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Daily Readings for: October 08, 2012
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and to give what prayer does not dare to ask. 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: October 8th

Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Old Calendar: St. Bridget of Sweden, widow; Sts. Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus and Apuleius, martyrs

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Bridget of Sweden, widow. It is also the feast of Sts. Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus and Apuleius, Roman martyrs. In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, these martyrs, plus many others, are honored on June 30 and St. Bridget is celebrated on July 23.

Sts. Sergius and Bacchus
Sergius and Bacchus were martyrs under the Diocletian persecution around the year 303 A.D. Legend states that Sergius was an officer in the Roman army and Bacchus an officer under him, and both were friends of Emperor Maximian. When they did not enter a temple of Jupiter with the Emperor, he ordered them to do so. When they further refused his order that they sacrifice to pagan gods, they were humiliated by being led through the streets of Arabissus in women's garb. Maximian then sent them to Rosafa, Mesopotamia, where they were scourged so terribly that Bacchus died of the scourging. Sergius was then tortured further and beheaded.

Symbols: Former with cross; white shield with gold cross fleuree; scourges.

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Sts. Marcellus and Apuleius
At Rome, the holy martyrs Marcellus and Apuleius, who at first were followers of Simon Magus, but seeing the wonders performed through the Apostle Peter, they abandoned Simon and embraced the apostolic doctrine. After the death of the apostles, under the proconsul Aurelian, they won the crown of martyrdom and were buried near the City.

Roman Martyrology

33 posted on 10/08/2012 6:52:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Luke 10:25-37

27th Week in Ordinary Time

“Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

Just what was this scribe get­ting at? Was he trying to narrow the scope of his responsibilities toward other people? Was he trying to see if Jesus would exclude the Roman army or other Gentiles from his def­inition of “neighbor”?

Rather than answering directly, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan, and he finished by ask­ing which character had been a neighbor to the beaten man. So what was Jesus getting at?

In a sense, he was saying: “Don’t worry about who is or is not your neighbor. Instead, decide that you will be a neighbor to everyone you meet. Change your perspective this way, and you will end up loving your neighbor as yourself.”

Here’s a great way to try to put this parable into practice. Spend some time today in a public place, where you can watch people com­ing and going around you—maybe on a park bench, at a street cor­ner, or in a neighborhood eatery. You can do this also as you kneel at Mass or as you relate with your co­workers. As each person passes by, tell yourself: “That’s my neighbor.” That homeless man looking for a handout—he’s your neighbor. The business woman on her cell phone in the thousand-dollar suit—she’s your neighbor. The young boys skateboarding past you with bored looks on their faces—they’re your neighbors. So bless them!

As you do this, you’ll find your mind awakening to a fuller grasp of what Jesus was trying to tell this scribe. Your neighbor is anyone who needs to know and experience the love and mercy of God right now— and that’s pretty much everyone.

You may also find questions stir­ring inside you: “I wonder if he has ever experienced God’s love?” “What’s making him smile so broadly?” “What burdens is she car­rying around?” Questions like these are signs that God is opening your eyes to these people: they’re not just your neighbors; they’re part of your family. They’re the broth­ers and sisters God has given you to love, to bless, and to honor.

“Jesus, open my eyes to see all my neighbors today. Give me compassion to reach out to those in need of your love and mercy. Stretch me beyond my comfort zone, so that I can become more like you.”

Galatians 1:6-12, Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10

34 posted on 10/08/2012 6:56:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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