READINGS for 2007-03-21
Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. – Isaiah 49:15
P S A L M
G O S P E L
17 Jesus answered them, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but he also called God his own Father, making himself equal to God. 19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, a Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his Father doing; for what he does, his son will do also.” 20 For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. 22 Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my Word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. 25 Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself. 27 And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Samuel 17-19
GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Saint Teresa Margaret Redi
At age seven, Euphrasia and her mother moved to Egypt where they resided in a house near a convent of nuns. She was fascinated with the nuns and wanted to enter the convent herself; thus, soon after, she was entrusted to the care of the abbess.
When her mother died, the emperor reminded Euphrasia that she was betrothed to a rich young senator. The girl gently refused. She wrote a letter to the emperor, requesting that the world forget about her. She wanted the family s riches to be given to the poor. She wanted all debts to her cancelled and all their slaves to be set free. The emperor was deeply touched; he agreed to her plea.
Saint Euphrasia lived the rest of her life in service as a nun until the Lord took her in 420.
THE POWER OF SIMPLE GESTURES
I was saying Mass in the Cathedral of Antipolo one Sunday morning when someone from the congregation just waved at me and acted as if she really knew me. I pretended not to notice her so as not to be distracted from the celebration of the Eucharist. But she was just too persistent to be simply ignored. She went up the sanctuary and approached me saying, “Father, you presided over the Funeral Mass for my departed father three years ago.” I told her, “Oh, okay. Let’s talk after the Mass.”
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