Thirteen-year-old martyr. Born in the nineties of the third century.
Patron saint of chastity.
May I hereby call your attention to
the daily reading of the Gospel?
This invitation wants to share with you the joy of the Gospel.
Everyone, no one excepted,
can experience that joy by opening his heart
to the healing effect of God’s word.
Available every morning from 7 am
‘To keep us on our feet and steadfastly persevere i our purpose, we have to do the same as people walking on ice. They hold each other by the hand, or support each other under the arm. If someone slips, the other makes sure he does not fall, and vice versa, one also supports the other, when the latter in turn threatens to slip. Our life on earth is like walking on the ice, because every time there are occasions to stagger and fall’
(Reflections of St Francis de Sales, Conferences, p. 36)
FIRST READING Hebrews 9, 2-3.11-14
Through his own blood
Christ entered the sanctuary once for all.
From the letter to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters,
The first covenant had rules for worship
and a man-made place for worship as well.
The front part of which was the lampstand
and the table with the bread offered to God;
this was called the Holy Place.
Behind the second curtain was an area
which was called the Most Holy Place.
But now Christ has come,
the high priest of true salvation.
The tent of his priesthood
is greater and more perfect than the former ;
it is not made by human hand
that is, it does not belong to our created world.
The blood of his sacrifice is his own blood,
not that of goats and calves.
Thus He entered the sanctuary, once for all,
and He has obtained an eternal salvation.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkled ashes of a heifer
can sanctify the defilements so that they become legally clean,
how much greater is the power of Christ’s blood !
By the eternal Spirit He offered Himself to God,
an immaculate sacrifice
that purifies our souls from dead works
to honor the living God.
INTERLUDIUM Ps. 47(46), 2-3, 6-7, 8-9
God rises to the throne with loud cheers,
the Lord with the sound of trumpets.
All nations, clap your hands,
rejoice before God with glad tidings.
For great is the Lord and widely feared,
a mighty prince over all the earth.
God ascends to the throne with loud cheers,
the Lord with the sound of trumpets.
Sing now to God, let your song sound,
to our King a song of praise!
King is God over all the earth,
so sing a psalm to Him.
King is God over all the nations,
sitting on his holy throne.
ALLELUIA Ps. 119(118), 105
Your word is a lamp to my feet, Lord,
it is a light on my path.
GOSPEL Mk. 3, 20-21
The relatives of Jesus said
He was out of His mind.
From the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to
At that time Jesus went home
and again so many people were gathering
that they did not even have occasion to eat.
When his relatives heard this
they went out to take Him away,
for it was said that He was out of his mind.
On the care of the common home
57. It is foreseeable that in the face of the depletion of some resources, people will look for a favourable scenario for new wars, masked with noble demands. War always causes severe damage to the environment and cultural wealth of peoples, and the risks become enormous when one thinks of nuclear and biological weapons. After all, “despite international agreements prohibiting chemical, bacteriological and biological war, it is a fact that in the laboratories, research continues on the development of new offensive weapons capable of affecting the natural balance”. Greater attention is demanded of politicians to prevent and resolve the causes that may trigger new conflicts. But power along with money is what most opposes these efforts, and political plans often lack a broad vision. Why do they want to maintain a power today that will be remembered for its inability to intervene when it was urgent and necessary to do so?
To be continued
The Bible text in this issue is taken from The New Bible Translation,
©Dutch Bible Society 2004/2007.
Considerations from Liturgical Suggestions for Weekdays and Sundays
Laudato Si Official English translation