Sunday, September 15, 2019
TUESDAY, 24TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
1 Tm 3: 1 – 13 / Lk 7: 11 – 17
Italian St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 – 1621), a Jesuit cardinal, was a great scholar and theologian.
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Tm 3: 1 – 2, 8
If someone aspires to the overseer's ministry, he is without doubt looking for a noble task. It is necessary that the overseer (or bishop) be beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, responsible, judicious, of good manners, hospitable and skillful in teaching. . . Deacons, likewise, must be serious and sincere and moderate in drinking wine, not greedy for money.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 7: 11 – 17
A little later Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him – a great number of people. As he reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople,
On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, "Don't cry." Then he came up and touched the stretcher and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, "Young man, awake, I tell you." And the dead man got up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
A holy fear came over them all and they praised God, saying, "A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people." This news spread out in the Jewish country and the surrounding places.
In the first reading Paul writes of the necessity that overseers (bishops) and deacons have required qualifications to be effective ministers in the Church. Elsewhere Paul also tells us that there are many different ministries and works in the Church and the different tasks would require qualifications proper to those tasks.
In the Gospel reading the Lord "had pity" on the mother, a widow, of a young man being carried out to be buried and restored him to life and his mother. Jewish law had special concern for widows and orphans: the man was the bread-winner; when he died, his widow and family lost their support and source of livelihood. In the Acts of the Apostles, we are told that among the reasons for the appointment of deacons was "because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution."
The Beatitudes bless those who mourn, "Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted." (Mt 5: 4)
We pray that the Church may always have suitable and responsible leaders and members, with special care and concern for the poor and the needy.
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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