Monday, January 18, 2016


19 January 2016

19 January 2016 
Sts. John Ogilvier, Stephan Pongracz 
and Melchior Grodziecki, Priests,
and Marco Krizevcanin, Canon, Martyrs /
Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs /
Bl. James Sales, Priest, 
and William Saultemouche, Religious, Martyrs
Memorial.  Red.      1 Sm 16: 1 – 13.       Mk 2: 23 – 28.

St. John Ogilvie (1579 – 1615), Scottish Jesuit priest, was martyred in Glasgow.

Sts. Stephan Pongracz (1583 – 1619), Jesuit priest from Romania, Melchior Grodziecki (1584 – 1610), Polish Jesuit priest, and Marco Krizevcanin, Canon of Estergom, were martyred in Kosice.

Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo (1527 – 1570), Jesuit missionary from Portugal, and 39 others were martyred by the Huguenots in the Canary Islands.

Bl. James Sales (1556 – 1593), French Jesuit priest, and William Saultemouche, French Jesuit lay brother, were martyred in Aubenas during the French War of Religions.

From the Gospel Reading:   Mk 2:  23 - 28
One Sabbath he was walking through grain fields.  As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of grain and crush them in their hands.  Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Look! They are doing what is forbidden on the Sabbath!"

And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did in his time of need, when he and his men were very hungry?  He went into the house of God, when Abiathar was High Priest, and ate the bread of offering, which only the priests are allowed to eat, and he also gave some to the men who were with him."  Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath."

In the Gospel reading, Jesus reminds the Pharisees how, because they were hungry David and his men ate the sacred bread offering at the Temple.  Though only the Temple priests  could eat that bread, David violated the Temple rules because of an urgent human need.  

In Jesus' time, there were many rules on what can and cannot be done in observance of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was dedicated to God; all work was forbidden.  What constituted work was spelled out in the many regulations. Jesus' disciples violated the Sabbath when, out of hunger, they picked corn to eat.  

Jesus implied that, as King like David, he had similar rights:  he was the "master even of the Sabbath." He taught us that the rules of institutions must not be onerous and unreasonable.

How do we observe the Sabbath? How do we prepare ourselves for Mass? Are we attentive at Mass and fully participating in it?  In our businesses and households, do we enforce rules that hurt people?


     Ellen Palma
     Emmanuel A.C. Acero
     Jaon Henly A. Dispo

     Spiro & Jennifer Clemente

     Thomas Chan Sy

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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