Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 27TH Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of the Rosary  
Memorial, White

Jon 4:1 – 11 / Lk 11:1 – 4.

Reading: Jon 4:1 – 11
     But Jonah was greatly displeased at this, and he was indignant. He prayed to Yahweh and said, "O Yahweh, is this not what I said when I was yet in my own country? This is why I fled to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and full of love, and you relent from imposing terrible punishment. I beseech you now, Yahweh, to take my life, for now it is better for me to die than to live." But Yahweh replied, "What right have you to be angry?"
     Jonah then left the city. He went to a place east of it, built himself a shelter and sat under its shade to wait and see what would happen to Nineveh. Then Yahweh God provided a castor-oil plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade over his head and to ease his discomfort. Jonah was very happy about the plant.
     But the next day, at dawn, God sent a worm which attacked the plant and made it wither. When the sun rose, God sent a scorching east wind; the sun blazed down upon Jonah's head, and he grew faint. His death wish returned and he said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
     Then God asked Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the castor-oil plant?" Jonah answered, "I am right to be angry enough to wish to die."
     Yahweh said, "You are concerned about a plant which cost you no labor to make it grow. Overnight it sprang up, and overnight it perished. 

Gospel: Lk 11:1 - 4
     One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." And Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this:  Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come, give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong, and do not bring us to the test." 

     The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, formerly known as the Memorial of Our Lady of Victory, was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the victory of the combined Christian forces against the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto, off western Greece in 1571, attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The Memorial is a testimony to the intercessory powers of our Mother and the power of the holy Rosary as prayer.
     In the Gospel reading Jesus gives us the Lord's prayer. The Church makes use of the Lord's prayer in the Eucharist, to begin the Communion service. The two main official daily prayers of the Church, morning Lauds and evening Vespers conclude with the Our Father.  Each decade of the Rosary begins with the Our Father.
     Given by Jesus himself, the Our Father stresses that we are children of the Father:  we pray with confidence because we are praying to our loving Father. We praise him and pray that his will be done in heaven and on earth all the time.  
     We pray for our key need of food, physical and spiritual; we ask to be delivered from all evil. And, knowing our own sinfulness, beg for God's forgiveness in the same manner we forgive others. Indeed we pray for the generosity and courage to forgive others: only in the same manner could we expect to receive God's forgiveness for our own failures and shortcomings.
     In the first reading from the Book of Jonah, we see Jonah at prayer and God telling him how God loves everyone: "You are concerned about a plant which cost you no labor to make it grow. Overnight it sprang, and overnight it perished. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish right from left and they have many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned for such a great city?"  
     We pray to an all powerful God, our Father, who is merciful and full of compassion. 



Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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