Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sunday Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, October 25, 2020 - In Your Virtual Church - 30th Ord. Time - A



 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 148
Reading 1
EX 22:20-26
Thus says the LORD:
"You shall not molest or oppress an alien,
for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. 
You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. 
If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,
I will surely hear their cry. 
My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword;
then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans.
"If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people,
you shall not act like an extortioner toward him
by demanding interest from him. 
If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge,
you shall return it to him before sunset;
for this cloak of his is the only covering he has for his body. 
What else has he to sleep in?
If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate."
 
Responsorial Psalm
PS 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
The LORD lives and blessed be my rock!
Extolled be God my savior.
You who gave great victories to your king
and showed kindness to your anointed.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
Reading 2
1 THES 1:5C-10
Brothers and sisters:
You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake. 
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord,
receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit,
so that you became a model for all the believers
in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth
not only in Macedonia and in Achaia,
but in every place your faith in God has gone forth,
so that we have no need to say anything. 
For they themselves openly declare about us
what sort of reception we had among you,
and how you turned to God from idols
to serve the living and true God
and to await his Son from heaven,
whom he raised from the dead,
Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.
Alleluia
JN 14:23
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
MT 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 
He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
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 October 25 : St. Crispin and St. Crispianus who were Brothers and Martyrs - the Patrons of Shoemakers

The French say Crispin and his brother Crispianus were born into a wealthy Roman family in the third century A.D. During the Diocletian persecution of Christians they escape to Noviodunum in France—later known as Soissons. Effectively disinherited and forced to fall back upon their own resources, Crispin and Crispianus become shoemakers. Though teaching the gospel was their life's work, they made shoes for the poor. Arrested and led before the Roman authorities, they were urged to recant. Both refused. Millstones were hung about their necks and they were thrown into the river Aisne. But both had the makings of sainthood in them even then and they refused to drown. At this point they were thrown into a cauldron of boiling lead, then a cauldron of pitch, then fat and oil but, they emerged unscathed. Legend suggests that they frolicked and sang until delivered by an angel. They were beheaded on November 8th, 288 A.D. on a plain near Soissons, which later became known as St. Crepin-en-Chaye.


The English version depicts Crispin and his brother as the sons of the queen of Logia, or Kent. To escape the persecution of Christians by Diocletian, the brothers dressed in commoners’ clothes and left their mother and the town of their birth—now known as Canterbury. Arriving in Faversham in the middle of the night, they knocked on a door from which a merry song emanated. This was the house of Robards, a master shoemaker. Impressed by their manners, Robards took them in. Straightaway they entered a seven year apprenticeship. So good was their work that Robards soon found himself appointed shoemaker to Maximinus, Diocletian's associate Emperor. Sent to Canterbury with shoes for Ursula, the Emperor’s daughter, Crispin was struck by her beauty and fell in love with her. After all the trials and tribulations that love and class can inflict upon them, Ursula and Crispin secretly married. When Maximinus learned of Crispin's high birth, he became reconciled to their marriage and blessed their son saying: "A shoemaker's son is a prince born." The marriage was confirmed October the 25th and celebrated with feasting and drinking. That day has ever since been the shoemakers' holiday. Shared from thehcc.org/crispin.htm - Image SHARE Google Images

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Pope Francis says "We see Our Lady like this: She who makes Christ enter, who makes Christ pass, who gave birth to Christ..." FULL TEXT


 

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF THE
PONTIFICAL THEOLOGICAL FACULTY "MARIANUM", ROME

Paul VI Audience Hall
Saturday, 24 October 2020

 Dear brothers and sisters ,

I greet you and congratulate you on the 70th anniversary of the foundation of your Theological Faculty! Thank you, Father Chancellor, for your kind words. The Marianum , from its birth, has been entrusted to the care of the Servants of Mary. I therefore wish each of you to live the service following the example of Mary, "the handmaid of the Lord" ( Lk 1:38). A Marian style, a style that will benefit theology, the Church and you so much.

We could ask ourselves: does Mariology serve the Church and the world today? Obviously the answer is yes. Going to school with Mary is going to a school of faith and life. She, a teacher because she is a disciple, teaches well the alphabet of human and Christian life. But there is also another aspect, linked to today. We live in the time of the Second Vatican Council . No other Council in history has given Mariology as much space as that dedicated to it by chapter VIII of Lumen Gentium , which concludes and in a certain sense summarizes the entire dogmatic Constitution on the Church. This tells us that the times we live in are the times of Mary . But we need to rediscover Our Lady from the perspective of the Council Just as the Council brought to light the beauty of the Church by returning to the sources and removing the dust that had deposited on it over the centuries, so the wonders of Mary can be better rediscovered by going to the heart of her mystery. There two elements emerge, well highlighted by Scripture: she is mother and woman. The Church is also mother and woman.

Mother . Recognized by Elizabeth as "mother of the Lord" (v. 43), the Theotokos is also the mother of all of us. In fact, to the disciple John, and in him to each of us, the Lord on the cross said: "Behold your mother!" Jn 19:27). Jesus, in that saving hour, was giving us his life and his Spirit; and he did not let his work be accomplished without giving us Our Lady, because he wants us to walk in life with a mother, indeed with the best of mothers (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangellii gaudium , 285). St. Francis of Assisi loved her precisely because she was a mother. It has been written of him that "he surrounded the Mother of the Lord Jesus with unspeakable love, for the fact that she made our brother the Lord of Majesty" (St. Bonaventure, Legenda major , 9.3: FF 1165). Our Lady made God our brother and as a mother she can make the Church and the world more fraternal.

The Church needs to rediscover her maternal heart, which beats for unity; but our Earth also needs it, to return to being the home of all its children. Our Lady desires it, "she wants to give birth to a new world, where we are all brothers, where there is a place for every discarded part of our societies" (Encyclical Letter Fratelli tutti , 278). We need motherhood, one who generates and regenerates life with tenderness, because only gift, care and sharing hold the human family together. We think the world without mothers , : did not happen. Profits and profits, alone, do not give a future, on the contrary at times they increase inequalities and injustices. Mothers, on the other hand, make each child feel at home and give hope.

The Marianum is therefore called to be a fraternal institution, not only through the beautiful family atmosphere that distinguishes you, but also by opening up new possibilities for collaboration with other institutes, which will help to broaden horizons and keep up with the times. Sometimes there is fear of opening up, thinking of losing one's own specificities, but when one gets involved in giving life and generating the future, one is not mistaken, because one acts like mothers. And Mary is a mother who teaches the art of meeting and walking together. It is beautiful then that, as in a large family, different theological and spiritual traditions converge in the Marianum , which also contribute to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

Our Lady - this is the other essential element - is a woman . Perhaps the oldest Mariological data in the New Testament says that the Savior was "born of a woman" ( Gal 4: 4). In the Gospel, then, Mary is the woman, the new Eve, who intervenes for our salvation from Cana to Calvary (cf. Jn 2 : 4; 19:26). Finally, it is the woman clothed with the sun who takes care of the descendants of Jesus (cf. Rev 12:17). As the mother makes a family of the Church, so the woman makes us a people. It is no coincidence that popular piety draws on the Madonna naturally. It is important that Mariology follows it carefully, promotes it, sometimes purifies it, always remaining attentive to the "signs of the Marian times" that run through our age.

Among these, there is precisely the role of woman: essential for the history of salvation, it can only be for the Church and for the world. But how many women do not receive the dignity due to them! The woman, who brought God into the world, must be able to bring his gifts into history. We need his ingenuity and his style. Theology needs it, so that it is not abstract and conceptual, but delicate, narrative, vital. Mariology, in particular, can contribute to bringing into culture, also through art and poetry, the beauty that humanizes and instills hope. And it is called to seek more worthy spaces for women in the Church, starting with the common baptismal dignity. Because the Church, as I said, is a woman. Like Mary, she is a mother, like Mary.

Father Rupnik made a picture, which appears to be a picture of Our Lady, and it is not. It seems that the Madonna is in the foreground, and instead the message is: the Madonna is not in the foreground. She receives Jesus, and with her hands, like steps, she brings him down. It is the synkatabasis of Christ through Our Lady: condescension. And Christ presents himself as a child but Lord, with the Law in his hand. But also as a child of a woman, weak, clinging to the mantle of the Madonna. This work of Father Rupnik is really a message. And who is Mary for us? She who, for each of us, brings Christ down: Christ the fullness of God, Christ the man who made himself weak for us. Christ the man who became weak for us. We see Our Lady like this: She who makes Christ enter, who makes Christ pass, who gave birth to Christ, and always remains a woman. It's that simple ... And we ask that Our Lady bless us. I will now give the blessing to all of you, asking that we may always have that spirit of children and brothers in us. Children of Mary, children of the Church, brothers among us.

FULL TEXT Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation from Italian - Image Source: Screenshot Vatican.va

Jesuit Order Demands Release of 83-Year-Old Catholic Priest Arrested in India on False Charges




Vatican News reports that Fr. Swamy was denied bail during a court hearing. The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay said, “We pray that justice be done, that he be peaceful, keep good health and we pray that he is released soon.”   

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Press Release: Jesuits Demand Immediate Release of Fr. Stan Swamy, SJ

October 22, 2020 — Fr. Stan Swamy, SJ, was expecting his arrest. Over the summer, he was interrogated multiple times by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), and his home was raided. “I’m not a silent spectator,” he said in a video recorded on October 6. “I’m part of the game and ready to pay the price whatever be it.”

Two days later, Fr. Swamy was arrested by the NIA for alleged involvement with “Maoist rebels and terrorists.” He denies these allegations. Fr. Swamy is one of 16 human rights activists arrested on similar charges in recent months.

Fr. Stan Swamy, SJ

At 83 years old, Fr. Swamy has spent the last 50 years ministering to India’s poorest and marginalized communities. He lives and works at a Jesuit social action center in the west of India, among the Adivasi Indigenous peoples. Fr. Swamy has documented the systemic erosion of Adivasi land rights by the Indian government. He argues that the Indian government has abused its power by falsely imprisoning thousands of Adivasi activists. Many believe this outspoken dissent is the real reason for Fr. Swamy’s arrest.

According to a statement from the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) for the Society of Jesus, Fr. Swamy is committed to peaceful dissent. “He always dared to speak truth to power and expose the large-scale abuse of power using anti-terror and sedition laws and land grabbing without due process of consultation as required,” says SJES secretary Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ.

Across the globe, Jesuit communities are demanding the release of Fr. Swamy and his colleagues through the Jesuit Conference of South Asia’s #StandwithStan Campaign. Nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for the immediate release of the 16 detainees.

Staff at the Jesuit Curia in Rome protest Fr. Swamy’s detention.

In a letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jesuit Provincial Fr. Erik Oland, SJ, said: “Canada aspires to be a leader in the promotion and advancement of human rights in the international stage. We cannot espouse these principles and values as a nation and do nothing in this case.”


Jesuit Conference President Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “ask the Indian Government to ensure his immediate release, and ask it to refrain from arbitrary arrests of innocent citizens.”


Fr. Swamy’s case is part of a larger crackdown on human rights advocacy across India, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. “I am concerned that vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices,” and “to deter or punish NGOs for human rights reporting and advocacy that the authorities perceive as critical in nature,” she said in a statement released on October 20.

NIA officials say Fr. Swamy will not be released until at least October 23 — even as concerns mount over his health. Fr. Swamy suffers from Parkinson’s disease, making him especially vulnerable to COVID-19, which has spiked across India in recent weeks.


Jesuits in London call for Fr. Swamy’s release.

“What is happening to me is not something unique happening to me alone,” Fr. Swamy said in his final video testimony. “It is a broader process that is taking place all over the country. We are all aware how prominent intellectuals, lawyers, writers, poets, activists, students, leaders, they are all put into jail because they have expressed their dissent or raised questions about the ruling powers of India. We are part of the process. In a way I am happy to be part of this process.”

FULL TEXT Release: Jesuits.org

Italian Diocese Issues Excommunication Decree for Former Franciscan Priest who was Laicized and Former Spiritual Director to Visionaries at Medjugorje - Mr. Tomislav Vlašić

Mr. Tomislav Vlašić, was laicized in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. He was a spiritual director to visionaries at Medjugorje. Prior to laicization he belonged to Franciscan order. He is a leader of the New Age/UFO religious community "Queen of Peace - Totally Yours - to Jesus through Mary" which is active in Italy. Vlašić was born in Sovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 16th, 1942 , and is 78 years old. He has 1 child and has had 2 partners: Manda Kožul (formally religious Sister Rufina) (until 1977) and Agnes Heupel (1987–2014).
FULL TEXT - PRESS RELEASE - October 23, 2020

Subject: COMMUNICATION REGARDING MR. TOMISLAV VLAŠIĆ

On 22 July 2020 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith formally

communicated to the Bishop of Brescia that on 15 July 2020 it was issued by the same Congregation a declarative DECREE concerning Mr. Tomislav Vlašić.

The decree declared that Mr. Vlašić incurred the penalty of excommunication mentioned in can.

1331 §§1-2 of the Code of Canon Law. The serious canonical penal provision has been imposed towards him due to the fact that unfortunately, during these years, Mr. Vlašić has never complied with the prohibitions imposed on him in the canonical penal precept issued against him by the the same Congregation, on 10 March 2009, under penalty of excommunication reserved for the Holy See.

In fact, in all these years, in the Diocese of Brescia and in other places, he continued to carry out apostolic activities towards individuals and groups, both through conferences and by computer means; continued to declare himself religious and priest of the Catholic Church, simulating the celebration of invalid sacraments; continued to cause serious scandal among the faithful, carrying out acts seriously damaging to ecclesial communion and obedience to the Authority

ecclesiastical (see Declaration to the faithful of the Diocese of Brescia of 17 January 2020, prot. no. 41/20).

Because of this penalty of excommunication, Mr. Vlašić is prohibited from taking part in any way as a minister at the celebration of the Eucharist or any other worship ceremony public, to celebrate sacraments or sacramentals and to receive the sacraments, to exercise functions in

any offices or ministries or ecclesiastical offices, or to establish acts of government. In the event that Mr. Vlašić intended to take part in the celebration of the Eucharist or in any act of public worship,

he must be dismissed or the liturgical action must be interrupted, if a grave cause is not opposed.

It will be the responsibility of the Bishop of Brescia, having regard to the indications received from the Holy See, to provide upon notification of the aforementioned decree to the interested party, duly informing the Bishops of the C.E.I. and other interested Ordinaries, from non-Italian dioceses, from which the faithful who follow Mr. Vlašić.

Thanking you for your attention, best regards

Don Adriano Bianchi Direttore Ufficio per le Comunicazioni Sociali

Source: https://www.diocesi.brescia.it/comunicati-stampa-diocesi-brescia

Background Source on Mr. Vlasic: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/5913677/Pope-Benedict-XVI-unfrocks-Medjugorje-priest.html

US Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Sends Judge Barrett’s Nomination to the Full Senate - FULL TEXT Official Release



 OCTOBER 22, 2020

Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Sends Judge Barrett’s Nomination to the Full Senate

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after the committee voted unanimously to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Now, the full Senate must vote on her nomination.

All 12 committee Republicans voted in favor of advancing Barrett’s nomination. Democrats boycotted the vote, and therefore Barrett did not receive a single vote against her nomination.

Graham said:

  • “This is a historic moment for young conservative women. Now you know there is a place at the table for you. It’s a historic moment for the Court because Judge Barrett is someone who openly embraces her faith and has lived a consequential life.”
  • “As you know, our Democratic colleagues announced last night that they would boycott today’s vote. They made a choice not to participate. It was my choice to call a vote on Barrett’s nomination today. We won’t allow them to take over the committee.”
  • “The committee questioned Judge Barrett and heard about her qualifications from outside witnesses. Judge Barrett acquitted herself well. She was challenged, but it was fair. The American people got to see firsthand just how qualified Judge Barrett is to serve on the Supreme Court.”
  • “The nomination process took a dark turn in 2013 when the Democrats changed the rules of the Senate for District and Circuit court nominees requiring a simple majority vote. As I said in 2013, I fear over time the rules changes will have a chilling effect on the judiciary and create greater divisions within the Senate.”
  • “Here’s some good news. The Senate Judiciary Committee got it right when it came to Judge Barrett. It would have been wrong to deny her a vote. We did the right thing.”

Pope Francis Appoints Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem - FULL TEXT Release



Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa appointed Latin Patriarch of JerusalemPublished: October 24 Sat, 2020Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa appointed Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem 

Statement from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

STATEMENT - His Holiness, Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa as the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem after his service as Apostolic Administrator for a period of four years.

With feelings of joy and gratitude, the family of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Amman, Nazareth and Cyprus, in particular the bishops, patriarchal vicars, priests, deacons, seminarians, religious men and women, consecrated men and women, the People of God in all the parishes as well as the workers in the diocesan institutions, congratulate the new Patriarch wishing His Beatitude success in carrying out his exceptional responsibilities, especially in these unusual circumstances. May His Beatitude be granted good health and divine blessing to continue serving our Local Church, while promoting peace, justice and reconciliation.

Greetings could be sent to the following email address: auguri-patriarca@lpj.org

 Jerusalem, October 24, 2020

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa

His Excellency Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa was born in Cologno al Serio (Bergamo), Italy on 21 April 1965. He entered the Franciscan Order in September 1984, made Solemn Profession on October 10, 1989 and was ordained Priest on September 15, 1990. In October 1990, he was transferred to the Holy Land and subsequently entered the service of the Custody of the Holy Land. He obtained a Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem.

He lectured Hebrew at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, was Vicar of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for the pastoral care of Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel and in 1995 was responsible for the publication of the Roman Missal in Hebrew, and translated various liturgical texts in Hebrew for the Catholic Communities in Israel. Archbishop Pizzaballa speaks Italian, Modern Hebrew and English.

He served as Custos of the Holy Land from 2004 to 2016. He is a member of the Congregation for Oriental Churches and has been a Consultor in the Commission for Relations with Judaism for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity among Christians. 

Archbishop Pizzaballa was appointed Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on June 24, 2016, and Titular Archbishop of Verbe, formally taking charge of the Latin Patriarchate on July 15, 2016. He was ordained Archbishop on September 10, 2016, in Bergamo, Italy.

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, October 24, 2020 - In Your Virtual Church



 Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 478
Reading 1
EPH 4:7-16
Brothers and sisters:
Grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore, it says:
He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
he gave gifts to men.
What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended
into the lower regions of the earth?
The one who descended is also the one who ascended
far above all the heavens,
that he might fill all things.
And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood
to the extent of the full stature of Christ,
so that we may no longer be infants,
tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching
arising from human trickery,
from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.
Rather, living the truth in love,
we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ,
from whom the whole Body,
joined and held together by every supporting ligament,
with the proper functioning of each part,
brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love.
 
Responsorial Psalm
PS 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5
R. (1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
 
 
Alleluia
EZ 33:11
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
but rather in his conversion that he may live.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
LK 13:1-9
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply, 
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way 
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed 
when the tower at Siloam fell on them–
do you think they were more guilty 
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”
And he told them this parable: 
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, 
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree 
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also, 
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; 
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.’”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
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