FEAST OF St FRANCIS OF ASSISI
1 The leader of his brethren and the pride of his people was Simon the high priest, son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house, and in his time fortified the temple.3 In his days a cistern for water was quarried out, a reservoir like the sea in circumference.
4 He considered how to save his people from ruin, and fortified the city to withstand a seige.6 Like the morning star among the clouds, like the moon when it is full;7 like the sun shining upon the temple of the Most High, and like the rainbow gleaming in glorious clouds;
14 But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
16 Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.
17 Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
SIRACH THE PROPHET recall how Simon the high priest repaired and secured the house of the Lord, so that when He comes, the Temple would be His dwelling place. The temple sported a cistern prefigureing the rite of baptism that remove dirt; cleanse the body, restoring the dignity of man. Herein we adduce that baptism replaced circumcision making it the pre-eminant sacrament whereby man is saved!
St PAUL reject the prevailing notion that he is boastful, moreover he point out that the cross of Christ and His baptism have become his source of hope as evidenced by the scars on his body which he received, for proclaiming the Good News.
THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lord is taken aback that the adults in the room could not recognize what was obvious to a mere novice, thus He begin to pray; castigating and taking to task the people of Chorazin and Beth-saida who despite their having been priviledged to witness the miracles He performed, they remained blind, set in their ways and sickened by sin.
Christ invite you and me who are; overburdened, restless, confused, troubled, unloved and lost, to extract ourselves from our bad habits and precarious situations and to take His yoke upon us. Apart from the Holy Sacraments; Baptism, Confirmation, Confession and the Holy Eucharist—Christ living in us, we shall be eternally lost. In difficult times whilst we may externally waste away because if sickness, we must continually indulge the Holy Spirit to sustain us so that on the inside, we may become a new creation with our spirit revived!
LET US PRAY: Psalms 16:1-2,5,7-8,111 A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.2 I say to the LORD, “Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee.”
5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.