Friday, September 6, 2019

Saints + Scripture

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'Tis the festival of Saint Onesiphorus, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 60), Bishop of Colophon, later Bishop of Corinth, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Eleutherius of Spoleto, Abbot (died circa 585): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link (List).

'Tis also the festival of Saint Chagnoald of Laon, Bishop (died 633, also spelt Cagnou), sixth (VI) Bishop of Laon, who attended the First Council of Reims (circa 625): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Laon, Wikipedia-link Laon, & Wikipedia-link Reims.

Commentary: Brother of Ss. Faro of Meaux [28 October] & Burgundofara [3 April].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Magnus of Füssen, Priest & Abbot, O.S.B. (died circa 666, the "Apostle of the Allgäu;" also spelt Mangoald, Mang), founder of Saint Mang's Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Abbey.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gondulphus of Metz, Bishop (died 823), Bishop of Metz: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Metz & Wikipedia-link Metz.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Colossians, chapter one, verses fifteen thru twenty;
Psalm One Hundred, verses one(b) & two, three, four, & five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter five, verses thirty-three thru thirty-nine.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel people ask Jesus why he doesn’t encourage fasting among his followers. Jesus’ answer is wonderful: "Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?" (That’s a typically Jewish style, by the way, answering a question with another question.)

This great image of the wedding feast comes up frequently in the New Testament, most obviously in the wedding feast at Cana narrative. And it is echoed in the tradition. Jesus is the wedding of heaven and earth, the marriage of divinity and humanity; he is the bridegroom and the Church is the bride. In him, the most intimate union is achieved between God and the world.

Could you imagine people fasting at a wedding banquet? Could you imagine going into an elegant room with your fellow guests and being served bread and water? It would be ridiculous! The mark of the Christian dispensation is joy. Exuberance. Delight. God and the world have come together. What could be better news?
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Not infrequently freedom is understood in an anarchic & simply anti-institutional manner & thus becomes an idol. Authentic human freedom can only be the freedom of just reciprocal relations, the freedom of justice; otherwise it becomes a lie & leads to slavery."
—Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927, reigned 2005-2013)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"If you want world peace, go home & love your family."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta ("Mother Teresa," 1910-1997; feast day: 5 September)

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