Monday, September 3, 2018

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church, O.S.B. (circa 540-604, A.K.A. Gregory I, the Dialogist), sixty-fourth (LXIV) Bishop of Rome: Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, Doctor-link The True Enlightenment!, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pontiff, Doctors-link, & Wikipedia-link Doctors.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Great-grandson of Pope St. Felix III [1 March], son of St. Silvia of Rome [3 November], & nephew of Ss. Emiliana [5 January] & Trasilla [24 December].

Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He is famous for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome, the Gregorian Mission, to convert the then-pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity. Gregory is also well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope.
Wikipedia-link Mission.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Phoebe, Deaconess (floruit first century): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Bibiane & Angèle-Marie, Religious & Martyrs (died 1995, A.K.A. Dénise Leclerc & Jeanne Littlejohn), martyred by jihadist Muslims of the Armed Islamic Group, two of the nineteen Martyrs of Algeria: Martyr-link Delta Lima, Martyr-link Juliette Lima, & Wikipedia-link (List); Wikipedia-link Algeria.

Scripture of This Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter two, verses one thru five;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verses ninety-seven, ninety-eight, ninety-nine, one hundred, one hundred one, & one hundred two;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter four, verses sixteen thru thirty.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel for today Jesus reads from Isaiah a prophecy dealing with the Messianic transformation of the world. And then he declares it fulfilled, precisely in him. The audience initially is positive. And then we see why they are so favorable: “They also asked, ‘Isn’t this the son of Joseph?’” Undoubtedly, they are thinking: well, if this man is the Messiah, and he’s a local boy, we will benefit enormously! As Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.”

But Jesus commences to throw them for a loop. He invokes two uneasy stories from the Old Testament tradition, the first dealing with Elijah. During a drought Elijah is sent, not to an Israelite, but to a widow from Sidon, a foreigner. And the second deals with Elisha, who cleanses from leprosy, not an Israelite, but Naaman the Syrian.

At these key moments in its history, God attends to the needs of the other nations and not the needs of Israel. He is reminding them that Israel existed for the sake of the other nations.
Video reflection by Msgr. James Vlaun (Telecare T.V.): United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Gregory the Great
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter four, verses one, two, five, six, & seven;
Psalm Ninety-six, verse three;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-two, verses twenty-four thru thirty.

Commentary: Quoth the missalette, regarding Labor Day:
The readings, psalm, & Gospel acclamation may be taken from the Masses for Various Needs & Occasions: For the Blessing of Human Labor. The following are suggested from among the many options.
Mass Readings—Labor Day
The Book of Genesis, chapter one, verse twenty-six thru chapter two, verse three;
Confer Psalm One Hundred Twenty-seven, verse one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter six, verses thirty-one thru thirty-four.

Papal Quote o' This Day
"Let us at long last place human life itself among those precious assets that deserve our every protection. Doctors & social workers, lawmakers, journalists, & teachers ought to be in conscience bound to call publicly for the legal protection of human life."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' This Day
"Jesus has shown me the only path which leads to the divine furnace of love."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' This Day
"Wood & stones will teach you what you can never hear from teachers."
—St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church (1090-1153, feast day: 20 August)

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