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“IT IS THE GOSPEL, THEN, THAT WE ARE URGING YOU TO READ”

The Gospel

“Read the word of God in the Gospel. Ah! The Gospel, who reads it, in the world? – Doubtless, during the Holy Sacrifice, the faithful like to follow in their prayer-books the Gospel of the feast; but… Is it sufficient to fill our life with Christian sentiments?

What we recommend to you all is a frequent, attentive, and, above all, regular reading, unravelling before your softened heart the whole life of Our Lord.

It is certainly a good thing to read the Imitation of Christ. It is the most beautiful book, which has come from the hand of man, but the Gospel was written at the very dictation of God. He encloses His infallible word in these blessed pages, which the saints used to read on their knees, and to meditate upon in ecstasy.

It is the Gospel, then, that we are urging you to read, and to ponder on with love: the Gospel, this book of the ignorant and of philosophers, this book of the garrets and of the palaces, this book of the rich and of the poor, where the Infinite has taught us in parables, where the Eternal Word makes Himself the Teacher of little children, this book so simple and so profound, so calm and so luminous.”

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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FEAST OF ST BARTHOLOMEW, APOSTLE – GOSPEL READING (JOHN 1:45-51)

Feast of St Bartholomew (Nathanael): August 24

THERE IS AN ISRAELITE WHO DESERVES THE NAME, INCAPABLE OF DECEIT.

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the prophets wrote: he is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” “From Nazareth?” said Nathanael. “Can anything good come from that place?” “Come and see” replied Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, “There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.” “How do you know me?” said Nathanael. “Before Philip came to call you,” said Jesus “I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.” Jesus replied, “You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” And he added, “I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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