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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:15-23)

(Week 28 of the year: Saturday)

GOD HAS MADE CHRIST THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY.

Wherefore I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards all the saints,

Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what the hope is of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, who believe according to the operation of the might of his power,

Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places.

Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come.

And he hath subjected all things under his feet, and hath made him head over all the church,

Which is his body, and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 12:1-7)

(Week 28 of the year: Friday)

EVERY HAIR ON YOUR HEAD HAS BEEN COUNTED.

And when great multitudes stood about him, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: nor hidden, that shall not be known.

For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.

And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

But I will shew you whom you shall fear: fear ye him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than sparrows.

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

 
 

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PLEASE PRAY FOR MISSIONARIES

The story told here might have happened quite a while ago, but it is very relevant. Every day, every hour, missionaries put their life and physical well-being at risk by working in trouble-spots all around the world. Some areas are simply dangerous, some others very demanding in other ways. Please let us always remember to pray for them, for strength, inspiration, safety…and gratefully remember their daily work, too. Lastly, let us never forget that we are all called to be witnesses and missionaries in our own environment and sphere of influence. ♥ ♥ ♥
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“One day, then, we went out of the village to obtain a little solace for our stricken souls, and to pray more suitably and with less disturbance. Two young men came after us to tell us that we must return to the house.

I had some premonition of what was going to happen, and said to him [Rene], ‘My dearest brother, let us commend ourselves to our Lord and to our good Mother, Mary. I think these people have some evil plan.’ We had offered ourselves to our Lord shortly before with much love, beseeching him to receive our lives and our blood, and to unite them with his life and his Blood for the salvation of these poor natives. Accordingly we returned to the village, reciting our rosary, of which we had already said four decades.

We stopped near the gate of the village to see what they might say to us. One of the two young men then drew out a hatchet which he had concealed under his blanket and struck Rene, who was in front of him. He fell motionless, his face to the ground, pronouncing the holy name of Jesus. (We had often admonished each other to let his holy name end our voices and our lives.) At the blow, I turned around and saw the bloody hatchet. I knelt down to receive the blow which would unite me to my dear companion, but, as they hesitated, I rose again and ran to the dying man who was not far from me. They then struck him two other blows on the head with the hatchet, which killed him, but not before I had given him absolution, as I had been accustomed to do every other day after his confession.”
– St Issac Jogues

 

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