Thursday, June 29, 2017


FRIDAY, Weekday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

June 30, 2017 -  FRIDAY, Weekday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time 

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome



Gn 17: 1, 9 - 10, 15 - 22 / Mt 8: 1 – 4


     Many early Christians in Rome gave their lives for the Faith under Emperor

Nero about 64 AD.


FROM THE FIRST READING:     Gn 17: 1, 9- 10

     When Abram was ninety-nine years old, Yahweh appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty. Walk in my presence and be without blame." ...


     God said to Abraham, "For our part, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, generation after generation. This is my covenant with you, that you will keep, you and your descendants after you. Every male among you shall be circumcised. "


GOSPEL READING:     Mt 8: 1 - 4

     When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. Then a leper came forward. He knelt before him and said, "Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, "I want to, be clean again." At that very moment the man was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him. "See that you do not tell anyone, but go to the priest, have yourself declared clean, and offer the gift that Moses ordered as proof of it."



     Leprosy is such a frightening disease that lepers are kept separate from people and kept in leper colonies. In the time of Jesus, they were considered untouchable and unwanted. They were unclean. 


     In the Gospel reading one such unclean leper approaches Jesus to be cleansed, "Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean." He did not even ask to be cleansed: if Jesus wanted, Jesus could cure him.


     The loving response of Jesus was immediate, "I want to, be clean again." The leper showed faith in Jesus, in his healing power and his love.

In the first reading we hear God confirming his covenant with Abraham. We call Abraham the Father of faith because of his adherence to his covenant with God, even to the sacrifice of his only son Isaac at God's command.


     Jesus performed many miracles for those who asked him and had faith that he would and could heal them. He praised the faith of the centurion who asked him to cure his dying servant, "I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel." (Mt 8:10) He cured the daughter of the Canaanite woman, "Woman, how great is your faith! Let it be as you wish" (Mt 15: 28)


In their ready willingness to die in witness to their Christian faith, the first Martyrs of Rome showed similar great faith and love of Our Lord. Their faith and death nourished the growth of Christianity in the Roman world.


We pray for such great faith in our Lord.















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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