he clings to me in love, I will free him;
protect him for he knows my name.
When he calls I shall answer: “I am with you,”
I will save him in distress and give him glory.

With length of life I will content him;
I shall let him see my saving power.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Night holds no terrors for me sleeping under God’s wings.

READING Revelation 22:4-5

They shall see the Lord face to face and bear his name on their foreheads. The night shall be no more. They will need no light from lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever.

RESPONSORY

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Luke 2:29-32
Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:

my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Concluding Prayer

Lord,
we have celebrated today
the mystery of the rising of Christ to new life.
May we now rest in your peace,
safe from all that could harm us,
and rise again refreshed and joyful,
to praise you throughout another day.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing

May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.
Amen.

Antiphon or song in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Blessed Junipero Serra, Priest

Blessed Junipero Serra, Priest
[In the diocese of the United States]
Optional Memorial
July 1st

Portrait discovered in a Zacatecas, Mexico second-hand store in 1954 by Harry Downie.

History:
Blessed Junipero Serra was born at Petra, Island of Majorca, November 24, 1713; he died at Monterey, California, August 28, 1784.

On September 14, 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. For his proficiency in studies he was appointed lector of philosophy before his ordination to the priesthood. Later he received the degree of Doctor of Theology from the Lullian University at Palma, where he also occupied the Duns Scotus chair of philosophy until he joined the missionary college of San Fernando, Mexico (1749). While traveling on foot from Vera Cruz to the capital, he injured his leg in such a way that he suffered from it throughout his life, though he continued to make his journeys on foot whenever possible. At his own request he was assigned to the Sierra Gorda Indian Missions. He served there for nine years, part of the time as superior, learned the language of the Pame Indians, and translated the Catechism into their language. Recalled to Mexico, he became famous as a most fervent and effective preacher of missions. His zeal frequently led him to employ extraordinary means in order to move the people to penance. He would pound his breast with a stone while in the pulpit, scourge himself, or apply a lighted torch to his bare chest. He was appointed superior of a band of fifteen Franciscans for the Indian Missions of Lower California. Early in 1769 he accompanied Portolá's land expedition to Upper California. On the way he established the Mission San Fernando de Velicatá, Lower California. He arrived at San Diego on July 1, and on July 16 founded the first of the twenty-one California missions, which accomplished the conversions of all the natives on the coast as far as Sonoma in the north.

In 1778 he received the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. After he had exercised his privilege for a year, Governor Neve directed him to suspend administering the sacrament until he could present the papal Brief. For nearly two years Father Serra refrained, and then Viceroy Majorga gave instructions to the effect that Father Serra was within his rights. During the remaining three years of his life he once more visited the missions from San Diego to San Francisco, six hundred miles, in order to confirm all who had been baptized. He suffered intensely from his crippled leg and from his chest, yet he would use no remedies. He confirmed 5309 persons, who, with but few exceptions, were Indians converted during the fourteen years from 1770. Besides extraordinary fortitude, his most conspicuous virtues were insatiable zeal, love of mortification, self-denial, and absolute confidence in God. His executive abilities has been especially noted by non-Catholic writers. A bronze statute of heroic size represents him as the apostolic preacher in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. In 1884 the Legislature of California passed a concurrent resolution making August 29 of that year, the centennial of Father Serra's burial, a legal holiday.

He was beatified September 25, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.

(Principal source - Catholic Encyclopedia - 1913 edition)


Collect:
O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your Priest Blessed Junipero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

Readings: From the Common of Pastors: for Missionaries or Holy Men and Women: for religious


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Blessed Junipero Serra, Priest
[In the diocese of the United States]
Optional Memorial
July 1st

Portrait discovered in a Zacatecas, Mexico second-hand store in 1954 by Harry Downie.

History:
Blessed Junipero Serra was born at Petra, Island of Majorca, November 24, 1713; he died at Monterey, California, August 28, 1784.

On September 14, 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. For his proficiency in studies he was appointed lector of philosophy before his ordination to the priesthood. Later he received the degree of Doctor of Theology from the Lullian University at Palma, where he also occupied the Duns Scotus chair of philosophy until he joined the missionary college of San Fernando, Mexico (1749). While traveling on foot from Vera Cruz to the capital, he injured his leg in such a way that he suffered from it throughout his life, though he continued to make his journeys on foot whenever possible. At his own request he was assigned to the Sierra Gorda Indian Missions. He served there for nine years, part of the time as superior, learned the language of the Pame Indians, and translated the Catechism into their language. Recalled to Mexico, he became famous as a most fervent and effective preacher of missions. His zeal frequently led him to employ extraordinary means in order to move the people to penance. He would pound his breast with a stone while in the pulpit, scourge himself, or apply a lighted torch to his bare chest. He was appointed superior of a band of fifteen Franciscans for the Indian Missions of Lower California. Early in 1769 he accompanied Portolá's land expedition to Upper California. On the way he established the Mission San Fernando de Velicatá, Lower California. He arrived at San Diego on July 1, and on July 16 founded the first of the twenty-one California missions, which accomplished the conversions of all the natives on the coast as far as Sonoma in the north.

In 1778 he received the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. After he had exercised his privilege for a year, Governor Neve directed him to suspend administering the sacrament until he could present the papal Brief. For nearly two years Father Serra refrained, and then Viceroy Majorga gave instructions to the effect that Father Serra was within his rights. During the remaining three years of his life he once more visited the missions from San Diego to San Francisco, six hundred miles, in order to confirm all who had been baptized. He suffered intensely from his crippled leg and from his chest, yet he would use no remedies. He confirmed 5309 persons, who, with but few exceptions, were Indians converted during the fourteen years from 1770. Besides extraordinary fortitude, his most conspicuous virtues were insatiable zeal, love of mortification, self-denial, and absolute confidence in God. His executive abilities has been especially noted by non-Catholic writers. A bronze statute of heroic size represents him as the apostolic preacher in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. In 1884 the Legislature of California passed a concurrent resolution making August 29 of that year, the centennial of Father Serra's burial, a legal holiday.

He was beatified September 25, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.

(Principal source - Catholic Encyclopedia - 1913 edition)


Collect:
O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your Priest Blessed Junipero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

Readings: From the Common of Pastors: for Missionaries or Holy Men and Women: for religious


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Start a Serra Club in your area and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
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Cathedral yields more surprises: Crews unearth Presidio chapel remnants
Blessed Junípero Serra 1713 - 1784 (Mission Chronology, Biography, etc.)
The Significance Of Blessed Junipero Serra (pictures of Missions)

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Bl. Junipero Serra
Feast Day: July 1
Born: 24 November 1713 at Petra, Spanish Majorca
Died: 28 August 1784
Beatified: 25 September 1988 by Pope John Paul II



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Blessed Junipero Serra

Feast Day: July 01
Born: 1713 :: Died: 1784

Miguel Jose Serra was born in Petra, Spain. When he was fifteen, he became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma, twenty-five miles away. He then joined the Franciscan order a few months before his seventeenth birthday taking the name Junipero after the friend of St. Francis.

During his training to become a priest, Junipero read the life stories of Franciscan saints. The saint whose life fascinated him most was St. Francis Solano, a missionary priest to South America who had been declared a saint just a few years earlier. Young Junipero decided that, if it was God's will, he too would be a missionary.

Junipero was ordained a priest in 1736 and became a professor of philosophy. Twenty years, later, he was given the wonderful opportunity to go as a missionary to a place called "New Spain" in Mexico and California.

Junipero and his close friend, Friar Francisco Palou, joined the group of missionaries at a seaport city in Spain called Cadiz. From there they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Vera Cruz, Mexico and arrived there on December 6, 1749.

Soon after they landed, Junipero got bitten by a mosquito that left one leg swollen. He also suffered from asthma (making it difficult to breathe at times). This made walking a painful process for the rest of his life. But he and another friar walked the next part of the journey from Vera Cruz to Mexico City, a distance of 240 miles which took them more than fifteen days.

From Mexico City, Junipero and Friar Francisco Palou were sent to work among the Pame Indians (a tribe of Red Indians) at the Franciscan Mission of the Sierra Gorda. Several of the friars then traveled to missions in Lower California. Junipero, Francisco and a handful of other Franciscans were asked to bring the Gospel to the native peoples in Upper California.

Junipero started Mission San Diego on July 16, 1769, when he was fifty-six years old. The mission was an open invitation to his beloved people to come and meet Jesus who slowly began to trust the friars. Some people were baptized and began to live the Christian faith. Father Serra and the friars loved and protected their people. They trained many of them in European methods of agriculture, cattle husbandry, and othe crafts.

Then the golden chain of new missions grew: Mission San Carlos in Monterey; Mission San Antonio de Padua; Mission San Gabriel Archangel; Mission San Luis Obispo; Mission San Francisco de Asis; Mission San Juan Capistrano; Mission Santa Clara de Asis; Mission San Buenaventura.

He founded twenty-one missions and finally, six thousand native peoples were baptized and became followers of Jesus. Junipero helped the Church to grow on the west coast of the United States.

Blessed Junipero made his final tour of the missions in Upper California which lasted about six months. He died peacefully at Mission San Carlos on August 28, 1784, and is buried there. In 1988, Pope John Paul II declared Father Junipero Serra "blessed."

Reflection: "All my life I have wanted to be a missionary. I have wanted to carry the gospel message to those who have never heard of God and the kingdom he has prepared for them."- Bl. Junipero


35 posted on 07/01/2012 7:36:43 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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  Mark 5
21 And when Jesus had passed again in the ship over the strait, a great multitude assembled together unto him, and he was nigh unto the sea. Et cum transcendisset Jesus in navi rursum trans fretum, convenit turba multa ad eum, et erat circa mare. και διαπερασαντος του ιησου εν τω πλοιω παλιν εις το περαν συνηχθη οχλος πολυς επ αυτον και ην παρα την θαλασσαν
22 And there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue named Jairus: and seeing him, falleth down at his feet. Et venit quidam de archisynagogis nomine Jairus, et videns eum procidit ad pedes ejus, και ιδου ερχεται εις των αρχισυναγωγων ονοματι ιαειρος και ιδων αυτον πιπτει προς τους ποδας αυτου
23 And he besought him much, saying: My daughter is at the point of death, come, lay thy hand upon her, that she may be safe, and may live. et deprecabatur eum multum, dicens : Quoniam filia mea in extremis est, veni, impone manum super eam, ut salva sit, et vivat. και παρεκαλει αυτον πολλα λεγων οτι το θυγατριον μου εσχατως εχει ινα ελθων επιθης αυτη τας χειρας οπως σωθη και ζησεται
24 And he went with him, and a great multitude followed him, and they thronged him. Et abiit cum illo, et sequebatur eum turba multa, et comprimebant eum. και απηλθεν μετ αυτου και ηκολουθει αυτω οχλος πολυς και συνεθλιβον αυτον
25 And a woman who was under an issue of blood twelve years, Et mulier, quæ erat in profluvio sanguinis annis duodecim, και γυνη τις ουσα εν ρυσει αιματος ετη δωδεκα
26 And had suffered many things from many physicians; and had spent all that she had, and was nothing the better, but rather worse, et fuerat multa perpessa a compluribus medicis : et erogaverat omnia sua, nec quidquam profecerat, sed magis deterius habebat : και πολλα παθουσα υπο πολλων ιατρων και δαπανησασα τα παρ αυτης παντα και μηδεν ωφεληθεισα αλλα μαλλον εις το χειρον ελθουσα
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the crowd behind him, and touched his garment. cum audisset de Jesu, venit in turba retro, et tetigit vestimentum ejus : ακουσασα περι του ιησου ελθουσα εν τω οχλω οπισθεν ηψατο του ιματιου αυτου
28 For she said: If I shall touch but his garment, I shall be whole. dicebat enim : Quia si vel vestimentum ejus tetigero, salva ero. ελεγεν γαρ οτι καν των ιματιων αυτου αψωμαι σωθησομαι
29 And forthwith the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the evil. Et confestim siccatus est fons sanguinis ejus : et sensit corpore quia sanata esset a plaga. και ευθεως εξηρανθη η πηγη του αιματος αυτης και εγνω τω σωματι οτι ιαται απο της μαστιγος
30 And immediately Jesus knowing in himself the virtue that had proceeded from him, turning to the multitude, said: Who hath touched my garments? Et statim Jesus in semetipso cognoscens virtutem quæ exierat de illo, conversus ad turbam, aiebat : Quis tetigit vestimenta mea ? και ευθεως ο ιησους επιγνους εν εαυτω την εξ αυτου δυναμιν εξελθουσαν επιστραφεις εν τω οχλω ελεγεν τις μου ηψατο των ιματιων
31 And his disciples said to him: Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou who hath touched me? Et dicebant ei discipuli sui : Vides turbam comprimentem te, et dicis : Quis me tetigit ? και ελεγον αυτω οι μαθηται αυτου βλεπεις τον οχλον συνθλιβοντα σε και λεγεις τις μου ηψατο
32 And he looked about to see her who had done this. Et circumspiciebat videre eam, quæ hoc fecerat. και περιεβλεπετο ιδειν την τουτο ποιησασαν
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. Mulier vero timens et tremens, sciens quod factum esset in se, venit et procidit ante eum, et dixit ei omnem veritatem. η δε γυνη φοβηθεισα και τρεμουσα ειδυια ο γεγονεν επ αυτη ηλθεν και προσεπεσεν αυτω και ειπεν αυτω πασαν την αληθειαν
34 And he said to her: Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace, and be thou whole of thy disease. Ille autem dixit ei : Filia, fides tua te salvam fecit : vade in pace, et esto sana a plaga tua. ο δε ειπεν αυτη θυγατερ η πιστις σου σεσωκεν σε υπαγε εις ειρηνην και ισθι υγιης απο της μαστιγος σου
35 While he was yet speaking, some come from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying: Thy daughter is dead: why dost thou trouble the master any further? Adhuc eo loquente, veniunt ab archisynagago, dicentes : Quia filia tua mortua est : quid ultra vexas magistrum ? ετι αυτου λαλουντος ερχονται απο του αρχισυναγωγου λεγοντες οτι η θυγατηρ σου απεθανεν τι ετι σκυλλεις τον διδασκαλον
36 But Jesus having heard the word that was spoken, saith to the ruler of the synagogue: Fear not, only believe. Jesus autem audito verbo quod dicebatur, ait archisynagogo : Noli timere : tantummodo crede. ο δε ιησους ευθεως ακουσας τον λογον λαλουμενον λεγει τω αρχισυναγωγω μη φοβου μονον πιστευε
37 And he admitted not any man to follow him, but Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. Et non admisit quemquam se sequi nisi Petrum, et Jacobum, et Joannem fratrem Jacobi. και ουκ αφηκεν ουδενα αυτω συνακολουθησαι ει μη πετρον και ιακωβον και ιωαννην τον αδελφον ιακωβου
38 And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he seeth a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much. Et veniunt in domum archisynagogi, et videt tumultum, et flentes, et ejulantes multum. και ερχεται εις τον οικον του αρχισυναγωγου και θεωρει θορυβον κλαιοντας και αλαλαζοντας πολλα
39 And going in, he saith to them: Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. Et ingressus, ait illis : Quid turbamini, et ploratis ? puella non est mortua, sed dormit. και εισελθων λεγει αυτοις τι θορυβεισθε και κλαιετε το παιδιον ουκ απεθανεν αλλα καθευδει
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But he having put them all out, taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. Et irridebant eum. Ipse vero ejectis omnibus assumit patrem, et matrem puellæ, et qui secum erant, et ingreditur ubi puella erat jacens. και κατεγελων αυτου ο δε εκβαλων παντας παραλαμβανει τον πατερα του παιδιου και την μητερα και τους μετ αυτου και εισπορευεται οπου ην το παιδιον ανακειμενον
41 And taking the damsel by the hand, he saith to her: Talitha cumi, which is, being interpreted: Damsel (I say to thee) arise. Et tenens manum puellæ, ait illi : Talitha cumi, quod est interpretatum : Puella (tibi dico), surge. και κρατησας της χειρος του παιδιου λεγει αυτη ταλιθα κουμι ο εστιν μεθερμηνευομενον το κορασιον σοι λεγω εγειραι
42 And immediately the damsel rose up, and walked: and she was twelve years old: and they were astonished with a great astonishment. Et confestim surrexit puella, et ambulabat : erat autem annorum duodecim : et obstupuerunt stupore magno. και ευθεως ανεστη το κορασιον και περιεπατει ην γαρ ετων δωδεκα και εξεστησαν εκστασει μεγαλη
43 And he charged them strictly that no man should know it: and commanded that something should be given her to eat. Et præcepit illis vehementer ut nemo id sciret : et dixit dari illi manducare. και διεστειλατο αυτοις πολλα ινα μηδεις γνω τουτο και ειπεν δοθηναι αυτη φαγειν

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21. And when Jesus was passed over again by ship to the other side, much people gathered to him: and He was nigh to the sea.
22. And, behold, there comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
23. And besought him greatly, Saying, My little daughter lies at the point of death: I pray you, come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
24. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26. And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31. And his disciples said to him, You see the multitude thronging you, and say you, Who touched me?
32. And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34. And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your plague.

THEOPHYL. After the miracle of the demoniac, the Lord works another miracle, namely, in raising up the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue; the Evangelist, before narrating this miracle, says, And when Jesus was passed over again by ship to the other side, much people gathered to him.

AUG. But we must understand, that what is added of the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue, took place when Jesus had again crossed the sea in a ship, though how long after does not appear; for if there were not an interval, there could be no time for the taking place of that which Matthew relates, concerning the feast at his own house; after which event, nothing follows immediately, except this concerning the daughter of the chief of the synagogue. For he has so put it together, that the transition itself shows that the narrative follows the order of time. It goes on, There comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, &c.

PSEUD-CHRYS. He has recorded the name on account of the Jews of that time, that it might mark the miracle. It goes on, And when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, &c. Matthew indeed relates that the chief of the synagogue reported that his daughter was dead, but Mark says that she was very sick, and that afterwards it was told to the ruler of the synagogue, when our Lord was about to go with him, that she was dead. The fact then, which Matthew implies, is the same, namely, that He raised her from the dead; and it is for the sake of brevity, that he says that she was dead, which was evident from her being raised.

AUG. For he attaches himself not to the words of the father, but to what is of most importance, his wishes; for he was in such despair, that his wish was that she should return to life, not thinking that she could be found alive, whom he had left dying.

THEOPHYL. Now this man was faithful in part, inasmuch as he fell at the feet of Jesus, but in that he begged of Him to come, he did not show as much faith as lie ought. For he ought to have said, Speak the word only, and my daughter shall be healed. There follows, And he went away with him, and much people followed him, and thronged him; and a woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, &c.

CHRYS. This woman, who was celebrated and known to all, did not dare to approach the Savior openly, nor to come to Him, because, according to the law, she was unclean; for this reason she touched Him behind, and not in front, for that she dare not do, but only ventured to touch the hem of His garment. It was not however the hem of the garment, but her frame of mind that made her whole.

There follows, For she said, If I may but touch his clothes, I shall be whole.

THEOPHYL. Most faithful indeed is this woman, who hoped for healing from His garments. For which reason she obtains health; wherefore it goes on, And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed.

PSEUD-CHRYS. Now the virtues of Christ are by His own will imparted to those men, who touch Him by faith. Wherefore there follows, And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes? The virtues indeed of the Savior do not go out of Him locally or corporally, nor in any respect pass away from Him. For being incorporeal, they go forth to others and are given to others; they are not however separated from Him, from whom they are said to go forth, in the same way as sciences are given by the teacher to his pupils. Therefore it says, Jesus, knowing in himself the virtue which had gone out of him, to show that with His knowledge, and not without His being aware of it, the woman was healed.

But He asked, Who touched me? although He knew her who touched Him, that He might bring to light the woman, by her coming forward, and proclaim her faith, and lest the virtue of His miraculous work should he consigned to oblivion. It goes on, And his disciples said to him, You see the multitude thronging you, and say you, Who touched me? But the Lord asked, Who touched me, that is in thought and faith, for the crowds who throng Me cannot be said to touch Me, for they do not come near to Me in thought and in faith.

There follows, And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

THEOPHYL. For the Lord wished to declare the woman, first to give His approbation to her faith, secondly to urge the chief of the synagogue to a confident hope that He could thus cure his child, and also to free the woman from fear. For the woman feared because she had stolen health; wherefore there follows, But the woman fearing and trembling, &c.

BEDE; Observe that the object of His question was that the woman should confess the truth of her long want of faith, of her sudden belief and healing, and so herself be confirmed in faith, and afford an example to others. But he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your plague. He said not, Your faith is about to make you whole, but has made you whole, that is, in that you have believed, you have already been made whole.

CHRYS. He calls her daughter because she was saved by her faith; for faith in Christ makes us His children.

THEOPHYL. But He said to her, Go in peace, that is, in rest, which means, go and have rest, for up to this time you have been in pains and torture

PSEUD-CHRYS. Or else He says, Go in peace, sending her away into that which is the final good, for God dwells in peace, that you may know, that she was not only healed in body but also from the causes of bodily pain, that is, from her sins

PSEUDO-JEROME. Mystically, however, Jairus comes after the healing of the woman, because when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, then shall Israel be saved. Jairus means either illuminating, or illuminated, that is, the Jewish people having cast off the shadow of the letter, enlightened by the Spirit and enlightening others, falling at the feet of the Word that is humbling itself before the Incarnation of Christ, prays for her daughter, for when a man lives himself, he makes others live also. Thus Abraham, and Moses, and Samuel, intercede for the people who are dead, and Jesus comes upon their prayers.

BEDE; Again, the Lord going to the child, who is to be healed, is thronged by the crowd, because though He gave healthful advice to the Jewish nation, he is oppressed by the wicked habits of that carnal people; but the woman with an issue of blood, cured by the Lord, is the Church gathered together from the nations, for the issue of blood may be either understood of the pollution of idolatry, or of those deeds, which are accompanied by pleasure to flesh and blood. But whilst the word of the Lord decreed salvation to Judea, the people of the Gentiles by an assured hope seized upon the health, promised and prepared for others.

THEOPHYL. Or else, by the woman, who had a bloody flux, understand human nature; for sin rushed in upon it, which since it killed the soul, might be said to spill its blood. It could not be cured by many physicians, that is, by the wise men of this world, and of the Law and the Prophets; but the moment that it touched the hem of Christ's garment, that is, His flesh, it was healed, for whoever believes the Son of man to be Incarnate is he who touches the hem of His garment.

BEDE; Wherefore one believing woman touches the Lord, whilst the crowd throngs Him, because He, who is grieved by divers heresies, or by wicked habits, is worshipped faithfully with the heart of the Catholic Church alone. But the Church of the Gentiles came behind Him; because though it did not see the Lord present in time flesh, for the mysteries of His Incarnation had been gone through, yet it attained to the grace of His faith, and so when by partaking of His sacraments, it merited salvation from its sins, as it were the fountain of its blood was dried up by the touch of His garments. And the Lord looked round about to see her who had done this, because He judges that all who deserve to be saved are worthy of His look and of His pity.

35. While he yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Your daughter is dead: why trouble you the Master any further?
36. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
37. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
38. And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
39. And when he was come in, he said to them, Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleeps.
40. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he takes the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and enter in where the damsel was lying.
41. And he took the damsel by the by and, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say to you, arise.
42. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
43. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

THEOPHYL. Those who were about the ruler of the synagogue, thought that Christ was one of the prophets, and for this reason they thought that they should beg of Him to come and pray over the damsel. But because she had already expired, they thought that He ought not to be asked to do so. Therefore it is said, While he yet spoke, there came messengers to the ruler of the synagogue, which said, Your daughter is dead; why trouble you the Master any further?

But the Lord Himself persuades the father to have confidence. For it goes on, As soon as Jesus heard the word which was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid; only believe.

AUG. It is not said that he assented to his friends who brought the tidings and wished to prevent the Master from coming, so that our Lord's saying, Fear not, only believe, is not a rebuke for his want of faith, but was intended to strengthen the belief which he had already. But if the Evangelist had related, that the ruler of the synagogue joined the friends who came from his house, in saying that Jesus should not be troubled, the words which Matthew relates him to have said, namely, that the damsel was dead, would then have been contrary to what was in his mind.

It goes on, And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

THEOPHYL. For Christ in His lowliness would not do any thing for display. It goes on, And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

PSEUD-CHRYS. But He Himself commands them not to wail, as if the damsel was not dead, but sleeping; wherefore it says, And when he was come in, he said to them, Why make you this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleeps.

PSEUDO-JEROME; It was told the ruler of the synagogue, Your daughter is dead. But Jesus said to him, She is not dead, but sleeps. Both are true, for the meaning is, She is dead to you, but to Me she is asleep.

BEDE; For to men she was dead, who were unable to raise her up; but to God she was asleep, in whose purpose both the soul was living, and the flesh was resting, to raise again. Whence it became a custom amongst Christians, that the dead, who, they doubt not, will rise again, should be said to sleep. It goes on, And they laughed him to scorn.

THEOPHYL. But they laugh at Him, as if unable to do anything farther; and in this He convicts them of bearing witness involuntarily, that she was really dead whom He raised up, and therefore, that it would be a miracle if He raised her.

BEDE; Because they chose rather to laugh at than to believe in this saying concerning her resurrection, they are deservedly excluded from the place, as unworthy to witness His power in raising her, and the mystery of her rising; wherefore it goes on, But when he had put them all out, he takes the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and enters in where the damsel was lying.

CHRYS. Or else, to take away all display, He suffered not all to he with Him; that, however He might leave behind Him witnesses of His divine power, He chose His three chief disciples and the father and mother of the damsel, as being necessary above all. And He restores life to the damsel both by His hand, and by word of mouth. Wherefore it says, And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto you, Arise.

For the hand of Jesus, having a quickening power, quickens the dead body, and His voice raises her as she is lying; wherefore it follows, And straightway the damsel arose and walked.

JEROME; Some one may accuse the Evangelist of a falsehood in his explanation, in that he has added, I say to you, when in Hebrew, Talitha cumi only means, Damsel, arise; but He adds, I say unto thee, Arise, to express that His meaning was to call and command her. It goes on, For she was of the age of twelve years.

GLOSS. The Evangelist added this, to show that she was of an age to walk. By her walking she is shown to have been not only raised up but also perfectly cured. It continues, And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

CHRYS. To show that He had raised her really, and not only to the eve of fancy

BEDE; Mystically; the woman was cured of a bloody flux, and immediately after the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue is reported to be dead, because as soon as the Church of the Gentiles is washed from the stain of vice, and called daughter by the merits of her faith, at once the synagogue is broken up on account of its zealous treachery and envy; treachery, because it did not choose to believe in Christ; envy, because it was vexed at the faith of the Church. What the messengers told the ruler of the synagogue, Why trouble you the Master anymore, is said by those in this day who, seeing the state of the synagogue, deserted by God, believe that it cannot be restored, and therefore think that we are not to pray that it should he restored. But if the ruler of the synagogue, that is, the assembly of the teachers of the Law, determine to believe, the synagogue also, which is subjected to them, will be saved.

Further, because the synagogue lost the joy of having Christ to dwell in it, as its faithlessness deserved, it lies dead as it were, amongst persons weeping and wailing. Again, our Lord raised the damsel by taking hold of her hand, because the hands of the Jews, which are full of blood, must first be cleansed, else the synagogue, which is dead, cannot rise again. But in the woman with the bloody flux, and the raising of the damsel, is shown the salvation of the human race, which was so ordered by the Lord, that first some from Judea, then the fullness of the Gentiles, might come in, and so all Israel might be saved. Again, the damsel was twelve years old, and the woman had suffered for twelve years, because the sinning of unbelievers was contemporary with the beginning of the faith of believers; wherefore it is said, Abraham believed on God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.

GREG. Morally again, our Redeemer raised the damsel in the house, the young man without the gate, Lazarus in the tomb; he still lies dead in the house, whose sin is concealed; he is carried without the gate, whose sin has broken forth into the madness of an open deed; he lies crushed under the mound of the tomb, who in the commission of sin, lies powerless beneath the weight of habit.

BEDE; And we may remark, that lighter and daily errors may he cured by the remedy of a lighter penance. Wherefore the Lord raises the damsel, lying in the inner chamber with a very easy cry, saying, Damsel, arise; but that he who had been four days dead might quit the prison of the tomb, he groaned in spirit, He was troubled, He shed tears. In proportion, then, as the death of the soul presses the more heavily, so much the more ardently must the fervor of the penitent press forward. But this too must be observed, that a public crime requires a public reparation; wherefore Lazarus, when called from the sepulcher, was placed before the eyes of the people: but slight sins require to be washed out by a secret penance, wherefore the damsel lying in the house is raised up before few witnesses, and those are desired to tell no man. The crowd also is cast out before the damsel is raised; for if a crowd of worldly thoughts be not first cast out from the hidden parts of the heart, the soul, which lies dead within, cannot rise. Well too did she arise and walk, for the soul, raised from sin, ought not only to rise from the filth of its crimes, but also to make advances in good works, and soon it is necessary that it should be filled with heavenly bread, that at is, made partaker of the Divine Word, and of the Altar.

Catena Aurea Mark 5
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Raising of Jairus' Daughter

Ilya Repin

Oil on canvas. 229 × 382 cm.
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.

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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings for: July 01, 2012
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Ordinary Time: July 1st

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Old Calendar: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat (Mk 5:41-42).

Click here for commentary on the readings in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.


Sunday Readings
The first reading is taken from the Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 and references a truth which is clearly stated for the first time in the whole Old Testament — man's real destiny is an unending life with God.

The second reading is from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15. St. Paul urges the Corinthians to give generously toward the collection he is organizing for the poor Jewish converts in Palestine.

The Gospel is from St. Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35-43. Today's gospel gives us two further proofs of the divine power and the infinite mercy of our Savior. Apart from the primary purpose of proving his claim to be the promised Messiah, all his miracles had as their aim and end — the benefit of suffering human beings. He worked no miracle for the sake of astonishing people or to satisfy idle gossip. Each one was performed in order to help someone in distress. All who were helped by his miracles of mercy had one thing in common — they were motivated by trust in his mercy and power. The leper in Matthew (8:2) expressed the sentiments of them all: "Lord, if only you will you can cleanse me (of my leprosy)." In many cases, as for instance that of Jarius above, it was a relative or friends who showed this faith and confidence. It was always present either in the fortunate person or in the relative or friend who asked for the miracle.

The Gospels give us only some of the many miracles our Lord worked. They give them to prove that he was what he claimed to be — the Son of God and the long-expected Savior; and also to prove his compassionate understanding and sympathy for suffering humanity.

We must not forget, however, that the meaning of his miracles and his mission was lost on thousands of his contemporaries in Palestine, small though the country was. While great throngs followed our Lord and listened to his message and were interested in his mission, still great throngs remained at home, stolidly immersed in their worldly tasks and thoughts. They heard rumors about the man from Nazareth who was said to be the Messiah, and was supposed to be able to work miracles, but they were too practical, too sensible to listen to such rumors. Anyway they had no interest in the Messiah, or in silly spiritual things, they were fully occupied with their financial and worldly interests.

Has the world changed much in nineteen centuries? How many millions of nominal Christians ignore Christ and his Gospel today, millions who are too practical, too down-to-earth to waste time on such a silly thing as their eternal salvation! How many millions are spiritually sick and dying but who have not the faith, humility and confidence of Jairus, to cast themselves at the feet of Jesus and ask him to cure them? How fortunate would not people be if they would repeat the leper's prayer: "Lord, if only you will you can make me clean"; if they could, like the suffering woman in today's Gospel, break through the throng of worldly pride, worldly interests and worldly associates and touch the hem of his garment; if they had the faith of Jairus; if only they could say to our Lord "come and lay your hands upon me so that I may be made well and live."?

Today, let us say a fervent prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gift of active faith which he has given us and beg of him to keep that faith ever alive in our breasts. Let us think, too, of our fellowmen, our brothers in Christ, who are so busy with their worldly occupations and pleasures that they cannot find time to listen to his message. They are spiritually anemic and almost spiritually dead, but cannot push their way toward Christ through the throngs of earthly, worldly barricades which they have built about themselves. Our sincere prayers can help them to overcome these obstacles; frequently and fervently let us ask God to send them his efficacious grace so that these brothers in Christ will also be with him in heaven.

Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.


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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Mark 5:21-43

“He looked around to see who had done it.” (Mark 5:32)

Sometimes our prayer life can feel a little like a gumball dispenser. We put a quarter in the slot, turn the handle, and expect a gumball to drop out. If we say our prayers, attend church, or do good works, we may think we automatically receive God’s grace. We put in the time, and God dispenses his grace.

But God wants so much more for us! He wants prayer to be a time when we have a personal encounter with him. Look at today’s story of the hemorrhaging woman. It wasn’t enough that she pushed through the crowds and touched Jesus. He want­ed to touch her! He wanted to look into her eyes, listen to her story, and assure her personally that it really was her faith and trust in him that saved her.

In a sense, Jesus was just as per­sistent as this woman was. It didn’t matter that he was on his way to heal someone’s daughter. He still took the time to reach out to this lonely, des­perate woman because she mattered to him just as much as the impor­tant, influential Jairus did.

God wants personal contact with us. It’s not enough for him to dis­pense healing and grace mechani­cally, as if from afar. He wants to see us, to touch us, and to assure us of his love. We don’t have to lower our expectations or reduce the Christian life to a matter of formulas and con­tracts. We were made for commu­nion with God—and Jesus longs for communion with us!

So when you pray today, put aside your to-do list and reach out for Jesus. Push through whatever objec­tions may rise up, and grab hold of his robe. Then don’t be surprised to find Jesus turning and looking at you with love. Don’t be surprised when he speaks words of healing, encour­agement, and direction. He loves spending time with you!

“Jesus, I believe that even now, you are looking for me, waiting for the opportunity to speak to me and touch my heart. Here I am, Lord!”


Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion

(Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13; 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43)

1. What is your understanding of these words from the first reading? “For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his company experience it.”

2. The Responsorial Psalm speaks of the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord. In what way does the psalm show how God has responded to the words above from the first reading? Share some examples from your own life of how the Lord, “did not let my enemies rejoice over me,” “preserved me,” had “pity on me,” and showed me his “good will.”

3. The second reading speaks of sharing our “abundance” from the Lord with others. What part does the “social justice” teachings of the church play in you life, especially those on caring for the poor and needy? What more could you do to make them a greater reality in your life?

4. In the Gospel, the synagogue leader, Jairus, and the women afflicted with hemorrhages approach Jesus with great faith. What role do you think their expectant faith played in the healings that occurred?

5. In his book, “The Practice of Healing Prayer,” Francis MacNutt says that praying with expectant faith means trusting in God’s love, goodness and mercy when we pray. What are the situations in your life that sometimes make it difficult to pray to Jesus with expectant faith? Share any fruits of prayers prayed with expectant faith.

6. In the meditation, we hear these astounding words: “God wants so much more for us. He wants prayer to be a time of personal encounter with him… . We were made for communion with God.” The meditation then ends with these words about our Lord: “He loves spending time with you.” In light of these words, what steps can you take to make this a greater reality in your own times of prayer?

7. Take some time now to pray for the grace to know and experience the Lord’s presence more deeply when you pray. Use the prayer at the end of the meditation as the starting point..


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A Christian Pilgrim

THE HEALINGS OF JESUS

(A biblical refection on THE 13TH ORDINARY SUNDAY – July 1, 2012) 

First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 

Psalms: Ps 30:2,4-6,11-13; Second Reading: 2Cor 8:7,9,13-15; Gospel Reading: Mk 5:21-43 

The Scripture Text

God did not make death, and He does not delight in the death of the living. For He created all things that they might exist, and the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them; and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. For righteousness is immortal.

… for God created man for incorruption, and made him in the image of His own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to His party experience it. (Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24 RSV) 

The possession of good health is so vital, that we hold in high esteem the medical profession and those with special talents for effecting cures.

The first reading taken from the Old Testament’s  “Book of Wisdom” tells us that God did not make death; He does not rejoice in the destruction of the living. For He fashioned all things that they might exist. He formed man to be imperishable. In the Gospel story by Mark we hear the report that Jairus’ daughter is dead. Undaunted by this report, Jesus goes and takes her hand and says: “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mk 5:41). She stand up immediately.

On the one hand, we note that these readings do not deny the destroying power of death. But on the other hand, they also declare that in the end death will be defeated by life.

Jesus spent many days of His ministry healing the sick, blind, deaf, crippled, etc. He did not practice medicine but did perform genuine healings. His reputation spread and people flocked to Him.

The man in today’s Gospel, Jairus, begs Jesus to come and “lay His hands” on his little daughter, “so that she may be made well, and live” (Mk 5:23). On the way a woman, sick for twelve years, pushes through the crowd to merely touch His cloak, convinced a cure will result. She is healed on the spot, because of her faith in His healing powers (see Mk 5:25-34).

When news arrives that the little girl has died, Jesus never breaks His stride but continues to the house and gives her a new lease on life. True religion and good medicine are joined in the person of Jesus. Today they continue to work together for the benefit of society.

Through the sacraments, the Church reaches out to heal. Reconciliation is meant to leave a person feeling better and stronger, ready to begin anew with a good outlook. The sacrament of the sick, approached with faith, consoles, strengthens and cures the recipient of many hurts and fears. It is an example of faith healing at its best.

In the Church we pray for the sick, interceding in behalf of others. Much depends not only on the disposition of the sick person but on the faith of the one asking. Jairus’ daughter did not ask Jesus for the healing; her father did. Possibly the little girl herself had no knowledge of Jesus, but her father believed and Jesus came and worked a miracle because of his faith.

We should not think that all religious healings happen on the center stage of a large auditorium or on television. Genuine healings are private and hidden. Notice in the Gospel, how no one knew the woman was cured except the woman herself. Before He blessed the little girl with new life, Jesus put out the crowd. He was not seeking public applause.

The healings of Jesus were neither magical nor automatic. They flowed directly from religious conviction. Therefore faith must be present before every prayer we pray, before every sacrament we receive, before every healing we seek.

Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, why am I so weak in faith, so full of fear? Show me that I need not be afraid but simply surrender to Your healing touch. Amen.


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A Christian Pilgrim

DEATH

(A biblical refection on THE 13TH ORDINARY SUNDAY – July 1, 2012) 

First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Psalms: Ps 30:2,4-6,11-13; Second Reading: 2Cor 8:7,9,13-15; Gospel Reading: Mk 5:21-43 

Before he died of cancer in 1974, Stewart Alsop wrote a book called Stay of Execution. In this book the one-time columnist for Newsweek revealed his thoughts and feelings about his impending death.

Stewart Alsop observed that there comes a time when “a dying man needs to die just as a sleepy man needs to fall asleep.” Because he was a man of faith and wisdom, he was able to anticipate his death as a deliverance from suffering, both for himself and for his family.

Steward Alsop’s attitude was not one of stoic fatalism but of Christian optimism. He understood that we will all come to a point in our lives when peaceful surrender to death makes more sense than stubbornly struggling on.

Today’s readings deal with the topic of death.

The Old Testament reading from Wisdom tells us: “God did not make death; He does not rejoice in the destruction of the living. For He fashioned all things that they might exist. He formed man to be imperishable.”

In the Gospel story by Mark we hear the report that Jairus’ daughter is dead. Undaunted by this report, Jesus goes and takes her hand and says: “Little girl, get up.” She stands up immediately.

On the one hand, we note that these readings do not deny  the destroying power of death. But on the other hand, they also declare that in the end death will be defeated by life.

Implicit in these readings is a hint of the day of our own resurrection, when we too will get up from our sleep of death and our imperishable nature will be fully revealed. Then will the saying of today’s Psalm 30 be true: “Our mourning will be changed into dancing and we will forever give thanks to the Lord.”

Nevertheless, the thought of death still arouses a lot of dread in us and depresses us. Otherwise why would we spend billions on such things as cancer research and cryogenics? Is it not perhaps because we dread the idea of being a victim of cancer ourselves? Or because we naively hope that some scientific technique will be discovered that will preserve us from the decay of death?

How do we deal with death personally? Perhaps some of us try to escape from death, at least for the moment. We delude ourselves into thinking that we can defeat death, at least temporarily, by distracting ourselves with drugs, sex or excitement.

Some, however, try to accept death philosophically. This is the method of serious thinkers like Dr. Rollo May. In his best-selling book Love and Will, he claims that death is not opposed to life, but is essential for its growth and maturity. The spectre of death can make us live with greater urgency and intensity.

Then there are some of us who are able to face death with faith in Jesus Christ. Ultimately it is our faith in the resurrection of the body that enables us to defeat death decisively.

Ours is the faith of the poet Francis Thompson when he wrote in “The Hound of Heaven” that God is our Father and death is only the shade of His hand outstretched caressingly.

Ours is a faith which allows us to read the Gospel story about Jairus’ daughter not as a mere remembrance of a past historical happening, but as a proclamation and promise of our own rising from the dead by the hand of Jesus.


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Marriage = One Man and One Woman
Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for July 1, 2012:

“(A)s a matter of equality your surplus at the present time should supply their needs.” (2 Cor 8:13-14) Considering your resources, find someone who has less today. Give them some of your surplus – money, time, or talent.


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Sunday Scripture Study

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  -  Cycles B

July 1, 2012

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Opening Prayer  

First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

Psalm: 30:2,4-6,11-13

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15

Gospel Reading: Mark 5:21-24,35b-43

  • Last Sunday if we celebrated the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time (sometimes it’s supplanted by the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist), we heard about Jesus calming the sea. Immediately after that miracle, he spends some time on the eastern shore of the sea in the Gentile region of Gerasa, where he heals a demoniac (Mark 5:1-20). This Sunday’s Gospel reading picks up at verse 21, after he returns to the western (Carpernaum) side of the sea. For the sake of brevity, we will primarily be looking at the optional shorter reading, which concerns the synagogue ruler Jairus and his sick daughter.
  • The synagogue ruler (or archisynagogist) was not a priest or rabbi, but one who’s function was to organize the meetings of the synagogue on Sabbaths and holy days, to lead the prayer and hymns, and to indicated who should explain Sacred Scripture (See Luke 4:16-21).
  • As soon as Jesus disembarks from the boat, Jairus throws himself at his feet. He begs Jesus to lay his hands on the little girl. This was a common gesture of healers at the time. As it turns out, Jesus did not do so (verse 41).
  • (The stories of Jairus and the sick woman do have interesting parallels: both involved females; both involve healing as a result of faith; both involve “12 years;” both involve Jesus’ touch.)

 

QUESTIONS:

  • For all the people pressing for Jesus’ attention, two (Jairus and the sick woman in verses 25-34) get through to him in this passage. Why?
  • How is Jairus’ situation similar to that of the sick woman? How is it different?
  • What is Jesus’ reaction to the news that the child is dead? Jairus reaction? Why did Jesus say the child was asleep? Why was it not necessary for Jesus to lay his hands on the child to heal her? As Jairus, what would you say to the crowd outside your house after Jesus left?
  • Mark tells us that Jairus “fell at Jesus’ feet” and begged him to heal his daughter. When was the last time you “fell at Jesus’ feet” and begged for help?
  • What does Jesus “ignore” in verse 36? What does he tell Jairus? What might God advise you to ignore in order to exercise faith?

Catechism of the Catholic Church: §§ 547-549, 993-994, 2616

 

In times of spiritual cooling and laziness, imagine in your heart those past times when you were full of zeal and solicitude in all things, even the smallest; remember your past efforts and the energy with which you opposed those who wished to obstruct your progress. These recollections will reawaken your soul from its deep sleep, will invest it anew with the fire of zeal, will raise it, as it were, from the dead and will make it engage in an ardent struggle against the devil and sin, thus returning to its former rank.     -St. Isaak of Syria


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The Woman Who Touched Jesus
Pastor’s Column
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 1, 2012
 
“If I but touch his clothes, I will be cured.”
                                                                      Mark 5:28
 
          The hemophiliac woman in our gospel this Sunday (Mark 5:21-41) was on a mission—to touch Jesus! “If only I can touch him I will be cured.” Jesus is surrounded by a large crowd as he presses forward. People are all around him. Many have heard him speak; others have seen him, or brushed up against him in this crowd. But only this particular woman receives a healing—only her touch gets Jesus’ attention--and she hears what she has longed for: “My daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace.” What has she done to be singled out in this way? How can we gain Jesus’ attention?
 
          This gospel is a mirror image of our world. Jesus is passing right by us, all the time, and like so many in the crowd, we do not recognize who is speaking. We hear and see Jesus but do not connect with him. When the gospel is read at Mass, it is Jesus who speaks, and yet have our hearts been moved to conversion? When we receive communion, it is Jesus who passes into and through our body and soul; we touch him, and yet do we realize who we have received and the power he has to offer? This poor woman, who has been to every physician until her savings was depleted, comes at last to the Divine Physician. Did her desperation drive her to go to such lengths?  For she has touched him with her faith, and so she is the only one, out of an enormous crowd, that Jesus singles out to speak directly to her, to look her in the eye.
 
          This woman sneaks up on Jesus. Somehow she manages to get close to him, even in this crowd which presses around. She wishes to be anonymous—just another face in the crowd… just a touch is all she needs. And she does touch him. But Jesus immediately wheels around to confront her: “Who touched me?” 
 
          “You can see how many are pressing in around you” the disciples exclaim, “and yet you are asking ‘Who touched me?’”    In our world, so many people are searching for answers, for healing, for meaning in life. Meanwhile, Jesus continues to pass through the crowds, passing through each generation, if only we could recognize him. Faith is the key that unlocks the Scriptures, that unlocks the meaning of our lives. How do we get the attention of Jesus? By reaching out to him in faith. Faith is the key—it unlocks every hidden door. Christ cannot resist this approach.
 
          Faith is a gift. Jesus hides himself in many places, so that we might seek him in faith—especially in the Eucharist, but also in the people we encounter, the Scriptures, the Church, the daily circumstances of our lives. A simple act of faith, a simple prayer, and Jesus will be speaking and looking directly at you.
                                                                                       
                                                                                Father Gary

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13th Sunday: The Touch of Jesus

"Little girl, I say to you arise"
Wisdom 1: 13-15;2: 23- 24
2 Cor 8: 7,9, 13-15
Mk 5: 21-43
                                                                                                  
Every now and then we run across a clinical study on the importance of human social interaction. As the maxim goes, “Man is not an island.” How true.  Although we have divided ourselves into extraverts and introverts most of us would admit that the experience of loneliness is not pleasant.  We want to belong. We need to be touched as babies and children in order that our social, emotional, and intellectual development is proper.  When we pray, we hope to have some answer, some experience or “touch” of God’s presence that will reassure us we have been heard in prayer.

One study offered 5 reasons on the benefit of human touch:

1.     Feel connected to others.  We are social beings and we need to have that sense of connection with others.

2.     Reduces anxiety. The simple and appropriate touch of another person can make us feel more secure and less anxious.

3.     Bonding. When people are in love or feel some admiration for another or want to offer sympathy, we touch the other person as a sign of affection or reassurance.

4.     Lowers your blood pressure. That’s an interesting one. Touch can slow the heart rate if it is done respectfully of course and has been shown to increase healing from illness.

5.     Improve your outlook. One might be hard pressed to feel pessimistic if they have a sense of connection to others.

In the end, let’s face it, we all need to know that we have value and that others who know us care about whether we live or die.

The readings this weekend offer us a Jesus who clearly was not beyond the value of human contact.  His full human nature would have experienced what we ourselves do in the same human need to be valued.  And in the Gospel, Jesus shows deep compassion for a young girl – he cares whether she lives or dies.

The first reading from Wisdom 1 and 2 remind us that death is not the intent of God.  God’s creation was interrupted by death for God only creates life, beauty and goodness.  Jesus’ coming into the world was to eliminate the final power of death over life and restore us to hope.  Although we all have and will experience death, our faith reassures us that it is not the end.  Christ has indeed conquered our greatest fear.

The tender Gospel passage from Mark 5 shows a Jesus who brought healing and a restored life. However, one was intended and the other apparently caught Jesus by surprise. 

A synagogue leader approaches Jesus with a compelling parental request: “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” (Mk 5: 23). In this cry of a distraught father I think every parent can see themselves.

Notice, he pleads, “. . . lay your hands on her . . .” Touch my daughter and she will get well.  In that simple phrase he asks that his daughter be restored not just to health but though Jesus’ physical touch, she be brought back in union with her family and with those around her. So, perhaps unknowingly, this desperate father hoped that his entire family would be touched by the presence of Jesus.

As Jesus makes his way, a much older woman approaches behind him in the crowd with a similar personal plea: “If I but touch his clothes I shall be cured.” (Mk 5: 28). Although Jesus does not see her, he stops in his tracks and asks, “Who touched me?” His response is not anger but compassion, “Daughter your faith has saved you . . .”  (Mk 5: 34).

In the time of Jesus there were folk healers who would serve primarily the poor with herbal medicines, various incantations, and all sorts of rituals.  Obviously Jarius , the father of the sick child, and this women who had exhausted all other sources, sought out Jesus as a folk healer who would offer some human contact and heal them. Touch my daughter and touch me! Isn’t that also our cry at times?

In the end, both of these healings confirm for us the power of faith.  The woman’s personal faith and trust in Christ brought her a new life.  The parents of the child and their trust in Jesus, however cultural that may have been, likewise brought not just a healed child but a total restoration into the community and a sharing in the banquet that creates that community, “. . . she should be given something to eat.” (Mk 5: 43). And, this entire family was surely celebrated by their extended family and others in the town. As always, God gives more than we ask.

However, we might miss the obvious spiritual themes if we are caught up too much in the “touchy feely” aspects of this very human healing story. The touch of Jesus may indeed foreshadow his own death and resurrection.  As Wisdom told us, “God did not make death . . .” (Ws 1: 13). 

Jesus conquers the power of death and shows us that God’s preferential option is for life, restoration, and community. The woman goes back to her family, her shame is taken away and we can probably assume that this was not the last she saw of Jesus.  Such an experience of his touch would compel her to have some form of further contact.  The same we may assume for Jarius and his family.

Death broke the continuing flow of life but God sent his Son among us to restore a broken and stained creation.  In these healings, in his word, and the gift of his own life on the Cross, we are touched over and over again by a God who calls us to faith and trust.

Our sacramental life is Christ’s continued touch with our broken world.  Through concrete signs that we can smell, feel, hear, and taste God reaches out in love. We are washed clean of sin in Baptism.  We are forgiven of personal sin through Reconciliation. We can be healed both physically and emotionally through the Anointing of the sick. We are touched by the Spirit of God in Confirmation.  We are joined to the larger community through Marriage and Holy Orders. And in the celebration of the Eucharist we are all given “something to eat” that is not a thing but this same person who offered life and hope to the same individuals we hear of in the Gospel this weekend. 

“Reach out and touch someone “was a famous slogan of a telephone company.  Today's world and our increasing challenge to religious liberty compels us to touch society around us with the power of truth and courage based in the Gospel we profess. The Church has called us to be sensory Christians and make our presence known for the common good. Maybe our readings this new month of July also invite us not only to touch but to allow ourselves to be touched by the divine healer – the great physician.
Fr. Tim

46 posted on 07/01/2012 8:19:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The response of God to the mysteries of evil and death

A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time | Carl E. Olson

Readings:
• Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24
• Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
• 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15
• Mk 5:21-43 or Mk 5:21-24, 35b-43

“If God did not create evil, why does it exist? If God did not make death, why do we die?”

These are difficult questions, the sort of questions sometimes asked by those who doubt, or even reject, the existence or goodness of God. Seeing a young child die of a rare illness, watching a loved one consumed by cancer, or reading of a stranger senselessly beaten and murdered—each of these can be a painful question mark inscribed deeply on our souls. Is there is a sensible response to such senseless pain and death?

To the question of evil, the Catechism states, “as pressing as it is unavoidable and as painful as it is mysterious, no quick answer will suffice” (par. 309). It further says the Christian faith, in its entirety, is an answer to this troubling question, beginning with the belief in the goodness of creation and culminating in the call to share in the blessed life, a call that is an invitation to creatures possessing and exercising free will. God is love, his creation is good, and his creatures have the freedom to love or to reject him. These are essential truths about the nature of things, and they start us on the road, however steep, to understanding.

“God did not make death,” insists the author of the Book of Wisdom in today’s first reading, nor rejoices in the death of the living. On the contrary, God created everything that exists simply so it could be. The author refers to the absence of a “destructive drug” among the “wholesome” creatures of the world. This drug is sin, which came into the world through the envy of the devil—the adversary or accuser who seeks to destroy God’s creatures and creation.

This “envy” is likely a reference to the temptation in the Garden of Eden. “Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice,” notes the Catechism, “opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy” (par. 391). Envy might seem at first a small matter, but St. Augustine called it the diabolical sin, for from it come hatred, strife, and joy at the misfortune of others (CCC 2539). It is self-absorbed and thus sets itself against the love and honor due to God and the respect due to our fellow man. 

When Jesus brought the daughter of Jairus back from death, he demonstrated his supernatural power, his compassionate love, and the orientation of his perfect, selfless will. This miracle surely called to mind the astounding actions of the great prophets Elijah (1 Kgs. 17:17-24) and Elisha (2 Kgs. 4:27-38), both of whom brought children back to life. But whereas those men were spokesmen of God, Jesus was the Son of God who spoke of his coming death—and of his triumph over death by his glorious Resurrection (Mk. 8:31-38; 9:30-32; 10:32-34).

The Evangelist Mark recorded three statements made by Jesus in the course of healing the young girl. The first is spoken to the father, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” The second is made the grieving crowd: “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And, finally, to the daughter, “Little girl, I say to you arise!”

These remarks, taken together, are the response of God to the mystery of death. First, we are not to fear death, but to have faith it has been conquered by the Passion, Cross, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Secondly, with the eyes of faith we are able to see there is hope beyond death, and that those who fall asleep in Christ are not dead or extinct, but are fully, really alive.

And, third, at the final judgment, God will reunite the righteous with their bodies, “For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:53; CCC 366). God did not make death, but he has given us a sensible, supernatural response to it.

(This "Opening the Word" column originally appeared in the June 28, 2009, issue of Our Sunday Visitor newspaper.)


47 posted on 07/01/2012 8:40:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Yesterday's Antiphons

 on July 1, 2012 7:59 AM |
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Yesterday, in the traditional calendar, was the Commemoration of Saint Paul, a way of giving the Doctor of the Gentiles equal honour with Saint Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. Whereas the antiphons of June 29th focused on Saint Peter, yesterday's antiphons focused on Saint Paul. I had great joy in singing them at Lauds. They give one an unshakeable hope in the all-sufficient grace of Christ.

Ant. I have planted, * Apollos watered, but God gave the increase, alleluia.

God gave Paul the seed that he planted: the living seed of the Word. "So shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it." (Is 55:11). God gave Apollos the water by which he watered that seed. "You shall draw waters with joy out of the saviour's fountains" (Is 12:3). Finally, God gave the increase. So it is in all our undertakings. God works for us, in us, through us, and by us, as He works in all things turning them to the good of those who love Him. "We know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints" (Rom 8:28).

Ant. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory * in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

To glory in one's infirmities is to open them wide to the grace of Christ. Our Lord deploys His virtus -- HIs divine power -- in the arena of one's infirmities. Infirmities of body, mind, or spirit, are no obstacle to holiness, provided that one surrenders them to Christ. He enters them like a warrior to claim them for Himself. There is no infirmity -- no weakness, brokenness, or personal history -- in which the power of Christ cannot be unleashed to the greater joy of the Church and the greater glory of the Father.

Ant. The grace of God * which was bestowed upon me was not in vain, but his grace abideth ever in me.

The grace of God is the source of all fecundity. Where the grace of God is welcomed there remains nothing sterile, nothing cold, nothing lifeless. "I am come," says the Lord, "that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly" (Jn 10:10). In Christ, Saint Paul was fully alive, and this to the point of spiritual generativity. He call the Galatians, "my little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you" (Gal 4:14). To the Corinthians he writes: "In Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you" (1 Cor 4:15).

Ant. In Damascus * the governor under Aretas the king was desirous to apprehend me ; by the brethren in a basket was I let down by the wall, and so escaped I his hands, in the Name of the Lord.

The fourth antiphon makes it clear that no one, not even the great Apostle of the Nations, can dispense with the help of the brethren. It was "the brethren" who planned and carried out Paul's escape from Damascus. The humble man will accept the care of the brethren. He will trust them to the point of allowing himself to be lowered over a wall in a basket! He who would minister alone, refusing the ministrations of others, remains a prisoner.

Ant. Thrice was I beated with rods, once was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, for the Name of Christ

Suffering is inherent to the Christian life. While some are called to endure great sufferings in the public eye, most of us are called to bear with little sufferings in the hiddenness of what Saint Thérèse called "the little way." Mingled into the Passion and Death of Christ as the drop of water is mingled into the wine of the chalice, the sufferings of ordinary folk, especially those sufferings that are hidden from the eyes of the world, become a participation in the Sacrifice of the Cross.


48 posted on 07/01/2012 8:47:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus

 on July 1, 2012 9:05 AM |
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Like most chaplets or repetitive prayers, this Offering of the Precious Blood for Priests is meant to be prayed quietly and gently as a way of "turning into prayer" (oratio), the Word of God received (lectio), and meditated (meditatio). This sort of prayer can, by the grace of God, lead one to a simple abiding in adoration in the presence of God (contemplatio).

Offering of the Precious Blood for Priests


This chaplet of reparation and intercession is meant to be prayed on an ordinary five decade rosary.

Incline (+) unto my aid, O God; O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Alleluia. (After Septuagesima: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.)

On the Our Father beads:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee
the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:19)
in reparation for my sins
and for the sins of all Thy priests.

On the Hail Mary beads:

By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus, purify and sanctify Thy priests.

In place of the Glory be to the Father:

O Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named (Ephesians 3:14), have mercy on all Thy priests, and wash them in the Blood of the Lamb.


49 posted on 07/01/2012 8:49:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Touching the Lord
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Father Robert DeCesare, LC
Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, "My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live." He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured." Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?" But his disciples said to him, "You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ´Who touched me?´" And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction." While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official´s house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?" Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith." He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, "Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep." And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child´s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, Talitha koum, which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

 Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you taught: “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matthew 7:7). You invite me to place my petition here before you. I believe Lord, that you will hear my prayer if I earnestly ask you with a sincere heart . I hope in your goodness and mercy, and I offer you my love even if it is paltry in comparison to yours , for you are the wellspring of love and goodness itself.

  Petition: Lord, help me to reach out to you with faith.

 1. “If I But Touch His Clothes ” Lord, at times you can seem so distant, so far from us. I believe that you are God, all-powerful and almighty. Yet, Lord, I believe that you want me to come to you. As great and as mighty as you are, you invite me to come to you as a little child. How seldom do I seek to reach out to you like the woman suffering a hemorrhage! What great faith she has. All she wants to do is have contact with you. She doesn’t seek much, just a brief moment. At times my life goes by so fast that I do not seek even that. I worry about my own things, and I get so caught up in my own problems that I do not think about bringing them to you as she does. It seems so right and so easy , yet how frequently do I hold the attitude she does?

 2. “Who Touched Me?” Lord, it must please you to recognize someone has reached out to you. Many times you marveled at our faith, even if it be just for a moment. You were amazed at the faith of the centurion when he said: “Only speak the word, and let my servant be healed” (Luke 7:7). You promised the “Good Thief” that he would be with you in Paradise. This woman believed that you could do something to make a difference in her life, and she sought you out. How often do we touch you? How often do we bring you to look for us, to seek us out because we seek you out?

 3. “Your Faith Has Saved You ” Faith in you, Lord, is what inspired the woman to touch your cloak. She believed that you would make her well. Reaching out to you was her prayer. She knows who she is: a creature whom the Father has made, a poor soul in need of help. She ha d tried to do it alone, seeking cures in medicine. They only worsened her condition. Now she asks for your help. Not only do you help her, Lord, but you save her. You are waiting to do the same for me if I simply come to you and make my petition. Lord, I believe that by making my petition known to you, I am being the person you made me to be. I am one who is totally dependent on you. I need you for everything. By myself I can do nothing, but with you I can do all things (Cf. Galatians 2: 20).

  Conversation with Christ: Lord, I recognize that you want me to touch you like the woman with a hemorrhage did. I believe, Lord, that you are waiting for me to come to you as she did. All I have to do is reach out and touch you. You will be there to answer my prayer.

 Resolution: I shall make two acts of faith during the day so as to reach out to my Lord, who is waiting for me to come to him .


50 posted on 07/01/2012 9:21:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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