Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Saint January 31 : St. John Bosco : Patron of: Editors, #Publishers, #Schoolchildren, #Young people

Today, January 31, we celebrate the feast day of Saint John Bosco (1815-1888), Salesians Father, Founder, Confessor, and teacher and patron saint of youth. Saint John worked tirelessly throughout his life to provide education and spiritual instruction to the poor and orphaned children of the world. The orders he founded continue to pursue that mission today. Saint John is remembered for accepting anyone, loving everyone, saying: “A piece of Heaven fixes everything.”
John was born in Turin, in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, to a peasant family. His father died when John was only two years old, leaving he and his two brothers in the solitary care of his mother. The family, quite poor, struggled to make ends meet, and John began to work as soon as he was old enough to correctly manipulate tools. He also demonstrated piety and devotion to the Lord from an early age, and professed his wish to become a priest at the age of nine, following a dream. His goal, even from that early age, was to assist youth who suffered in the same manner in which he did. John wished to spread the word of the Gospel, even as a child. He demonstrated great initiative and creativity and learned magic tricks and acrobatics in an attempt to gather an audience so that he could later evangelize and catechize the children and adults of his town. He would begin with a prayer, and while he still had a crows, would often repeat the homily he had heard in church earlier in the week.
His mother approved his wish to become a priest, but to make that happen, John would have to leave home to receive an education in the city. Being larger than his peers, and noticeably more impoverished, John was the constant focus of his classmates’ ridicule and teasing. To pay for his education, John spent his evenings working in whatever capacity he could—as a tailor, cobbler, and a waiter—returning back to his small room to study through the night be candlelight. Upon graduation, he began his studies for the priesthood.
Like most things he set his mind to, John Bosco was ordained a priest at only twenty-six. During his time as a seminarian, he devoted his spare hours to looking after the urchins who roamed the slums of the city. Every Sunday he taught them catechism, supervised their games and entertained them with stories and tricks. He spent weekdays recruiting the roughest and dirtiest he could find, inviting them to the Sunday gatherings. Before long, his kindness had won their confidence, and his “Sunday School” became a ritual with them.
Upon ordination, Saint John immediately sought to formalize his ministry to the poor boys of the city, opening a hospice. When he was unable to secure a building in a “good” section of town, he took one in the slums. This first “oratory” was soon joined by three others, as educators and religious sought to join him in his ministry. His mother joined him as well, serving as housekeeper. Saint John fed and clothed the boys, but also spent long hours providing them with a basic education, and teaching them skills to obtain employment. Within the hospice was a tailoring and shoemaking room, as well as a printing press. Above all, he instructed the boys in the Gospel, modeling by example the life of Jesus Christ, and creating the atmosphere of a Christian family built on trust and love.
Noting the transformation of the youth he ministered to, Don (Father) Bosco began to gather followers to him, who accepted him as their spiritual advisor, leader, and guide. As their number grew, the Salesian Society of priests and lay brothers was formed. Named after Saint Francis de Sales, noted for his gentleness and kindness, Saint John Bosco dedicated this new society to the saint. Saint John traveled to Rome in 1858, and met with Pope Pius IX who encouraged his new religious community. Four years later, he founded an order for women, The Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, to care for abandoned girls in the same manner.
By 1868, over 800 boys were being cared for in the Salesian oratories. Along with this, Saint John oversaw the writing, printing and distribution countless pamphlets that popularized Catholic teaching and answered the objections of anti-Catholics. Moreover, he was reported to receive supernatural guidance from the Lord, it the form of vivid dreams and visions, many of which he recounted. At times, he was able to predict the deaths of those he was close to, revealed by God, so that he might provide Last Rites. He also received a vivid vision of Hell, which he shared with all he encountered. Saint John is also remembered for working miracles, especially the multiplication of food when funds were short.
Saint John Bosco reformed the manner in which children were educated. Rather than the punitive system which was common at the time, John enacted a preventative system which rejected corporal punishment. By tending to basic needs, educational needs, and spiritual needs, the Salesians sought to put children in an environment which reduced the likelihood to commit sin. He advocated frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechetical training and fatherly guidance, seeking to unite the spiritual life with his boys’ work, study and play. He is remembered for saying to those he ministered to: "It is enough to know that you are young and abandoned for me to love you very much." Saint John Bosco died on January 31, 1888. His incorrupt relics are frequently taken on pilgrimage around the world, to visit the faithful. The work begun by Saint John continues today, with thousands dedicated to education youth at risk. The international society of the Salesians of Don Bosco administers over 3,000 schools, colleges, technical schools, and youth centers throughout the world (in 125 countries). All at risk children are served, regardless of religion or social inequalities. The mission of this tireless ministers is to be “signs and bearers of God’s love to the young.”
Saint John Bosco, you reached out to children whom no one cared for despite ridicule and insults. Help us to care less about the laughter of the world and care more about the joy of the Lord. Amen
Admirable apostle of youth, founder of religious Congregations, catechist, educator, writer, and a light that shone brightly in our time, you know that one of the greatest powers today is the power of the Press. Prompt editors to be always truthful and to work for the good of human beings, thus serving the greater glory of God. Amen. Text shared from 365 Rosaries - Image Google 

#BreakingNews "Resurrection" Mel Gibson's Sequel to the Passion of the Christ will Star Jim Caviezel - Biggest in History!

Jim Caviezel with director Mel Gibson's plan to shoot a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Caviezel, 49, confirmed he will reprise his role as Jesus in the planned film about the resurrection of Christ. "There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience," he says. "It's great. Stay tuned." Caviezel says he's been inspired in his talks with Gibson by the direction the project is taking. "I won’t tell you how he’s going to go about it," Caviezel says. 
"But I’ll tell you this much, the film he’s going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It’s that good." 
In 2004 The Passion of the Christ, which Gibson directed, co-wrote and produced, was a major milestone in faith-based filmmaking, earning more than $611 million worldwide on a $30 million budget as the highest-grossing R-rated film ever in North America with $370.8 million. The original followed the last 12 hours of Christ's life as portrayed by Caviezel. Caviezel will play Luke in Paul, Apostle of Christ (in theaters March 28) alongside James Faulkner's Paul. Gibson talked about his plans for the Passion sequel on the Late Show in 2016. “The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God," he said. "We’re trying to craft this in a way that’s cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing.” Caviezel says the Oscar-winning director has "cracked" that story and they have scheduled a shooting window. "Braveheart, that’s a film that took a long time to be able to crack," Caviezel says. "The same thing for Passion. And the same thing for this. He’s finally got it. So that is coming."
(with notes from USA Today)

Wow #Dominican Friar walks the Streets of New York City singing of Jesus! SHARE - 17th Cen. Hymn Come, my Way...

The Dominicans of the province of St. Joseph , Blackfriar Films — the province’s media division — are on the streets of New York City with Fr. Austin Dominic Litke, Fr. Bob Koopman, O.S.B., and Leah Sedlacek as they performed a new arrangement of the beautiful 17th-century hymn “The Call,” composed by George Herbert. Scenes were filmed at the Brooklyn Bridge, Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Grand Central Station, Columbus Circle, and the Staten Island ferry. These religious publicly live the Catholic faith in the heart of New York City. 
Watch this Beautiful Hymn and SHARE you might change a heart to the Lord!
Lyrics Father Austin is singing,  are:
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

Pope Francis at Homily "Jesus throws himself in the midst of the people.”

Pope at Mass: 'Shepherds should show tenderness and closeness of Jesus'
During his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis says those entrusted with shepherding God’s people should always show Jesus’ tenderness and closeness, as set out in the readings of the day (Mark 5:21-43). 
Vatican News Report  By Devin Watkins
Pope Francis took his cue from the day’s Gospel according to Mark, which indicates “a day in the life of Jesus”.
The two healing stories recounted by Mark need “to be contemplated more than reflected upon”, he said, since they are a model for shepherd, bishops, and priests.

Be with the people and care for them

The Evangelist describes Jesus as being surrounded by a large crowd on the seashore. Pope Francis said Jesus is shown caring for the people, exactly in the manner God had promised, that is, “being in their midst”.
“Jesus did not open an office for spiritual counseling with a sign reading: ‘The prophet receives on Monday and Friday from 3:00 until 6:00 PM. Entry costs this much, or if you prefer, you can make an offering.’ No, Jesus does not do that. He doesn’t even open a medical office with a sign reading: ‘The sick may come on such-and-such day, and they will be healed’. Jesus throws himself in the midst of the people.”
Pope Francis said this is “the example of a shepherd that Jesus gives us”.
He also told a story about a holy priest who accompanied his people. The Pope said this man was tired in the evenings but that it was a “real tiredness” of “one who truly works” with people.

Confront difficulties with tenderness

The Holy Father said the Gospel also describes Jesus as being “pressed upon” by the crowd. He said this Greek verb (συνέθλιβον) occurs five times in Mark’s Gospel, underlining how people do the same today during pastoral visits so as to “grab grace”.
Jesus, he said, never retreats from this closeness but even pays for his good actions with “shame and mockery”. These are the “outlines of Jesus’ way of acting”, said Pope Francis, and therefore show “the attitude of a true shepherd”.
“The shepherd is anointed with oil on the day of his ordination: both priests and bishops. But the true oil – the interior oil – is the oil of closeness and tenderness. The shepherd who doesn’t know how to get close [to people] is lacking something. He may be a master in the field, but he is no shepherd. A shepherd who lacks tenderness will be rigid, beating the sheep. Closeness and tenderness are seen here. That’s how Jesus was.”

Closeness and tenderness of the shepherd to be asked of the Lord

Pope Francis went on to say that the shepherd, like Jesus, “ends his day tired”, tired from doing good. If this is his attitude, he said, the people will feel the presence of the living God.
This became the Holy Father’s prayer for the day.
“Today we could pray during this Mass for our shepherds, that the Lord give them the grace to walk with the people and to be present for them with much tenderness and closeness. When the people finds its shepherd, they feel that special sensation only felt in the presence of God, as today’s Gospel ends: “they were utterly astounded.” This amazement [comes from] feeling the closeness and the tenderness of God in the shepherd.”

Lessons in Discipleship - Ways to get On the Road to Holiness - Reflections by Dr. Gary Knight

Disciple charism - by Dr. Gary Knight
What to develop in character

The Lord advised all who wish to begin the possibly long and arduous
journey, one of rock-clambering and many snags, or what St. Paul calls a
marathon, by assessing the demand or cost, and undertaking to acquire
the resources. He is not saying that anyone should muster in himself all
that we think is required to “win Heaven”, because Heaven can’t be won by
any human effort. What God counsels is, to learn from Him, the teacher,
and from the examples of so many disciples he has gathered to himself.
In a worldly venture it is common to induct recruits by participation in a
scrum, trying to assess what they think are needed requirements in their
skill-set, abilities and character. This may be a start, because it exposes
gaps. But directions and plans don’t come from what postulators already
think of themselves. Were that the case in the spiritual life, Jesus would
have departed when Peter said “Lord, go away from me, I am a sinner”.
The truth is, although the spirit is willing the flesh is weak. So, a seeker
who will “come and see” as Jesus put it, must be open to learning what is
needed, and not just that, but receiving in Jesus’ presence the very
character that is required. First of the characteristics is a true openness to
grace, demonstrated by openness to the disciplines that the Lord will exert.

There is a scriptural metaphor to describe the rather egoistic or
petulant soul: an untamed horse that its lord seeks to harness, head-
tossing and hoof-pounding its non-submission. This exists in everyone to a
great - even an extreme - extent, and a would-be disciple must desire to
have docility to begin to overcome it. If docility is shunned, the mind needs
to plead with sincerity, as St. Augustine did in regard to purity, “Lord, I know
it is right to desire this and yet I do not; therefore You infuse in me a true
desire for it”. When the prayer is sincere, the prancing mare or stallion will
begin to resist its impulses for freedom and suppress its own adrenaline
rushes, letting the trainer just a little closer … until it may be bridled.
Disciple and discipline go so ‘hand in glove’ that to buck discipline is to
get nowhere. As the saying goes for the feral horse, it would run off in all
directions. Discipline is especially difficult for persons because, unlike the
horse who sees no other equine in the corral, we are often to submit in the
Lord to human mentors who (perfectly or imperfectly) stand in His stead.
Our disdain for unequal relationship, with obeisance to an equal, is a
basic human fault of disrupted brotherhood. So when we do embrace the
grace of spiritual brotherhood, we can we begin to submit to the Lord in a
way that is pleasant and fruitful. He directed mentors to “see to it that you
do not lord it over one another” for, especially in service to the soul, we are
all his agents. After a hard day in the corral, a horseman will inspect his
charger’s hoof or hock and shod the one or bandage the other. This is what
washing disciple’s feet really represents: a personal service to the good of
the other, who otherwise chaffs at what seems (or may be) cavalier.
Docility of course is only the beginning or gateway to discipline: it
bears real fruit when a disciple is as much given to self-discipline as to

assigned exercises. Exercises and newly formed good habits are things
that take genuine root in character only when a subject makes them his or
her own; and that is indeed all that the mentor is encouraging one to do.
The master, when he is somewhat ready, sends him off like the seventy in
pairs. We note here how discipline continues in the company of another:
agreement in diversity among disciples is an essential reflection of the
communitarian nature of God and of the Church.

Acting in concert
The essential practice of concord is assisting together in the sacred
liturgy, and in all forms of prayer including the personally mandated quiet
prayer of interior life. This fervent communal worship is no contradiction of
its founding on the embers kindled in private prayer. Private prayer for
instance brings to mind things that direly need praying-for, which then
receive their full flood of appeal through brothers in prayer. In all our needs
we are not alone.
When disappearing from the sight of the two at Emmaus Jesus was
not downgrading His promise of Presence, for “I am closer than hands or
feet”; but He makes marvellous use of fraternal affection and concern to
both underline His own Presence and to make it more real to others, who
are psychological relational beings not created in vacuum, but in a family.
I am created in the nook of the mind of God, in the midst of a race, in
the centre of a tribe or nation, and in the womb of a mother in the heart of a
family .. however disrupted that family might be to all external measures.
Many are the scars and emotional wounds of not knowing or being well
loved by a mother, family, tribe or nation; but the abiding truth is that you
are always loved by the God who made all these in the same way He made

you. In other words, if there is fault in any community, its healing can begin
with me, so far as I am a conscious disciple of Christ and therefore a
brother to all. Therefore a key essential to the disciple is a love of souls.
Disagreements must always surface, even among long-standing
friends in Christ. This is because no-one can pretend to know His mind
more intimately than another. Who knows what lights and what reasons
God has for infusing them in my mind or yours? We may guess that they
are for mutual edification, but often enough the edifying thing will be the
humble act of deferring to another or at least allowing disagreement not to
disturb their peace or mine. It takes work to say “I fail to see it as you do,
probably because I am not in your head or walk in your shoes; and I must
give you the benefit of the doubt”. When pairs and fours of people do that,
the remarkable thing is that God brings out of the event a condign concord
that works in the end to agreement or to a concert not heard in the part.
That, for instance, is why there remains hope (against hope) in the
Church today for eventual recovered unity of worship and essential belief
among now divergent Christians and indeed our Jewish forebears.
Evidently, as Spock would say, the view in the mind of Christ, is that where
there remains good will among any who disagree on practices, disciplines,
and even some essentials of faith, their will to exchange benefit of doubt
will be fruitful. It must be; as the greatest scandal within Judeo-Christian
roots of western civilization is division among believers in the true God.

Nothing forms us in prayer like the Mass. Probably the most poignant
prayer that Jesus offered - recorded by John - was on the night of the
Pesach meal he shared with the twelve; for in this supper which instituted

the sacrament of unity in His body and blood, Jesus expressed his deepest
desire for the unity of the apostles and all disciples then and now.
We begin most effectively the work of unity by assisting as often as
possible in the sacred liturgy of Mass, which re-presents that very supper
and the salvific events falling in succession over the next two nights and
mornings, which permanently change everything. The Life of peace is
found effected by the sacrament of unity, and this divine liturgy united to
that eternally celebrated in Heaven is the Church’s deepest and most
embedded, characterizing prayer. One may be ‘prayerful’, but no other
discipline of prayer equals or even approaches the sacrifice of our Lord.
The disciple knows that ‘sacrifice’ means ‘that which deeply sanctifies’
.. and it sanctifies all who participate. We don’t merely attend Mass; we - if
conscious - assist. Our worship “in sincerity and truth” as Jesus said to the
woman at the well, is the greatest opportunity in this life to present
ourselves to the mercy of God most fully and with the very realest
presence. All other ‘presences’ that we offer with our minds and words,
whether alone or in community, are less fully real than our assistance at
holy Mass, because this alone brings us to the threshold of our own
resurrection with Him. That is why we can say “through Him, with Him and
in Him” when we give glory to God in liturgy.
Now, if communion in Mass is the staple of our spiritual lives .. as
Jesus said “every word that comes from the mouth of God” feeds us
entirely in His word made flesh .. then we will go on acting in, with and
through Him. That of course includes many other times when we will pray
as He did, both alone and in the hearing of others for mutual benefit. It
should become ever more clear to the hearers of a disciple that he or she is
always in communion with God.

On hearing misuse of the name signifying “the salvation of God”, he’ll
say “blessed be His holy name”, and not soto voce. She’ll be seen to bless
herself and take a moment in prayer, perhaps with others at table, before
picking up the fork. When replying to an eager gesture of ‘thank God !’ from
someone escaping a misfortune, we’ll say “thanks be to God”, or “Our help
is in the name of the Lord .. [and another disciple may reply] Who made
heaven and earth.” Prayerfulness will be the mark of everything a disciple
does, even before hitting ‘send’ on that crafted email; or perhaps typing “in
the Lord, forgive my omission” should something have been neglected.
Hearing someone say “O my God” invites the reply “yes, He is your God”.
For prayer is also a most centering reminder of Who is lord.
Harking back to the Mass, source and summit of all prayer, this
essential of ‘remembering’ is highlighted by Jesus: “do this in memory of
me” .. which may also be understood “do this in my memory”. The latter
form plays on the notion of Whose everlasting memory it is. Jesus, the
eternal Word, is Lord of time and space (and all else). When He says ‘in my
memory” he means forever. United in the mind of Christ (St. Paul
constantly puts it thus) we will always, from age to age, be present at Mass
to the one only sacrifice our Lord made from Thursday evening to Saturday
morning: all present. As it were, He brings us to that one place, that time,
when our redemption was paid.
Now, we can savour and ponder the fullness of this experience day to
day, when meditating on the ‘mysteries’ or history-changing events in
Jesus’ life, as they are enumerated in the holy rosary we sew together with
Mary our mother. The rosary is ‘repetitive prayer’ to be sure, but not in the
mindless sense Jesus castigated. Among the greatest afflictions of the
fallen world is the reign of ‘entropy’ or disorder, which affects literally

everything physical and mental too. Perhaps before the fall life was able to
withstand the onslaught of entropy, which in itself is not evil but a constant
cause for work - such as ever tending creation. But it is certain that since
the fall, life is not able ultimately to prevail against entropy; we are mortal.
Well, if entropy is a sign of disorder in creation, which “groans for the
revelation of the sons of God”, disorder itself extends to the spirit, the
weakness of faculties including conscience and discernment, apprehension
of the quiet voice of God, and many other crucial aspects in the life of the
soul. What a discipline like the rosary does, is it breathes ‘order’ into the
cacophony of confusion always there to snag the soul. Order is the fist rule
of heaven.
There are alternative formats that can attract our minds to the order of
meditation on Jesus’ life or on God’s other actions through salvation history,
indeed from the creation of the world. One is the highly efficacious Divine
Mercy chaplet structured much like the rosary (although one could also use
seven groups of seven, as chaplets were traditionally said). Still another is
considered closer in spiritual proximity to the Mass than either rosary,
chaplet, or litany (a recitation of praises either directly of God or indirectly of
God in his saints). This is the ‘divine office’, the liturgy of the hours, or what
protestants approximate as the ‘book of common prayer'.
It is a settled collection of psalms set apart for each day (and even
parts of the day) sung in choir - often in the monastic setting - as well as
select readings from fathers of the Church (such as Ambrose or
Augustine), concluding daily with the sung canticle of Zacharias - father of
Jesus’ herald. One finds it very apt to conclude thus, for it puts one in mind
of the ‘advent’ of our God, a perfect meditation on which to approach sleep
and, possibly for the ailing - if not for anyone, their last sleep. It is common

to maintain that mood of resting in the Lord with a final hymn to Mary, such
as Salve Regina (Hail holy Queen), or Ave Maris Stella (Star of the Sea).
The latter is especially fitting in confused or troubled times.
On one striking occasion, when broadcasting cameras caught a view
of pope saint John Paul presiding at a huge outdoor Mass. As he sat in the
presider’s chair, through a smile his lips were moving - moving constantly.
This was no speech or teaching moment, yet there he was, completely at
home in his element, reciting prayers. That was one of the most eloquent
moments of testimony to the life of a disciple. Under his watchful and
vigilant eye, all the needs of the masses were passing through his lips, in
the attentive ears of Jesus and nothing secret from Mary. Mary was saying
to Karol “do whatever He tells you”, and Jesus was telling him to keep
praying. Jesus says “men ought always to pray” to each and every one of
us, to emulate someone like John Paul.

“Lord, place a watch on my lips” goes the inspired psalm. There are
innumerable other places in scripture, culminating in the counsels of Jesus,
to be “watchful and ready”. The Lord himself made a vigilant habit of seeing
the teaching opportunity for more souls present than had posed a question:
the question - such as the plea of a sister to have her brother’s hoarded
inheritance divided between them - he turned into an object lesson for
either the apostles alone or for onlookers too. In this instance, he diverted
attention from the wrangling between two siblings to the grave importance
of eschewing avarice “of every kind”. Anyone pondering those words could
see how far they extend: just as far as Jesus’ allowance for only those
without sin to cast a stone at the adulteress.

Some wonder why Jesus didn’t return to the particular and award a
settlement; but clearly his watch is again vigilant. Had he agreed to be
contracted as a jurist, it would not only demean his true identity and great
mission, but embroil him in a limitless flood of petty litigations. If it took
seventy elders to adjudicate differences and settlements among the
kinsfolk of Moses, how many more must it take to ease the wheels of
innumerably more children of Abraham ! Yet Jesus’ answer, like his counsel
on the mount to work for no more than just wages, goes to the heart of
litigious motives, educing the best settlements from good will. To situations
where there’s overpowering bad will, He said “let the dead bury the dead”.
The other face of this razor edge of keen vigilance on motives is to
keep a watch on our own, heeding the importance of hidden motives, or
one’s lack of knowledge of them, in ‘judging’ others. We started by
speaking of a ‘watch on my lips’, and moved to motives, because Jesus
noted how all that comes out starts in the recesses of our heart.
The vigilant “perfection of motives” is one of the essential gaits (or
rather, revisited steps as in a dance) in the disciple’s way to perfection.
When Jesus said “be ye perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” we
may attend to two semiotic senses. God is ‘perfect’ in and of Himself:
indeed the origin, source and exemplary quintessence of any perfection:
beauty, truth, goodness, mercy, love, glory, and so the litany may go on.
Jesus of course is not suggesting we can have or be those quintessences.
The other sense of ‘perfection’ is the verbial form, if we may coin a
grammatical expression akin to the ‘adverbial’: the reflexive act of being
made perfect (taking account of per [by another] and fectere [to fashion]).
Jesus is saying “let yourselves be made perfect [insofar as the person
is meant to be, qua human] by the all-perfect Father”. If by grace - that

share in divine life of the Trinity of which we marvellously partake through
the sacraments - we vigilantly cooperate, we will let ourselves be so
fashioned. If by examen of conscience we would monitor progress
(something we avoid to excess, as it may beget pride or stalling), we will
find that ‘steps to perfection’ include the humbling correction of our motives.
Please See Part II: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2018/01/get-on-road-to-discipleship-guide-by-dr.html

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tues. January 30, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 324

Reading 12 SM18:9-10, 14B, 24-25A, 30–19:3

Absalom unexpectedly came up against David's servants.
He was mounted on a mule,
and, as the mule passed under the branches of a large terebinth,
his hair caught fast in the tree.
He hung between heaven and earth
while the mule he had been riding ran off.
Someone saw this and reported to Joab
that he had seen Absalom hanging from a terebinth.
And taking three pikes in hand,
he thrust for the heart of Absalom,
still hanging from the tree alive.

Now David was sitting between the two gates,
and a lookout went up to the roof of the gate above the city wall,
where he looked about and saw a man running all alone.
The lookout shouted to inform the king, who said,
"If he is alone, he has good news to report."
The king said, "Step aside and remain in attendance here."
So he stepped aside and remained there.
When the Cushite messenger came in, he said,
"Let my lord the king receive the good news
that this day the LORD has taken your part,
freeing you from the grasp of all who rebelled against you."
But the king asked the Cushite, "Is young Absalom safe?"
The Cushite replied, "May the enemies of my lord the king
and all who rebel against you with evil intent
be as that young man!"

The king was shaken,
and went up to the room over the city gate to weep.
He said as he wept,
"My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!
If only I had died instead of you,
Absalom, my son, my son!"

Joab was told that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom;
and that day's victory was turned into mourning for the whole army
when they heard that the king was grieving for his son.

Responsorial PsalmPS 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (1a) Listen, Lord, and answer me.
Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God.
R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.

AlleluiaMT 8:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 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.

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.

Pope Francis “Let us ask the Lord for the grace of humility, with humiliations." Homily

Pope says there is no humility without humiliation
Pope Francis addressed the faithful gathered in the Casa Santa Marta for morning Mass on Monday and reflected on the First Reading of the Day. 
Vatican News Report:  By Linda Bordoni
Pope Francis told believers that there is no true humility without humiliation.
The Pope was speaking during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Monday as he reflected on the first liturgical reading of the day which speaks of the humiliation of King David.
Pope Francis said David was indeed a great man: he had overcome Goliath, he had “a noble soul” because twice he could have killed Saul but he had not done so. But David, he continued, was also a sinner: he had committed the serious sins of adultery and had arranged the murder of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband.
“And yet, Francis noted, the Church venerates him as a saint" because he let himself be transformed by the Lord, he “accepted” forgiveness, he repented and recognized himself as a sinner.

David is humiliated

The First Reading, the Pope said, focuses on the humiliation of David: his son Absalom revolts against him but at that moment David does not think of “saving his own skin” but of saving his people, the Temple and the Ark of the Covenant.
He flees, he explained, and his gesture that appears cowardly is really a courageous one: “he wept without ceasing, his head was covered, and he was walking barefoot”.

David lets himself be insulted

Pope Francis noted that the great David is humiliated not only by defeat and by flight, but also by insult. In fact, during his escape, a man named Shimei “cursed and threw stones at David” telling him that the Lord had requited him and put the kingdom in the hands of his son Absalom.
Shimei, the Pope continued, tells David that he is now suffering ruin “because he is a murderer" and David lets him continue to curse and insult him saying: “Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for the curses he is uttering this day."

“Ready-to-wear” humility is not salvific

Pope Francis noted that David’s ascent up the Mount of Olives is prophetic of Jesus’ climb up the hill of Calvary to give life: he too was insulted and discarded. This he explained refers precisely to the humility of Jesus:
“Sometimes we think that humility is to go quietly, perhaps head-down looking at the floor… but even pigs walk with their heads down: this is not humility. This is that fake, ready-to-wear humility, which neither saves nor guards the heart. We have to be aware that there is no true humility without humiliation, and if you are not able to tolerate, to carry humiliation on your shoulders, you are not truly humble: you pretend you are, but you are not”.

Turning humiliation into hope

The Pope pointed out that both David and Jesus burden themselves with sins and said: “David is a saint, and Jesus, with the sanctity of God, is really a saint” and they are both humiliated.
“There is always the temptation to counter slander and oppose anything that humiliates us or makes us feel ashamed - like Shimei. But David says “No”; the Lord says “No”, that is not the right path. The path is the one taken by Jesus and prophesied by David: bearing humiliation. ‘Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for the curses he is uttering this day’: turning humiliation into hope.

There is no humility without humiliation

Pope Francis concluded warning that humility is not justifying oneself immediately in the face of an offense and trying to look good: “if you are unable to bear humiliation, you are not humble” he warned: “this is the golden rule”.
“Let us ask the Lord for the grace of humility, with humiliations. There was a nun who used to say: ‘yes, I am humble, but never humiliated!’ No, no! There is no humility without humiliation. We are asking for this grace. And if someone is brave – just as as St. Ignatius teaches us - he can even ask the Lord to send humiliations so he can be more like the Lord”.

#BreakingNews Historic Victory for Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in India

Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry (second from left), the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, installing Raphel Thattil (second from right holding the cross) as the first Bishop of the Shamshabad Diocese in Shamshabad, Hyderabad on Sunday. Also seen are senior Vatican representative Archbishop Cyril Vasil (right) and Hyderabad Archbishop Thumma Bala.
Hyderabad: The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church scored a historic victory with the inauguration of the Shamshabad Diocese here with pan-India jurisdiction, excluding the existing 30 dioceses, something they lost in 1886 to the Latin Church. With over 5 million followers, the Kerala-based church is the second largest Christian grouping in India. Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, formally dedicated the diocese to the Vatican with the installation of Raphael Thattil as its first bishop. 

The enthronement ceremony was attended by two cardinals - including Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the president of the Catholics Bishops Conference of India - senior Vatican representative Archbishop Cyril Vasil and Hyderabad Archbishop Thumma Bala, along with over a dozen archbishops and more than 40 bishops from across the country. The Diocese of Shamshabad in Hyderabad is the 31st for the Kerala-based church and also the largest in the country with administrative control across 24 States, including the entire Eastern and North Eastern regions, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, four Union Territories and all those areas which are not governed by the 14 dioceses outside Kerala. 

This Kerala church, which traces its origins to 52 AD and is believed to be founded directly by St Thomas the Apostle, is also the third largest under the Vatican, after the Latin Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Churches. Its members are financially, politically and numerically a powerful community in Kerala. This church also has four dioceses outside India in Australia, Britain, Canada and the US - and 14 other dioceses in the country. 
>The Vatican, the global headquarters of the Catholic Church and the seat of Pope Francis, had announced the creation of the Shamshabad diocese on October 9 last year. 

The new bishop Thattil will serve 1,30,000 faithful spread across 100 cities in the country and has 11 functional churches and seven under construction with around 90 priests and a few hundred nuns. The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the oldest churches in the world, in fact, much older than those in the Western Hemisphere, and traces its origins to the Apostle Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, who arrived in Kerala in 52 A D at Kodungallur in the central part of the present-day Kerala. The name Syro-Malabar Church is coined from the words `Syriac', referring to the East Syriac liturgy, and `Malabar', the historical name of Kerala. The Syro-Malabar Catholics, also known as St Thomas Christians, lost their administrative powers to the Latin Church after the Portuguese missionaries wrested control over them in 1886 and were limited to just two territories - Thrissur and Kottayam - in the present-day Kerala. 

Till then, Kodungallur was the headquarters of these Christians. In 1955, the Vatican extended the territory of this church to the whole of Kerala and a few districts of neighbouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

-    Shamshabad Eparchy has pan-India jurisdiction
-    Over 5 million followers
-    The second largest Christian grouping in India
-    The 31st for the Kerala-based church, largest in the country
-    Administrative control across 24 States
-    Traces its origins to 52 AD
-    Believed to be founded directly by St Thomas the Apostle

Source: thehansindia