Saturday, February 15, 2020

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. February 16, 2020 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - 6th Ord. Time - A

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 76

Reading 1SIR 15:15-20

If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live;
he has set before you fire and water
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man’s every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
You have commanded that your precepts
be diligently kept.
Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
of keeping your statutes!
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Be good to your servant, that I may live
and keep your words.
Open my eyes, that I may consider
the wonders of your law.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,
that I may exactly observe them.
Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Reading 21 COR 2:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
We speak a wisdom to those who are mature,
not a wisdom of this age,
nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away.
Rather, we speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden,
which God predetermined before the ages for our glory,
and which none of the rulers of this age knew;
for, if they had known it,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written:
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
what God has prepared for those who love him,

this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

AlleluiaMT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 5:17-37 OR 5:20-22A, 27-28, 33-34A, 37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you,
whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment;
and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin;
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’
will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.
“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife -  unless the marriage is unlawful -
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.
But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,' and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the evil one.”
or
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you,
whoever is angry with brother
will be liable to judgment.
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

But I say to you, do not swear at all.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the evil one.”

Wow Catholic Nun turns 116 years old - Happy Birthday to the Oldest Person in Europe Sister André - Video


Sister André, the oldest person in Europe, turns 116

Toulon  - Born February 11, 1904, of France: Sister André, Lucile Randon (legal name), celebrated her 116 birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2020 in Toulon, in the retirement home where she has lived since 2009.
She attends Holy Mass everyday with her religious order of St. Catherine de Laboure.

During this little ceremony, children sang religious songs around Sister André, now blind, was seated in her wheelchair.
"I saw beautiful things, and I saw very sad things. Children who were abandoned because there was nothing to feed them, and children who were taken in by families. It "was also very beautiful to see. Beautiful things happened, sad things happened too," said Randon to reporters.

Her best memory? The end of the First World War, "when my two brothers returned. It was rare, in families, there were rather two dead than two alive. They both returned."

Born in Alès (Gard), in a non-practicing Protestant family, the only girl surrounded by three brothers, Sister André was governess in several families, in Paris and in the provinces. She was baptized at 26 but entered orders relatively late, at 41, in the company of the Daughters of Charity. Assigned to a hospital in Vichy (Allier), she stayed there for 31 years, before leaving for Savoy.

She spent 30 years in an establishment for the elderly (Ehpad) in the commune of Le Marche, in Savoie, before settling in a Toulon establishment. Sister André had four grand-nephews and many great grand-nephews.

Congratulated by the mayor (LR) of Toulon Hubert Falco, who told her that she was "the dean of the French and the French", Sister André replied that she was even "the dean of Europe". No official body awards the "title" of Dean of France.
Edited from Source: https://www.nouvelobs.com/ - https://www.facebook.com/ehpadscl

President of U.S. Bishops’ Statement on Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia


President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia

February 12, 2020
WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release today of Pope Francis’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia. The exhortation follows upon the Special Synod of Bishops held in Rome from October 6-27, 2019 that focused on the Amazon region.

Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows:

“Today our Holy Father Pope Francis offers us a hopeful and challenging vision of the future of the Amazon region, one of the earth’s most sensitive and crucial ecosystems, and home to a rich diversity of cultures and peoples. The Pope reminds us that the Church serves humanity by proclaiming Jesus Christ and his Gospel of love, and he calls for an evangelization that respects the identities and histories of the Amazonian peoples and that is open to the ‘novelty of the Spirit, who is always able to create something new with the inexhaustible riches of Jesus Christ.’

“He also calls all of us in the Americas and throughout the West to examine our ‘style of life’ and to reflect on the consequences that our decisions have for the environment and for the poor. Along with my brother bishops here in the United States, I am grateful for the Holy Father’s wisdom and guidance and we pledge our continued commitment to evangelizing and building a world that is more just and fraternal and that respects the integrity of God’s creation.”
Full Text Release: USCCB

Pope Francis to Tribunal "Open up spaces and new paths...human dignity, of freedom, ultimately, of peace." Full Official Text


Inauguration of the 91st Judicial Year of Vatican City State Tribunal, 15.02.2020



This morning, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis presided at the inauguration of the 91st Judicial Year of Vatican City State Tribunal, in the presence of the Promoter of Justice, the prelate auditors, the officials, the attorneys and the collaborators of the Tribunal.
After the address of homage from the Promoter of Justice, Professor Gian Piero Milano, the Pope addressed the following address to those present:

Address of the Holy Father
Distinguished gentlemen,
I am delighted to meet so many of you at the opening ceremony of the Judicial Year.
I know that many of you are involved in the institutions responsible for the administration of justice and the safeguarding of law and order. For precisely this reason your work has precious value, because it is a guarantee not only of order, but above all of responsibility in the quality of the interpersonal relations experienced in our territory.
I ask you to pursue, with ever greater conviction, the path of justice, as the path that makes possible an authentic fraternity in which everyone is protected, especially the weakest and most fragile.
The first point I would like to emphasize in this meeting is the Gospel. It teaches us a deeper view of the worldly mentality, and shows us that the justice proposed by Jesus is not a simple set of rules applied technically, but a disposition of the heart that guides those who hold responsibility.
The great exhortation of the Gospel is to establish justice first of all within ourselves, struggling forcefully to tame the discord within us. For Jesus it is naïve to think that we can remove every root of evil within us without also damaging the good grain (cf. Mt 13:24-30). But vigilance over ourselves, with the consequent inner struggle, helps us to ensure that evil does not overcome good.
In the face of this situation, no legal system would be able to save us. In this sense I invite you all to feel you are engaged not only in an external commitment regarding others, but also in a personal task within each of us: our personal conversion. This is the only justice that generates justice!
It must be said, however, that justice alone is not enough, it needs to be accompanied also by the other virtues, especially the cardinal virtues, those that act as hinges: prudence, fortitude and temperance.
Indeed, prudence gives us the ability to distinguish the true from the false and allows us to attribute to each his own.
Temperance as an element of moderation and balance in the evaluation of facts and situations makes us free to decide according to our conscience.
Fortitude allows us to overcome the difficulties we encounter, resisting pressures and passions. It can be especially helpful to you in the solitude that you often experience when making complex and delicate decisions.
Please do not forget that in your daily effort you are often faced with people who hunger and thirst for justice, suffering people, sometimes in existential anguish and despair.
At the moment of judging, delving into the complexity of human affairs, you must give the right answers, combining the correctness of the laws with even more mercy, as taught to us by Jesus. Indeed, mercy is not the suspension of justice, but its fulfilment (cf. Rm 13:8-10), since it restores everything to a higher order, where even those condemned to the severest punishments find the redemption of hope.
The task of judging requires not only preparation and balance, but also passion for justice and awareness of the great and dutiful responsibilities of judgment.
Your task cannot neglect the constant commitment to understanding the causes of error, and the fragility of those who have broken the law.
A second point of our reflection on justice is constituted of the laws that regulate interpersonal relationships and therefore their legality, as well as the ethical values that form the background.
In this regard, Vatican legislation has undergone significant reforms compared to the past, especially in the last decade, and particularly in the penal sector.
Underlying these important changes there was not only a natural need for modernization, but also and above all the need to respect the international commitments that the Holy See has also undertaken on behalf of the Vatican State. These commitments concern above all the protection of the human person, threatened in his very dignity, and the protection of social groups, often victims of new, odious, forms of illegality.
The main purpose of these reforms must, therefore, be part of the Church’s mission; indeed it is an integral and essential part of her ministerial activity. This explains the fact that the Holy See is working to share the efforts of the international community to build a just and honest coexistence, and above all attentive to the conditions of the most disadvantaged and excluded, deprived of essential goods, often trampled on in their human dignity and considered invisible and discarded.
In order to give concrete form to this commitment, the Holy See has begun a process of conforming its legislation to the norms of international law and, on the operational level, has made a particular commitment to combat illegality in the field of finance at international level.
To this end, it has nurtured relations of cooperation and sharing of policies and initiatives of law enforcement, creating internal surveillance and intervention bodies capable of carrying out strict and effective controls.
These actions have recently brought to light suspicious financial situations, which aside from their possible unlawfulness, are not in keeping with the nature and purpose of the Church, and have generated disorientation and anxiety in the community of the faithful.
These events have been brought to the attention of the judiciary, and have yet to be clarified in the profiles of criminal relevance. It is therefore not possible to comment on them at this stage.
In any case, given the full confidence in the work of the judicial and investigative bodies, and without prejudice to the principle of the presumption of innocence of the persons under investigation, a positive fact is that precisely in this case, the first reports were made by internal Vatican Authorities, active, albeit with different competences, in the economic and financial sectors. This demonstrates the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement actions, as required by international standards.
The Holy See is firmly resolved to continue along the path undertaken, not only in terms of legislative reforms, which have contributed to a substantial consolidation of the system, but also by initiating new forms of judicial cooperation both at the level of investigative bodies and investigative bodies, in the forms provided for by international norms and practice.
In this field, the Gendarmerie Corps has also distinguished itself for its investigative activity in support of the Office of the Promoter of Justice.
It must be noted that the appreciable reforms introduced over time and which are giving concrete results, remain, however, anchored and dependent on the work of man.
And, in fact, beyond the specifics of the normative materials available to them, those who are called upon to judge, must in any case operate according to human criteria, even before legal ones, because justice, as I mentioned before, does not flow so much from the formal perfection of the system and the rules, but from the quality and rectitude of people, first and foremost judges.
We need, therefore, a particular attitude on the part of the operators, not only intellectually, but also morally and deontologically. In this sense, the promotion of justice requires the contribution of the right people.
The demanding and strong words of Jesus can help us here: “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” (cf. Mt 7:2). The Gospel reminds us that our attempts at earthly justice always have as their ultimate horizon the encounter with divine justice, that of the Lord Who awaits us. These words should not frighten us, but rather spur us to do our duty with seriousness and humility.
I would like to conclude by exhorting you to continue in the fulfilment of your vocation and mission essential in the daily effort to establish justice.
Commit yourselves to the awareness of your important responsibilities.
Open up spaces and new paths for the implementation of justice for the promotion of human dignity, of freedom, ultimately, of peace.
I am sure that you will honour this commitment, and I pray that the Lord will accompany you on this journey. And I ask you to pray for me too. Thank you.
And let us ask together, before the blessing, for the protection of Our Lady: that as Mother she may help us in this commitment to justice.
Hail Mary, ...
[Blessing]
Source: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/02/15/200215a.html  Image Source: Vatican.va

Bishops of Guatemala at Assembly ".. our permanent mission: to announce Jesus Christ" and Hope for "..an end to the harmful political practices..."


Guatemala City (Agenzia Fides) - "Our main task as Bishops is to promote, guide and animate evangelization in our country, with the help of priests, consecrated persons and the many lay people to whom we express our thanks. This is our permanent mission: to announce Jesus Christ". This is what the Bishops of Guatemala reiterated in their message at the end of the Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference, during which they were able to reflect on the activities of the past year and on future pastoral priorities.
In the document, sent to Agenzia Fides, the Bishops express their joy at the announcement of the beatification of the martyrs of Quiché: 3 priests and 7 lay people, including a 12-year-old boy, killed in hatred of the faith between 1980 and 1991. "They were driven only by love for God and the poorest brothers, in a period of persecution of the Church and violence against the whole population", they underline.
The social and political life of Guatemala since the beginning of the year has been marked by the beginning of the work of the new authorities in various areas. "Despite the disappointments of the past and the skepticism aroused in the population, the hope of change always rises again", underline the Bishops, hoping that the priority of the new elected rulers "is the common good and an end to the harmful political practices related to corruption and to the absence of the state in the spaces that are its main responsibility". Their first commitment is therefore to "promote an inclusive society, with opportunities for all, that will give impetus to the integral human development of the population and avoid the waves of migrants who are forced to flee poverty".
Citing the suffering of migrants, the Bishops thank those who work to alleviate their suffering, hoping for the commitment of all Guatemalans to combat the causes of emigration, and underline the unwavering ability to create "job and development opportunities for the large number of young people who are an unquestionable wealth of our country". They therefore call on everyone to work for dialogue between the various sectors of society and to reach consensual agreements, leaving rigid positions and prejudices of the past aside.
Finally, the message of the Episcopal Conference hopes that the election of the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice and of the Courts of Appeal, as well as of the Supreme Electoral Court, will take place in compliance with the law, invoking the intercession of the martyrs and the maternal gaze of Mary, "Mother of the Prince of Peace and Mother of all peoples of the earth". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 13/2/2020)

#BreakingNews over 100 Girls still in Captivity by Terrorists in Nigeria - Leader demands release of prisoners in Exchange


AllAfrica reports that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect, has given a condition under which the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in captivity will be released. More than 100 of the 276 girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, in 2014, have remained in Boko Haram custody. In a video, the Boko Haram leader released 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari visited Borno, Shekau said the schoolgirls would be set free if the federal government let go of the sect members currently in detention. He also asked Buhari not to return to Borno, saying the sect is fully on ground in the north-east. Shekau said the insurgents would attack the president if he returns to Borno. Boko Haram had launched an attack hours after Buhari paid a condolence visit to the state over the killing of 30 persons in Auno, a community near Maiduguri, on Sunday.
 Source: AllAfrica.com

President Áder of Hungary Invites Pope Francis to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in September


Pope Francis met privately with the President János Áder of the Republic of Hungary.

 János Áder, President of Hungary, invited the pope to Hungary and discussed the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to take place in Budapest in September 13-20.

A Holy See Press Office statement said talks between the Pope and the President took place in the Secretariat of State on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

They recalled the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Hungary and the thirtieth anniversary of their re-establishment.

They also spoke of social justice, the reception of migrants, promotion of the family, safeguarding creation, the present and the future of Europe.

The president gave the pope a sculpture of a monk in prayer. It's called “Meditation,” and was made by Josef Damko. President Áder subsequently, met Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin and the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Miroslaw Wachowski.

Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ of India highlights Dialogue: "to walk together" and "to live with one another in harmony and peace."


Indian Catholic Bishops recommitted to Dialogue and Nation Building


Bangalore, February 13, 2020: The 34th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) began on the 13th February with the commencement of the Holy Eucharist presided over by His Excellency Giambattista Diquattro, the Apostolic Nuncio to India, along with His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, President of CBCI, His Eminence George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church and His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Church, and the CBCI Office-bearers, Archbishops and Bishops from all over the county. There were also a great number of priests, religious and lay faithful took part in the service.

The Inaugural session marked the beginning with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bangalore, accorded a warm welcome to all the dignitaries and the participants. In his speech, he mentioned that Bangalore is known for hospitality and goodwill to those who come for various purposes. Undoubtedly, there is an influx of migrants from different parts of the nation who come here for their education and work. This year the Archdiocese is celebrating the “Year of the Poor”, since our primary commitment is to follow the footsteps of Lord Jesus Christ who reached out God’s mercy and compassion, love and care to the needy and the poor. For a meaningful celebration, the following 10 action plans have been initiated, namely: simple life style; avoidance culture of waste; education of the poor children; feeding the hungry; healing the sick; supporting the imprisoned; welcoming the immigrants; provide shelter to the homeless and concern for specially abled. He also wished the participants a comfortable stay and a fruitful deliberation at this Plenary Assembly.

The Apostolic Nuncio conveyed to the participants the good wishes and the blessings of Pope Francis, and also assured them that he would convey to His Holiness their filial greetings. He appreciated the services rendered by different Catholic Organizations under the leadership of the local bishops. The Nuncio stressed that, “the proclamation of the good news must be carried out through the joyful services.”

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of CBCI, and also one of the advisors to the Holy Father Pope Francis, informed the participants that the CBCI completes 75 years since its inception, and it is also one of the largest Bishops’ Conferences in the world. For better service to the people, he called for effective and dynamic leadership.

The Theme of the Assembly is Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity.  And as such, all of us are called to walk together in harmony and solidarity to live with one another in harmony and peace. The Church has been always championing the cause for continuous dialogue and peaceful interaction to build the world community. Hence, we have to break down walls of separation and build the bridges of unity.

Archbishop George Njaralakatt, Vice President-II, read out the Congratulatory Messages from the Prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, and the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

Bishop Joshua Mar Ignathios, Vice President-I of CBCI, read out the detailed report of the activities of the CBCI during the past two years and also mentioned the nominations of the new bishops and the retirement of the bishops who attained their superannuation of 75 years. He also expressed his deepest condolences on the demise of the bishops in the past 2 years. He elaborated the point that the Church in India carried out its dedicated service in spite of hardships, crises and conflicts in certain parts of the country. The CBCI through its various commissions has been rendering commendable services to all the people without any discrimination in the fields of education, social work, health care and ecology. He placed on record the dedicated services of the retired and demised bishops to the CBCI.

Fr. Paul Parathazham, Director of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, and the local host, welcomed the participants and gave them a few guidelines for their stay.

Rev. Fr. Jervis D’Souza, the Deputy Secretary General of CBCI, proposed the vote of thanks, he thanked all those who made the inaugural function a grand success, particularly the Apostolic Nuncio and the CBCI office bearers with their kind presence.

This 34th Plenary Assembly of CBCI will end on 19th February 2020. One of the meeting days the participants will have the three separate meetings specifically related to the three rites, namely, Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Churches.

The participants will deliberate on the theme extensively with a view to finding out new avenues for dialogue and unity within and outside the Christian community. The representatives of other religions have been invited to address the participants to share their views on the theme of the assembly.

This Inaugural Function of the 34th CBCI Plenary Assembly came to a close with a prayer for the nation, its leaders and its development and growth.

- Rev. Msgr. Jayanathan S.,

Vicar General, Archdiocese of Bangalore
Source: https://www.bangalorearchdiocese.org/

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday February 15, 2020 - #Eucharist


Lectionary: 334

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 11 KGS 12:26-32; 13:33-34

Jeroboam thought to himself:
“The kingdom will return to David’s house.
If now this people go up to offer sacrifices
in the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem,
the hearts of this people will return to their master,
Rehoboam, king of Judah,
and they will kill me.”
After taking counsel, the king made two calves of gold
and said to the people:
“You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough.
Here is your God, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
And he put one in Bethel, the other in Dan.
This led to sin, because the people frequented those calves
in Bethel and in Dan.
He also built temples on the high places
and made priests from among the people who were not Levites.
Jeroboam established a feast in the eighth month
on the fifteenth day of the month
to duplicate in Bethel the pilgrimage feast of Judah,
with sacrifices to the calves he had made;
and he stationed in Bethel priests of the high places he had built.
Jeroboam did not give up his evil ways after this,
but again made priests for the high places
from among the common people.
Whoever desired it was consecrated
and became a priest of the high places.
This was a sin on the part of the house of Jeroboam
for which it was to be cut off and destroyed from the earth.

Responsorial Psalm106:6-7AB, 19-20, 21-22

R.    (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
We have sinned, we and our fathers;
we have committed crimes; we have done wrong.
Our fathers in Egypt
considered not your wonders.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They made a calf in Horeb
and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They forgot the God who had saved them,
who had done great deeds in Egypt,
Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
terrible things at the Red Sea.
R.    Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

AlleluiaMT 4:4B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 8:1-10

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will collapse on the way,
and some of them have come a great distance.”
His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They replied, “Seven.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
and they distributed them to the crowd.
They also had a few fish.
He said the blessing over them
and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets.
There were about four thousand people.
He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

Saint February 15 : St. Claude de la Colombiere the Jesuit Patron of Toy makers, Turners




Born:
2 February 1641 at Saint-Symphorien d’Ozon, Rhône, France
Died:
15 February 1682 at Paray-le-Monial, Saône-et-Loire, France
Canonized:
31 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome
Major Shrine:
Monastery of the Visitation nuns at Paray-le-Monial
Patron of:
toy makers, turners
JESUIT PREACHER AND MISSIONARY TO ENGLAND

St. Claude de la Colombiere, SJ, promoted the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was the confessor of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
Claude de la Colombiere was born of French noble parents in 1641. His young years were apparently happy ones, as he was close to his family and friends, leading an active social life. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at 17 and commenced a life of study and teaching. After his ordination he taught at the Jesuit college in Lyons, preached, and served as moderator for several Marian congregations.
In 1674, after 15 years of Jesuit life, Colombiere took a personal vow to observe the Rule and Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. He discovered in this program of sanctity an experience of inner liberation and a greater ability to open his heart to others in ministry.
In 1675 Claude was named rector at the Jesuit college at Paray-le-Monial, France. While in Paray, Colombiere became the spiritual advisor for Sr. Margaret Mary Alacoque. The Lord was revealing to Margaret Mary visions of his compassionate heart for the world.
Margaret Mary was filled with anxiety and uncertainty about what she was experiencing. The Lord instructed through Sr. Margaret Mary Alacoque that the world be devoted to his Sacred Heart. Colombiere assured Sr. Margaret Mary that her visions were authentic. He also instructed her to write down all that she had experienced. In accepting the authenticity of Margaret Mary’s visions, Claude de la Colombiere pledged himself to the mission of spreading the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In 1676 Claude became the appointed preacher for the Duchess of York (later Queen of England). He moved to London, where he worked to reconcile former Catholics with the Church. In 1678 he was caught in the web of lies spun by Titus Oates about an alleged plot by Jesuits to kill Charles II. Claude, in spite of failing health, was first thrown into prison and later exiled to France. In 1682 Colombiere died in Paray-le-Monial.
Claude de la Colombiere was declared a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1992.IgnatianSpirituality