Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint: Saint Clodoald, Monk (d.560)

Readings of the Day

Rule of Saint Benedict: Prologue 45-50 

Mass: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Resp Ps 45; Lk 6:20-26

Her raiment is threaded with spun gold.


Blessed are you who are now weeping.
(Lk 6:21)

This morning I heard from two friends, one in India, now at home after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer; another in Arizona whose wife is on hospice. Then there are others with heart problems, back pain, and other types of cancer. At the same time there are the effects of aging, however gracefully we go about it, that hit us in ways unexpected and not always welcome. As a result of this, I have been thinking about all those who suffer in one way or another and asking Mary to cover them, us, in her protective veil. All of us, united in faith and prayer, are blessed in the eyes of the Lord. We ask the Lord to help us, as He says: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light (Mt 11:28-30). The Kingdom of God is ours (Lk 6:20).

But as we progress in this way of life, and in faith, we shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of life ...
we shall through patience share in the sufferings of Christ that we may deserve also to share in His kingdom.
(Rule of Saint Benedict, Prologue 49-50)


Today's photo: More yellow than gold, still beauty to behold. So shall the king desire your beauty.

© Gertrude Feick 2022

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