Thought for the Day – 19 January – The Church – Jesus’ Masterpiece

Thought for the Day – 19 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) – The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

The Church

“Jesus Christ did not found the Church only as the Mystical Body, of which He is the Head and we are the members.
He also made it a visible and hierarchical society, the supreme authority in doctrine and morals, the distributor of His grace and of the means of Redemption.
If He had not done this, it would be impossible to understand how men could have carried on the saving work of the Redeemer, throughout the centuries.

The Church is Jesus’ Masterpiece.
It is empowered by His grace and authority, to enlighten men and guide them safely along the path of sanctity.
Jesus said to His Apostles and through them to their successors: “He who hears you, hears me and he who rejects you, rejects me” (Lk 10:16).
He also said: “I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world” (Mt 28:20).

This is why obedience is our first duty to the successors of the Apostles, in other words, to the hierarchical Church.
We must obey the Church, as we would obey Christ.
Anybody who makes exceptions or compromises in this matter, is not a true Christian!”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Quote/s of the Day – 19 January – ‘He has come down to earth to take you to heaven…’

Quote/s of the Day – 19 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, – Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6, Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3, John 1:29-34

“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.”

John 1:32

“He has come down to earth to take you to heaven, He became mortal that you might become God and put on your original beauty.”

St Romanos Melodios (c 490-c 556)

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Sunday Reflection – 19 January – Look how much I have loved and loved you!

Sunday Reflection – 19 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A and The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)

Blessed Marcelo was a pious man, of intense prayer and mortification, extremely sensitive to the needs and suffering of his faithful and an untiring apostle.   Homes, workers’ societies, centres where food was given to those who needed it, orphanages, night schools, creation of the faculty of theology of Seville, etc., were all part of his mark. He toured all the dioceses in which he exercised his ministry, travelling on a mule, he fought against the attempt to displace the teaching of religion from public centres as a senator from Granada, consoled the afflicted and took the gospel to every corner, preaching and confessing.

And at the centre of the heart of Blessed Marcelo was the Holy Eucharist.   

He wrote:

“The masterpiece of Jesus Christ’s love for humanity is the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is within our reach.
We can all get close to Christ the guest and talk with Him
and perceive the warmth of His word.
The word!   How it inflames the spirits!
How will the word of Christ inflame them!
We can all get to the altar when He immolates Himself and shouts at us:
Look how much I have loved and loved you!
And we can all sit at His table
and eat the bread
and drink the intoxicating wine of charity. “

Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Pray for Us!

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One Minute Reflection – 19 January – ‘He is in that church, to be in us.’

One Minute Reflection – 19 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6, Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3, John 1:29-34

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” … John 1:29john 1 29 behold the lamb of god - 19 jan 2020

REFLECTION – “To better understand these events, the Liturgy of today makes us examine them in the light of the divinity of Jesus, whose incarnation makes life a sanctuary of the divinity.   Not only His life is divine but also, with the salvation He brought to us in taking away sins, our daily lives, our work, our joys and tenderness become the environment of the divine holiness.
In Jesus, Lamb of God, holiness is revealed as formidable promotion of life and of man.  It is a man that, having been forgiven, is transfigured and made child of God.
On the day of his Ordination, the Priest receives the Consecration of the hands.   It is indeed a magnificent event.   But in Christ, all hands are holy, all hands are consecrated, all hands can become hands of light.
In Christ all the bodies are called to become the Temple of the Holy Spirit and the Limbs of Jesus Christ.   The Temple that we are, is much more beautiful than any church made of stone.   God is in us, more than in a church, because He is in that church, to be in us.
In the Gospel, all faces are called to radiate the Face of Christ.   The vocation that He gives us when presented as the Lamb of God, is not a call to enter a prohibited area.   To gather us in unity, He invites us to the table, where “very simply” we eat the bread and drink the wine made the Body and the Blood of the Lamb of God, by the Sacrament, so that we become the One we eat.” … Pope Benedict XVI – 17 January 2014on the day of his ordination the priest receives - pope benedict 19 jan 2020

PRAYER – Almighty God, Your Son’s manhood, born of the Virgin, was a new creation, untainted by our sinful condition.   Renew us then, in Christ and cleanse us from our sins.   May the Holy Name of Jesus, be our light, our safeguard and our shield.   Through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for all time and forever, amen.lamb of god who takes away the sin of the world have mercy on us 19 jan 2020


Our Morning Offering – 19 January – I Beseech Thee, Most Sweet Lord Jesus Christ

Our Morning Offering – 19 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

I Beseech Thee, Most Sweet Lord Jesus Christ
Obsecro te, dulcissime Domine
Prayer of Thanksgiving After Holy Mass

I beseech Thee, most sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
that Thy Passion, may be to me power
by which I may be strengthened,
protected and defended.
May Thy wounds,
be to me food and drink
by which I may be nourished,
inebriated and delighted.
May the sprinkling of Thy Blood,
be to me an ablution for all my sins.
May Thy death,
prove for me unfailing life,
and may Thy Cross,
be to me eternal glory.
In these, be my refreshment, joy, health
and delight of my heart,
Thou who lives and reigns forever.


Obsecro te, dulcissime Domine Iesu Christe,
ut passio tua sit mihi
virtus, qua muniar, protegar, atque defendar.
Vulnera tua sint mihi cibus potusque,
quibus pascar inebrier atque delecter.
Aspersio Sanguinis tui sit mihi
ablutio omnium delictorum meorum.
Mors tua sit mihi vita indeficiens,
crux sit mihi gloria sempiterna.
In his sit mihi refectio, exsultatio, sanitas et dulcedo cordis mei:
Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.

The Manual of Indulgences, Grant, No 8 states that:
A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who,
using any duly approved pious formula, make:
1° an Act of Spiritual Communion;
2° an Act of Thanksgiving after Communion
(e.g., Anima Christi, En ego, O bone et dulcissime Iesu, Obsecro te, dulcissime Domine).i beseech thee most sweet lord jesus christ act of thanksgiving after holy comm 19 jan 2020

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Saint of Day – 19 January – St Bassian of Lodi (c 320–c 413)

Saint of Day – 19 January – St Bassian of Lodi (c 320–c 413) Archbishop, Penitent, miracle-worker – Born c 320 in Syracuse, Sicily – died in 413 in Lodi, Italy of natural causes.   Patronages – Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Lodi, Italy, San Bassano, Italy, Pizzighettone in Italy.  St Bassian was a close of friend of St Ambrose and St Felix of Como.san-bassiano-739x1024

Saint Bassian, Bishop of Lodi, was a friend of Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan.   Saint Bassian’s father governed the Syracuse region (in Sicily) and he prepared his son to follow in his footsteps.   He sent him to Rome to receive his education.   While still in his childhood Saint Bassian had heard about the Christians and he wanted to learn more about them and become familiar with the Christian Faith.    Gordian the priest taught him the essentials of the Christian Faith and the youth was filled with the desire to accept Baptism.   At the time of the performing of the Holy Sacrament, Saint Bassian beheld an angel in the Baptismal font, holding the garment in which the newly-baptised would be clothed.   The saint made bold to ask who he was and where he was from.   The angel replied that he was sent from afar to help him fulfil his holy intent to know Christ.   Then he became invisible.

Saint Bassian began to lead a strict life, eating little food and spending his nights at prayer.   His servants were astonished at such temperance and they surmised that he had accepted Christianity.   They reported this to Saint Bassian’s father, who ordered him to return to Syracuse.   Praying in the church of Saint John, the saint received from the Apostle the command to leave Rome.   And so Saint Bassian distributed all his goods to the poor and together with his faithful Christian servant, he set off to Ravenna to his kinsman, Bishop Ursus.St._Bassian_

Bishop Ursus set him up at a solitary place outside the city near the church in honour of the St Apollinaris.   Saint Bassian quickly advanced spiritually and soon he was glorified by miracles.   During this time a judge had been falsely accused and was sentenced to death by decapitation.   Along the way to he prayerfully called out for help to Saint Bassian.   When the executioner was already holding the sword over his head, the sword suddenly was knocked from his hands and flew off to the side.   This occurred three times.   The same thing happened with another executioner.   When they reported this to the Emperor, the Emperor set the judge free.   He then told how he had been saved through the intercession of Saint Bassian.

The people of the city, believing that the prayer of Saint Bassian was powerful before God, asked Bishop Ursus to Ordain him to the Priesthood.  st BassianoUpon the death of the Bishop of the city of Lodi in Liguria, Northern Italy, the priest Clement of the cathedral church had a revelation that Saint Bassian would be chosen Archbishop of Lodi.   Both Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Bishop Ursus officiated at at his Consecration.

He built a church dedicated to the Apostles, consecrating it in 381 in the presence of Saint Ambrose and Saint Felix of Como.   He participated in the Council of Aquileia in 381 and may perhaps have participated in the Council of Milan (390).

Saint Bassian taught the people not only by word but also by deed, providing his flock example of a virtuous life.   At Lodi, he built a beautiful church dedicated to the holy Apostles.   Saint Bassian often exchanged letters with Saint Ambrose and he was present at his blessed repose and buried his body.

Saint Bassian died peacefully in the year 413, having served as Archbishop for 35 years.  Bassian’s signature is found together with Ambrose’s in a letter sent to Pope Siricius.

In 1158, when Milanese forces destroyed Lodi, his relics were taken to Milan. They were returned in 1163, when Lodi Cathedral was rebuilt, the Statue below resides there.basilica-di-san-bassiano

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 19 January

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020

St Abachum of Persia
Bl Andrew of Peschiera
St Arsenius of Corfu
St Audifax of Persia
St Bassian of Lodi (c 320–c 409)
Bl Beatrix of Lens
St Branwallader of Jersey
St Canute (1040-1086) Martyr, King of Denmark
St Catellus of Castellammare
St Contentius
Bl Elisabetta Berti
St Faustina of Como
St Fillan
St Firminus of Gabales
St Germanicus of Smyrna
St Godone of Novalesa
St John of Ravenna
St Joseph Sebastian Pelczar
St Liberata of Como
Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre (1835-1906)

St Maris of Persia
St Messalina of Foligno
St Ponziano of Spoleto
St Remigius of Rouen
St Wulstan of Worcester

Martyrs of Numidia – 9 saints: A group of Christians martryred together for their faith. The only details to survive are nine of their names – Catus, Germana, Gerontius, Januarius, Julius, Paul, Pia, Saturninus and Successus. 2nd century Numidia in North Africa.