Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Memorial Day
Saint Augustine of Canterbury (ca.65)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:5-9
Mass: Acts 16:11-15; Resp Ps 149; Jn 15:26-16:4a

The Lord takes delight in his people.

One of my favorite accounts of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles is today's, when we meet Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She worshipped "God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying." A line I didn't pay much attention to before now is, "She prevailed on us." It could be said that Paul won Lydia over. Then Lydia won over Paul and Timothy. Yes, Our Lord does take delight in his people! Living and true God, open our hearts to hear your Word through those we encounter this Memorial Day. We remember those men and women who have died in active military service. May they rest in peace.

Sing to the Lord a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

Let them praise his name in festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.

Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches.
Let the high praised of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all the faithful. Alleluia.


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