To live with healthy Tradition is not an individual experience—it is a communal one. Perhaps this is why Catholicism emphasizes liturgy so much. It is the one thing that pulls us into a communal space where we can ask different questions, look at reality from a different perspective, and be told different truths, beyond the small truths of the private "I." The endless telling of "this is me" stories eventually becomes self-validating, self-imprisoning, and, frankly, boring. Personal anecdotes become too small and aimless, unless they are a part of some larger life narratives. That is the genius of family stories, mythologies, and the biblical mind.
—from The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder by Richard Rohr, OFM
†Saint Quote "The life of the body is the soul; the life of the soul is God." – St. Anthony of Padua
† MEDITATION OF THE DAY "Francis [de Sales] insists that true devotion must touch every area of our life. True devotion is not just a matter of spiritual practices but of bringing all our life under the lordship of Christ. Francis is known for his slogan: 'Live, Jesus! Live, Jesus!' What he means by this is an invitation to Jesus to 'live and reign in our hearts forever and ever' . . . In other words, for Francis, to live the devout life is to reach the point in our love for God and neighbor that we eagerly ('carefully, frequently, and promptly') desire to do His will in all the various ways in which it is communicated to us: in the duties of our state in life, in the objective teaching of God's Word, in opportunities and occasions presented to us, in response to our interior inspirations." — Ralph Martin, p. 107 AN EXCERPT FROM Fulfillment of All Desire
†VERSE OF THE DAY "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
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ST. CANUTE IV OF DENMARK
St. Canute IV of Denmark (1042 – 1086 A.D.), also known as Canute the Holy, was one of thirteen sons born to the king of Denmark. Canute later succeeded his brother to the throne and reigned as king from 1080 to 1086. He was a devout Catholic, a zealous propagator of the faith, and a brave warrior, in addition to being a man of prayer, penance, austerity, and charity towards the poor and weak among his people. The happiness of his people and the interests of the Church were his motivation, often putting him in opposition to the aristocracy. He fought against the barbarian nations and worked to strengthen the power of the monarchy, but some of his laws were unpopular and caused unrest among the people. Canute sought to expand Denmak's territory and believed he had a claim to the English throne. In 1085 he gathered his fleet and planned an invasion of England to overthrow William the Conquerer, a plan which was never realized. Instead, a revolt broke out against Canute, causing him to take refuge inside St. Alban's Priory in Odense. Canute, his brother, and seventeen of his men were pursued and killed by rebels in front of the altar. He was named a martyr for the faith, and many miracles were reported at his tomb. He was canonized in the year 1101, the first Danish saint. St. Canute is the patron saint of Denmark. His feast day is January 19. See More Patron Saints >
Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 312 Reading I
Brothers and sisters: God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.
When God made the promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply you. And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise. Now, men swear by someone greater than themselves; for them an oath serves as a guarantee and puts an end to all argument. So when God wanted to give the heirs of his promise an even clearer demonstration of the immutability of his purpose, he intervened with an oath, so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner, becoming high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c
R. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R. Alleluia. I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just. Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights. R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R. Alleluia. He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD. He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant. R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R. Alleluia. He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever. R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R. Alleluia.
See Eph 1:17-18
R. Alleluia, alleluia. May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?" He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?" Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."
Daily Meditation: Hebrews 6:10-20
Hold fast to the hope that lies before us. (Hebrews 6:18)
The year 2020 presented some unique challenges for all of us: a global pandemic and disrupted plans, economic hardship, and for many, political and racial tensions. Any one of these things could have shaken us—not to mention any personal trials we may have faced or may still be facing.
In light of all that has happened and is still unfolding, this verse from today's first reading can encourage us: "Hold fast to the hope that lies before us" (Hebrews 6:18). As Christians, we can place our hope in the promise that one day we will be united with God in heaven. No illness, no financial loss, no disappointment or canceled plan or other kind of strife can thwart that promise. That's the hope that the author of Hebrews held out to the early Christians, and that's what he holds out to us as well. If we try our best to stay close to the Lord and follow his commands, our hope is sure and certain.
But how do we hold fast to hope? By hanging on and gritting our teeth through the difficulties? No! Our hope lies in the faithfulness of God. We can be confident that he will see us through every trial as we trust in him.
That's not just a vague promise. God gives us three tangible sources of grace that can strengthen and renew our hope. In the Eucharist, Jesus becomes present to us, healing us, strengthening us, and nourishing us. In the Scriptures, the Lord teaches us who he is, how much he loves us, and the wonderful plans he has for us. And through our relationships, God blesses us with family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ who can provide us with the love and support we need to get through our trials. In all of these ways, we can experience a foretaste of heaven, and our hope grows stronger.
Life can be hard at times; we know what it's like to feel hope slipping away. When that happens, don't let yourself sink into frustration or despair. Jesus' presence in the Eucharist, in Scripture, and in other people are the lifelines that God is throwing out to you. Take hold of them, and don't let go!
"Lord, all of my hope is in you."
Psalm 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10 Mark 2:23-28
Ask of God a lively fear of the pains of hell, so that if ever you have the misfortune to lose the feeling of Divine love, at least the fear of tormnets may deter you from Sin. — St. Ignatius of Loyola
my2cents: "This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil...". Once our Lord is your everything, He anchors you. Once you are anchored, you have a source. Once you have the source of life in you, you have assurance. Once you have assurance, you have peace. And once you have obtained this peace, you live in joy. And once you live in joy, the others will desire....HIM.
We pray: "He has won renown for his wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD. He has given food to those who fear him; he will forever be mindful of his covenant." He gives food to those who fear Him. What is fear? Respect? Honor? I always tell my guys to have fear in safety, to be afraid of danger. I always recall the crocodile hunter guy on tv, how he died, got real comfortable, and got stung, and died. I believe we can all learn...not to get too comfortable...or else.
We heard them say to our Lord: ""Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?" and our Lord begins to reveal Himself, as the Son of David: ""Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?" Our Lord is the Son of David. He is then, the superceding priest. He is about to say even more:
"The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath." This scripture has often been mis-read. Misinterpreted. They say it like "the Sabbath was made for man", and they stop there. And so they excuse themselves to do whatever they feel like on Sundays, the Lord's day. But the next line reveals all: THE SON OF MAN is LORD of the Sabbath. If the world was created for us to live in, we are more than laws. Laws cannot trump life. Laws cannot be against life. You cannot say your laws are everything. What does this mean to you?
It should mean everything. All your thoughts, all your own little laws you've made up about our Lord, they must desist, they must not resist what He has declared is Truth.
He says I AM. I AM, the groom. I AM the reason you have Sabbath. I AM the reason you live. I AM your Father.
Lord, Father, I make up so much nonsense in my life, and I cannot make sense of what You ask of me, because of it. Help me and help us all set our hearts straight...for Your desires. Thank you Lord Father.
from your brother in Christ our Lord, adrian
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1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
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