Monday, December 3, 2018

Saint December 4 : St. Barbara : Patron of Mathematicians, Miners, Military engineers, lightning, Sudden death

  Patron of:
Artillery gunners, masons, mathematicians, miners, military engineers, stonecutters, against lightning, anyone who works at risk of sudden and violent death
There is no reference to St. Barbara contained in the authentic early historical authorities for Christian antiquity, neither does her name appear in the original recension of St. Jerome's martyrology. Veneration of the saint was common, however, from the seventh century. At about this date there were in existence legendary Acts of her martyrdom which were inserted in the collection of Symeon Metaphrastes and were used as well by the authors (Ado, Usuard, etc.) of the enlarged martyrologies composed during the ninth century in Western Europe. According to these narratives, which are essentially the same, Barbara was the daughter of a rich heathen named Dioscorus. She was carefully guarded by her father who kept her shut up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. An offer of marriage which was received through him she rejected. Before going on a journey her father commanded that a bath-house be erected for her use near her dwelling, and during his absence Barbara had three windows put in it, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity, instead of the two originally intended. When her father returned she acknowledged herself to be a Christian; upon this she was ill-treated by him and dragged before the prefect of the province, Martinianus, who had her cruelly tortured and finally condemned her to death by beheading. The father himself carried out the death-sentence, but in punishment for this he was struck by lightning on the way home and his body consumed. Another Christian named Juliana suffered the death of a martyr along with Barbara. A pious man called Valentinus buried the bodies of the saints; at this grave the sick were healed and the pilgrims who came to pray received aid and consolation. The emperor in whose reign the martyrdom is placed is sometimes called Maximinus and sometimes Maximianus; owing to the purely legendary character of the accounts of the martyrdom, there is no good basis for the investigations made at an earlier date in order to ascertain whether Maximinus Thrax (235-238) or Maximinus Daza (of the Diocletian persecutions), is meant.
The traditions vary as to the place of martyrdom, two different opinions being expressed: Symeon Metaphrastes and the Latin legend given by Mombritius makes Heliopolis in Egypt the site of the martyrdom, while other accounts, to which Baronius ascribes more weight, give Nicomedia. In the "Martyrologium Romanum parvum" (about 700), the oldest martyrology of the Latin Church in which her name occurs, it is said: "In Tuscia Barbarae virginis et martyris", a statement repeated by Ado and others, while later additions of the martyrologies of St. Jerome and Bede say "Romae Barbarae virginis" or "apud Antiochiam passio S. Barbarae virg.". These various statements prove, however, only the local adaptation of the veneration of the saintly martyr concerning whom there is no genuine historical tradition. It is certain that before the ninth century she was publicly venerated both in the East and in the West, and that she was very popular with the Christian populace. The legend that her father was struck by lightning caused her, probably, to be regarded by the common people as the patron saint in time of danger from thunder-storms and fire, and later by analogy, as the protector of artillerymen and miners. She was also called upon as intercessor to assure the receiving of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at the hour of death. An occurrence of the year 1448 did much to further the spread of the veneration of the saint. A man named Henry Kock was nearly burnt to death in a fire at Gorkum; he called on St. Barbara, to whom he had always shown great devotion. She aided him to escape from the burning house and kept him alive until he could receive the last sacraments. A similar circumstance is related in an addition to the "Legenda aurea". In the Greek and present Roman calendars the feast of St. Barbara falls on 4 December, while the martyrologies of the ninth century, with the exception of Rabanus Maurus, place it on 16 December. St. Barbara has often been depicted in art; she is represented standing in a tower with three windows, carrying the palm of a martyr in her hand; often also she holds a chalice and sacramental wafer; sometimes cannon are displayed near her.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia

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A film on the life of Saint Francis Xavier of Goa (1506-1552), the apostle to India, Indonesia and Japan. A great miracle worker (resurrected people from the dead, communicated after death etc.) He died in China. One of the greatest Catholic saints of all times, whose body remains incorrupt (does not disintegrate) since the 16th century and is kept in the Catholic Cathedral in Goa, India. Saint Francis Xavier was Spanish Jesuit, follower of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Modern Pope Francis is also Jesuit.

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The Catholic actor Mark Wahlberg recently revealed on his Instagram account that he starts his day with prayer. Wahlberg wakes up at 2.30 a.m. and devotes a half an hour in  prayer to God.  Mark Walhberg is a devout Catholic and regularly goes to Mass. The Hollywood star also makes in sure to schedule family time in his busy life which means picking up his kids from school . The 47-year-old also revealed he goes to bed at 7.30 p.m. This is a good example to people today to make time for God and family and Wahlberg is also happy to share his Catholic faith with others.
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Pope Francis at Mass - 3 Dimensions of Advent “for purifying the spirit, for making the faith grow with this purification.”

Pope at Mass: Advent is a time for purifying the faith
At the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis describes Advent as a good opportunity to understand more fully the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and to cultivate a personal relationship with the Son of God.
By Vatican News
The time of Advent has three dimensions: the past, the future, and the present. In his homily, Pope Francis recalled that Advent, which began on Sunday, is a good time “for purifying the spirit, for making the faith grow with this purification.” The Pope was reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Mt 8:5-11), which recounts the meeting at Capernaum between Jesus and the centurion who asked him to heal his servant. Even today, he explained, it can happen that faith can become a habit for us; we can get used to it, forgetting its “liveliness.” When the faith becomes a habit, he said, “we lose that strength of the faith, that newness of the faith that is always renewed.”
Christmas must not become worldly
Pope Francis emphasised that the first dimension of Advent is the past, “the purification of memory”: We have to remember that Christmas is not about the birth of a Christmas tree, but about the birth of Jesus Christ:
The Lord is born, the Redeemer who has come to save us. Yes, it is a celebration… [but] we always face the danger, we will always have within us the temptation to make Christmas mondane, worldly… When the celebration stops being about contemplation—a beautiful family celebration with Jesus at the centre—it begins to be a worldly celebration: all about shopping, presents, this and that… and the Lord remains there, forgotten. Even in our own life: yes, He is born, at Bethlehem, but [then what?]… Advent is [a time] for purifying the memory of this time past, of that dimension.
Purifying hope
The Pope continued, saying Advent also serves to “purify hope,” preparing us “for the definitive encounter with the Lord”:
Because the Lord who came then will return! He will return! He will return to ask us: “How did your life go?” It will be a personal encounter. We have a personal encounter with the Lord, today, in the Eucharist; we cannot have such a personal with the Christmas of 2000 years ago: we have the memorial of that. But when He will return, we will have that personal encounter. It is purifying hope.

The Lord knocks at our heart

Finally, Pope Francis invited everyone to cultivate the daily dimension of the faith, despite so many cares and worries, taking “custody” of our own “interior home.” Our God, in fact, is the “God of surprises,” and Christians must constantly discern what the heavenly Father is saying to us today:
The third dimension is more daily: purifying our watchfulness. Vigilance and prayer are two words for Advent: Because historically the Lord came in Bethlehem; and He will come, at the end of the world and also at the end of our individual lives. But every day, every moment, He comes into our hearts, with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Wow Breathtaking Choir Sings "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen - Listen and SHARE the Kings College Choir!

O Magnum Mysterium - music by Morten Lauridsen and sung by Kings College Choir.
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This beautiful hymn has these words in Latin: 
O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, iacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Iesum Christum. Alleluia! English translation:
 O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! 

#BreakingNews Family of Asia Bibi in Danger and Still in Pakistan with hopes for Asylum - Please Pray

 Asia Bibi is concerned for the safety of her daughters
The man who is sheltering her family tells ACN:

“We are afraid. In the last few days they have shot at the gate outside the house where we were living. We face constant threats, and more than once I have been followed.” Such is the frightening situation being endured by the daughters of Asia Bibi, as reported to ACN by Joseph Nadeem, the man who has been sheltering her family ever since this Christian woman was sentenced to death for blasphemy. Given that Asia and her husband are practically illiterate, it is Nadeem who has been helping them with legal support and accompanying her husband Asihiq and younger daughter Eisham in their travels abroad, giving testimony of their experiences.

Today Joseph Nadeem and his family are themselves in danger and living in hiding together with the daughters of Asia Bibi. “Just as soon as Asia was acquitted, we were forced to flee”, he recalls. “Asia and her husband are currently in a place of safety, protected by the government, but we could not remain with them”, he explains. Ever since then Joseph Nadeem and his family, together with the two daughters of Asia, have had to keep on the move, changing homes four times so far. “The Islamists keep hunting us down, and every time we find we are in danger, we have to move on immediately. We cannot go out openly to buy food. I only ever go out by night and with my face covered”, Joseph Nadeem tells ACN.

Asia is aware of their difficult situation. “I met her as soon as she was acquitted, and every day we speak on the telephone together. She is very concerned for the safety of her daughters.” The two girls, Esha and Eisham, have not even have the chance to embrace their mother since her acquittal, but finally, even if only by telephone, they have been able to spend a few minutes talking to her daily. “I will never forget their first telephone call”, Joseph recalls. “Esha and Eisham wept for hours for sheer joy and relief. Asia cannot wait to see them again, and I am still hoping we can all leave the country very soon, together with Asia and her husband.”

Nevertheless, their nightmare is still far from over. Asia Bibi has shown extraordinary strength and courage. “She is a remarkable woman! She has retained an unshakeable faith and infinite trust in the Lord. It may sound strange, but it is she who has supported us in these difficult moments. She urges us not to get discouraged and tells us that in comparison with what she has been through so far, this is only a brief moment that will pass.”

Nadeem and the two girls are well aware of the flood of information and interest that her mother’s case has aroused around the world, and they have been able to talk to Asia herself about it. “The international attention and solidarity are a source of comfort for us. Eisham was profoundly moved when she saw her video message projected on the buildings of Venice, illuminated in red light. All of us, Asia included, are grateful to all those who have raised their voices in protest about our situation.”

“We are hoping to be able to leave Pakistan soon and live in a safe place. ACN was the first organisation to offer us hospitality. And we are hoping that our two families will be able to spend this Christmas in Rome, together with you all.”
FULL TEXT Release by ACN
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Pope Francis " have the privilege of seizing the buds of a flowering of peace for all of humanity."


Sala Clementina
Monday, 3 December 2018

Dear brothers and sisters,

I welcome you with joy on the 20th anniversary of the Rondine - Citadel of Peace Association. I greet the President, Mr. Franco Vaccari, and I thank him for his introduction. I greet Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, who since the beginning has supported this reality by feeling in it the "perfume" of the venerable Giorgio La Pira, and the Archbishop of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, Riccardo Fontana. In a special way I greet you young people, who come from countries where conflicts have degenerated into various forms of violence and war, and that you live in Rondine the experience of the International Student House. And you, guys from all the Italian regions, with your teachers of the Fourth Year School. And you too, former students, members, supporters and friends. Welcome!

Your educational commitment is to host young people who, in various parts of the world, live stuck in cultures poisoned by pain and hatred and offer them a bold challenge: to verify in person if the other, he or she who is beyond a closed boundary, of reticulates or impassable walls, is really what everyone claims: an enemy. In these twenty years you have developed a method capable of transforming conflicts, getting young people out of this deception and giving them back to their peoples for a full spiritual, moral, cultural and civil development: generous young people who, innocent, are born with weight of the failures of previous generations.

You have founded this work on two great spiritual roots of your land: Saint Francis of Assisi, stigmatized in La Verna, and Saint Romualdo, founder of Camaldoli. You have chosen well!

I, too, when I chose the name of Francis, I thought of the poor and of peace. Poverty - in the negative sense - and the war are linked in a vicious circle that kills people, fuels untold suffering and spreads a hatred that does not stop. By choosing to dedicate yourselves to young people, you also commit yourselves to fighting poverty and building peace, as a work of justice and love. An action that nourishes hope and places trust in man, especially in young people.

La Pira wrote that La Verna is "the launching pad for peace enterprises". On that mountain there is a mystery of pain and transfiguring love and you, who have elaborated the Rondine Method for the creative transformation of conflicts, up there receive continuous inspiration to progress in the service of the common good. And so you have the privilege of seizing the buds of a flowering of peace for all of humanity.

I have listened to the appeal that you have written and which you will present at the UN on 10 December, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Listening to a young Palestinian and a young Israeli who together ask the governments of the world to take a step that can reopen the future, transferring the cost of a weapon from the defense budget to the budget of education to form a peace leader, is a rare thing, it's a bright thing! How could you disagree? But we adults can not get away with a "good guys!", No. I feel I have to give you all my support, my sympathy and my blessing.

In fact, your appeal contains and proposes a concrete vision. In the Message for the next World Day of Peace, on 1 January 2019, which has as its theme Good politics is at the service of peace, I reiterate that political responsibility belongs to every citizen, in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and to rule. This mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between the actors of society, between generations and between cultures. Listening to you I add: between the parties in conflict. Because trust is created only in dialogue.

When the human being is respected in his fundamental rights - as Saint John XXIII recalled in his Encyclical Pacem in Terris (1963) - the sense of the duty to respect the rights of others sprouts in him. The rights and duties increase the awareness of belonging to the same community, with others and with God (cf. ibid., 45). We are therefore called to bring and announce peace as the good news of a future where every living being will be considered in his dignity and his rights.

You, dear young people, have chosen to meet you when everything around you and inside you said: why? What is it for? Will it be right? And, after the two years of formation at Rondine, you have overthrown your feelings, your thoughts, you have given rise to mutual trust and now you are ready to take professional, civil and political responsibilities for the good of your peoples. You are already those young leaders who in the appeal ask States and peoples to commit themselves to forming together!
You ask us to join your appeal. For my part, I will do it, and I ask the Heads of State and Government to do the same. Your voice - weak, but strong in the hope and courage of youth - can be heard on December 10th at the United Nations. They serve leaders with a new mentality. Those who do not know how to dialogue and confront each other are not leaders of peace: a leader who does not try to meet the "enemy", to sit with him at the table as you do, can not lead his people to peace. To do this you need humility, not arrogance: Saint Francis helps you to follow this path, with courage. Listening to young people, even in the recent Synod in which they were protagonists, I learned a lot from them. I hope your leaders come to Rondine, and see how their young people are preparing peace.

I rejoice that you have chosen the encyclical Laudato si 'as a fundamental text for your school: in fact, integral ecology offers the prospect for humanity to conceive itself as the only family and consider the Earth as a common home. It is good that with your method you want to reach citizens and political leaders, representatives of national and international institutions at the same time. Indeed, peace is the responsibility of each one. This is why, together with the Cardinal Secretary of State, you have met the Diplomatic Corps at the Holy See. With the efforts of all we must definitively remove the war from the planet and the history of humanity.

Dear friends, this twenty-year anniversary of your Association renews the momentum to spread your simple and strong testimony, your method, your desire for change in the world, which, starting from relationships, pervades every aspect of life. May you help break down the higher walls, build bridges and wipe out the impassable borders, the legacy of a world that is ending. You have overcome the hardest barriers, those within each of you, dissolving the enemy's deception, and you are amazed at yourself when you have re-opened the boundaries blocked by wars. Please do not ever lose your amazement and humility. Guard, dear young men of Rondine, the trust you have gained among you and transform it into a generous task of service to the common good. May it go on, Mr. President, the work started! For this I bless all of you, my heart, and your loved ones and I assure you of my prayer. You too, please, remember to pray for me. Thank you.

Pope Francis "...the Eucharist, where patient love is drawn, which knows how to embrace the crucifixes of every age." to #Jesuits - FULL TEXT


Hall of the Consistory
Monday, 3 December 2018

Dear brothers, good morning!

Thanks for your visit, I'm happy. You remember this year the 50th anniversary of the College of Jesus, opened on the initiative of Father Arrupe in 1968. In the fiftieth year, that of the Jubilee, Scripture says that "everyone will return to his property and his family" (Lv 25,10 ). But nobody has to pack! However, all of you are called to return to the "place" that is there, to "desire what is essential and original" (St. Peter Favre, Memorial, 63), to revisit the family in which God has regenerated you, where you professed belonging to Him. God founded you as Jesuits: this jubilee is a moment of grace to remember and feel with the Church, in a Company and in a belonging that have a name: Jesus. Remembering means to be founded again in Jesus, in his life. It means reaffirming a clear "no" to the temptation to live for oneself; to reaffirm that, like Jesus, we exist for the Father (cf. Jn 6:57); that, like Jesus, we must live to serve, not to be served (cf. Mk 10:45). To remember is to repeat with the intelligence and the will that the Passover of the Lord is enough for the Jesuit's life. You do not need anything else. It will do well to resume the second week of the Exercises, to re-establish oneself on the life of Jesus, on the way to Easter. In order to form itself, it is first and foremost to be founded. On this I allow myself to advise you, to return to the Colloquium of service to be like Jesus, to imitate Jesus, who emptied himself, annihilated or obeyed to death; the Colloquium that brings you up to the moment of persistently asking for slanders, persecutions, humiliations. This is the criterion, brothers! If someone fails in this, talk to his spiritual father. Imitate Jesus. Like Him, on that road that Paul tells us in Philippians 2,7, and not be afraid to ask, because it is a beatitude: "Blessed are you when they say bad things about you, will slander you, persecute you ...". This is your way: if you can not do that Interview with your heart and give your whole life, believe and ask for this, you will not be well rooted.

Therefore, being founded is the first verb I would like to leave you. Saint Francis Xavier wrote about it today: "I beg you, in all your things, to found yourselves totally in God" (Letter 90 from Kagoshima). In this way, he added, there is no adversity to which one can not be prepared. You live in the house where St. Ignatius lived, wrote the Constitutions and sent the first companions on a mission to the world. You are founded on the origins. It is the grace of these Roman years: the grace of the foundation, the grace of the origins. And you are a nursery that brings the world to Rome and Rome in the world, the Society in the heart of the Church and the Church in the heart of the Society.

The second verb is to grow. You are called in these years to grow, sinking the roots. The plant grows from the roots, which are not seen but support the whole. And it stops giving fruit not when it has few branches, but when the roots are dry. To have roots is to have a well-grafted heart, which in God is able to expand. To God, semper maior, we respond with the magis of life, with a clear and irrepressible enthusiasm, with the fire that blazes inside, with that positive tension, always growing, that says "no" to any accommodation. It is the "trouble to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel" of the Apostle Paul (1 Cor 9:16), it is the "I did not stop a moment" of St. Francis Xavier (Letter 20 to St. Ignatius), it is what St. Albert Hurtado urged him to be a sharp arrow in the sleeping limbs of the Church. The heart, if not dilated, is atrophied. Do not forget this. If it does not grow, it fades.

There is no growth without crisis - do not be afraid of crises, do not be afraid - as there is no fruit without pruning or victory without struggle. To grow up, to take root means to struggle relentlessly against every spiritual worldliness, which is the worst evil that can happen to us, as Father de Lubac said. If the worldliness affects the roots, goodbye fruits and goodbye plants. And for me, this is the greatest danger in this time: spiritual worldliness, which leads you to clericalism and so on. If instead growth is a constant act against one's ego, there will be much fruit. And while the enemy spirit will not give in trying to find your "consolations", insinuating that you live better if you have what you want, the friendly Spirit will gently encourage you in goodness, to grow in humble docility, going forward, without tearing and without dissatisfaction, with that serenity that comes from God alone. Someone who has bad thoughts will say, "But this is Pelagianism! No, this is a comparison with the Crucified Christ, with whom you will make the interview, the one mentioned above, because only with the grace of the Lord can we go on this path.

I would like to mention two positive signs of growth, freedom and obedience: two virtues that advance if they walk together. Freedom is essential, because "where there is the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom" (2 Cor 3:17). The Spirit of God freely speaks to everyone through feelings and thoughts; it can not be enclosed in tables, but must be received with the heart, on the way, by free children, not by servants. I wish you to be free children who, united in diversity, struggle every day to conquer the greatest freedom: that of themselves. Prayer will be of great help, prayer never to be neglected: it is the legacy that Father Arrupe, the "swan song" of Arrupe left us at the end. Read that appeal, the conference that gave the Jesuits in the refugee camp of Thailand. Then he took the plane and landed in Rome, where he had the stroke. And freedom goes with obedience: as for Jesus, for us too the food of life is to do the will of the Father (cf. Jn 4:34), and of the fathers that the Church gives. Free and obedient, following the example of St. Ignatius, when he was long awaited at Villa d'Este and, meek and decided at the same time, in complete freedom presented to the Pope the total obedience of the Society, in a Church that certainly shone with gospel customs. There is a snapshot of the grown adult Jesuit. Freedom and obedience give life to that creative way of acting with the Superior. Once I told a group of Jesuits who were preparing - I believe - to become superiors, that the General of the Company was a shepherd of "a flock of toads", because the freedom of the Jesuit, with the initiative, leads to many initiatives and the poor Superior must go from one side to the other ... To make unity not with mild sheep, but with toads! And this is true, it is important. But where is the guarantee of this link with the Superior, of this unity? In the statement of conscience. Please never leave this, because it is what ensures the possibility of the Superior to support the "herd of frogs", to bring it to a different harmony, because he knows you and tomorrow you will receive the account from him, because we are all brothers who know each other well. Freedom, obedience, account of conscience as a method, as a path.

Found, grow and finally mature. It is the third verb. It does not mature in the roots and in the trunk, but by putting out the fruits, which fertilize the earth with new seeds. Here the mission comes into play, putting yourself face to face with today's situations, taking care of the world that God loves. St. Paul VI said: "Everywhere in the Church, even in the most difficult and leading camps, at the crossroads of ideologies, in the social trenches, there has been and there is a comparison between the burning needs of man and the perennial message of the Gospel, there were and there are the Jesuits "(Discourse on the occasion of the XXXII General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, 3 December 1974). These words are in the message that I think was, perhaps, the most profound of a Pope to the Society. In the most intricate junctions, in the border lands, in the deserts of humanity: here the Jesuit is called to be here. It can be found as a lamb among wolves, but it must not fight wolves, it must only remain lamb. Thus the Pastor will reach him there, where his lamb is (cf. St. John Chrysostom, Homily 33 on the Gospel of Matthew).

Passion and discipline in studies contribute to this mission. And it will always be good to approach the ministry of consolation to the ministry of the Word. There you touch the flesh that the Word has taken: by caressing the suffering members of Christ, it increases the familiarity with the incarnate Word. The sufferings you see do not frighten you. Bring them before the Crucifix. They are brought there and in the Eucharist, where patient love is drawn, which knows how to embrace the crucifixes of every age. Thus patience matures, together with hope, because they are twins: they grow together. Do not be afraid to cry in contact with harsh situations: they are drops that irrigate life, make it docile. Tears of compassion purify the heart and the affections.

Looking at you, I see an international community, called to grow and mature together. The College of Jesus is and is a gym active in the art of living including the other. It is not just a matter of understanding and loving each other, perhaps sometimes of putting up with each other, but of bearing one another's burdens (cf. Gal 6: 2). And not only the burdens of mutual fragility, but of the different histories, cultures, memories of peoples. It will do you so much good to share and discover the real joys and problems of the world through the presence of the brother who is beside you; embrace in him not only what interests or fascinates, but the anguish and hopes of a Church and a people: to widen the boundaries, shifting the horizon every time, always a little further. The blessing I give you can also reach your countries and help you to found, grow and mature for the greater glory of God. I thank you and I ask you to pray for me. Thank you.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday, December 3, 2018 - #Eucharist in #Advent

Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Lectionary: 175

Reading 1IS 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come,
The mountain of the LORD's house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths."
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.

O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the LORD!

Responsorial PsalmPS 122:1-2, 3-4B, 4CD-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. 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.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
May those who love you prosper!
May peace be within your walls,
prosperity in your buildings.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Because of my relatives and friends
I will say, "Peace be within you!"
Because of the house of the LORD, our God,
I will pray for your good.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

AlleluiaSEE PS 80:4

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come and save us, LORD our God;
let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 8:5-11

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
"Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully."
He said to him, "I will come and cure him."
The centurion said in reply,
"Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes;
and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes;
and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it."
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
"Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven."