Sunday, September 6, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Monday, September 7, 2020 - Your Virtual Church



FIRST READING

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the  Corinthians            5:1-8


I have been told as an undoubted fact that one of you is living with his father’s wife. This is a case of sexual immorality among you that must be unparalleled even among pagans. How can you be so proud of yourselves? You should be in mourning. A man who does a thing like that ought to have been expelled from the community. Though I am far away in body, I am with you in spirit, and have already condemned the man who did this thing as if I were actually present. When you are assembled together in the name of the Lord Jesus, and I am spiritually present with you, then with the power of our Lord Jesus he is to be handed over to Satan so that his sensual body may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
The pride that you take in yourselves is hardly to your credit. You must know how even a small amount of yeast is enough to leaven all the dough, so get rid of all the old yeast, and make yourselves into a completely new batch of bread, unleavened as you are meant to be. Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed; let us celebrate the feast, then, by getting rid of all the old yeast of evil and wickedness, having only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 5
Response                                 Lead me, Lord, in your justice.

1. You are no God who loves evil;
no sinner is your guest.
The boastful shall not stand their ground
before your face.                            Response

2. You hate all who do evil:
you destroy all who lie.
The deceitful and bloodthirsty man
the Lord detests.                            Response

3. All those you protect shall be glad
and ring out their joy.
You shelter them; in you they rejoice,
those who love your name.            Response

Gospel  Acclamation                 Ps 118: 105
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.
Alleluia !

or                                                       Jn 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke           6:6-11.

On the sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure a man on the sabbath, hoping to find something to use against him. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up! Come out into the middle.’ And he came out and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, ‘I put it to you: is it against the law on the sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?’ Then he looked round at them all and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand’. He did so, and his hand was better. But they were furious, and began to discuss the best way of dealing with Jesus.
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At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint September 7 : St. Cloud - Son of King Clovis and Prince of France who Consecrated himself to the service of God



Saint Cloud is the most illustrious Saint among the princes of the royal family of the first French dynasty, the Merovingians (499-752). Born in 522, he was the son of Chlodomir, King of Orleans and eldest son of Clovis and Saint Clotilda. He was not yet three years old when his father was killed during a war. His grandmother, Saint Clotilda, brought him and his two brothers to Paris to be educated, and loved them dearly.
\ Their ambitious uncles, however, desiring to divide the kingdom of Orleans between themselves, slew with their own hands the two young brothers of Cloud. He, by a special dispensation of Providence, was saved from the massacre. Later, renouncing the world, he privately consecrated himself to the service of God. After distributing to the poor what he could salvage of his heritage, he retired to a hermitage to be under the discipline of a holy recluse named Severinus, who dwelt near the gates of Paris and who clothed him with the monastic habit. His uncles left him alone, seeing his inalterable decision to live as a religious, and conceded certain heritages to him. When he became famous through an act of charity rewarded by a miracle, he withdrew secretly to Provence. There again, his hermitage was sought out by petitioners. He decided to return to Paris, where he was received with the greatest joy.

At the earnest request of the people, he was ordained a priest in 551 by Eusebius, Bishop of Paris, and served the Church of that city for some time in the functions of the sacred ministry. Again he found himself in great honor; he therefore retired to Nogent, a place now known as Saint Cloud, two leagues south of Paris, where he built a monastery. There he was joined by many pious men, who fled from the world for fear of losing their souls in its midst. Saint Cloud was chosen by them to be their Superior, and he animated them to virtue both by word and example. He was also indefatigable in instructing and exhorting the faithful of the neighboring regions. He died at Nogent in 560, and the major part of his relics remain still in the parochial church of the village. (written source: Magnificat.ca)

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Pope Francis tells Athletes "With God's help, we run together , let us run together, for fraternity and human dignity." Full Text


GREETING FROM THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLIDARITY SPORTS INITIATIVE "WE RUN TOGETHER"
Saturday, 5th September 2020



Dear friends and dear sports friends, good morning, once again!
Together, on May 20, we launched the We Run Together sporting initiative , as support and thanks for two realities at the forefront of assisting coronavirus patients: the Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo and the Poliambulanza Foundation in Brescia. Today a representative of their staff is present here. Welcome! And greeting you, I greet all your colleagues in Italy and around the world who work with sacrifice alongside the sick. God reward you for your efforts!
And today I would also like to thank many athletes from various countries, who have offered various sports items for the solidarity auction. I was very pleased to know that some athletes have also opened the door of their home for the joy of a direct meeting. And this is important: to open the door of your home is to open your heart. It is a signal [to say]: "I open my heart".
Indeed, the We Run Together initiative brought together famous champions and other champions who carry a disability and thus honor sport on the same level of human and sporting dignity. An inclusive, fraternal sport, also capable of healing wounds, building bridges, building social friendship. This, especially for the younger ones, is an eloquent message. It is a real sport, it always has that amateurish dimension, the amateur … It's free. Cardinal [Ravasi] said the word "gratuitousness". It is typical of amateur sport .
I am happy that you of "Athletica Vaticana" are continuing this way of experiencing sport. Keep it up! And I hope that you will be able to hold the Meeting that was scheduled for last spring as soon as possible, in collaboration with the Guardia di Finanza, the “Cortile dei Gentili” and Fidal Lazio. In the meantime, I am pleased to offer some of my interventions on the theme of sport in a new book from the Vatican Publishing House.
Thank you all for what you do and for this meeting. With God's help, we run together , let us run together, for fraternity and human dignity. Thank you!


Pope Francis says "...make an effort not to Gossip. Chatter is a plague more awful than Covid!"




ANGELUS
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 6 September 2020


Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
This Sunday's Gospel passage (cf. Mt 18:15-20) is taken from Jesus' fourth discourse in Matthew's account, known as the discourse on the 'community' or the 'ecclesial' discourse.  Today's passage speaks about fraternal correction, and invites us to reflect on the twofold dimension of Christian existence: community, which demands safeguarding communion - that is, the unity of the Church - and personal, which obliges attention and respect for every individual conscience.
To correct a brother who has made a mistake, Jesus suggests a  pedagogy of rehabilitation. And Jesus' pedagogy is always a  pedagogy of rehabilitation, of salvation. And this  pedagogy of rehabilitation is articulated in three passages. In the first place he says: “point out the fault when the two of you are alone” (v. 15), that is, do not air his sin in public. It is about going to your brother with discretion, not to judge him but to help him realize what he has done. How many times have we had this experience: someone comes and tells us: 'But listen, you were mistaken about this. You should change a little in this regard'. Perhaps in the beginning  we get angry, but then we say 'thank you', because it is a gesture of brotherhood, of communion, of help, of rehabilitation.
And it is not easy to put  this teaching of Jesus into practice, for various reasons. There is the fear that the brother or sister may react badly; at times you may lack sufficient confidence with him or with her. And other reasons. But every time we have done this, we have felt it was precisely the way of the Lord.
However, it may happen that, despite my good intentions, the first intervention may fail. In this case it is good not to give up and say: 'Make do, I wash my hands of it'. No, this is not Christian. Do not give up, but seek the support of some other brother or sister. Jesus says: “if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses” (v. 16). This is a precept of Mosaic law (cf. Deut 19:15). Although it may seem a disadvantage to the accused, in reality it will serve to protect him against false accusers. But Jesus goes further: the two witnesses are called not to accuse and judge, but to help. 'But let us agree, you and I, let us go talk to this man or woman, who is mistaken, who is making a bad impression. Let us go as brothers and speak to him or her'. This is the attitude of rehabilitation that Jesus wants from us. In fact Jesus explains that even this approach – the second approach, with witnesses - may fail, unlike Mosaic law, for which the testimony of two or three witnesses was enough to convict.
Indeed, even the love of two or more brothers or sisters may be insufficient, because that man or woman is stubborn. In this case – Jesus adds – “tell it to the church” (v. 17), that is, the community. In some situations the entire community becomes involved. There are things that can have an impact on other brothers and sisters: it takes a greater love to rehabilitate the brother. But at times even this may not be enough. And Jesus says: “and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” (ibid.). This expression, seemingly so scornful, in reality invites us to put the brother in God's hands: only the Father will be able to show a greater love than that of all brothers and sisters put together.
This teaching of Jesus helps us a great deal, because – let us consider an example – when we see a mistake, a fault, a slip, in that brother or sister, usually the first thing we do is to go and recount it to others, to gossip. And gossip closes the heart to the community, closes off the unity of the Church. The great gossiper is the devil, who always goes about telling bad things about others, because he is the liar who seeks to separate the Church to distance brothers and sisters and not create community. Please, brothers and sisters, let us make an effort not to gossip. Chatter is a plague more awful than Covid! Let us make an effort: no gossip. It is the love of Jesus, who had embraced the tax collectors and Gentiles,  scandalizing the conformists of the time. However it is not a sentence without an appeal, but a recognition that at times our human attempts may fail, and that only being before God can bring the brother to face his own conscience and responsibility for his actions. If this matter does not work, then silence and prayer for the brother or sister who has made a mistake, but never gossip.
May the Virgin Mary help us to make fraternal correction a healthy practice, so that in our communities ever new fraternal relationships, founded on mutual forgiveness and above all on the invincible power of God's mercy, may be instilled.

After  the Angelus, the Holy Father continued:
Dear brothers and sisters!
I greet you all, people of Rome and pilgrims from various countries families, parish groups, associations.
In particular, I greet the seminarians from the North American College of Rome; and those from the Major Seminary of Lubiana, Slovenia. I greet the  youth from Cernusco sul Naviglio and those from Chiuso and Maggianico – with the yellow handkerchiefs – who are preparing for the profession of faith. I encourage everyone to  cling more and more to Jesus, the Cornerstone and Good Shepherd.
I greet the women athletes affected by multiple sclerosis, who have travelled the via Francigena from Siena to Rome; and the young people from Santo Stefano Lodigiano, who came by bicycle for a charitable initiative. Both of these groups have been courageous; go forth with joy and confidence!
I also greet the faithful from other countries; I see that there are Poles, Lebanese, French, Mexicans. I greet all of you. You too, brave ones, of the Immaculate: onward!

I wish everyone a happy Sunday. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch! Arrivederci!