Sunday, September 16, 2018
MONDAY, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
September 17, 2018 – MONDAY, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
1 Cor 11: 17- 26, 33 / Lk 7: 1 – 10
Of an Italian noble family, St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 - 1621), a Jesuit who became Cardinal-Archbishop of Capua, was a great scholar and theologian, a writer and systematic apologist of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Cor 11: 23- 26
This is the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have handed on to you; the Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was delivered up, took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, saying, "This is my body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me."
In the same manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, "This cup is the new Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in memory of me." So then whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 7: 2- 10
There was a captain whose servant was very sick and near to death, a man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some elders of the Jews to persuade him to come and save his servant's life. The elders came to Jesus and begged him earnestly, saying, "He deserves this of you, for he loves our people and even built a synagogue for us."
Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the captain sent friends to give him this message, "Sir, do not trouble yourself for I am not worthy to welcome you under my roof. You see I didn't approach you myself. Just give the order and my servant will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers and I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to the other, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
On hearing these words, Jesus was filled with admiration. He turned and said to the people with him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith." The people sent by the captain went back to his house; there they found that the servant was well.
In the first reading Paul reminds the Corinthians what the Lord's supper which we gather for is all about: it is the proclamation of the Lord's death and triumph. We should offer the Eucharist with the greatest love, gratitude and respect.
In the Gospel reading Jesus marvels at the faith the Roman officer and cures his servant: "Sir, do not trouble yourself for I am not worthy to welcome you under my roof." "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith."
We recall the Roman officer's faith before we receive Holy Communion, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed." We pray, "Lord, strengthen our faith."
Have a good day!
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