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SERMON FROM THE AQUEDUCT

SERMON FROM THE AQUEDUCT

The word was made flesh and now dwells among us. He dwells in our memory, he dwells in our thoughts. He comes down even to our imagination.

“How?” you ask. By lying in a manner, by nestling at his mother’s breast, preaching on the mountain, praying throughout the night, hanging on the Cross, growing pallid in death, free among the dead, triumphant in hell. He does it by rising on the third day, by showing the Apostles the print of the nails, the marks of his victory, and finally by ascending before their very eyes into the mysterious heights of the heaven. Of which of these can we not think truly, lovingly, piously, holily?

Of whichever one I think, I think of God; and he is my God through them all. I call it wisdom to meditate upon them, I judge it prudent to recall the memory of their sweetness. From such seeds the priestly rod put forth buds; Mary, drawing their nurture from celestial depths, brought forth the flowers. She who received the Word from the heart of the Father himself, was on a supernal plane, higher even than the angels.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 13:8-10)

(23. Sunday in Ordinary Time)

LOVE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY ONE OF THE COMMANDMENTS.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.

For Thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness: Thou shalt not covet: and if there be any other commandment, it is comprised in this word, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law.

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

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 12:1-2)

(22. Sunday in Ordinary Time)

OFFER YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.

And not to be conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.

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

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 11:33-36)

(21. Sunday in Ordinary Time)

ALL THAT EXISTS COMES FROM HIM; ALL IS BY HIM AND FROM HIM.

O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!

For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor?

Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made by him?

For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.

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

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 11:13-15, 29-32)

(20. Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A)

WITH ISRAEL, GOD NEVER TAKES BACK HIS GIFTS OR REVOKES HIS CHOICE.

For I say to you, Gentlies: as long indeed as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I will honour my ministry.

If, by any means, I may provoke to emulation them who are my flesh, and may save some of them.

For if the loss of them be the reconciliation of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

For if the firstfruit be holy, so is the lump also: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.

For as you in times past did not believe God, but now have obtained mercy, through their unbelief;

So these also now have not believed, for your mercy, that they also may obtain mercy.

For God hath concluded all in unbelief, that he may have mercy on all.

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

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia!

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 9:1-5)

I WOULD WILLINGLY BE CONDEMNED IF IT COULD HELP MY BROTHERS.

I speak the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:

That I have great sadness, and continual sorrow in my heart.

For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,

Who are Israelites, to whom belongeth the adoption as of children, and the glory, and the testament, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises:

Whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ, according to the flesh, who is over all things, God blessed for ever. Amen.

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

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 8:35, 37-39)

NO CREATED THING CAN EVER COME BETWEEN US AND THE LOVE OF GOD MADE VISIBLE IN CHRIST.

Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

ALLELUIA

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

 

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