Thought for the Day – 16 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”...Mark 8:29
These same questions are proposed to each of us today: “Who is Jesus for the people of our time?” and more importantly: “Who is Jesus for each of us?”, for me, for you,…? Who is Jesus for each one of us?
We are called to make Peter’s answer our own response, joyfully professing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Eternal Word of the Father, who became man to redeem mankind, pouring out the abundance of divine mercy upon it.
The world needs Christ more than ever: His salvation, His merciful love.
Pope Francis – Angelus, 19 June 2016
Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian Martyrs
“We must carry out the will of God
rather than our own.
This is what we pledge to do in the “Our Father”,
which we recite every day.
What a travesty it would be if,
after praying that God’s will be done,
we should carry out that will halfheartedly
and only because we are obliged to do so!
“We have solemnly renounced the world
and therefore, whilst we continue in it,
we should behave like strangers and pilgrims.”
“You cannot have God for your Father
if you do not have the Church for your mother….
God is one and Christ is one and His Church is one;
one is the faith and one is the people cemented together
by harmony into the strong unity of a body….
If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ;
if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.”
“You who are envious, let me tell you
that however often you may seek
for the opportunity of injuring him whom you hate,
you will never be able to do him so much harm,
as you do harm to yourselves.
He whom you would punish through the malice of your envy,
may probably escape but you will never
be able to fly from yourselves.” (St Cyprian from The Unity of the Catholic Church)
“Let us remember one another in concord and unanimity.
Let us on both sides of death always pray for one another.
Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love,
that if one of us, by the swiftness of divine condescension,
shall go hence the first, our love may continue in the presence
of the Lord and our prayers for our brethren and sisters
not cease in the presence of the Father’s mercy.”
St Cyprian from letters (to St Pope Cornelius no 253)
St Cyprian of Carthage (190-258)
One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian and St Ninian
“If any man would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me.”…Mark 8:34
REFLECTION – “Being one with Christ is our sanctity, and progressively becoming one with him our happiness on earth, the love of the cross in no way contradicts being a joyful child of God. Helping Christ carry his cross fills one with a strong and pure joy, and those who may and can do so, the builders of God’s kingdom, are the most authentic children of God. And so those who have a predilection for the way of the cross by no means deny that Good Friday is past and that the work of salvation has been accomplished. Only those who are being saved, only children of grace, can in fact be bearers of Christ’s cross. Only in union with the divine Head does human suffering take an expiatory power. To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one’s feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father’s right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels – this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.”…St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)
PRAYER – Look upon us Lord, Creator and Ruler of the whole world, give us the grace to serve You with all our hearts, to take up our cross and follow You, that we may come to know the power of Your love and the forgiveness which You give and You teach. Grant that by the intercession of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian and St Ninian, we may attain the glory of Your kingdom and see You face to face. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.
NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY THREE – 16 September
St Padre Pio you have said:
I am greatly comforted and very content in Jesus’ company and who could describe the help it is to me to have Him continually by my side? This company makes me much more careful not to do anything which would displease God. It seems to me as if Jesus is constantly watching me. If it sometimes happens that I lose the presence of God, I soon hear Our Lord calling me back to my duty. I cannot describe the voice He uses to call me back but I know that it is very penetrating and the soul who hears it finds it almost impossible to refuse what He asks.
Let us Pray:
Gracious God, You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified,
as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son
and as a stirring inspiration to many people of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
In the confessional, Padre Pio laboured endlessly for the salvation of souls.
Whenever You called, he answered,
serving Your people for the greater good of their souls
and for your Glory.
Through his powerful intercession, many who suffered were healed of sickness and disease.
Endowed with the gift of discernment, he could read people’s hearts.
With dignity and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass,
inviting countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ,
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of Saint Pio,
we confidently beseech You to to grant us the grace of
………………. (state your petition here).
Help us to imitate his example of prayerful holiness and compassion,
so that we, too, may faithfully follow the Risen Lord
and one day rejoice in the Kingdom,
where You live and reign forever and ever.
Our Morning Offering – 16 September – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church
Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
You Fount of life,
You Light of men,
from the best bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to You again.
We taste You,
O You living Bread,
and long to feast upon You still:
We drink of You, the Fountainhead,
and thirst our souls from You to fill.
O Jesus, ever with us stay,
make all our moments calm and bright;
chase the dark night of sin away,
shed o’er the world Your holy light.