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    First Reading

    Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3...
    22/01/2017

    As the past humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, so the future will glorify the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, the territory of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on the inhabitants of a country in shadow dark as death light has blazed forth. You have enlarged the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest time, as they exult when they are dividing the spoils. For the yoke that weighed on it, the bar across its shoulders, the rod of its oppressor, these you have broken as on the day of Midian.


    Second Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:10-13.17...
    22/01/2017

    Brothers, I urge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to have factions among yourselves but all to be in agreement in what you profess; so that you are perfectly united in your beliefs and judgements. From what Chloe’s people have been telling me about you, brothers, it is clear that there are serious differences among you. What I mean is this: every one of you is declaring, ‘I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas,’ or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been split up? Was it Paul that was crucified for you, or was it in Paul’s name that you were baptised? After all, Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel; and not by means of wisdom of language, wise words which would make the cross of Christ pointless.


    Gospel

    Matthew 4:12-23...
    22/01/2017

    Hearing that John had been arrested Jesus withdrew to Galilee, and leaving Nazara he went and settled in Capernaum, beside the lake, on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea beyond Jordan. Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark as death a light has dawned. From then onwards Jesus began his proclamation with the message, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’ As he was walking by the Lake of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. And at once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him. He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and illness among the people.


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time...
    22/01/2017

    It is hard to explain how traditional believers, individuals or communities, gradually grow indifferent to their faith and move on to lose it altogether. Shocking as it is, it has happened in a big way in our days. When “People who walked in darkness see a great light,” they have every reason to rejoice. Can the opposite happen? Can one move away from light and rejoice? That is what is happening today. Blaming those who have strayed is not the issue. What is important is to search for the causes. Were there divisions in the believing community? Were there ego-struggles? Had religion become merely confined to the externals? Or could it be that the consumeristic world was too tempting? Whatever be the cause, an invitation to repentance remains. Jesus comes into our lives and calls for a change of heart. All we need to do is to find passion-free zones of our inner being where God’s love can be heard and received, and help others to do the same. Andrew, Simon, John and James were ordinary people. But they were transformed by the personal attention that Jesus gave to them. His call is life-transforming. All we need to do is to respond to his call.


  • Saint of the Day

    Saint Vincent Pallotti

    Saint Vincent Pallotti, born in Rome, was the apostle of the Eternal City at a difficult period of time in history. Raised up an apostle to undo the spiritual harm wrought by the Napoleonic wars, he is called a second Philip Neri because of his tireless labours in the confessional and the pulpit and his boundless charity towards the poor, the sick and the unfortunate, to whom he would give away the very shoes and clothes he was wearing. Having obtained his Doctorates in Philosophy and Theology, he taught Theology for 10 years. With the commencement of his apostolate among students, it soon became clear that Rome possessed a holy priest. His influence as Confessor over Propaganda College, the Roman Seminary, and an English College was deeply profound, hardly a waking moment remaining unemployed. He went to Confession each day before Mass, during which he often had ecstasies, before beginning his day’s work of preaching in churches and in the open, giving retreats, visiting hospitals and prisons, even hearing confessions late into the night. Vincent’s zeal embraced the whole world and every need, spiritual and material. For this universal objective he founded the Society of Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) and the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate. Conscious of the value and necessity of the lay apostolate he founded guilds for workers, agricultural schools, loan associations, orphanages and homes for girls, thus initiating a social programme that was later formulated and set forth by a friend of his youth, Pope Leo XIII. Pius XI called him “a pioneer and precursor of Catholic Action”. He died aged only 55 and was beatified 100 years later by Pope Pius XII who cited “this great sacerdotal figure” as an example for Parish Priests and preachers, saying, “May his spirit be renewed in every one of you and infuse into your apostolate that irresistible glow of love which the doubting, uncertain and suffering men of today need much.” Vincent Pallotti, whose body lies incorrupt in the church of San Salvatore in Rome, was canonized on 20 January 1963, i.e. during Vatican II. Reflection: “The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan, and giving them back to God” (Saint Sebastian).

Agenda Paolina

 22/01/2017

* FSP: 1991 Sr. Tecla Merlo viene proclamata Venerabile.

 22/01/2017

† FSP: Sr. Giovannina Deano (1991) - Sr. M. Marcelina Monticelli (2002) - Sr. M. Stella Degni (2006) • PD: Sr. M. Gabriella Massariol (1996) • SJBP: Sr. Raffaela Grazio (2010) • IGS: D. Vincenzo Bernardini (1990) - D. Realino Mazzotta (2007).

Thoughts

 22/01/2017 Today, let us meditate on the virtues of Sister Tecla, considering her examples and to pray to her. Let us ask her for the grace to follow Saint Paul the Apostle in the way that she did (FSP43, p. 564).

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