Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sunday Mass Online - 12th Ord Time A - #Eucharist Readings + Video - Your Virtual Church

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 94
Reading 1JER 20:10-13
Jeremiah said:
“I hear the whisperings of many:
‘Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!’
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.’
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
for he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!”

Responsorial PsalmPS 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mother's children,
Because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness;
in your great mercy turn toward me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
the seas and whatever moves in them!’‘
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Reading 2ROM 5:12-15
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin
after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.

But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.

AlleluiaJN 15:26B, 27A
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord;
and you also will testify.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 10:26-33
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
Prayer to make Spiritual Communion:
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint June 21 : St. Aloysius Gonzaga the Patron of Youth , AIDS Victims and Caregivers

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Feast Day:
June 21
9 March 1568 at castle of Castiglione delle Stivieri in Montau, Lombardy, Italy
21 June 1591 at Rome
31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Major Shrine:
Church of Sant'Ignazio, Rome (his tomb)
Patron of:
Young students, Christian youth, Jesuit novices, People with AIDS and their caregivers
Born in the castle of Castiglione, 9 March, 1568; died 21 June, 1591. At eight he was placed in the court of Francesco de'Medici in Florence, where he remained for two years, going then to Mantua. At Brescia, when he was twelve, he came under the spiritual guidance of St. Charles Borromeo, and from him received First Communion. In 1581 he went with his father to Spain, and he and his brother were made pages of James, the son of Philip II. While there he formed the resolution of becoming a Jesuit, though he first thought of joining the Discalced Carmelites. He returned to Italy in 1584 after the death of the Infanta, and after much difficulty in securing his father's consent, renounced his heritage in favour of his brother, 2 November, 1585, a proceeding which  required the approval of the emperor, as Castiglione was a fief of the empire. He presented himself to Father Claudius Acquaviva, who was then General of the Society, 25 November, 1585. Before the end of his novitiate, he passed a  brilliant public act in philosophy, having made his philosophical and also his mathematical studies before his entrance. He had in fact distinguished himself, when in Spain, by a public examination not only in philosophy, but also in theology, at the University of Alcal&aacuate;. He made his vows 25 November, 1587. Immediately after, he began his theological studies. Among his professors were Fathers Vasquez and Azor. In 1591 when in his fourth year of theology a famine and pestilence broke out in Italy. Though in delicate health, he devoted himself to the care of the sick, but on March 3 he fell ill and died 21 June, 1591. He was beatified by Gregory XV in 1621 and canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726. His remains are in the church of St. Ignazio in Rome in a magnificent urn of lapis lazuli wreathed with festoons of silver. The altar has for its centerpiece a large marble relief of the Saint by Le Gros.

Pope Francis says "Prayer is the soul of hope" in Message to Health Care Workers

Sala Clementina
Saturday, 20 June 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, welcome!
I thank the President of the Lombardy Region for his words. I cordially greet the Archbishop of Milan, the Bishops of Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona, Crema and Lodi, and the other authorities present. I greet the doctors, nurses, health and civil protection workers, and the Alpine troops. I greet the priests and consecrated persons. You came to represent Lombardy, one of the Italian regions most affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, together with Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Veneto, especially Vo 'Euganeo, represented here by the Bishop of Padua. Today I also ideally embrace these regions. And I greet the exponents of the "Spallanzani" Hospital in Rome, a medical center that has done a great deal to combat the virus.
During these troubled months, the various realities of Italian society have endeavored to face the health emergency with generosity and commitment. I am thinking of national and regional institutions, of municipalities; I think of dioceses and parish and religious communities; to the many voluntary associations. We have felt more than ever the gratitude for doctors, nurses and all health professionals, at the forefront of performing an arduous and sometimes heroic service. They have been a visible sign of humanity that warms the heart. Many of them fell ill and some unfortunately died in the exercise of the profession. We remember them in prayer and with such gratitude.
In the whirlwind of an epidemic with shocking and unexpected effects, the reliable and generous presence of medical and paramedical staff has constituted the safe point of reference, first of all for the sick, but in a very special way for family members, which in this case they did not have the opportunity to visit their loved ones. And so they found in you, health workers, almost of other family people, capable of combining professional competence with those attentions that are concrete expressions of love. Patients often felt they had "angels" at their side, who helped them recover health and, at the same time, consoled them, supported them, and sometimes accompanied them to the threshold of the final encounter with the Lord. These health workers, supported by the concern of the hospital chaplains, they testified the closeness of God to those who suffer; they were silent artisans of the culture of proximity and tenderness. Culture of proximity and tenderness. And you have witnessed it, even in small things: in caresses ..., even with the mobile phone, to connect that elderly man who was about to die with his son, with his daughter to dismiss them, to see them the last time ...; small gestures of love creativity… This has done us all good. Testimony of proximity and tenderness. with his daughter to dismiss them, to see them the last time ...; small gestures of love creativity… This has done us all good. Testimony of proximity and tenderness. with his daughter to dismiss them, to see them the last time ...; small gestures of love creativity… This has done us all good. Testimony of proximity and tenderness.
Dear doctors and nurses, the world has been able to see how well you have done in a great test situation. Even if exhausted, you have continued to commit yourself with professionalism and self-sacrifice. How many, doctors and paramedics, nurses, could not go home and slept there, where they could because there were no beds, in the hospital! And this generates hope. She [turns to the President of the Region] spoke of hope. And this generates hope. You have been one of the pillars of the whole country. My esteem and my sincere thanks go to you here and to your colleagues from all over Italy, and I am well aware of interpreting everyone's feelings.
Now, it's time to treasure all this positive energy that has been invested. Do not forget! It is a wealth that, in part, has certainly gone "in depth", in the drama of the emergency; but to a large extent it can and must bear fruit for the present and future of Lombard and Italian society. The pandemic has deeply affected people's lives and the history of communities. To honor the suffering of the sick and the many deceased, especially the elderly, whose life experience must not be forgotten, tomorrow must be built: it requires the commitment, strength and dedication of all. It is a matter of starting again from the countless testimonies of generous and gratuitous love, which have left an indelible mark on the consciences and fabric of society, teaching how much there is need of closeness, care, of sacrifice to nourish fraternity and civil coexistence. And, looking to the future, that speech comes to mind, in the lazar, by Fra Felice, in Manzoni [Promessi sposi , cap. 36 °]: with how much realism it looks at tragedy, it looks at death, but it looks to the future and it carries on.
In this way, we will be able to get out of this crisis spiritually and morally stronger; and this depends on the conscience and responsibility of each of us. Not alone, however, but together and with the grace of God. As believers it is up to us to testify that God does not abandon us, but gives meaning in Christ also to this reality and to our limit; that with his help the toughest tests can be faced. God created us for communion, for fraternity, and now more than ever the claim to focus everything on oneself - it is illusory - to make individualism the guiding principle of society has proved to be illusory. But be careful because, as soon as the emergency is over, it is easy to slip, it is easy to fall back into this illusion. It's easy to quickly forget that we need others, someone to take care of us, to give us courage. Forgetting that we all need a Father who holds out his hand. Praying to him, invoking him, is not an illusion; illusion is to think of doing without it! Prayer is the soul of hope.
In recent months, people have not been able to participate in the liturgical celebrations in attendance, but have not stopped feeling like a community. They prayed individually or in the family, also through the means of social communication, spiritually united and perceiving that the embrace of the Lord went beyond the limits of space. The pastoral zeal and the creative concern of the priests have helped people to continue the path of faith and not to remain alone in the face of pain and fear. This priestly creativity that has won some, few, "adolescent" expressions against the measures of authority, which has the obligation to protect the health of the people. Most of them were obedient and creative. I admired the apostolic spirit of many priests, who went by phone, knocking on doors, ringing houses: "I need something? I do the shopping ... ". A thousand things. Proximity, creativity, without shame. These priests who remained with their people in caring and daily sharing: they were a sign of the consoling presence of God. They were fathers, not teenagers. Unfortunately, not a few of them have died, as well as doctors and paramedical staff. And also among you there are some priests who have been sick and thank God they are healed. In you I thank all the Italian clergy, who have shown courage and love to the people. Unfortunately, not a few of them have died, as well as doctors and paramedical staff. And also among you there are some priests who have been sick and thank God they are healed. In you I thank all the Italian clergy, who have shown courage and love to the people. Unfortunately, not a few of them have died, as well as doctors and paramedical staff. And also among you there are some priests who have been sick and thank God they are healed. In you I thank all the Italian clergy, who have shown courage and love to the people.
Dear brothers and sisters, I renew to each of you and to all those who represent my heartfelt appreciation for what you have done in this difficult and complex situation. May the Virgin Mary, venerated in your lands in numerous shrines and churches, accompany you and always support you with his maternal protection. And don't forget that with your work, all of you, doctors, paramedics, volunteers, priests, religious, lay people, who have done this, have started a miracle. Have faith and, as that tailor said, a missed theologian: "I never found that God began a miracle without finishing it well" [Manzoni, Promessi sposi, Postal Code. 24 °]. May this miracle that you have begun end well! For my part, I continue to pray for you and your communities, and with affection I impart a special Apostolic Blessing to you. And you, please, don't forget to pray for me, I need it. Thank you.
Now, the liturgy of greeting. But we must be obedient to the provisions: I will not make you come here, I will come, passing, to greet you politely, as it should be done, as the authorities have told us to do. And so, as brothers we greet each other and pray for one another. First we take the photo in common and then I come to greet you.

FULL TEXT + Image Source: - Official Translation from the Italian