Friday, May 12, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Eastertide

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saints Nereus & Achilleus, Martyrs (died 98, of Terracina), martyred in the reign of the emperor Trajan: Martyrs-link, Martyr-link November, Martyr-link Alpha, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Nereus & Achilleus were Roman soldiers of the Praetorian Guard (the emperor's bodyguard) who were martyred at the end of the first century, & were said to have been baptized by St. Peter (22 February & 29 June) himself. When they became Christians they gave up their posts which they saw as immoral & were exiled & then killed under the reign of the emperor Trajan.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Ss. Nereus & Achilleus were at first enrolled in the military tribunal, but both left the military once they had converted to the faith. For this faith they were condemned to death, probably during the reign of [Trajan]. Their sepulcher is preserved in the cemetery on the Ardeatine Way were a basilica has been constructed in their honor.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Pancras, Martyr (circa 289-304, of Rome), martyred in the reign of the emperor Diocletian: Martyr-link ┼źnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Pancras was a Syrian boy of pagan origin who went to Rome & was converted to Christianity. He was beheaded in 304 at the age of fourteen during the persecution of the emperor Diocletian.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Pancras died at Rome probably during the Diocletianic Persecution. He was beheaded at the age of fourteen. His tomb over which Pope (St.) Symmachus (19 July) built a church is preserved on the Aurelian Way.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Dominic de la Calzada, Priest & Hermit (1019-1109, meaning "of the Causeway"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Easter Weekday
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter thirteen, verses twenty-six thru thirty-three;
Psalm Two, verses six & seven, eight & nine, & ten & eleven(a,b);
The Gospel according to John, chapter fourteen, verses one thru six.

Commentary: Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s familiar and majestic passage, Jesus exhorts us to trust him: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” So much depends on the spiritual meaning of the little word “trust.” Jeremiah the prophet laid it out as starkly and simply as possible: “Cursed be the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.” And conversely, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord.”

What does it mean to trust, to have hope, to turn one’s heart to God? It means to root the whole of one’s life in God, and not to ground our concerns in the things of this world, in wealth, power, pleasure, and honor.

Ask yourself, what is the center of gravity in my life? The Bible consistently proposes this question. For example, read the book of Joshua, when Joshua lays it on the line for the people of Israel: “Do you serve the Lord or some other gods?” That’s the question being asked of you today.
Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Ss. Nereus & Achilleus
The Book of Revelation, chapter seven, verses nine thru seventeen;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-four, verse seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses seventeen thru twenty-two.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Pancras
The Book of Revelation, chapter nineteen, verses one & five thru nine(a);
Psalm One Hundred Three, verse one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eleven, verses twenty-five thru thirty.

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