Monday, August 26, 2019

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Our Lady of Częstochowa (A.K.A. the Black Madonna of Częstochowa), housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery: Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Jasna Góra.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Melchizedek, Priest (second millennium B.C.), king of Salem: Patriach-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Alexander of Bergamo, Martyr (died circa 303), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a victim of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Bregowine of Canterbury, Bishop (died 764, also spelt Bregwin), thirteenth (XIII) Archbishop of Canterbury: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Canterbury, Wikipedia-link Canterbury, & Wikipedia-link Archbishops.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified, Virgin, O.C.D. (1846-1878, A.K.A. Mariam of Bethlehem, Mariam Baouardy), stigmatic: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Stigmata-link & Wikipedia-link Stigmata.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Religious, H.A.D. (1843-1897, A.K.A. Teresa Jornet Ibars), foundress of the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly (H.A.D.): Saint-link, Wikipedia-link ūna, & Wikipedia-link duæ; Wikipedia-link H.A.D.

Commentary: Grand-niece of Bl. Francisco Palau [7 November].

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter one, verses one thru five, eight(b), nine, & ten;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-nine, verses one(b) & two; three & four; five, six(a), & nine(b);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-three, verses thirteen thru twenty-two.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus launches a blistering attack on the scribes and Pharisees.

The Son teaches, heals, preaches to, and forgives those who feel far from the mercy of God. He is the hand that the Father stretches out to sinners and to those who are lost. And by the same token, he is the judge of a sinful world. When the light of God’s forgiving love appears, the shadows of sin become all the deeper and more obvious. In light of him, there is nowhere to hide. And Jesus, the Word of the Father, gives voice to this judgment: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. . . ."

The Son names all those powers that are opposed to the creative and loving intentions of his Father. He speaks a word of judgment on a world grown cozy with sin. He "channels" all of the feelings of the Father toward the world: intense, forgiving love to those who are lost, and equally intense hatred for the structures of darkness
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Scripture Study—Wisdom Books
The Book of Sirach, chapter twelve (verses one thru eighteen);
The Book of Sirach, chapter thirteen (verses one thru twenty-six);
The Book of Sirach, chapter fourteen (verses one thru twenty-seven).

Commentary: Friends & Enemies (Sirach, 12:1-18) & Responsible Use of Riches (13:1-14:27).

Scripture Study—Day 91: Progeny Point, Day 29
The Book of Genesis, chapter forty-two, verses eight thru fourteen.

Commentary: Joseph's Brothers Go to Egypt (cont'd; Genesis, 42:8-14).

Proverb o' the Day (Sirach, 12:13-14)
Who will pity a snake charmer bitten by a serpent,
or any who go near wild beasts?
So no one will pity a man who associates with a sinner
and becomes involved in his sins.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"Just as two friends, frequently in each other's company, tend to develop similar habits, so too, by holding familiar converse with Jesus & the Blessed Virgin, by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary & by living the same life in Holy Communion, we can become, to the extent of our lowliness, similar to them & can learn from these supreme models a life of humility, poverty, hiddenness, patience, & perfection."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Just suppose that there were a great plague which affected a wide area of the world. Then some doctor in his laboratory found the remedy for this plague & made it available to everyone. There would be some who would seek the remedy. There would be others who would not. They might say, 'How do I know he has the remedy? Why should I bother? I will cure myself.' Are they not all potentially saved? It is certainly not the fault of the scientist that they are not cured. It is the fault of people themselves. So it is with the Person of Christ. He brought salvation to all men. It is up to us to find that salvation in Him."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

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