Thursday, January 19, 2017


'Tis the feast of Saint Pontianus of Spoleto, Martyr (circa 156-175), martyred in the reign of the emperor Marcus Aurelius: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Saint Bassian of Lodi, Bishop (circa 320-409): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the feast of Saint Wulfstan of Worcester, Bishop (circa 1008-1095): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter seven, verse twenty-five thru chapter eight, verse six;
Psalm Forty, verses seven thru ten & seventeen;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses seven thru twelve.

Individual Reading
The Book of Sirach, chapter fourteen (verses one thru twenty-seven);
The Book of Sirach, chapter fifteen (verses one thru twenty);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eighteen (verses one thru thirty-five).

Commentary: The Use of Wealth (Sirach, 14:3-19), the Search for Wisdom & Its Blessings (14:20-15:10), & Man's Free Will (15:11-20); the Greatest in the Kingdom (Matthew, 18:1-5), Temptations to Sin (18:6-9), the Parable of the Lost Sheep (18:10-14), a Brother Who Sins (18:15-20), & the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (18:21-35).

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