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    First Reading

    Isaiah 49:14-15...
    26/02/2017

    Zion was saying, ‘Yahweh has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the child she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you.


    Second Reading

    1 Corinthians 4:1-5...
    26/02/2017

    People should think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy. It is of no importance to me how you or any other human court may judge me: I will not even be the judge of my own self. It is true that my conscience does not reproach me, but that is not enough to justify me: it is the Lord who is my judge. For that reason, do not judge anything before the due time, until the Lord comes; he will bring to light everything that is hidden in darkness and reveal the designs of all hearts. Then everyone will receive from God the appropriate commendation.


    Gospel

    Mathew 6:24-34...
    26/02/2017

    Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money. That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and what you are to wear. Surely life is more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the wild flowers growing in the field which are there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you who have so little faith? So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to wear?” It is the gentiles who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’


  • Daily Reflections

    Reflection

    8th Sunday in Ordinary Time...
    26/02/2017

    To transcend is to make way for growth. Stagnation hampers growth and leads to death. The Lake of Galilee and the river Jordan flow out of their boundaries thereby helping not only the fishes and other organisms to live healthy, but also offering life to the pathways and fields. But on entering into the Dead Sea, these waters become the death traps for the organisms; the reason being that this sea does not transcend its boundaries. Jesus warns us against our stagnation with the day-to-day concerns, concentrating mainly on the material needs such as eating and drinking. Anxiety over worldly goods and comforts deviate our focus from God. In addition, we forget to rely on God who provides our sustenance and thus become real gentiles. By transcending material cravings, we raise the bar of perfection to reach higher goals. Jesus encourages us to define our core identity by transcending beyond the material to the spiritual realm.


  • Saint of the Day

    St Mechtilde

    B orn in the Castle of Helfa, near Eisleben, Saxony, to one of the noblest families of Thuringia, St Mechtilde, at 7, entered the Benedictine Convent at Rodensdorf—where her elder sister, Gertrude Hackeborn was already a nun. Under the tutelage of Gertrude, Mechtilde made rapid strides in virtue and learning. On account of her humility, piety and zeal she was appointed, when still relatively young, to direct the novitiate and the choir, and as such she became the first teacher of St Gertrude the Great when the latter was placed in her convent at the age of 5. In his revelations Our Lord used to address her as his “Nightingale”, and he favoured her with such spiritual insight and mystical experiences that learned Dominicans were sent to consult her on spiritual matters. Together with St Gertrude the Great, St Mechtilde is one of the first to have stressed on devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “When you awake in the morning, let your first act be to salute my Heart and to offer me your own,” our Lord once urged Mechtilde. St Mechtilde breathed her last at the Helfta monastery on 19 November c.1298. Reflection:“It gives me real pleasure when men hope for great things from me, and I will always grant them more than they expect” (Our Lord to St Mechtilde).

Agenda Paolina

 26/02/2017

† SSP: D. Giuseppe Barbero (2003) - Fr. Oberdan Picciotti (2011) - Fr. Albino Rigamonti (2013) - D. Attilio Monge (2015) - D. Servillano III Sinoy (2016) • FSP: Sr. M. Costantina Telada (1981) - Sr. M. Diamantina Russo (1986) - Sr. M. Rosaria Sabatino (1987) - Sr. Anselma De Stefani (1998) - Sr. M. Candida Massimi (2001) - Sr. M. Antonietta Martini (2003) - Sr. Giovanna Val (2016) • IGS: D. Carmelo Tommaselli (2010) • IMSA: Lucrezia Protano (2008).

Thoughts

 26/02/2017 Chosen writers are needed who would draw from the Heart of Jesus and would write books, observing the best stylistic practices (AE, 378).

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